The Songs That Inspire Wildcat Nation: Student Activities Coordinator Kelly Iversen


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Music is a way for humans to express themselves by both making it and listening to it. UHS News will be interviewing students and staff about the music that inspires them and why. 

We interviewed Wildcat Nation’s Student Activities Coordinator Kelly Iversen about her five favorite songs and why she likes them giving insight into her personality and what she loves.

Iversen’s first song is Kenny Roger’s “The Gambler”, one of her “all-time favorites.” Her dad “loved country music,” but in high school she “got to where I listened to a little different music,” but she says she “still loves some of the new country singers.”

Toby Keith’s “As Good As I Once Was”, is Iversen’s next song. Iversoen remembered recently, “I was listening on the radio… and he was singing ‘I Ain’t As Good As I Once Was,’ and I knew all the words. Sang it all the way to work,” she says. 

Another track that inspires Iversen is “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, by Loretta Lynn. “They actually made a movie… and it talks about how proud she is, to have grown up, and getting out of the, I think it was the Appalachians,” Iversen tells us. “It’s just heartwarming, to see you can go from nothing, but you don’t realize you have nothing,” she says. 

Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” is Iversen’s next song. “Coat of Many Colors is about this little girl who grows up very poor, and her mom makes her this coat for her… she loved it, because her mom made it, and it was super sqecial,” Iversen says, and “it’s family, it’s heartwarming, it talks about coming from different backgrounds.”

“A Little Bit of Chicken Fried”, by the Zac Brown Band, is Iversen’s next song. “It’s just fun. It talks about friends being out on a Friday night, and drinking a beer, and just having a really good time. I love that song, and every time it comes on it just makes you feel good,” is Iversen’s analysis-and she tells us that she “knows all the words”.

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