Another busy (but fun) weekend under our belts – it’s hard to fathom there are already people posting ‘back to school’ announcements on Facebook. Of course, if we were still in Pennsylvania, the kids would be starting in just over two weeks – they’re very happy to know they have a little more than a full month before that first day of school.
Which means you have more than a month to be safe from my ‘first day of school’ pictures…heh!
It’s Monday, so you know what that means – music! And today is an extra special Monday’s Music Moves Me, too – today marks the fifth year this fun has been bringing music to your ears! I know, right?!
That five years sure has gone by fast! I’ve loved being a part of it, even though I didn’t start off as one of the co-hosts five years ago, I was simply a willing participant in sharing music and linking up.
We have a special giveaway on this magnificent milestone, details are at the end of this post. Meanwhile, this week’s theme is a freebie week, so grab a favorite tune and play along, m’kay? Let’s have some fun!
Let’s start with a song from this particular artist’s first country solo album. The Eagles’ frontman said he named the LP after the area where he was raised, explaining: “I’m a Southerner and a Texan. It’s who I am and where I come from.”
You’ll recognize the amazing artist who lends her voice to this uptempo duet about a woman who tries to reach out to her old lover. The main artist said he’s always been a fan of her voice, and was glad to have her on the project.
Next up is a new (to me) duo who recently released their second song to date, an uptempo tune that’s highly catchy, and with its rhythm-driven track easily earns it’s summer anthem status.
The duo mixes the groove of recent Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge songs with the pop candy of Maroon 5 – which I like in a new country song. Though for the country purists, it raises an eyebrow as to whether there still exists a line between pop and country, with both sound and lyrical content leaning heavily into the pop realm.
Whether or not this song deserves the #country hashtag is beside the point; the song sounds great. It’s ear candy, and should connect well with listeners.
Next up is an artist who keeps it mellow with the first single from an upcoming project. This song is a gentle way for the singer to describe his love to someone. The artist relies on simple, everyday images to tell his story – he’s talented like that.
This new single is a bluejeans-and-T-shirt kind of love song, good for any occasion – an easy love song that everyone will find something familiar in.
Here’s the inimitable Tim McGraw with “Top Of The World”:
Last, but certainly not least, we’re rounding off the selections with a party song – especially since today is the perfect time to party what with our MMMM anniversary and all, right?
This artist is considered one of the hardest working songwriters in nashville – while I’ve shared this song recently, it’s worth sharing again. The lyrics for this song unfolded over several sessions – quite unusual in the Nashville songwriting community, where writers generally crank out one song for each pre-arranged session.
This artist, however, doesn’t settle for anything, examining every single lyric to make sure it’s right, not stopping until they’re great. That’s one of the reasons he and his songs tend to connect with so many people.
His hard work results in another song that’s vastly different from anything else at country radio, with perfectly-balanced lyrics. His lyrics and progressive musical approach elicit strong criticism from some quarters, especially hardcore traditionalists, which luckily doesn’t seem to faze him.
Music is constantly evolving, so whatever someone calls country now, that wasn’t what country was even 20 or 30 years ago. Probably why I myself prefer ‘New Country’ over the old stuff, and why I wasn’t a country fan years ago, too. The new stuff like this? I’m totally a fan.
That’s a wrap for this week – thank you for being a part of Monday’s Music Moves Me all these years – be sure to scroll down to enter our giveaway in celebration! 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, and Naila Moon from Just the Stuff Ya Know. (Naila is taking the summer off, but will be back to hostessing in the fall). *waves* Hi Naila! Enjoy your summer!
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!
And now, for our giveaway!
It’s our “5th” Year Anniversary! “5” years of Rock & Roll with all my friends… new & old! We would like to celebrate with a HUGE GIVE-AWAY!
We are going to have “5” Winners! Yes “1” Winner for each year! So stop by and play with us for five weeks and enter our give-away!
There are so many prizes we had to make two rafflecopters for you to enter on. One here and at Xmas Dolly’s, and the other one over at Callie and Naila Moon!
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Here’s the rundown of the list of prizes for this rafflecopter:
- $25 Gift Certificate at Target & a bottle of Princess Nagger Licor del Café (a coffee-flavored liqueur that is made by Stacy from the finest coffee, Vodka, Brandy and organic Vanilla Beans),
- $10 Gift Certificate for Best Buy, and
- 2 Tix to IMAX (must be used by 12/31/15).
Here you go – good luck!