Speeding through the summer, we’re going to pause a minute since it’s Monday, and Monday means music! And looky here – I have the honor of being in the Spotlight this week, so I decided to err on the side of easy and fun, and make it a freebie week! So feel free to grab a favorite tune and dance along, won’t you?
Let’s start with a sunny jam that finds this artist singing of getting ready to go clubbing:
“It’s Saturday and it won’t be long / Gotta paint my nails, put my high heels on / It’s Saturday and I won’t be long / Til I hit the dance floor”
Like most of the other songs on this album, this one was written for another artist but rejected. The artist realized as soon as she was cutting it that it sounded too ‘Brit-pop’ for the artist she had in mind, but she herself couldn’t stop listening to it in her car. She was quoted as saying:
“There’s something really uplifting about it that put me in a good mood, and I would just pretend it wasn’t me singing [laughs]. It felt very summer and fun, and I was like, “I’ll put that on there”.”
Give a listen to the inimitable Sia with “Cheap Thrills”:
Next up is a brand new song that is sultry and sparse, a somber ode to hard living. It finds the artist reflecting on getting over heartbreak through music, drinking and one-night stands.
This song is the first release since this artist’s divorce and move from Oklahoma to Nashville. She was quoted as saying:
“It’s been a really cool journey because I’ve lived in Nashville for the last year almost now. I’ve been able to write so much more than I had before, just not being on the road constantly and moving from Oklahoma. All my friends [in Nashville] are songwriters. We’re either hanging out and accidentally wrote a song or we had it set up, so I probably wrote like five days a week for five months straight.”
She hopes this song is something listeners can relate to when they hear the track for the first time, that it can feel like they’re not on an island. We all have things in our life that aren’t necessarily pleasant to talk about, but this song is as honest as you can get about emotions and letting raw emotions live where they live until you move on to a happier place.
“Sometimes when we’re not [sunshine and roses] we find things that make us feel better at the moment. That’s what a vice is. I think when you go through something in your life that’s hard, you learn what you run to and what you run from. Sometimes it comes full circle. It’s a very clear image of somebody that’s willing to lay it out there and be honest.”
Give a listen to the gorgeous and talented Miranda Lambert with “Vice”:
Next up is an artist who sings of his belief that there are angels doing good in a world filled with bad news. As of late, our world has been impacted by tragedy of all kinds, so the artist is grateful this song can be used to shine a light on all the good that happens every day in our world. He’s excited for it to be heard and for it to bring hope and positivity into people’s lives.
Give a listen to Eric Paslay with “Angels In This Town”:
Next up is a song that was just released last Friday, a week ahead of the full album release which is happening this Friday (July 29th). The artist has been slowly releasing tracks leading up to the launch of his 5th studio album.
This song is a fun little tune about young love, and is a great way to kick off the album. The first thing that you realize about the track is a new sound for this artist – a horns section.
Give a listen to Jake Owen with “American Love”:
Last, but definitely not least, is the lead single from this groups 2016 self-titled album that finds the lead singer crooning lyrics about desire.
I stumbled across this group and this song by happenstance, as I was just letting YouTube randomly auto-play songs as I worked on other stuff. I’m glad they popped up in my headphones, because I’m now a fan!
Get up and dance (and I dare you to resist the urge to clap) with Fitz And The Tantrums with “HandClap”:
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 Cathy from Curious As A Cathy has graciously agreed to fill in during the month of July while our Naila Moon from Just the Stuff Ya Know is on vacation. Welcome back, Cathy, and have fun, Naila!
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!