It’s Monday again already? How’d that happen so fast? Well, no matter, here we are. And it’s almost the end of May, to boot! Which means the school year is coming to a close sooner rather than later. The kids are ecstatic about that. Time is sure flying by.
Speaking of time flying by – today marks the 35th anniversary of when Mount St. Helens erupted. Crazy to fathom it’s already been 35 years.
Seriously, I really need to stop blinking.
Scientists say Mount St. Helens is the most active volcano in the Cascades and the most likely to erupt again, perhaps in this generation, but they can’t predict years in advance when or how big it will be, of course.
Luckily scientists have developed new monitoring tools and installed a network of GPS and seismic monitors to track the mountain’s movements. If the volcano reawakens, those monitors can detect signals to help scientists forecast whether an eruption is likely to happen within hours, days or weeks.
Where Californians have to worry about earthquakes and drought, we here in Washington State worry about the occasional (and very infrequent) earthquake and mostly dormant volcanoes. I’d say it’s a horse apiece.
Moving on…this week’s theme for Monday’s Music Moves Me is a freebie! So as per usual, I’m mixing things up a bit.
Let’s start off with one of my recent favorite artists who’s catchy single I shared a few weeks ago, and is still a favorite to continuously hit replay. In this song, he did an awesome job covering a song from 4 Non Blondes.
Give a listen to Drake White with “What’s Up”:
Next up is a song from a Northern Irish alternative rock band that was released as the second single from their fourth studio album back in 2006. It gained significant popularity here in the U.S. after it was featured in the second season finale of Grey’s Anatomy (and some of their music has been used since – usually you know to grab the tissues when the first notes of any song by this band start playing on GA).
This song was nominated for Best Rock Song at the 2007 Grammy Awards, and at the 2007 Brit Awards it was nominated for Best British Single.
The lead singer (who wrote the song) said it’s the purest love song that he’s ever written – with no knife-in-the-back twist.
Fun Fact: The phrase “Chasing Cars” came from Lightbody’s father, in reference to a girl Lightbody was infatuated with, “You’re like a dog chasing a car. You’ll never catch it and you just wouldn’t know what to do with it if you did.”
Without further ado, here’s Snow Patrol with “Chasing Cars”:
Next up is a song from an American pop rock band from their third studio album in 2013, written by the lead singer, and has been one of the band’s most successful singles.
The lead singer started writing this song while waiting for Beyoncé to turn up to a studio session in the Hamptons. He was inspired for the song because he was working in the largest house he’d ever stepped foot in, which was being rented by Jay Z and Beyoncé.
He was out there for five days, and on the second day, combing through the internet searching for stuff that would inspire him for Beyoncé, he ran across what he described as a ‘weird’ song that had an indigenous folk sound to it that just struck him like lightning.
Give a listen to OneRepublic with “Counting Stars”:
Last, but never least, is one of my all-time favorite artists with his newest music video for his most recent single. What I love about this particular video is that the artist created and drew the entire thing himself. It. Is. Hysterical.
Not only has Hollywood been in on the superhero action (Avengers, anyone? Captain America? The list goes on…), but thanks to this ingenious guy, Nashville gets to enjoy their own little slice.
He hilariously transforms some of Nashville’s biggest stars into the “Agents of Crush” – a mishmash of superhero universes, with Brad Paisley as the Iron Man parody Steel Moonshiner, Carrie Underwood as Carrie Underwoman, Blake Shelton as General B.S., Luke Bryan as Flash Smiley, Kenny Chesney as Agua Man, Jason Aldean as Jason All-Green, Keith Urban as Captain Australia, the Zac Brown Band as Zoro Brown Bandaleros, Dierks Bentley as Derx Skydrinker, Rascal Flatts as Hell’s Rascals, Eric Church as Churchmouse, and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as the Timcredibles.
There are also animated cameo appearances by Miranda Lambert, George Strait and TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. He also cast Florida Georgia Line as Beavis & Butt-head characters wearing T-shirts separately touting “Cash” and “Bieber.”
He began teasing the video Monday night (May 11) via Twitter.
Remember how I leaked the album last summer without anybody knowing? He he he. #crushinit
He cracks me up.
Last Tuesday morning Paisley posted the final cut on YouTube, with this accompanying tweet:
Ok, I drew this. Certainly the only video of its kind. Hope you get a kick out of it. Betcha can’t watch just once.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) May 12, 2015
He was right. I couldn’t only watch it once. I’ve already watched it several times, and will undoubtedly watch it many more. Each time I end up laughing so hard there are tears.
That’s a wrap – have a great week!
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, and Naila Moon from 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!