Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving – we did, I did a whole lotta cooking for just the four of us, but it was worth it! Sometimes I wish my family was closer than we are, I miss having a whole gaggle of people gathered for the holidays. We had way more people gather for the holidays that weren’t family members when we lived in Pennsylvania – too bad moving back to Washington didn’t initiate the whole ‘family’ thing.
But hey, it’s Monday and Monday means music! This week is a freebie week, so grab a favorite tune and come dance with us, won’t you?
Let’s start off with gutsy, self-assured new song from this artist. Bathed in striking tones of red, blue and purple throughout the clip, the artist conveys the idea that she’s been bruised, figuratively speaking, but now fully in touch with her tougher self. She comes out swinging from the opening line, “Don’t tell me I’m too hard to please, that you’re too tired of fighting for me,” and notes that “a real man knows what he signed up for and if you don’t then I’ll show myself the door.”
This artist continues her evolution as an artist since the 2013 win on Season Four of The Voice that catapulted her into the spotlight as a new country artist. Since then she has toured with Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge.
Give a listen to Danielle Bradbery with “Worth It”:
Next up, this artist received her own solo performance as the featured pop-star guest at this year’s CMA Awards, delivering a stunning and thoughtful take of this song off her newest album.
This song came off as an intricate ballad of innocence lost, with the song painting a vivid picture that shared much with the country songwriting tradition. She received a CMA nomination at this year’s show for Musical Event of the Year for “Setting the World on Fire,” her collaboration with Kenny Chesney.
Next up is the sixth song on this artists newest album, who teased song snippets of the album on her social media accounts as part of a countdown to the release. Fans immediately fell in love with this ballad, some saying it sounds like vintage [this artist]. I definitely agree.
Last, but not least, is a bouncy synth-pop cut that finds this artist singing about the pursuit of a “gorgeous” love interest. The guy is so impossibly good-looking she feels unable to even consider the possibility of them being together.
You’re so gorgeous / I can’t say anything to your face / ‘Cause look at your face / And I’m so furious / At you for making me feel this way / But, what can I say? / You’re gorgeous
The artist told fans at her secret album listening sessions that she penned the lyrics about her British actor boyfriend Joe Alwyn. She references her two cats during the song’s bridge:
There’s nothing I hate more than what I can’t have / Guess I’ll just stumble on home to my cats / Alone, unless you wanna come along, oh!
Fun Fact: The toddler that says “gorgeous” at the beginning of the song is James, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s eldest daughter, who was born in 2014. This artist is close friends with the Hollywood couple. The songstress played this song on guitar for Ryan and Blake at the beach when little James kept repeating the title, so she asked if she could borrow their daughter to record it.
Here’s the gorgeous and talented Taylor Swift with “Gorgeous”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday, see you on the dance floor!
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.
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!