Album Spotlight: Dream Country {Sarah Darling}

[Verse 1] / Golden fields, wide open skies / A million stars, to paint the night / Horses run, and rivers wind / And cowboys ride / [Verse 2] / Wind blows wild, on an open range

An idea for a new blog series came to me several months ago, and today I'm finally implementing it.  

I don't know about you, but as much as I love music, it's extremely, extremely rare for me to find an album--be it pop, alternative, Christian, soundtrack, whatever--that I love in its entirety (or very close thereto). So when I do encounter one where I think, "Wow, every single one of these songs [or nearly every single one] is great and I love them all", it's a cause for much jubilation. Especially if that album stays appealing to me over a long period of time.

And so, since a different kind of post is always nice to try, I thought it might be fun to occasionally "spotlight" one such album here on the blog: an album that is entirely or almost entirely Olivia-approved.

The first album to receive the honor is Sarah Darling's Dream Country.

Now, I'm not a big country person.  I'm really not.  However, this particular specimen is right up my alley.  I think a lot of it is due to the fact that Sarah doesn't feel the need to insert any kind of twang into her singing voice, so the songs are both beautiful and restful.

You can listen to the full album here, if you wish; and I'll just highlight my personal favorites.  (Note:  I don't think I've ever listened to "You Take Me All the Way," but all the others, as I recall, are decent.)

✾ "Where Cowboys Ride"

I love how wistful and breezy this is.

✾ "Starry Eyes"

A friend ─ you know who you are ─ introduced me to this song, and I love it.  I'm all about that Childhood Nostalgia and Growing Up jazz, so this is very muchly my aesthetic.  Such awesome lyrics, such awesome music.

✾ "Montmartre"

Her voice is so incredibly soothing and delicate, yet rich at the same time.  I love it.  And I love that she sings about some unique topics, like appreciation for specific places.

✾ "Halley's Comet"

Okay, I'm fine!  Not crying, or tempted to cry!  Unaffected!

(Seriously, how are her songs so gentle and aching??)

✾ "Stargazer"

I love this song.  It reminds me of one of my characters, and it's so soothing and understanding and cathartic. ♥

Have you guys listened to any of Sarah Darling's music?
What do you think of the idea of this new series? ;)


  1. I just listened to "Where Cowboys Ride," and it's so soft and beautiful. My heart. <3


    1. Isn't it lovely? <3

      ACK THANK YOU. It makes me happy to use Parks & Rec wherever possible. ;D

  2. SO GLAD YOU LOVE HER MUSIC TOOOO. I've listened to almost all the other songs from the Dream Country album and while none of them quite do it for me like "Where Cowboys Ride" and "Starry Eyes", I agree that her style is so refreshing and simple and calming. ♥

    1. YESHHHHHH. I'm most grateful that you introduced me to her. :)


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