Monday has arrived without much fanfare again. This week will be nice, because the hubby is on his spring break from the college he teaches at, so we don’t have to get up at such a gawdawful time in the morning – seriously, 4:15 a.m. is way too early to rise. So ‘sleeping in’ until 6 is much better.
We could technically sleep in a little bit later, since Little Dude doesn’t go to school until 8:25 a.m., but then it’d be much harder to return to the 4:15 a.m. alarm next week, so 6 is a good compromise. Of course the hubby’s internal clock thwarts his sleeping in every time, and once he gets up, Reddington gets active and wakes me up. So chances are, we most likely won’t stay asleep until the 6 a.m. alarm. But we can sure try!
Since it’s Monday, it’s the perfect day for some music! This week’s theme is a freebie, so grab your favorite tune and come dance along with us, won’t you? Let’s start with a great trio who are a very tight-knit group.
They’ve been tearing up the roadway in their trusty old van, Geraldine, playing 150–200 shows a year for the past few years. The two guys of the trio are brothers, and the female member is married to one of the brothers. The epitome of ‘tight-knit’, no? Family or not, 200 shows a year is a lot of time to spend crammed inside a van together.
In 2015, the band was named to Nash Country Daily’s annual Ones to Watch list – and we’ve been watching them perform ever since. Today marks the day they release this newest single to country radio, which means it’s finally time to just listen.
One of the trio was quoted as saying:
“It’s a fun song, I feel like it’s the perfect time to release it, because it’s been a heavy year for everybody and we just wanted to release something that could bring everyone together, regardless of beliefs.”
Next up is a brand new song (finally!) from one of my all-time favorite artists, who has written a love letter to the small Southern towns with this new song, which is the opening track from his forthcoming album.
“Beer-battered chicken” and “sweet iced tea” lead off the nostalgic anthem, a mid-tempo tour of the Southern everytown that’s anchored by a brightly picked mandolin, the artist’s trademark Telecaster twang and a giant, arena-ready “whoa-oh” chorus.
The new album comes out on April 21st and features a number of special guests, including Mick Jagger, John Fogerty, Bill Anderson and Timbaland. I cannot wait!
Next up is a goofy uptempo jam that finds the singer professing that he’s not very good at a lot of things but he is able to make that special lady in his life smile.
I can’t change the world, no I can’t change a flat / If you give me your heart, girl, well, you may never get it back / You said you’d never smile again, but oh no, here it comes / Would you look at that / I finally found somethin’ I’m good at
The artist was quoted as saying:
“This song is about embracing your flaws and your quirks, but in life, you find that everybody is good at something. The song is like me coming to the realization that when I find that girl who loves me for me and she smiles regardless of all my craziness … I finally found something I’m good at. It’s making her smile.”
The song’s music video finds the artist creating inadvertent suburban havoc as he pursues a girl through the neighborhood. Trust me, it’s fun!
Let’s have some fun with Brett Eldredge‘s “Somethin’ I’m Good At”:
Next up is a brand new folk-pop song this artist released on St. Patrick’s Day about falling for an Irish girl. The track is the result of him inviting Norther Irish trad-folk band Beoga to his home recording studio for a week. The artist explained:
“It was based on the fiddle player in Beoga, Niamh [Dunne]. She’s married to an Irishman, a friend of mine. I had the band in my house for an extra day so I was like, ‘what can I write about? She plays the fiddle in an Irish band… right, cool, let’s write a song about that.’ She inspired the first line but the rest of the song isn’t about anyone, I just made up a story.”
He also explained the title of the song:
“Galway is a city in Ireland where my cousin and uncle live and it’s a really beautiful place – it’s like cobbled streets, it’s quintessential Ireland.”
Before you go… I entered a recipe in a contest, which happens to be one of the finalists! I submitted a recipe “Kahlua Glazed Black Russian Boozy Cake” – so if you could pretty please take a minute to go vote for my recipe, I’d be forever in your debt!
The finalists have been posted on this website page: http://nancyberland.com/recipes/
The deadline for voting for the winner is Monday, April 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Voting is limited to one vote per person, so tell all your friends and family to go to that page and vote! Please and thank you!
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 cohort, Callie from JAmericanSpice., as well as the awesome Cathy from Curious as a CAThy.
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!