I have a confession to make. I am not a fan of the time change this time of year. Sure, I appreciate that the sun is technically out longer, but I wish this time change scenario would come to an end and they’d pick one and leave it alone. I never seem to catch up on losing that hour until we get it back again in the fall.
But hey, it’s Monday, and Monday means music! This week our theme is “COLOR me with music songs with a color in the title or the song!” There are a bazillion and one songs out there that qualify, so let’s have some fun!
Let’s start off with a song I’ve shared a few times – and every time I listen to it, I love it even more. It won Single of the Year at the 2017 CMA Awards, and a fun fact is that it was the most-played song on Waffle House’s jukeboxes in 2017. This artist’s cut beat out more than 30 million other tunes to be #1 on the chain’s annual list of the top 10 songs played at 1,850 Waffle House restaurants across 25 states.
Give a listen to Keith Urban with “Blue Ain’t Your Color”:
Next up is a true song about this artist’s ex boyfriend, who broke up with her and got married a month later. The song is about being hurt by someone you were once close to. The song almost didn’t make it to the album. It had different lyrics, but the artist thought of new lyrics at the last minute.
The video is based heavily on the artist’s own personal experiences. She is credited with the concept and ideas behind it; it was directed by Joseph Kahn. The video did very well on MTV’s TRL, becoming a regular #1 request. Finally, fifty days later, on August 3, 2005, the video was retired from the Top 10 countdown. This artist holds the record for the longest stay by a female at #1 with 33 days, nearly surpassing the record previously set by The Backstreet Boys.
Next up in the color scheme is appropriate in that it’s a barefoot, blue jean night with beer, sweet tea, beautiful girls and an old guitar. Just about every idyllic image known to country music is in this one. This is the first single from this artist’s third album.
It was the artist’s former girlfriend who convinced him to record the song. He was quoted as saying:
“I was almost finished with my record. I had that song on my email. I listened to it over and over one night when my girlfriend at the time came downstairs, and we were breaking up. She said, ‘You’re an idiot if you don’t record this.’ I think she thought I was an idiot anyway, which is why she was leaving, but I did listen. She liked it, and for a girl who never mentioned much about my music, because I think my music is the one thing that kept me away from her, so she never complimented me much on it – for her to say that, I knew.
I already knew in my mind it was a good song, but when she said that, I was like, all right, I’m cutting it. So it worked out. It’s weird, I knew it would be a hit, but I didn’t know it would be this big. I don’t know what else to base it off of, because I’ve never had anything like that. I’ve had hits on the radio, but this is different. I keep telling folks, there’s a difference between a hit song and a career song, and this is a career song.”
Last, but definitely not least, is a song I can’t remember where I first heard it (I think it was one of the last episodes of The Blacklist last year), but ever since I’ve loved the song and listen to it every chance I get. The artist described the song as a metaphor for good and evil. She was quoted as saying:
“One summer, I was traveling in Greece on a little moped and this massive black horse had broken free in an olive grove and was going nuts. It looked apocalyptic: a seed was sown. I wrote the song years later in a tiny studio in Shepherd’s Bush. I was about to tour Scottish coffee shops and was worried about coming across like Phoebe from Friends.
At the same time I saw a brilliant guy called Son of Dave who looked like a ginger nylon 1980s’ Elvis: really raw blues with just voice and effects. I got a pedal and one of my techie friends helped me put myself and my guitar through it. It’s probably the most scientific I’ve been, but the song was written in a 10-minute burst. The lyrics where my ‘Heart stops dead’ refer to a heart murmur I had as a baby. I got into this fantasy that my heart felt betrayed and had decided to stop working. The song is about having to dig incredibly deep to find out who you wanna be.”
In 2007 Katharine McPhee was granted permission to cover the song on American Idol, in spite of the artist’s distaste for reality pop shows. She was pleased that Katherine demonstrated a bit of personality in what was otherwise a puppet show, and her appearance did the artist a lot of favors bringing the song to the forefront at the time.
Obviously it worked, since it’s still being played all these years later.
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, 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!