Monday has arrived, yada yada yada – some people dread it (with good reason), some people look forward to it. The one thing you can always look forward to on Monday is music!
Our Spotlight Dancer this week, Michelle Richards (aka Naila Moon) from Just The Stuff Ya Know has chosen the theme for this week: “Opposites Attract” eg: one song about sunshine, next song about rain….any type of music… This should be fun! Let’s dance!
Let’s start with the guy who’s left standing at the altar, but finds the strength to forge ahead on a solo trip to Cancun. The album this song is on was written and recorded the year following the death of the artist’s father – the songs chosen for the record tell of the ups and downs the singer went through, ranging from the loss of his dad to the birth of his third child.
The video’s kind of crazy, but the artist loves flying (even has his own pilot’s license) and thought doing a crazy fun video for this song was the perfect choice.
The song’s music video was conceived by the artist with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay of the website Funny or Die. The clip, which was shot in at Air Hollywood in a warehouse full of old planes in April 2014, stars the artist as the Captain for Riser Air.
The country star also plays one of the regular passengers, which also include various band members and friends recruited by him, including comedian Jeff Dye and actress Emma Fitzpatrick (The Collection).
This music video also won Video of the Year at the 2015 ACM Awards.
Next up is a song I forgot about, that the artist described thusly:
“The song is about this guy I was dating, who was so cool, but wasn’t able to put up with me being in the public eye all the time. I want a real man, not someone who’s going to walk around on eggshells and be a ‘yes’ person. I want someone to let me know if they’re happy, mad or sad.”
Give a listen to the mega talented Kelly Clarkson with “Yeah!”
The song opens with the doo-wop-inflected vocals that this artist mined to immense success on her debut album, but this time there’s a twist – the retro music plays through an old-timey crackle, and then it suddenly comes to a stop. A massive, Neptunes-esque beat kicks in, destroying any worries that this artist was being redunant.
No redundancy here. At all. No no no.
Here is the ultra talented and mega adorable Meghan Trainor with “No”:
Last but not least is the opposite to the first song (I would have done them one after the other, but the blog title wouldn’t have been as clever…heh!) The first song was in the air, this song is on the water! How’s that for ‘opposite’?
This is the first song from this group’s fifth studio album, and the song that rocketed this group to its current (and deserved) fame.
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!
Michelle (aka Naila) of Just The Stuff Ya Know