Spring is definitely on the way, people! We’ve had beautiful sunny and warm weather in the Pacific Northwest the past few days, with more coming. In fact, today we’ll be seeing the temps hit 70-degrees, which is about 15-degrees higher than ‘normal’. I’ll take it! Are you ready for spring?
Being that it’s Monday, Monday means music! For the month of March, our Spotlight Dancer is our very own bloggy buddy Patrick Weseman of Adventures in Weseland! He has chosen the theme for this week, which is “Musicians born in March”. Let’s get this party started!
Let’s start with a frontman of one of my favorite groups whose birthday is actually today, March 18th. It’s a favorite song, an upbeat love song in which this front man shows his appreciation for his girl after overcoming a difficult time in their relationship.
The video is pretty much a who’s who of powerful and iconic women. From activists and writers to incredible Olympians and actresses, this music video is a tour de force. The band’s frontman performs on a fairly empty stage, but each time the camera circles around him, a new woman appears behind him. Here’s the full list of wonder women in this all-star cameo:
Camila Cabello (Singer), Gal Gadot (Actress, literal Wonder Woman), Tiffany Haddish (Comedian and actress), Aly Raisman (Olympic gymnast), Sarah Silverman (Comedian), Millie Bobby Brown (Actress), Amani Al-Khatahtbeh (Tech entrepreneur), Phoebe Robinson (Comedian and actress), Lilly Singh (Comedian, YouTube star), Ellen DeGeneres (TV host and personality), Rita Ora (Singer), Trace Lysette (Actress), Beanie Feldstein (Actress), Jackie Fielder (Activist), Danica Patrick (Race Car driver), Ilhan Omar (Politician), Elizabeth Banks (Actress), Ashley Graham (Model), Mary J. Blige (Singer), Jennifer Lopez (Singer and actress), Chloe Kim (Olympic gold medalist), Alex Morgan (Soccer player), Angy Rivera (Activist), Franchesca Ramsey (Comedian, activist, actress).
And of course Cardi B who kills her part with cheeky verses like: “I don’t really want a white horse and a carriage/ I’m thinking more of a white Porsche and karats.”
The clip closes with two final guests: Behati Prinsloo, model and Adam Levine’s wife, and their daughter Dusty Rose, who was 20-months old at the time.
Next up is an artist whose birthday is coming up next week – March 26th. This is a mid-tempo tune that finds this artist urging listeners to find a way to live peacefully and in harmony with others. He was quoted as saying:
“Some days, it’s like the world is just angry, screaming people. All harping on what’s wrong, how other people are awful. The more I move around, talking to people, though, the more I know people are seeking the same things, working hard to get by and hoping for the best for their family and friends. It’s simple, but we keep getting driven apart – and made unhappy.”
“When I heard this song, beyond how good the rhythm felt, I was amazed how simply they broke all this stuff down. Get along… find the common ground… know the basic stuff is where the joy, the love, the happiness is.”
Next up is one of this favorite artist’s early hits – her birthday was last week, March 10th. This song is about revenge. Interesting tidbit – when the artist sings about her ex putting on “bathroom Polo,” she’s referring to vending machines found in the men’s rooms of certain US drinking establishments that dispense low-grade cologne. The guys who buy these fragrances often believe it will help them attract a mate in the bar, although many females are actually repelled by the scent.
This song won the trophy for Single Of The Year at the 2007 Country Music Association Awards. In addition, this artist also won the award for Female Vocalist Of The Year. In February 2008 this song became the first country song to achieve RIAA certification as a Double-Platinum Digital Single, recognizing 2 million purchased downloads.
Fun facts: The artist is seen leaving a parking lot brandishing a Louisville Slugger. According to VH1’s Pop-Up Video, the singer used a child-sized Louisville Slugger as her small hands looked silly holding the full-sized version.
The drunk guy who stumbles out in front of the artist was not an actor; when a real-life inebriated man staggered in front of the country star she simply shoved him out of the way, and the footage was incorporated into the video.
Last but not least, is a song from one of my favorite pop artists whose birthday is March 28th, and who introduced this country-flavored power ballad in October 2016, but it really got notice when she performed it at the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show. Every time it comes on, I crank it up and belt it out!
The artist was quoted as saying:
“I wrote this song with a Nashville native, Hillary Lindsey. We sat on a couch together, and we were going back and forth, guitar and piano, and we were going, ‘Why these men, you know?’ All these men – my dad, my boyfriend, all the men in my life – they gave me a million reasons [to leave], but I just need one good one to stick around but you’re giving me a million to walk away…”
Here’s the inimitable Lady Gaga with “Million Reasons”:
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!
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!
Patrick Weseman of Adventures in Weseland