Beyond Blues : A Tribute To Country Music

Amanda Yuk
2 min readSep 22, 2022
An aerial shot of West Virginia by Kevin Ku on Unsplash

Most people use the term ‘blue’ to convey a feeling of sadness or depression. This word has now become ubiquitous when we are faced with scenarios, such as missing your bus, finding bird poop on your shoulder or in general just having a bad day.

The kind of ‘blue’ that is worth listening to gets its name from the Southern part of the United States and was first coined in the 60s during a relatively ‘peaceful’ era of hippies and freedom thinkers. Not everyone likes these melodies though and some are more in tune to pop music on the Billboard charts. Personally, it has become a habit to play country music to help with the writers’ block.

Imagining a guitar-strumming, cowboy hat-wearing woman who feels most at ease when belting out melodious tunes is enough for somebody like me to keep soldiering on. In many churches, gospel music, a sub-genre of country is played throughout Sunday services and is analogous to having Turkey during Thanksgiving meals. To me, their sultry voices and sweet syrupy lyrics add to the flavor of the sermon being preached and aids the ‘digestion’ of the writing process.

So maybe the next time you feel a little down, this could just be the remedy!