Find Your True North
True North ~ A passion in life that leads to extraordinary experience.
Music evokes emotions that move us. I have been “moved” by music to visit many venues in my travel adventures. My concert travels have taken me through several states and into many venues. From festivals to honkytonks and county fairs to coffee shops, I have traveled to listen to chart topping headlining acts and to up and coming artists. My recent travels on Highway 95 in North Idaho took me to the community of Sandpoint. Crossing over the long bridge and past the beautiful Lake Pend Oreille, I traveled a few back roads into the southeast Selkirk Mountains through snow covered pines and at the end of Upper Gold’s Creek Road I found the Western Pleasures Guest Ranch.
What moved me to this northern location? The music of Kristy O! Kristy Osmunson is one half of country music’s newest duo American Young. Kristy is a hometown Sandpoint girl and returns home each year to entertain locals. Kristy was the featured artist for the three night Christmas concert series at the Ranch, performing hit songs from her Bomshel days, songs she has penned for other artists and new soon to be released material from American Young.
Kristy Osmunson's evolution as a songwriter and recording artist is showcased as she spins a story line between each of the songs she performs. The audience sits enamored by each word and musical note as she shares the experiences of her musical career. Kristy opens her set with one of American Young's newest songs American Dream.
I want a sunrise with nothing in the way
Waking up on a wheat field with broken old two lane
Leading out to a dirt road
And mail box with my last name
I want to step off my back porch and walk down to the lake
Where there ain’t no Monday morning rush
And there ain’t no one hour break for lunch
The only ties are the ties that bind
The only time clocks are the ones we wind
And there ain’t no place that you can’t park
There ain’t no street lights after dark
No locking the front door up
No sirens to interrupt, my American Dream
The song speaks of the quiet living in her hometown as well as the lifestyle at the Western Pleasures Guest Ranch which boasts stunning views and fresh mountain air. The ranch is a rustic vacation get away that takes you back to a time when days were simpler. It is a location where you can enjoy a sunrise with nothing in the way. As Kristy continues with her set, she shares adventures of a girl band on the road with 19 and Crazy. I’ll be Just Fine and Cheater, Cheater she explains, were written following the breakup of a relationship. As she introduces I Would ~"If you ask me to, if you said say I do, I would", she shares her story of finding true love and inviting a marriage proposal. Kristy sings Love is War, a song that introduced American Young to the country music community. Kristy and Jon were given the opportunity to perform this song (watch video here)on the Grand Ole Opry stage.
Young lovers in a picture frame
Ever notice how there ain't no rain
Nobody hangs hard times on the wall
You won't see it in an 8 x 10
But there's a storm every now and then
A slamming door down the hall
Sometimes love is a white flag
Sometimes love is standing tall
Sometimes love is a feather
Sometimes a cannon ball
But it's worth fighting for
Baby, sometimes love is war
“Sometimes songwriting is great therapy” she says as she discloses the story behind God Sends a Train a song she wrote about her mother being hit by a train. A song that has not only been healing for her, but for those who find the song speaks to them and the obstacles they have had to overcome.
Mom had lost my dad in her mind and married a crazy man
He beat us with the bible while preaching survival and waiting for the world to end
Sometimes God sends a whisper
Carried it on the rail
And when we don’t want to listen
Sometimes God sends a train
They said her Blazer was in pieces out there on those railroad tracks
As I went to see what was left of her I wondered would this bring her back
They said she never walk again
But that first step she took
Was straight down to the court house
She got rid of his ass for good
Much like the sleigh rides that are available during the Christmas season at the ranch, Kristy took the crowd on a magical journey on this evening. A journey through her songwriting process. “They say God holds the pen when we are writing a song” she says, “but I believe that the song is placed inside us and when we bear our soul, it emerges as a spiritual experience into a song”.
Kristy’s musical artistry continues to evolve as she refines and enhances her craft leading her on an exploration to find her True North as a songwriter and recording artist. Follow Kristy and Jon at americanyoung.com as they pursue their American Dream. Join Kristy and Jon in the American Young Movement. Watch the newest American Young videos here and preview the future of AY. Be inspired to find your True North.
Follow your dreams, they know the way.