Last week of summer for the kiddos! I’m flabbergasted at how fast the summer went by – I guess I better start gearing up for Christmas, as it’ll be here before we know it, right? Or at least based on the fact Halloween is already invading the stores, no doubt Christmas will be right around the corner.
Meanwhile, it’s Monday, and Monday means music! This month, our Honorary Conductor and Spotlight Dancer is Mary Burris of Jingle, Jangle, Jungle! Her theme choice for this week is “Songs that mention beverages in the title”. Definitely a fun theme! Let’s get this party started!
First up is a bonus track from this artist’s latest album. The song pays homage to the artist’s managing director, who was revealed in 2015 to be suffering from cancer. The artist was quoted as saying:
“One of my friends has stage four breast cancer and there is a song which touches on that relationship on the album but its also quite a fun song. All the different things going on in my life bring me back to the people I love and that can heal you at any moment.”
Love the lyrics:
I was 23. She was 35 / I was spiralin’ out and she was so alive / A Texas girl real strong / Taught me this drunk song / So when I start to ball / She says, ‘let your teardrops fall’
The artist first met this “Texas girl real strong” in her pre-fame days, when they poured their hearts out over Pinot Grigio wine. She also explained:
“The song is about womanhood and sticking together and encouraging one another and teaching each other that it’s ok to cry together and need one another, and that we can’t do it alone.”
Give a listen to the inimitable Lady Gaga with “Grigio Girls”:
Next up is a reflective, pop-country heartbreaker about how the song’s titular liquor reminds the duo of a lost love. Rather than penning lyrics about downing shots and partying the night away, the songwriters flipped the script and wrote a number about the memories that coming flooding back every time the lovelorn guy sips tequila.
The song’s music video set in the Colorado mountains stars deaf and mute actor, model and activist Nyle DiMarco (America’s Next Top Model, Dancing With The Stars) and Instagram personality Mica Von Turkovich. The pair portray a couple who fall in love with each other while cross-country skiing and learn to communicate through sign language (and tequila).
Give a listen to Dan + Shay with “Tequila”:
Look what I stumbled across! I had no idea one of my favorite actors also has an album out! Playing Jack Bauer for nearly a decade would give anyone a bleak outlook on life, but Kiefer Sutherland knows a thing or two about about sorrows, and how to drown them, from personal experience. He was quoted as saying:
“I’ve certainly been there, where something will happen in life, and one, two, three bottles of whiskey are not going to fix it. In the context of the song, those moments are important to realize so you have to find another way to deal with them. I’m sure a lot of people have felt that way.”
In this country track, Sutherland is trying to cope with the reality that his girlfriend has left him for someone else. Sutherland, who founded the Ironworks record label with songwriting partner Jude Cole, started writing songs near the end of his tenure on 24, but he never expected to sing them.
Because the lyrics were so personal, Cole suggested Sutherland’s voice would be the perfect fit. “The thing I like about my voice is there’s a lot of texture to it, and it’s a voice that sounds like it’s got a lot of miles on it,” Sutherland explains. “Somehow it fit my lyrics and my songs, and I started to feel comfortable about it.”
Give a listen to the multi-talented Kiefer Sutherland with “Not Enough Whiskey”:
Last, but certainly not least, while the song title doesn’t necessarily have a specific beverage in it, I think it works – plus, it’s one of my favorite songs by this artist, so I’m going with it…heh!
It’s a rowdy party anthem that finds this artist looking forward to the weekend. He sings:
“No need to complicate it, I’m a simple man, All you gotta do is put a drink in my hand.”
The song was this artist’s first #1 on the country chart. It was also the debut country chart-topper for his label, EMI Nashville. The lyrical content was not inspired by drinking – one of the writers is a teetotaller, and another barely drinks. They were quoted as saying:
“[The artist] was just pumped up from the shows he had that week. His fans inspired the song.”
Get ready to dance – here’s Eric Church with “Drink In My Hand”:
That’s a wrap for this week – thank you, Mary, for being an awesome co-conductor this month, and for the great themes!
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, and while our beloved Callie of JAmerican Spice is taking a break, our friend Michelle from Musings and Merriments with Michelle is helping out with hostess duties! And, for the month of August, our Honorary Conductor and Spotlight Dancer is Mary Burris of Jingle, Jangle, Jungle!
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!