Well, here it is Labor Day weekend, which technically marks the end of summer. Little Dude starts back to school on Tuesday, and Princess Nagger starts Wednesday. Where did the time go? Although fall is my favorite season, so I’m looking forward to the air being crisp and clean and the leaves changing to vibrant colors, so I’m not sad to see the summer exit and take the excessive heat with it…heh!
Meanwhile, it’s Monday, and Monday means music! For the month of September, our Honorary Conductor and Spotlight Dancer is our very own Cathy from Curious as a CAThy! This week is a freebie week – grab your favorite tune(s) and dance along with us, won’t you?
Let’s start with a song this artist wrote with others at a writing camp set up by his publisher. The boot-stomping anthem captures the energy and spirit of being lost in music at a show or being at the center of a party. He was quoted as saying:
“Those three guys were mixing up some sort of various cocktail environment figuratively and literally upstairs, and there was just such a great thing happening up there. I had this drum beat that I had carried around for a bit, and I presented that, and we started building on that. It really started with a tribal rhythmic feel.”
The video takes place mainly in a club and follows a shy and awkward young man, who after getting dropped off there by the artist, gains confidence on the dance floor. The director explained:
“In casting, we took the people that were happiest to be themselves – whatever that was. We brought in voguers, break dancers, hip-hop dancers – line dancers – everybody’s dancing together for this one song, on this one night.”
You might feel like dancing to Keith Urban with “Never Comin Down”:
Next up is a brand new song from one of my favorite artists, which is her apparent commentary on the sense of divisiveness consuming the United States.
Politics and prejudice, how the hell’d it ever come to this / when everybody’s gotta pick a side / it don’t matter if you’re wrong or right
The artist was quoted as saying:
“I do think that we as humans are inherently good and we need to remember that. Because we’re different, that doesn’t make somebody else bad, it just makes us different. We wanted that song to be hopeful and to maybe make somebody stop and think about that.”
This next artist may have millions of record sales and five Grammy nominations under his belt, but as evidenced by this new song, the well-accomplished singer has the same struggles with self-confidence and acceptance as all of us.
The song is an achingly personal study of self-doubt, presented in a prayer-like format to God:
Why does my life have to hurt so much? / Why can’t I find any piece of love? / And why do I feel like I’m not enough? / Dear God, are You sure that You don’t mess up?
The artist doesn’t reach any conclusions by the end of the song, except to confirm (seemingly reluctantly) that God has reasons for everything and nothing is a mistake. The open-ended non-resolution adds another layer of deep personal introspection to the composition. The artist was quoted as saying:
“I had just gotten back from a TV performance in New York and was exhausted but excited to have an evening hang/write booked with Andy Grammer. We started by talking for an hour for his podcast. We covered a lot of topics but one of the big things I took away from it was the human condition of never feeling ‘good enough.'”
“I had written a letter on the plane that was at first [called] ‘Dear World’ before I realized I was actually writing to God.”
“The song’s description of the nights when I question my world couldn’t be more vulnerable. We all face the question of being good enough for the world around us and sometimes we just need a reminder that we are.”
Give a listen to Hunter Hayes with “Dear God”:
Last, but certainly not least, this upbeat synth-pop track finds this duo taking a nostalgic look back at a more innocent time as they wish they were just kids again.
No shame, no fame, no worries / The king of wiffle ball / Without a care at all
They were quoted as saying:
“There’s this sense of ‘anything is possible’. There’s this freedom and this fearlessness that we lose as we get older…so when we wrote this song, we were just trying to hang on to that spark.”
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, 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 September, our Honorary Conductor and Spotlight Dancer is our very own 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!