Hello, Monday! Some of my friends in the midwest and east coast ended up dealing with snow over the weekend – crazy, no? Here in the Pacific Northwest, spring has definitely arrived with lots of sunshine and flowers and trees blooming all over.
Of course that also means allergy season has arrived as well – I never used to have allergies, but this year seems like they’ve decided it was my turn to ‘suffer’ with the allergy symptoms. Either that, or I’ve been trying not to catch a cold for a while – is it wrong that I actually hope it is a cold, and not allergies?
Meanwhile, it’s Monday, and 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 “‘Motivation Monday’ – songs that motivate you to clean house, run errands, work out, or what have ya.” Let’s get this party started!
Let’s start with a song that I always love to have playing while I work out, because it really gets you moving. I dare you to sit still while this song plays.
Something to note, though – Martha Wash (known as the most famous unknown singer of the 90s) sang on this, providing the powerful line, “Everybody Dance Now!” She was a member of The Weather Girls (“It’s Raining Men”) and provided vocals for the group Black Box. She was overweight and not very photogenic, so she was replaced in that video by a slender singer/model named Zelma Davis, who lip-synched her lines.
Wash’s name didn’t make the initial album credits either. After some legal wrangling, she was given proper credit for her contribution. In the credits in the video for the song, this line was included: “Additional vocals by Martha Wash, visualized by Zelma Davis.”
This wasn’t the first time this happened to Martha – she sang on three #1 Dance hits for the act Black Box, and was replaced in those videos by a model. Wash sued both the Black Box and C+C producers, reaching a settlement that included a record deal as a solo artist.
Wash became an accidental linchpin for artists’ rights. After the singer brought various lawsuits against producers and record labels for proper credit and compensation, federal legislation was created making vocal credit mandatory for all albums and music videos.
Get ready to dance – here’s C + C Music Factory (with Marsha Wash) with “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”:
Next up, it is physically impossible to sit still while listening to this song. Also impossible? Getting this song unstuck from your head. Sorry.
Give a listen to Charli XCX and Troye Sivan with “1999”:
In the mood for a challenging HIIT sesh? This group is honestly the only way to do it. You might even be able to convince yourself that burpees are… fun?
Get ready for those dreaded burpees – here’s Panic! At The Disco with “High Hopes”:
Whether I’m doing a workout or cranking the tunes while cleaning the house, this is a must have on my play list. The tempo, the beat – just everything about this song puts a pep in my step and makes working out or cleaning house so much more fun. Believe it.
Get ready to move people, here’s Imagine Dragons with “Believer”:
Last, but certainly not least, is another song that motivates movement no matter where you are or what you’re doing. A must have for any workout soundtrack, random dancing, or whatever – you will move when this song plays. Trust me.
Without further ado, here’s Imagine Dragons again with “Thunder”:
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