I hope you all had a wonderful (and safe) 4th of July – did you party like rock stars? It was nice being able to attend my brother’s annual 4th of July celebration, another perk of finally being ‘home’. Awesome food, awesome friends, and of course awesome fireworks over Puget Sound. Bliss.
Since it’s Monday, for many who had a long weekend because of the holiday, it’s back to business. Don’t shoot the messenger! But at least you can make today better with some great tunes, right? It’s a freebie week, so let’s have some fun!
Let’s start off with an artist who finds love with his new single that just hit stores last month. While he takes chances elsewhere on the project, this ballad plays it safe with a familiar storyline, including the lyrics:
“In my truck, flying down a dirt road / Pickin’ you up, feelin’ kinda crazy / Think I’m in luck cause I know my baby”
While not a true vocal showcase, this song is an opportunity for the artist to show off his strong vocal abilities. I especially love the catchy chorus:
“Cause when the sun goes down it will get a little hotter / Make an old boy’s heart beat a little harder / I know I can’t lose cause it’s going down smooth tonight / One ain’t enough man may I have another / Sitting ’round the fire gettin’ drunk on each other / Every day I pray I thank God I got her / She’s the moon in my shine, the whiskey in my water”.
Fun Fact: Country boys love the Flint River (it’s referenced in this song). Aside from Farr, Luke Bryan (‘My Kind of Night’ and ‘We Rode in Trucks’) and Justin Moore (‘If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away’) have mentioned it in songs. The waterway runs through western Georgia.
Give a listen to Tyler Farr with “Whiskey in My Water”:
Next up is pretty classic for this artist: there’s sun, sand, water, pretty women. But this song is more like this artist 2.0 – it shows a more free-spirited side than ever before.
“We were teenage dreamin/Front seat leanin’/Baby, come give me a kiss/Put me on the cover of the Rolling Stone/Uptown, down home American kids” he sings and strums his guitar in the Southern California desert, joined by a group of similarly carefree people and a colorful old bus that looks like it might have traveled to Woodstock back in the day.
He said that the spirit of the whole thing – the song, the bus, the idea of the kids riding around, having fun, playing music and just celebrating life — fun is where and how you make it.
This is the first single off his new album slated for release on September 23rd. The artist has been in the studio since October working on this particular album, not even touring so he could focus fully on the making of this album, so you know it’s going to be good.
Here’s Kenny Chesney with “American Kids”:
Next up, since I know at least one of you is not a country fan (*cough*Joyce*cough), here’s an Indie Rock band who first got together in 2006 while attending Berklee College of Music. The quartet spent their first years in Boston recording and performing music under a different name before relocating to New York in 2010.
They released two albums under their former name, but decided it wasn’t working for them, so they came up with their current name and landed a record deal with Mercury Records. This is their second single after signing to the label.
They said this was a really fun song to write, that it’s actually pieces from five different songs that they combined. They shelved it for a while, but when they came back to it, they realized they had something special.
They wanted to tell this story of how no matter what’s going on – whether you’re stuck at your job or having a bad day – there’s always an escape from that, and there’s always a way to make any day the best day of your life. It’s about escaping reality and entering into that dream world.
Fun Facts: Interest soared in the song after its use and exposure in a Lowe’s TV ad, and featured in a UK Hyundai commercial plus a Telecom New Zealand campaign. It was also placed in the trailer for the Vince Vaughn movie, Delivery Man, and featured in the 2013 Ben Stiller movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Without further ado, here’s American Authors with “Best Day Of My Life”:
Last, but certainly not least, is a trio that does young love very well. In this single they stick to a theme they’ve leaned upon for every single to date, yet they somehow, avoid the “same story, different bar” syndrome.
The lead vocalists have shown growth, and the third member’s harmonies are strong and help tell the story:
“She walked up said she needed a drink / I said Whatcha want, she said Whatcha think / I took a sip and we were slipping away to a little corner table to the left of the stage” – the song is wordy, but their energy helps set the mood for this love story.
“When she talked I just wanted to listen / Just like that we were kissin’ / Whenever I get to reminiscin’ / I think about what started out as a / What’s up, catch a buzz, talkin’ ‘bout whatever / Ended up being the best night ever” is a catchy chorus.
Here’s Gloriana with “Best Night Ever”:
That’s a wrap – have a great Monday!
P.S. Have you checked out our 200th Celebration Giveaways yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Get to it, there are great prizes to be won! Here’s my contribution:
Two bottles of my award winning Princess Nagger wines – for those of you just joining in, I like to make wine as much as I like to drink it. So you’ll get to experience the deliciousness (if I do say so myself) of my creations in the privacy of your own homes. To entice you further, these are the wines included in this giveaway:
Princess Nagger Blackberry Merlot:
This wine is a very welcome difference from your usual Merlot. Very fruity, yet still dry. A new twist on an old favorite; real Italian Merlot, full-flavored with the essence of freshly picked blackberries. Rich in color and deep in flavor, this blend is surprisingly semi-sweet, full of dark fall fruit flavors and accented with mild Merlot tannins. 13% Alcohol By Volume.
Princess Nagger Raspberry Merlot:
Princess Nagger Raspberry Merlot is a smooth wine that has invigorating fruit flavors of plump sun-ripened berries combined with the natural blackberry character of Merlot. A perfect sweet and velvety beverage for summer sipping with a grilled burger on the side. Serve Chilled. 13% Alcohol By Volume.
But wait! There’s more!
I’m also including a pair of stemless wine glasses so you’ll be able to enjoy the wine immediately upon arrival. Unless it’s 10:00 in the morning or something, that is. You probably should wait until it’s 5:00 somewhere, y’think?
I’m also including a cute little cork screw / bottle opener so you’ll be able to open the bottles, too – you know, so you won’t have to open it with your shoe. There’s actually a video on how to do that, y’know. Go here to enter Now! (you can click on the picture to get to the giveaway, too – or the link in my sidebar…you have a plethora of choices!)
Want to win more cool stuff? Read on!
Our friend and co-host Naila Moon at Just the Stuff Ya Know is giving away: A special book package that includes paranormal books, children’s books and middle grade books. She’s also giving away One (1) month of free advertising for a blogger on her sidebar. Go check out her offerings here.
Our friend and co-host Becca of Everyday Life is giving away: A $10 iTunes Gift Certificate (this one is open to everyone, international and state-side!) Go check out her offerings here. 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 Curious as a Cathy, Naila Moon at Just the Stuff Ya Know, and Becca of Everyday Life. 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!