I hope all you mothers had a Happy Mother’s Day! Since I’m pre-scheduling this post on the off-chance I’m going to be too busy to hang out on my computer, I’ll fill you in on my Mother’s Day tomorrow. Meanwhile, it’s Monday, always the perfect day for some great music! This week’s theme is a freebie, so grab your favorite tune and come dance along with us, won’t you?
Ooopsie – I guess we snuck in another Spotlight Dancer – our friend Mike Golch chose a theme of “Rock the House with 60’s Rock songs” – so find your favorite 60’s rock songs and let’s dance! Sorry, Mike, I didn’t see this until too late and didn’t get a chance to scope out 60’s tunes, so we’ll just have to dance to these new ones, m’kay?
Let’s start with an artist who sings about a guy from a small town who is lamenting his former lover who left him due to an insatiable case of wanderlust. She wanted to experience a big city buzz, but the guy believes he can get the same buzz living the small town life.
Get a listen to Eric Church with “Round Here Buzz”:
Next up is a brand new song by one of my favorite artists. She’s singing to The Wizard of Oz’s mythical Tin Man, a character who really wanted a heart so he could feel emotions. She tries to talk him out of it, assuring him that circulatory organs aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. “If you ever felt one breaking, you’d never want a heart,” she croons.
The artist’s metaphor of The Wizard of Oz’s heart-lacking character is an image of life after heartbreak, and it’s easy to imagine it was inspired by her divorce from another high profile artist. The artist wrote the song with two other contributors in the summer of 2015, right around the time she announced her divorce.
The artist performed the song during the 2017 ACM Awards on April 2, 2017 alone on stage, accompanied only by her acoustic guitar. It was a last-minute selection by the country superstar.
Grab some tissues – here’s Miranda Lambert with “Tin Man”:
Next up is the third single from this artist, a piano and guitar ballad that finds this heartbroken artist feeling jaded about love and wishing that she could go back “to a time when I wouldn’t roll my eyes. At a guy and a girl. Who make it work.” She was quoted as saying:
“I wanted [fans] to see a different side [of me] that they haven’t heard before, which is a really vulnerable, but insightful look into a heartbreak. It’s not a poor, pitiful me type of song, it’s my personality and it’s really self-reflective… It’s sort of owning up to your faults and hoping that you’re not playing to that ‘heartbroken girl going through a breakup’ cliché.”
Last, but definitely not least… oh look! I had a little bit of time to initiate an edit on this post, so I found a song to coincide with Mike’s theme – with a twist, of course, because that’s how I roll!
This song was released in 1968, when this artist was just starting to become a chart force to be reckoned with. And though he’d had six Top 40 hits in 1966 and 1967, he was still about a year away from the explosion that would soon follow and last throughout the ’70s and most of the ’80s.
Here’s Neil Diamond with “Red Red Wine”:
This song didn’t do so well on the charts (and when listening to it from Neil, you can see why), but definitely came into its own when a group in the 80’s did a remake of it.
Give a listen to UB40 with “Red Red Wine”:
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!
Mike Golch of Golch Central’s Rambling Stuff