Wait, what?! It’s August already?! Everybody stop what you’re doing and find that damn pause button, STAT! Or at the very least, let’s shift into slow-mo and make summer pass a tad slower, maybe if we all drag our feet it can happen. Right? Right?!
Meanwhile it’s Monday, and we’re going to kick off the month with a freebie week – so grab your favorite tune and let’s get dancing, shall we?
Let’s start with a song about a love between an elderly couple that’s rooted in commitment and grows deeper with every passing year. The duo has said that it’s a song that started with a conversation about their grandparents and the love that they shared for the 65-plus years that they were married. It tells the story of the life that they built through their power and dedication to each other, and the perseverance to endure whatever would come their way.
Go ahead, I know you’re thinking 220;Awwwwwwww!”
The song came together after one of the duo’s grandfather passed away, and while other’s was in the hospital. They were actually going to record vocals for another song, but they got to talking and got all emotional, and happened to have an acoustic guitar with them. They were quoted as saying:
“[It is] symbolic of the love that our grandparents shared, and they were together for 65 years. Which, these days, with all the divorce and stuff in the media and press, is a rare thing. So that’s something that we like to strive for, and something we’d liked to have in our own lives.”
Get ready for the goosebumps – here’s Dan + Shay with “From The Ground Up”:
Next up is an artist who pulled a Beyoncé and dropped a brand new Olympic song out of nowhere recently, to the surprise and delight of her fans everywhere. It’s an uplifting mid-tempo power ballad that showcases both this artist’s strong vocal ability and her skill at crafting songs that evoke strong emotion.
The empowering track will be used throughout the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, and the accompanying video features footage of Olympic athletes training and competing. In a press release the artist was quoted as saying:
“This is a song that’s been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface. I was inspired to finish it now, rather than save it for my next album, because now more than ever, there is a need for our world to unite.
“I know that together we can rise above the fear – in our country, and around the world. I can’t think of a better example than the Olympic athletes, as they gather in Rio with their strength and fearlessness, to remind us how we ALL can come together, with the resolve to be the best we can be. I hope this song can inspire us to heal, unite, and rise together. I am honored that NBC Olympics has chosen to use it as an anthem before and during the Rio Games.”
This is the artist’s first new release since 2013.
Give a listen to the inimitable Katy Perry with “Rise”:
“It’s what I envision, big ole country dance clubs across the country playing that and it filling up and everybody having a great time. There’s a little inside story about a girl that moves to the south and she’s kind of shy and then she gets in with these kind of rebel crowd girls and they teach her how to let her hair down and all that, it’s pretty fun. A lot of imagery in that. Kind of a cool picture painted in that.”
Here’s the cute and talented Luke Bryan with “Move”:
Last, but definitely not least, is one of Princess Nagger’s favorite duos with their fifth single from their newest album. The album is named after a character the band created and one of them wears black paint on his hands and neck when performing, to represent the figure. He explained:
“Blurryface is this character that I came up with that represents a certain level of insecurity. These symbols and having a narrative give people a reason to want to take in the whole album – not just one song.”
The artist ponders the “ride of life” with thoughts of life, death, friends and what it all means in the end. He contemplates difficult philosophical questions, such as figuring out who he would live or die for. He concludes by admitting that he’s overthinking life and starts crying out for help.
Without further ado, here’s Twenty One Pilots with “Ride”:
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!