About yesterday's events, I recommend today's blog by Clive Davis, a friend and colleague in London. The quotes and comments he collects offer a more thoughtful treatment than the endlessly repeated bits of news being ... well, endlessly repeated.
Like all chart categories, "country" is an arbitrary heading under which one finds the ridiculous, the sublime, and everything in between. On the sublime end, a track that I have been listening to over and over for the last six months: Wynnona Judd's version of "She Is His Only Need." The way she sings it, irony is not a color or even a set of contrasting colors; it is iridescence.