MAY I tell you something about country music?

♥ Thanks so much for all the love regarding my YA Confidential announcement yesterday, guys! Your excitement and support mean the world to me! ♥

Welcome, May, and the first day of Blog Me MAYbe! Since it’s been awhile since I last posted about this awesome idea, here’s a refresher:

The brainchild of writer/blogger/all-around-awesome-person Sara McClung, Blog Me MAYbe is a weekly blog format for the month of May, an easy schedule to follow with topics built right in. Of course, if posting every day sounds like too much, or if you miss a few days, or only do a couple posts a week, no biggie. Blog Me MAYbe is all about ease and fun! You don’t have to worry about following every blogger who participates or commenting on everyone’s daily posts (though if you want to do that, feel free!). The intent of Blog Me MAYbe isn’t to gain followers — although that could very well happen – but to branch out, make a few new friends, share information, and get into the head space where ideas for blog posts flow freely.

And here’s the schedule:

  • Mondays: May I tell you something about writing?
    • This can be anything writing-related. A post on craft. A post on your process. A snippet of your WIP, if you like to share. A book on craft that you want to recommend. Things you struggle with. Things you rock at. ANYTHING at all!
  • Tuesdays: May I tell you something about myself?
    • Pretty self-explanatory… Share something about yourself that your followers might not know. Or, maybe they do. It doesn’t matter–this is just so people who read your blog can get to know you a little better.
  • Wednesdays: May I ask something about you?
    • Ask your followers something about themselves.
  • Thursdays: May I tell you something about someone else?
    • Make this post about someone else. A writing friend. A critique partner. A person from history who’s fascinating. A character from a book. Have a guest poster. Give an interview. Get creative, but let the spotlight shine on someone else!
  • Fridays: May I share something funny?
    • Fridays = The start of the weekend… BOOYA! A reason to celebrate and laugh on its own — plus, who doesn’t want to see something amusing after a long week?

Fun, right?! There’s still time to sign up, so head over to Sara’s blog if you’re interested, and feel free to grab our banner or the button below (both made by crazy-talented Tracey Neithercott) to use on your own blog.

And, since today is Tuesday and Tuesdays are for Tunes :), I’m going to share a little something about myself in the form of this fantastic music survey I snagged from Love is your Shield (slightly modified):

1. What are your three favorite songs right now? This Years Love by David Gray, Alone With You by Jake Owen, and Dancin’ Away With My Heart by Lady Antebellum.

2. What is the most played song on your iTunes? If I Die Young by The Band Perry (pretty much the theme song for my manuscript Where Poppies Bloom, so no surprise there!)

3. What song are you listening to right now? Farmer’s Daughter by Rodney Atkins

4. What was the last album you bought? I never buy full albums on iTunes and it’s been forever since I bought an actual CD, so… Maybe the soundtrack to Annie to listen to in the car with my daughter? (Incidentally, you should hear my girlie sing Tomorrow… Adorable!)

5. What was the last concert you went to? Taylor Swift’s Speak Now Tour last fall. It was freaking amazing. I took my daughter, and we had a blast!

6. What was the first album you ever bought? Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet (the cassette tape!). My parents bought it for me in the eighties because they’re cool like that.

7. What was the last single you downloaded? Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson… Such a fun song!

8. Favorite artist or band? Tim McGraw. I ask you: Is there a sexier man? (I also love Johnny Cash and Sugarland and T-Swift and Kenny Chesney.)

9. What’s your favorite musical genre? Country. Obviously.

10. Quote one of your favorite lyrics: I love this verse from Anna Nalick’s Breathe (2 am) because it speaks of writing:

2 AM and I’m still awake, writing a song
If I get it all down on paper, it’s no longer inside of me,
Threatening the life it belongs to
And I feel like I’m naked in front of the crowd
Cause these words are my diary, screaming out loud
And I know that you’ll use them, however you want to


I encourage you to grab this survey, fill in responses of your own, then comment here or tweet me to let me know where I can find your answers!

Until then… What’s your all-time favorite song?


41 thoughts on “MAY I tell you something about country music?

  1. Elodie says:

    Cute picture of you and your girlie, Katy! I have to admit I don´t know much about country (well except Johnny Cash, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride and Taylor Swift)…and I do have a soft spot for Heartland and the song I loved her first 😀 as I danced to it with my dad at my wedding!

  2. summerbp says:

    Hi Katy–new follower from the blogfest.

    I live in the South, but have never been a fan of country music, despite my mom’s best efforts. That being said, I do like some of the newer country artists like Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift–“If I Die Young” is on my WIP playlist as well. 🙂

    All-time favorite song is too hard to choose, because I have a torrid love affair with 90’s rock music as well as 80’s hair metal, so a different day (hour) is a different answer….

  3. Sara McClung says:

    I LOVE If I Die Young. It’s one of the few songs I have every lyric memorized because I’ve listened to it so many times! And I’m so jealous of your TSwift concert experience. I’m dying to go to one!

    As for my favorite song… It changes every day and with every mood 🙂 THESE days I’m really liking Hannah Peel’s cover of Tainted Love and Until We Bleed by Andreas Kleerup (featuring Lykke Li) because they’re huge influences in the next WIP I have planned.

    • katyupperman says:

      My favorite song changes with my mood too, but it’s most often country. 🙂 Oh, and Taylor Swift puts on an AMAZING show. Definitely go if you ever have a chance!

  4. Jennifer Pickrell says:

    I listen to “If I Die Young” sometimes, really like the few other songs I’ve heard from them, too. I’m a moderate fan of country – like old-school stuff like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton and new, poppy stuff like T-Swift, but don’t really know more than that.

    • katyupperman says:

      Oh, I adore Dolly Parton. She is adorable, and so proud to be her own person. I love that! And you’re on the right track with Taylor Swift… I think she’s a fabulous song writer AND performer.

  5. Rachel says:

    Hi Katy – fun fact….Tim McGraw and I share a birthday (which means today is his birthday too!) I am so jealous you got to see Taylor Swift in concert. All my girlfriends make fun of me for liking her, but her stuff is soo catchy! 😛

    My all-time favorite song is a tie between She’s Got a Way by Billy Joel or Somewhere Only We Know by Keane. My second favorite is Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones. (So fun fact- before my parents brought me home from the hospital they went and saw the Stones live in the 6th row! LOL!) I love a lot of different genres of music (big swing, bubblegum pop, rock n roll and the entire score to the Nutcracker). Its funny because most of my WIPs have angst-y musical soundtracks (think Death Cab for Cutie, Paramore, Placebo, Linkin Park).

    Happy 1st day of May!

    • katyupperman says:

      Happy Birthday, Tim McGraw! Hope you’re enjoying your birthday, Rachel, and I hope Tim is too. 😉

      I love “Only We Know” as well as “Wild Horses,” so I can say with confidence that you’ve got fabulous musical taste. 🙂

  6. Alison Miller says:

    Breathe was my mantra as soon as I heard it on Grey’s a few years ago. LOVE. And country? Another area in which we differ. No longer SWFs, I guess. 🙂

    Also, please keep doing things like this because then I can just use them the following week. 🙂 I used the A-Z thing today.

  7. Juliana Haygert says:

    Songs about writing and writers, I like Ellie Goulding’s The Writer:
    “But I’ve got a plan
    Why don’t you be the artist
    And make me out of clay?
    Why don’t you be the writer
    Decide the words I say?
    Cause I’d rather pretend
    I’ll still be there at the end
    Only it’s too hard to ask
    Won’t you try to help me?”

  8. Rebecca B says:

    Great to read more about your fave music, and get some ideas for new stuff to listen to! I can’t pick a favorite song. I do remember my very first album, though: Whitney Houston, and it was an actual record. Hooray for the late 80s!

    • katyupperman says:

      I loved Whitney Houston growing up! She was so spunky and fun in her 80s videos. Even though we’re of the same generation, Rebecca, I never had an actual record. I was a cassette tape kid all the way. 🙂

  9. Stephanie Allen (@stephandrea_) says:

    Tim McGraw is pretty sexy. (…and then I realized my mother also has a crush on him.)

    I think my all-time favorite song is “I Want It That Way.” Which should surprise no one. (Because I’m actually 12 years old still.)

    • katyupperman says:

      “I Want It That Way” will always hold a special place in my heart because it was such a fun high school dance song. And trust me, you’re not the only mentally twelve-year-old. 🙂

  10. Zanne says:

    I love country music too! I think I am going to steal this. 🙂 Just wish I had my iPod with me at work.

    I really don’t have an all-time favorite song, because it changes too much! The song I’ve liked the longest is (Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams.

  11. crystalschubert says:

    I always used to think I didn’t like country, until I realized that I listen to a lot of country-ish stuff. Love T-Swift, though I try not to admit it too loudly, Johnny Cash, Dixy Chicks, Patsy Cline. Oh, and I have a thing for alt-country, a la Old 97’s.

    I don’t think I have an all-time favorite song, but I’m 99% sure that if I did, it would be by the Old 97’s.

    • katyupperman says:

      I love the older country stars too. Johnny Cash and The Highway Men in general are awesome, and I adore The Dixie Chicks’ first album. Good picks, Crystal!

  12. Lola Sharp says:

    I love this survey…I’m gonna have to use it for one of my posts this month, so THANK YOU. 🙂

    I love that picture of the guitar with a daisy. ❤

    Happy May First!

  13. Carrie-Anne says:

    My favorite song is “Strawberry Fields Forever.” I’ve got dinosaur taste in music, and never really got into anything modern. Even the most current band on my favorites list has now been around for over 30 years, so it doesn’t mean that much when I say I do like some groups who got famous in my lifetime instead of before I was born.

  14. Yahong says:

    Love your Anna Nalick choice! As for country–do you know Miranda Lambert’s girl band, the Pistol Annies? They only have a single CD, but I love their songs “Boys From the South” and “Hell on Heels”. 😀

    Oh, and I remember Taylor Swift’s Speak Now tour… my mom actually wanted to go (and was trying to wrangle me into going… not happening :P), but the tickets sold out in the first HOUR. O_O

    But yeah, music is totally a huge part of my life, so I may have to snag this survey from you. 🙂 Although my musical tastes are all over the chart. I basically listen to everything except rock… haha. 😀

    • katyupperman says:

      Yeah… I lucked out on the Taylor tickets when I got them. Stub Hub hooked me up. 🙂

      I love Miranda Lambert, but I don’t know the Pistol Annies. I’ll definitely be checking them out, though. Thanks for the recommendation!

  15. Mrs. Silverstein says:

    I did not ever see myself as the type to love Taylor Swift except then I saw her on SNL a few years ago and…I’m pretty sure if you don’t love her after you see her you’re a borg :). She’s so cute and her music is so much fun. Mr. S and I joke that her English teacher didn’t have the heart to tell her how Romeo and Juliet ended–because really, with that face, how could you drop that bomb–and that’s how Love Story got written.

    Favorite song of all time, though? Impossible. I have never had an answer for this question. It might get its own blog post, though…

    • katyupperman says:

      Ha! I think Taylor gave Romeo and Juliet her own (naive and romantic) spin. 🙂 I loved her on SNL too; I think it’s fantastic when celebrities don’t take themselves too seriously. Plus, her music is just so much fun!

  16. Dana says:

    I don’t listen to a lot of country music, but I absolutely love Johnny Cash!

    I’m a new follower from the blogfest. Nice to meet you! 🙂

  17. Tracey Neithercott (@T_Neithercott) says:

    Love the way you did this post. I’m not a country music fan, so I don’t know most of the people you listed. But I do like Taylor Swift, and I’m sort of jealous you went to her concert since that sounds like so much fun. 🙂

    ALSO! I was in the Monday Work Cave so I didn’t get a chance to say congrats on joining YA Confidential. So fun!

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Tracey. I’m really excited about jumping on board. 🙂 And if you like Taylor, you might have to branch out and give some more country a try. Once you do, you might never turn back!

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