no. 43 — Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves

I used to be one of those people who said I liked all music except rap and country. I am no longer one of those people. I think writing off entire genres like that is reductive, and even worse, singling out those specific genres tends to be an act of classism and racism. Having grown up in New England, I really bought into North vs South stereotypes. In the most brutal terms, I characterized the South as white trash, less educated fools. I thought New England was a haven against the continued, blatant racism of the South; that everyone below the Mason Dixon line was a dumb republican who…