Friday, July 5, 2013

Bits & Pieces: Living life thru music

I have a confession to make. I have an extremely eclectic taste in music.

Really. I do. Don’t believe me? Just pick up my iPod, and take a look.

In the last two months, I’ve purchased music from Katy Perry, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Audra Mae, Amy Grant, The Museum, Madonna and even the full soundtracks to Les Mis (the movie), Sister Act and Pitch Perfect.

Oh and this week, I bought my first Pistol Annies disc — much to the surprise and laughter of a few friends — and as I type this I have the Newsboys’ worship album playing in my ears.

I know, I know, random, crazy stuff fills the tracks on my iPod.

I listen to music as I write as a way to “tune out” the rest of the world. I also listen to it, to simply immerse myself into the sheer creativity it can spark in my life.

The right song can cause me to stop and worship, or help me work out frustrations. The music weaves through the ear buds and simply becomes a piece of what makes me, well, me.

There was a time, when I let other things fill my “brain.” I’ll admit right now, I’m a recovering NPR news and “Criminal Minds”/”Law and Order” junkie.

But now, instead of plugging into a visual escape, I plug in and escape into the melodies of my favorite musicians.

Does music inspire you? Make you think? Even challenge you?

I’m always looking for new artists to check out. That’s how I found Audra Mae, an Oklahoma singer, who happens to be the great-niece of Judy Garland. If you haven’t checked her out before, visit:, or at I love her “Little Red Wagon” track.

So what do you listen to? What’s your favorite tune? Have a suggestion for something I need to check out? Let me know at


In the last few weeks, we’ve been highlighting a few “regular” folks who work or live in Grove in our #iamgroveok feature. We’re always looking for victims (I mean suggestions) to interview for this fun project. Have a suggestion? Feel free to let me know by phone or email. We’re looking for regular people that help make the fabric of this community strong!

Celebrating life

Because of our early print schedule (due to the holiday) I’m actually typing this well before the City of Grove’s Independence Day celebration and all of the fun things that await on the fourth — Cajun Fest, Har-Ber Village’s activities and, of course, fireworks at Duck Creek.

It’s kind of nice to be back in a place where attending a “community-wide” event is the norm. I’m looking forward to snapping lots of pictures of fireworks, eating some (from what I hear) will be great Cajun food, and just experiencing a holiday weekend on Grand Lake. Remember, you can share your photos with us by tagging them #iamgroveok on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

I hope, it will also include a wee bit of down time, a good book and maybe a spot on the shoreline.

All in all though, I’m looking forward to simply celebrating, life, liberty and the pursuit of relaxation this weekend.

Hope you are having a fantastic Independence Day celebration. Be safe (I really don’t want to have to write about your exploits on Monday) and have fun!

Kaylea M. Hutson is the managing editor of The Grove Sun. She can be reached at or 918-786-2228. This column originally appeared in the July 5, 2013 issue of The Grove Sun.

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