Kacey Musgraves is out in the desert singing her spunky heart out in her new video for “Follow Your Arrow.” Which naturally reminds of a nun singing the same kind of message in an Austrian abbey in 1938.
When I watch Musgraves’ new video, I can’t help but think that her message of “say what you will, love who you love” is almost identical to the message the Mother Abbess gives to Maria in The Sound of Music. The reverend mother tells Maria that she must leave the abbey to determine if she’s indeed in love with her boss. “You have to find the life you were born to live,” she tells Maria.
Then she sings “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” And when I watched Carrie Underwood (as Maria) in that scene on the live TV special last Thursday (Dec. 5), I was kind of overwhelmed with the similarities to the Musgraves song.
Granted, Musgraves is in high-waisted short shorts, cowboy boots, cowboy hat and a two-gun belt holster, and she’s in the desert in Joshua Tree, Calif., in 2013. And the Mother Abbess is in a black habit somewhere in Salzburg in the 1930s. But you can’t deny that lyrics like “climb ev’ry mountain, ford ev’ry stream, follow ev’ry rainbow, till you find your dream” sounds a lot like “follow your arrow, wherever it points.”
Musgraves’ much-loved debut has garnered her countless accolades and awards, and she was recently nominated for some Grammy Awards, most notably in the best country album and the all-genre best new artist categories.