Well would you look at that? I thought I had this post scheduled to go live last night, but apparently I picked the wrong date – I evidently assumed everyone would be traveling into the future…heh! Better late than never!
Hello Monday! I know, I know, I probably shouldn’t be greeting it in such a cheerful manner, should I? Except that Monday means music, so there actually is something to look forward to for a Monday, right? Hope y’all had a great weekend – naturally, it went by way too fast, since Mother Nature has truly been smiling on us in the weather department with awesome sunny (but not too hot) weather.
Meanwhile, it’s Monday – and this week our fearless leader, Marie of Xmas Dolly, has chosen our theme: “June 5th is my big brother’s birthday so we’ll call this one “Sibling Day” your siblings’ favorite song or a song that came out on their birthday!” So there you have it! Happy Birthday to Marie’s big brother!
Let’s start with a song that was inspired by the disputes and tension that the tracking of a song on the group’s record brought along. There was also a competitive spirit between the singer and his guitarist brother that had been weighing them down since the very early stages of the band. The singer was quoted as saying:
“We felt like competition was a good thing. It pushed us, and thus, we mistakenly saw it as something that was driving us. Yet, in our darkest hours, instead of protecting one another, we saw someone else’s mistakes as a way to have an edge over the other and place an easy blame.”
“It wasn’t until we confessed to one another our own faults that we really saw the potential of what it is like to have a true brother by your side. This is a very special song to us and was likely a big part of the healing that we desperately needed.”
When thinking of a song for my sister, this next song came to mind first, mostly because of the word ‘sister’ in the title…heh! The band’s drummer wrote this song about his sister Christy, who is 10 years younger than him and was growing up fast. Essentially the song is about her coming of age.
The drummer grew up in Eugene, Oregon, where “Motoring” was a term for driving around with your friends, often trying to pick up girls. We had that action going on up here in Washington State, too – in fact, that’s how my brother met his wife, whilst out ‘cruising’. My sister and our friends used to drive the cruise route, not to pick up boys, but more to people watch, because it was truly entertaining!
Now you know what they say – you can’t choose your family but you can choose your friends. And sometimes friends are closer than your family – in this case, my BFF has been a solid presence in my life – no matter how invisible I feel with my own family, she’s able to see me even while wearing my invisibility cloak.
My BFF has been my rock through some extremely rough times in my life, and has been there to share my joy – I can always count on her being there no matter what. Sadly, that is not the case for some of my family members, so her friendship means more to me than life itself. This song doesn’t even cover a smidgen of what she means to me, so luckily I have a lifetime to show her my appreciation.
Ironically, this song was written about The Burning Man in Nevada – where my BFF happens to live.
Last, but not least is a song for all my siblings – the thing that struck me most about this song is that it’s built around the melody of the much-covered classic “Heart and Soul” – anyone who’s ever had a piano (or access to one) as a kid no doubt learned how to play the melody. I know us kids did!
The lead singer was quoted as saying:
“The idea to be on top of the world and have the whole town react to the happiness was super fun and corny and sweet and I wish life was really like this video.”
I wish it too, sir, I wish it too!
For all my siblings let’s reminisce with Train and “Play That Song”:
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!