“I’m alright with a slow burn/Taking my time, let the world turn/I’m gonna do it my way, it’ll be alright.”
Kacey Musgraves, a Grammy-winning country-pop singer/songwriter, sings about trying to take the world at a slower, more enjoyable pace.
The singer revealed her Enneagram Personality Test results recently. They seem to suggest that taking things slowly and enjoying the moment may be exceptionally difficult for Musgraves.
“I don’t know if you know anything about the Enneagram personality tests, but I’m a three wing four. Three meaning I’m an ‘achiever’ for better or worse … So one of the things this year that has been hard for me to learn is how to be still. I’ve been trying to work on that because I genuinely love to stay busy,” according to Fast Company.
Musgraves and Boy Smells
This motivation to be still and do things that aren’t always related to work has caused Musgraves to team up with Boy Smells candles again. She also got a dog and a house recently.
Musgraves claims the candle smells, “A little crisp. Androgynous. Floaty. Earthy. Grounded. It’s the smell of a fire faintly drifting on the breeze as you walk to your favorite bar down the street and cherish slow sips of your favorite wine. Briefly thinking about strangers on the other side of the globe in Beijing rushing into work but you’re right here, admiring the fading colors of the disappearing sunset and enjoying exactly where you are in all senses.”
Officially, the scents include incense, black pepper, raspberry, amber and smoked papyrus.
She teamed up with Boy Smells which is a queer brand based in Texas. She stumbled on their products in Nashville in 2019 where she had the idea of collaborating on a “Slow Burn” candle.
According to the Boy Smells website the creators and partners Matthew Herman and David Kien, “Wanted to have products that were embracing masculine and feminine simultaneously in a simple and straightforward way that wasn’t overtly targeted to one gender … It’s a permission to harness your power from wherever you want it.”
The brand has garnered mass appeal for its approach on gender fluid candles. They also have other products such as intimate clothing.
A ‘Slow Burn’
After learning about their message and seeing their product, Musgraves collaborated to create her candle.
“The result was the eponymous candle released back in February that sold out in just 12 hours, amassing a 15,000-person wait list. What was intended to be a one-time collaboration has since been restocked multiple times. Now it’s back just in time for the holidays, in a larger, three-wick size and a specially designed wick trimmer,” according to Fast Company.
The company and Musgraves say the product is a “mutual baby.” This meaning, she was not trying to just get her name out by affiliating with random products.
It seems that her affiliation with the candle company has been another reason to want to slow down and enjoy non-music related aspects of life.
“My songs are everything to me and that’s first and foremost. But if, along the way, I can branch out and become a well-rounded creative entity, then I’m down for that as long as it never feels forced,” said Musgraves in the same Fast Company article.
Redefining the Country Music World
Musgraves stands out from other female country artists and is a “trailblazer” in the genre.
“In February, Musgraves’s fourth album, Golden Hour, received the Grammy for best album – not just best country album, but best album period. The genre is transforming, the think-pieces said: there are liberal, outspoken young females in Nashville for the first time,” according to an article from The Guardian.
She has a large LGBTQIA following for her support of the community. Musgraves also has an interest in just creating music, whether people say it’s country or not.
She wrote “Follow Your Arrow” where she sings, “roll up a joint, or don’t … kiss lots of boys, or kiss lots of girls if that’s what you’re into.”
The Country Music Association censored the lyrics. She continues to call out the gender disparity that happens in country music. According to an NPR study, women only make up 16% of country artists.
“I am tired of the gender conversation. I’m more interested in good songs rather than what is between somebody’s legs. It could be a llama singing for all I care,” Musgraves said.
Musgraves’s most recent project is “Glittery” with Troye Sivan from “The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show.”