Hello Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend – as usual, it flew by way too fast. But it is 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 a breakout British singer-songwriter who released a new single, an emotionally resonant piano ballad. The artist was quoted as saying:
“[This song] started out as a song about something completely different than what it is now. It was originally written from a fragile place of anxiety and not knowing the cause of it, so the song started to become ‘Without A Reason’. But as we carried on writing, we realised how every relationship has difficult times but you stick with it because the love you fundamentally feel for the other person overrides everything else. I wrote this song to say thank you to those special people who make our lives better, simply because they’re in it.”
Give a listen to Calum Scott with “You Are The Reason”:
Next up is a song by an American pop rock band that was released on January 16, 2018 to contemporary hit radio as the second single from the band’s sixth studio album. It served as the third countdown single released from the album. Not much information has been written about it yet, but it’s certainly a catchy tune!
Next up my favorite country-turned-pop artist hooks up with a rapper, along with her pal (and another of my favorite artists) on this easy listening hip-hop track. The pop princess croons about how the world sees her and how her boyfriend should look past her reputation as a boy crazy female who conducts her relationships in public.
Big reputation, big reputation / Ooh, you and me, we got big reputations / Ah, and you heard about me / Ooh, I got some big enemies (yeah) / Big reputation, big reputation
Her two artist friends each contribute verses about their trials of being constantly in the spotlight. The album title and the theme of her media perception comes into play as she says the word “reputation” 13 times. She frequently sneaks in references to the number 13 in her songs, for instance on Red’s thirteenth track “The Lucky One” the word “lucky” is similarly repeated thirteen times. Swift’s affection for the number is believed to originate with her birthday being December 13th.
Some fun facts about the video:
- During the Tokyo portion of the clip, Taylor can be seen sipping on a juice box. The Japanese words on the drink carton translate into English as “End Game.”
- When Taylor is partying in Tokyo, the Japanese writing on three of the four billboards that can be seen feature “End Game” lyrics written in Japanese. The fourth one translates to “Meredith Olivia,” her cats’ names.
- When Taylor sings the line “Here’s the truth from my red lips” in the visual, she’s not wearing her usual bright red lipstick. The director explained: “When Taylor sings ‘truth from my Red lips’ her lips are nude because I think it means her lips that sang the Red album.”
Here’s the inimitable Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran, and Future with “End Game”:
Last, but not least, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer that is best known for her collaborations with other artists. She recorded this song with a country-pop duo for the closing track of her third extended play album, released to American contemporary hit radio on October 24, 2017.
The piano-driven ballad has a feel-good message of whatever will be, will be. The artist wrote the song with the country-pop artists and writers, inspired by some encouraging words of wisdom from one of the country-pop duo’s pregnant wife, Hayley:
“It was my second session of the day and their second session of the day, and they were kind of over it and so was I. [The other artist] and I sat down, and he was like, ‘You know what my just wife told me? She said, ‘If it’s meant to be, it’ll be that we write a hit or not.’ And, I said, ‘Well that’s the song – let’s go!’ Then the song just poured out.”
The artist explained how the track’s fatalistic lyrical content helped her through her own troubles:
“I’ve recently been going through heartbreak, and I listen to the song, and it makes me feel better and like there’s some type of destiny and if something doesn’t work out then, there’s something better waiting for you. I think that’s something we need more than ever with all the events going on in the world. People want to feel safe and like everything’s going to be OK.”
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!