July is here. Can you believe it? Lots of people tend to take vacation this week because of the 4th of July – picnics, parties, and lots of fireworks, celebrating 241 years of Independence.
This week’s Monday’s Music Moves Me theme is of course songs of Independence, picnics and celebration of the holiday for 4th of July. Grab your favorite tune(s) and come dance with us, won’t you?
Let’s start off with my all-time favorite male country star whose patriotic sing-along cites ingredients that make up the American melting pot. At its core, this is really about our similarities and what brings our country together.
Next up is a classic hit, the name of the song also being the name of this artist’s seventh studio album. The album became one of his highest-selling records, featuring additional hit songs such as “Glory Days” and “Dancing In the Dark”. He’s also one of the first artists I’d ever gone to see in concert.
Give it up for Bruce Springsteen with “Born in the U.S.A.”:
Next is a beautiful love song to our country, acknowledging the good with the bad in between a message of resilient unity, with descriptions of land stretching out to the West that hint at the glory our forefathers must have seen.
Here’s Dierks Bentley with “Home”:
I must confess, while I’ve not been a fan of this next artist, this is one of her songs that I’ve shared before around this time of year, and it’s one I really like. And I’m willing to give her a chance, based on the new song I shared last week, if she’s getting back to this, I’ll be won over.
This was the lead single from this artist’s first ever EP, which was sold exclusively at American Walmart stores in conjunction with the then teenage singer’s clothing line. The breezy summertime pop anthem features semi-autobiographical lyrics concerning the artist’s move from Tennessee to Los Angeles.
In the video, the artist pays tribute to one of her favorite movies, Grease, and she also wanted to pay tribute to her parents’ courting days. When they were first dating, they went to a drive-in in Kentucky called the Corral Drive-In – so the drive-in in the video was named after that as an homage to them. In addition, the artist’s mom used to drive a ’79 black Pontiac Trans Am, Smokey and the Bandit style, so that’s the car that the artist arrives in.
Of course you can’t have a party without a Red Solo Cup, right? I mean, I think there might be a law about that somewhere. So naturally we need to include this song in the fun. Fair warning, though, this is the unedited version, so there might be some NSFW moments therein.
Here’s Toby Keith with “Red Solo Cup”:
What are your plans for the 4th of July?
Happy Anniversary to Monday’s Music Moves Me! 7 years of music, people! Thank you to all our music loving friends for participating with us each week, and sharing awesome music! This is our Lucky 7, so of course we need to host a giveaway!
There will be 3 winners, since we have 3 prizes up for grabs:
- Ozeri Pronto Digital Kitchen Scale
- Your Choice of a $25 Walmart, ITunes or Amazon Gift Card
- Ozeri Curva Artisan Glasses
Just click on the prize if you’d like to see all about it!!!
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!