Monday has arrived! I know, I know, I wish the weekend were longer, too. They tend to fly by way too fast! At least Monday means music – that’s the saving grace! This week’s Spotlight Dancer is our friend John Holton, of “The Sound of One Hand Typing” who has chosen the following theme: “The A to Z letter for Monday is “T”, so how about songs about traveling!” Let’s do this!
Let’s start off with a band that released a steady stream of music videos from their new album throughout the year last year, typically featuring a sort of split-life effect where the song’s main character can see what would happen in their life if they decided to zig instead of zag.
This video is one of them, the song follows a girl who glimpses her life if she ran away from home with a boy after a funeral, with all the requisite ups and downs of a road trip with no defined end in sight.
Give a listen to The Lumineers with “Sleep On The Floor”:
Next up is a fun duo whose top hit a couple of summers ago Princess Nagger and I liked cranking the volume for while we were driving cross-country. This new song is just as fun, and adds another of our favorite artists to the mix.
The duo is showing off how they roll with a little help from their friends in this funky new music video. Featuring not only fellow country star Luke Bryan, but also X Games champion Travis Pastrana and The Nitro Circus.
The video was filmed in the desert outside of Los Angeles and begins with the duo and Luke Bryan stopping their semi on the side of the road to help out their stranded X Games pals. The party moves to the trailer and of course later the X Games champs show off their jaw-dropping tricks.
Next up is a song that tells the story of a guy who is left standing alone at the alter but finds the strength to forge ahead on a solo trip to Cancun. The artist is obsessed with planes, so this was the perfect song to co-write with friends.
The artist wrote and recorded the album this song is on in the year following the death of his father. The songs chosen for the record tell the ups and downs the singer went through, ranging from the loss of his dad to the birth of his third child.
The song’s music video was directed by Wes Edwards and 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.
Last, but definitely not least, is a song from my favorite country artist. The music video took this awesome artist out of the comfortable surroundings of his Nashville, TN home.
After 10,000+ miles, eight countries in eight days, two cameras, one tractor, six jackets and one very friendly Maasi giraffe – he had a video. If that doesn’t denote a traveling song, I don’t know what does!
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, and our awesome friend Cathy, from Curious as a Cathy has returned full force as a co-host.
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!
John of The Sound of One Hand Typing