March has arrived – and many of you are counting down the days until spring, especially since the groundhog predicted the extension of winter successfully. I’ve never given that rodent credit because c’mon – ‘Groundhog Day’ happens to be 6 weeks before the first day of spring – doesn’t matter if the groundhog sees his shadow or not, spring arrives on the exact same date every year.
Apparently my Literal Man hubby has rubbed off on me…heh!
Meanwhile it’s Monday, and of course Monday means music! This week’s theme is a freebie, so grab your favorite tune(s) and dance along with us, won’t you?
Let’s start off with a song this artist sings about trying to move on from an ex. She was quoted as saying:
“It’s about keeping your distance from someone who’s bad for you. I’m setting some rules down so [that I] won’t go back to that person. It’s the breakup song that I wish I had when I was breaking up with someone. This is me taking charge.”
The lyrics clarify the rules:
“One: Don’t pick up the phone, you know he’s only calling ’cause he’s drunk and alone.
Two: Don’t let him in, you’ll have to kick him out again.
Three: Don’t be his friend, you’re only going to wake up in his bed in the morning. And if you’re under him, you ain’t over him!”
Next up, this song finds this artist taking a man to task for not treating her properly.
Why you acting like you never met a lady? / I don’t disrespect you, don’t you disrespect me / You must’ve confused me with someone else / There ain’t no excuses, babe / Your mama raised you better than that
The artist was quoted as saying:
“I love how so many women are standing up for what’s right. I wanted to write us all a powerful anthem. Sometimes, people talk down to me, because I’ve only been doing this for four years, so I wrote this song… it’s all about equality and being kind.”
“As a 24-year-old woman talking to older people who have been in the business for longer than I have been, I’m just confused: How are you not respectful in this situation right now? I have little cousins in school and I hear their stories, and I’m like, ‘Oh, you’re supposed to treat others the way you want to be treated.’ And I think we’re losing that a little. Especially right now.”
The lyrics were inspired by the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
“Mansplaining is very real. It’s like, you don’t realize you’ve had those experiences until you look back. You feel like you’re fighting for your word, fighting to show them you do know what you’re talking about. I finally reached a point where I needed to write a song about it.”
Here’s the inimitable Meghan Trainor with “No Excuses”:
Next up is an empowering anthem that was written for the Super Bowl by this artist, along with Brett James and Chris DeStefano.
I am invincible, unbreakable, unstoppable, unshakable / They knock me down, I get up again / I am the champion, you’re gonna know my name
The artist was quoted as saying:
“When we were writing ‘The Champion,’ our main focus was to celebrate athletes at the top of their game, but we also wanted the song to resonate with people in their everyday lives. We hope the lyrics will inspire people to push themselves beyond their limits to conquer anything they are trying to accomplish or overcome. There’s a champion in every single one of us!”
Give a listen to this unique paring of Carrie Underwood featuring Ludacris with “The Champion”:
Last, but not least, is an uplifting power ballad that finds this artist fighting for a relationship that seems doomed. The song was inspired by the artist’s marriage to retired Motocross star, Carey Hart, whom she has previously split from twice. She was quoted as saying:
“Being with the same person for a really long time – we’re going on 16, 17 years now and we’ve grown up together – it’s work. But it’s beautiful, it’s worth it, otherwise we wouldn’t do it.”
“It just punches me in the stomach every time I hear it. My favorite line in that song is, ‘I feel like our ship’s going down tonight but you’re the one I want to sink with.’ Relationships are not cute. But they keep you busy.”
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!