Well hello, Monday – how did you get here so fast? Well, no matter – with music, Monday’s are definitely better. Trust me.
I trust all you mothers had a great Mother’s Day – mine was lovely, nice and laid back. More on that tomorrow. Meanwhile, this week’s theme is a freebie, so let’s jump right into some great tunes, shall we?
Let’s start off with one of my favorite artists who made me giddy when she started following me on Twitter last year at this time, and made me even giddier when she retweeted some of my tweets.
What’s amazing is that when she started working on her album, she had 60 songs written and ready to go – but she chose to throw her full years work in the trash and start fresh.
This particular song demonstrates her considerable vocal prowess and adds some energy to a song that is all about celebrating life in song.
Next up is a young but very talented artist, whose first single on his second album is about bullying – a subject which is close to the singer’s heart. A self proclaimed geek and ‘total nerd’, he credits his parents and musician friends as his incredible support system, showing him there was hope, and something to look forward to in spite of the mean people.
He debuted the song at the Grammy Awards on January 26, 2014, and his performance was accompanied by visuals of quotes of affirmation from the likes of John Lennon, Lady Gaga and Steve Jobs. He and the songwriters ended up writing about how they all, in different ways, can relate to the message of being an outcast, being misunderstood, being… essentially bullied.
Though he does emphasize that he makes the correlation very carefully, since there are a lot of people who go through that on a much larger scale. In whatever way people can relate to it, the song is about that.
Next up is a Pop-Rock band from Australia, formed in December 2011 when three schoolmates started posting videos of themselves performing covers of popular songs to YouTube. They were soon joined by their fourth member and quickly gained a large following on Twitter and Facebook.
The quartet spent the second half of 2012 writing and developing before releasing their album at the end of the year, reaching the Top 40 of the New Zealand album chart.
When they were writing this particular song with a friend, the friend came up with the lyric “She looks so perfect standing there in my American Apparel underwear” and told them to bear with him, “it’s kind of weird”. To which they responded “We love weird.”
Give a listen to 5 Seconds Of Summer with “She Looks So Perfect”:
Last, but not least, is another of my favorite country artists who released his fourth single from his platinum-selling album. This song proves that the Georgia native remains one of the best storytellers in this era of country music superstars. At least I think so.
The lyrics “Soon as I sat down I was fallin’ in love / Tryin’ to pour a little sugar in her Dixie cup / Talkin’ over the speakers in the back of that truck / She jumped up and cut me off,” is a classic delivery by this artist.
The song isn’t the most poignant love song, but the artist’s intention was to make sure it was relatable to his audience, how much they can plug it into their life and make it be their life. Mission accomplished.
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday!
Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:
I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohorts, Callie from JAmericanSpice, Cathy from Cathy Kennedy’s Blog, and Naila Moon at Just the Stuff Ya Know.
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!