Hello hello! It’s Monday already! I know, I know! Monday is the dreaded start to a week for the most part, except that Monday means music, so there’s some redemption, right? Thanks for being patient with me as I get adjusted to new schedules and try not to burn the candle at both ends (though it’s really really hard not to do that).
While we’re all trying to find our groove, how about some music to groove to, hmmmm? It’s a freebie week, so grab your favorite tune and dance along with us, won’t you? Let’s do this!
Let’s start with an artist who was previously addicted to painkillers and alcohol and suffering from panic attacks because of the incessant cycle of having to promote her music. She was so depressed she even contemplated suicide, but was stopped by a friend.
The artist began a twelve-step program and focused on writing songs for other artists. After success penning hit tunes for the likes of David Guetta (“Titanium”) and Rihanna, (“Diamonds”), this talented artist signed a contract with RCA to record an album, which stipulated she doesn’t have to tour or do press appearances to promote it.
This particular song finds the artist referencing her inability to deal with the pressures of the music industry by calling herself a basket case and comparing herself to a basket wrapped in cellophane. Cellophane is made from a plant fiber, cellulose, which has been shredded and aged and then shaped into thin, flat, transparent sheets. The artist is saying that she’s unable to hide herself away from her difficulties, while wrapped in something so crystal clear.
I’m so glad she overcame her addiction and obstacles, because I adore her and her music.
Here’s the incredibly talented Sia with “Cellophane” (from Justice League Soundtrack – can’t wait for that movie!):
Next up is a country artist who is gearing up for the release of her debut album in August by dropping a new video for her current single.
The video features the artist shredding on guitar with her band in a rustic Nashville warehouse as she puts vocals to the tune. She was quoted as saying:
“It is the first song that started this whole project because when we originally started talking with Kristian Bush to produce my whole record, [this song] was the song that all of us were like, ‘You know what, there’s something to this.’ As an artist, I came to town really trying to find what I wanted to sound like. I think it took me years of doing the wrong thing to finally find the right thing. [This song] is the first song where I could honestly be like, ‘That’s me.’ If I was given three minutes with somebody whose never heard my name before, to really hear what’s going on in my heart and hear what I sound like, [this song] would be it.”
Plus, you gotta love an artist who holds her own as she’s currently touring with my boy Brad Paisley, right?
Next up is an artist who casually dropped one of the year’s catchiest pop songs in early July. I shared the lyric video with you a couple of weeks ago, but now the official video is ready to enjoy.
The talented teen, who has come a long way since her breezy country-pop debut EP effortlessly taps into the song’s overarching theme of opposites attracting with this video. The artist hangs out with her boyfriend (played by Riverdale actor Casey Cott) and generally does cute things like argue about horror movies and take a lot pics.
There may or may not be a sad twist (it’s a little unclear), but the video is a suitably whimsical accompaniment to the song.
Last, but certainly not least, is the lead single from this artist’s sixth studio album, and it’s a savage girl-power anthem about rising above those trying to bring you down. The artist was quoted as saying:
“[This song] is a song basically to the haters, it is basically saying ‘I am good now, I am sorry I am not sorry that you may not be loving where your life is at the moment.’ It is just a song about the haters.”
The song’s music video was shot during a wild house party the artist hosted in Los Angeles, which seems to have featured plenty of dancing, making out and a bubble bath. It includes cameos from Jamie Foxx, Wiz Khalifa, Paris Hilton and a few of the singer’s best friends.
Give a listen to the beautifully talented Demi Lovato with “Sorry Not Sorry”:
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!
Before you go…
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!!!