Speaking of this week – it’s a freebie week! Let’s have some fun starting with a group who opened for U2 in the summer of 2012, during which the lead singer took note of the effect of Bono’s lyrics on the Irish band’s fans, observing that the lyrics were from his heart – honest yet poetic.
It was then that the lead singer of this particular group decided he was going to write lyrics people could relate to, which meant he’d have to share a little bit of himself. As a result, all the songs on their latest album are from his life and not made up. This particular song was written for his son, who was born in 2010.
Give a listen to OneRepublic with “I Lived (RED) Remix”:
Next up is a brother duo singing of hope during difficult times. They’ve said that when they first heard this song, they knew they wanted to be a part of it and had to do it. It says something different, especially in a world that all you hear is bad news when you turn on the TV, so their hope is that this brings a bit of relief in a message of hope to some people.
Here’s The Swon Brothers with “Pray for You”:
Next up is one of my favorite Country Rockers, who contemplates self-image and women’s pressure to look good on this song from her latest album. There’s so much pressure on us women – we put so much pressure on ourselves to look a certain way, to look like other women.
As this artist says, “It’s hard; some days you do feel beautiful, then someone will knock you down with a mean comment. It’s exhausting. Weight issues, fake lashes and tanning, and all the stuff that goes into just going out into public sometimes. I wish I could just not do it for a day and see what happens.”
This song is the one song on this album that this artist has sole writing credit – written on a plane by herself, headed to a show. Laying her soul so bare is “kind of scary, for the rawness, and for the emotion in it. It’s just, ‘Here I am, here’s me.’ But it’s just real, just a real moment. I don’t live there, but it’s something you go through. Everybody does.”
Last, but definitely not least, is my all-time favorite Country Dude with a song from his newest album. I didn’t realize that his previous album had disappointing sales and was his first-ever record not to generate a #1 single.
He’ll always be #1 in my book.
This particular song leads off his newest album, and alludes to the previous album not doing so well in this testosterone-filled cut about letting loose for the weekend, singing, “I guess I’ve been in a dry spell, but that’s about to change.” Clever!
The song is a feel-good anthem full of frat-boy energy. The artist mentioned he tried to reflect the bro-country cliché on this album, but with a twist.
“There’s a lot of stuff on the radio about, you know, put your tan legs on the dashboard and we’ll roll around in the truck and go party,” he said, during an interview with People Magazine. “This album was my idea of doing music that fits in this landscape but doesn’t pander to that because one of my frustrations with radio now is lyrics. It’s like, ‘Guys, come on!’ – and specifically, yes, guys, cause there are no girls! We can say something too. There are phrases that are totally cliché that we as songwriters owe it to ourselves to not use again.”
“I’m not saying the songs are bad, I’m just saying that we as writers can do better,” he continued. “And when we come around to a little more diversity lyrically on the radio, we can go back and say the word ‘tailgate’ again and not have people cringe. It’s everything in moderation.”
Feast your ears on Brad Paisley with “Crushin’ It”:
As a bonus, here’s a live performance – he has fun with his audience (and even forgets the words to the second verse) adorable:
That’s a wrap for this week – I’ll be doing double duty today visiting last week and this week’s linker uppers, since last week got away from me what with us finally getting our shed. More on that tomorrow! Enjoy your 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, Naila Moon from Just the Stuff Ya Know, and Becca of Everyday Life.
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But wait! There’s More!
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