Happy 4th of July! Since Monday’s Music Moves Me lands on the 4th this week, it’s perfect that our bloggy buddy and former (and currently fill-in) co-conductor as well as this week’s Spotlight Dancer Cathy of Curious As A Cathy chose the theme for this week as “Songs with America in the title or patriotic tunes!” Let’s get this party started!
First up is an artist who released this song on July 2, 2013, stating that it’s no coincidence it was released just before the Fourth of July. She was quoted as saying:
“I’m proud. I know it sounds really cheesy, but I’m proud to be an American. And I’m really proud of my country and how far we’ve come. It’s a great love song. It’s basically about falling in love in the best country ever.”
Give a listen to Demi Lovato with “Made in the USA”:
Next up is a song about a soldier who is headed off to war. It was written for all the times that the artist got to meet the troops on USO tours, this is his support for the American fighting men and women.
Here’s the inimitable Toby Keith with “American Soldier”:
Next up is a song by one of my favorite artists who said this song, about a daughter wrapping her father round her finger, is partly autobiographical. When the writers pitched the song to her, the title had her laughing as she asked if it was about her. They said no, it’s about this husband and wife, and the husband always wanted a boy, but he ended up with a girl.
The artist responded with “Great, sounds like my dad!”
Here’s the gorgeous and talented Carrie Underwood with “All-American Girl”:
Next up is a song that celebrates the spirit of America’s young people. The song celebrates the spirit of youth across America. There is so much more to being alive than partying, tailgates and bonfires – it’s every single detail of being young, growing up, remembering when, laughing about how, but especially knowing you can still do all those things.
The artist was quoted as saying:
“The spirit of this thing – the song, the bus, the idea of the kids riding around, having fun, playing music and just celebrating life – makes you want to get involved. Fun is where and how you make it. Out in the sun with a bunch of friends – and the people who work on my videos have been making them with me for more than a decade – even buckets of paint and a bus that needs to be covered can give you a reason to have fun.”
Without further ado, here’s Kenny Chesney with “American Kids”:
Next up is a song that the artist was doing a Grease tribute with the music video, as well as paying tribute to her parents’ courting days.
Give a listen to Miley Cyrus with “Party In The U.S.A.”:
Last, but definitely not least, is a patriotic song that’s a pick-you-up and make-you-pump-your-fists-and-sing-along kind of song. Bet you’ll be singing along.
Here’s Rodney Atkins with “It’s America”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday, and a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!
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!
Cathy of Curious As A Cathy