Today kicks off the first day of Spring Break for the kiddos – it’s too bad the hubby’s Spring Break was last week, or we could have made some amazing plans. Instead, I’m getting some of the kids’ dentist and doc appointments taken care of while they’re off school. I know, I’m such a mean mom…heh!
Being that it’s Monday, Monday means music! For the month of April, our Spotlight Dancer is our very own bloggy friend, Kim From The ReInVintaged Life! She has chosen the theme for this week, which is “‘April showers bring May flowers’ (songs about spring, rain, flowers, or even actual showers where you get clean. Do your thang with it!” Let’s get this party started!
Let’s start with an artist who never takes every song pitched to her, as she has to relate to it firsthand. This particular song she thought was perfect the moment she first heard it. She was quoted as saying:
“I never want to be too mean with my songs, but with [this song], it was definitely somewhere in the middle with being sassy and then also a little class in there as well. It was a good blend for me and who I want to be perceived as an artist. With that song, it says everything I want. The guy knows that I want his days to be ruined, but in a nicer way.”
Get ready for some fun, here’s Jana Kramer with “I Hope It Rains”:
Next up is a song that appears as a hidden track on this artist’s 4th studio album that was released back in April 2006. It’s a duet between this artist and her father, James T. Moore. As she explains before the song, her father wrote it while serving in Vietnam.
As a child, this artist used to accompany her father to Veterans’ centers and sing it with him – it was the first song she ever learned, ever performed and is, in fact, how she learned to sing. It’s a tribute to her father and to war veterans everywhere.
You’re going to love this – here’s P!nk (and her dad) with “I Have Seen the Rain”:
Since it’s Spring Break, I thought the next song appropriate – it’s the seventh and last song from this artist’s Spring Break collection. The nostalgic song, penned by the singer with Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell, serves as an ode to all the good times the artist has had with his fans on the beach of Panama City, Florida. He was quoted as saying:
“I’ve never really done a big time fan tribute song, and ‘[this song]’ really is the first time I’ve really went down that path with a song. It just talks about all the memories of how we built the Spring Breaks, the first years we got there and all the beers and all the years.”
“And the chorus talks about I’m going to ‘Spring Breakdown.’ I’m going to have a breakdown up here because of all the good times we’ve had and all the memories, and a pretty cool way to write the title. It’s true appreciation and kind of a gift to the fans thanking them for all the memories.”
The artist’s longtime videographer, Michael Monaco, produced the song’s music video which features some of the singer’s favorite moments from his Spring Break shows, as well as clips of him recording the song in early 2015. The artist said:
“My fans have been so wonderful to embrace these special Spring Break albums over the last seven years. We’ve created a lot of amazing memories writing these songs and performing them at the beach shows in Florida. Those concerts are among the most enjoyable of my career!”
Here’s Luke Bryan with “Spring Breakdown”:
Last, but certainly not least, is a fun, uptempo song with lyrics such as:
Cause the sun’s too bright, the sky’s too blue / Beer’s too cold to be thinking ’bout you / Gonna take this heartbreak and tuck it away / Save it for a rainy day
The artist was quoted as saying:
“There’s so much more to country than trucks, creek beds and cut-offs. That stuff is fun, but when you look at how people really dig in and work, the things they face every day, you wanna remind ’em how hardcore they really are, show ’em that and also show ’em that you know there’s more to ’em than people might think.”
“The idea is, why lose another beautiful day over something out of our control? Whatever it is, a girlfriend leaving, a crummy boss, something else, the reality is pretty simple: they don’t care that they’re ruining your day. And they’re not, you are! It’s your choice how you’re going to feel… a lot more than any of us realize.”
“We all go through stuff. And you know, you can get so caught up in what I did wrong, or trying to take the blame, and you start missing out on everything else… We all make mistakes, we all screw up, but we’re also – I think most of us – good people trying to do right, and have some fun while we’re here! Friends, family, the moments, that’s the stuff that’s so easy to miss, and this song makes it so easy to figure out.”
Without further ado, here’s Kenny Chesney with “Save It for a Rainy Day”:
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!
Kim From The ReInVintaged Life