Country Music Is For 365 Days A Year, It's Not Just A Summer Thing

Country Music Is For 365 Days A Year, It's Not Just A Summer Thing

It’s not just a short-term summer fad, it’s an all year round kind of genre.

Country music… you either love it or you hate it, or you might be in the select few whom acquire the taste as you grow up. For me, I hated country music when I was young. I grew up listening to pop songs on the radio and 80s/90s rock songs that my dad always played. Never did I think I was going to cave and end up liking country music. Not many people I knew listened to it at the time.

It wasn’t until the summer after 8th grade when I was in Cape Cod with my cousins for a week that I was really exposed to the genre. I remember listening to “Knee Deep” by Zack Brown Band and “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” by Jake Owen wondering who these groups were that I had never heard of. We listened to those two songs over and over that week and I must say, they started to grow on me.

After that week, I kept listening to those two songs and before I knew it, I was researching and listening to all different country artists on iTunes. Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Sugarland, Eli Young Band, Rascal Flatts, the list goes on. I figured out the local country station in my area of Boston and started listening to it in the car. As the oldest of four siblings, naturally when I kept playing these artists’ songs, my siblings started to catch on and then started listening to country music too, and my dad eventually followed.

Fast forward 6 years, and now I can’t imagine listening to any other genre of music. I listen to it all 365 days of the year. Every country station in the area is bookmarked on my car radio system. My country playlist on Spotify is overflowing with more than 600 songs and is still growing with each new single that’s released. I follow all the popular country playlists such as Today’s Hot Country, Wild Country, Country Pop, and more.

Country music is a genre that can fit any mood, and for me, it has a way of pumping me up at the start of my day, calming me down when I’m stressed, and just putting me in a good mood in general. For many people, country music is only a summer fad that lasts from May until late September when the weather is warm, you crack a cold one on the beach, roll the windows down in your car, or are tailgating at a summer baseball game or concert. When October comes around, these are the people that turn their backs on Country music and look to rap or pop until May comes around again.

But hey, there are still eight other months in the year where the “real fans” are still listening to Country music. The genre doesn’t disappear; it’s still there and growing.

Whether you're from down South or up North in New England like me, country music is what makes cold winters and dark gloomy days bearable and helps you push through when all you want to do is lay outside and relax with the warm sun touching your skin. It’s a reminder that summer is getting closer and closer. It puts you in that summer mindset that we all long for when the school year begins and job demands pick up.

It’s an escape from the stressful parts of your day. It puts you in a good mood and helps bring the simple joys in life to the table. It draws attention to the fact that you should appreciate and be thankful for the good things in your life.

So keep in mind that country music is more than just good tunes you play in the summer months.

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
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20 Amazing Songs You Need For Your Travel Music Videos

Planning to make your new travel video? Use one of these songs as your perfect background music!


Based on the mood you're currently feeling, here are 20 different songs categorized by when you should use them for a traveling music video:

1. For Those Classic Summer Feels

"Harvest Moon" by Poolside

"Gone" by JR JR

"Hold My Hand" by Jess Glynne

"Summer" by Calvin Harris

For all the lake adventures and mission trips, these are the perfect songs to put behind them to share your experience. Using these songs, your video can have a perfect summer vibe to it!

2. For A Good Winter Vacation

"The Days" by Avicii

"Something Just Like This" by The Chainsmokers

"Roses" by The Chainsmokers

"It Ain't Me" by Kygo ft. Selena Gomez

It's hard finding a perfect song for a cold winter day. These songs can work amazingly to any snowy adventurous video you've made for your winter break.

3. For Everyday Adventures

"Shut Up and Dance" by WALK THE MOON

"To Let Myself Go" by The Avener

"All That Matters" by Justin Bieber

"Youth" by Troye Sivan

We all have our daily vlogs filled with school and friends. These songs can put a touch of amusement and thrill to these videos!

4. For The Perfect Spring Break At The Beach

"Steal My Girl" by One Direction

"The Nights" by Avicii

"Runaways" by Galantis

"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

Every girl has the perfect week at the beach once a year! These songs can show off how incredible your experience with your friends was.

5. For Those City Nights

"Bullet Train" by Stephen Swartz

"Love You Like A Love Song" by Selena Gomez

"G.O.M.D." by J. Cole

"The Heart Wants What It Wants" by Selena Gomez

We all take visits to the city and never have the right songs to make a video with. These upbeat songs will make your city vlog into a perfect travel video!

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