Leap Year! Today’s our extra day for the year. Now if only there’d actually be extra time, we’d be all set…heh. Last week went by in a blur, doctor appointments for Little Dude, then an extra unexpected one when he had an unfortunate altercation with a pole on the playground and cracked his skull open.
It wasn’t horrible – like when he cracked the back of his head open almost exactly a year ago on the monkey bars – he’ll just have another small scar to add to his collection in the middle of his forehead. He’s definitely all boy.
This week is a freebie week, so grab a favorite tune and dance along, won’t you?
Let’s start off with the lead single from this artist’s fourth studio album from 2013. The artist dedicated the song to her fans, those that never stopped believing in her. She was quoted as saying:
“I feel like this song really is for them and how I feel, that I can’t stop and I’m going to be who I am and they should be who they are and that they can’t stop and no one can stop us.”
The artist performed the song on Jimmy Fallon with The Roots in a very Brady Family kind of way. I think you’ll like it!
With further ado, here’s Miley Cyrus with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots with “We Can’t Stop”:
Next up is a song that was the first recorded song by this artist after she ‘retired’ for a time from singing. She didn’t fully leave the world of music at that time, though, as she co-wrote hits for the likes of Rihanna, David Guetta and Flo Rida. She simply wanted to remain out of the spotlight, as she didn’t care too much about commercial success and embraced her privacy.
Normally when she’s writing songs, she’s thinking them in terms of different artists – what would fit their individual style and talent. With this song, however, after writing it she realized she’d just written a full-blown pop song for herself by accident.
Because she didn’t want to be famous, she donned a blonde bob wig that obscured her face – this has now become her shtick – she’s said that if Amy Winehouse was a beehive, then she’s a blonde bob.
This YOLO anthem took months to reach the Top 10 of the Hot 100 chart, but pop purveyors embraced its sentiment and the artist’s performance almost immediately, turning the camera-shy Australian into an American star.
Next up is a song that has been talked a lot about since it’s debut on the Grammy’s. Bet you know what I’m talking about, right?
These two favorite artists sang an amazing duet on stage a couple weeks ago – a mashup of two of their recent hit songs. It. Was. Phenomenal.
This was the male artist’s first ever Grammy’s performance – he was up for Best New Artist and Best Country Album awards, and while he didn’t win, being nominated was still an honor. He’s a winner in my book!
Last but definitely not least is one of my favorite American Idol winners (the very first one!) who gave this year’s finalist (for the final season) something to aspire to this past week.
After Idol named it’s Season 15 Top 10, this talented artist (who’s just a single spicy pepper away from delivering her second child), performed a rendition of her latest single that was so raw, even judge Keith Urban (and many others as the camera spans the room) couldn’t hep but cry.
I guarantee you’ll have tears, too.
This song speaks to her pain of being abandoned by her father, but the restorative hope she found in her eventual husband, and the couple’s commitment to love their daughter. In this video, she takes the radio-ready tune, reduces it to a simple piano arrangement and finds power in restraining her typically explosive range. By the end of the song, she, herself, can’t help but break, but mitigates any awkwardness in her typical fashion.
Better have the tissues handy. Trust me.
Here’s the mega talented Kelly Clarkson with “Piece By Piece”:
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, 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!