This has been a crazy weather year so far, hasn’t it? We had unexpected snow on Friday, and we have another round moving in tonight, with estimates of 3 to 11 inches overnight. Crazy, no? It won’t last long, though – it’s not like we’re in a deep freeze where the snow stays for weeks on end, in fact our pretty Friday snow was completely gone by Saturday afternoon.
For those that are anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring, it’s only 23 days away!
Meanwhile, it’s Monday, and Monday means music! This week is a freebie week, so grab your favorite tune(s) and dance along with us, won’t you? Let’s get this party started!
Let’s start with an acclaimed multi-platinum pop singer and songwriter who just released the music video for his original song from the forthcoming feature film, Five Feet Apart (CBS / Lionsgate) in theaters March 15. A portion of the proceeds will go to Claire’s Place Foundation, Inc, a foundation named in honor of Claire Wineland, who inspired Justin Baldoni to make the film. The foundation is a non-profit organization providing support to children and families affected by cystic fibrosis (CF).
The song, although a very simple concept – is truly a very powerful one. The artist was quoted as saying:
“I have had many moments in my life where I wouldn’t give up on someone else, where I believed in them when they didn’t believe in themselves. Hell I’ve had super intense moments where I wouldn’t give up on myself. But the most powerful memories from my personal vantage point are the ones when someone wouldn’t give up on me.”
The film is directed by Justin Baldoni (Clouds, Jane The Virgin) and stars Cole Sprouse (Riverdale) and Haley Lu Richardson (Split, Columbus). The duo is portraying cystic fibrosis patients in the same hospital, where strict rules dictate that they must stay five feet apart at all times. The movie explores the complexities of loving someone even when you aren’t able to touch them. As the connection intensifies, so does their willingness to defy the rules that govern every moment of their lives. The two refuse to be defined by the obstacles that separate them.
Give a listen to Andy Grammer with “Don’t Give Up On Me”:
Eight years ago, these US acapella artists were propelled to stardom. When they appeared on – and won – NBC’s third Sing-Off, they became instant celebrities as the world discovered their amazing talents.
They’ve lived up to expectations, going from one hit to another, and showing us all how brilliant they are. They aren’t just one-hit wonders, they’ve definitely got talent for years to come. The group’s latest remake of this song, a Simon and Garfunkel timeless piece, certainly is a tribute to their talents.
So many artists have attempted to remake this well-known hit, but this group has succeeded in something many others have failed at – making a fresh, new cover that’s simply amazing.
Next up is a song from the 2018 film A Star Is Born and its soundtrack of the same name, performed by the film’s star. It was first released on November 21, 2018, as the second single from the soundtrack. One of the songwriters was quoted as saying:
“It was magical when [this artist] got in the vocal booth on the microphone and the writers were in the control room. I was playing with the band, and it just happened. Her voice was as big as the house. All of us had goosebumps. That happens very seldomly.”
Last, but certainly not least, over marching drums, this artist sings about connecting with a loved one to find solidarity and peace amidst these dark times.
The artist debuted the foot-stomping song at the 2019 BRIT Awards on February 20, 2019, where she was honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Music award.
That’s a wrap for this week – 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!
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!