As you know, it’s been a rough couple of weeks, but things will get better. My dad’s memorial service was last Thursday, and the pastor that officiated did a fabulous job. The church provided space and food for a gathering after the service – there were lots of people that showed up in support of our family.
Of course being the second born/middle child combined (literally second born, but technically also middle child, since the youngest two are twins), as usual I was lost in the shadow of my siblings, feeling alone and lonely in a room full of people, so it was a rough day for me twofold. But, me being me, I’ll get over it – I always do.
Meanwhile, it’s Monday, and Monday means music! For the month of June, our Spotlight Dancer is our very own Head Conductor of her brain child Monday’s Music Moves Me, Marie from Xmas Dolly! She has chosen the theme for this week, which is “Summer Songs (about the summer)”. Let’s get this party started!
Let’s start with a song that’s not technically a song about summer, it’s been named as one of the new songs that will be a summer hit – that counts, right? It’s a brand new release from this unconventional duo. Whoever thought to pair these two for an entire album is an evil genius.
One of the artists finds himself at a party, where he doesn’t want to be. He’s not used to wearing a suit and tie and doesn’t feel he fits in with the other partygoers.
Wonderin’ if I could sneak out the back / Nobody’s even lookin’ me in my eyes / Can you take my hand?
We’ve all been there, no? He’s then joined by the other artist, who covers the same party-going topic on his verse. In his instance, he’s crippled by social anxiety during the function, but that special someone at his side makes his problems disappear.
Next up is a brand new song from one of my all-time favorite artists – she wrote this easygoing, summer-themed party song with her producer. It finds the the country star looking “to get a little southbound, unwound, Tennessee honey kinda buzz” with the help of a pontoon boat and plenty of margaritas.
Sounds like a great summer, right? The artist found it tricky writing and singing a drinking party boat song. One example was a couple of lines about a girl named Katie who was enjoying herself a tad too much.
Katie’s the one that should take it slow / ‘Cause she’s dancin’ on the dock and it’s only two o’clock
The artist said it took them a long time to come up with the right “Katie” lyrics. They wanted to make Katie have a little too much fun, but every line they came out with seemed to make her come across as sad. She was quoted as saying:
“We still had to make Katie have a little respect but wanted to just get it out there that some people were having too much fun.”
She debuted the song during the 2019 ACM Awards in Las Vegas, with Cry Pretty Tour 360 openers Maddie & Tae and Runaway June joining her on stage. The country star’s performance was a huge production incorporating an outdoor pool beginning, deejay, dancers, extras, as well as the cameos by her tour mates.
Next up is a song that was the third single from this artist’s 2005 album, about various different activities that take place in the summer. The writer commented that summertime was always the start of the year for him, and it still is. He looks at his year starting not in January, but in June when school is letting out.
The artist said that summer means a lot of things – for him, summertime has meant listening to road cases roll out of semi trucks and listening to fans in the lawn. It’s meant suntan oil, it’s meant playing basketball out in the parking lot with the band and the crew, and it’s meant being able to reconnect with a lot of people out there that live with their music.
He feels that when people hear this song, they’re going to have their own pictures and their own paintings coming into their mind about what this song means to them.
Give a listen to Kenny Chesney with “Summertime”:
Last, but certainly not least, is the very first single from this quartet that I’d ever heard from them, which made me a fan of theirs instantly. It’s one of the few songs even Princess Nagger encourages me to crank up so we can sing along.
The quartet fell in love with the song the first time they heard it, too – they could hear themselves singing it and could feel the fun energy behind it. It’s fun and sexy and summertime. At first they weren’t sure if they should record it, but I bet they’re glad they did since it turned out to be their first #1 hit.
They had been nominated for at least one CMA Award at six consecutive ceremonies since their first nomination in 2006, but walked away empty-handed each time. They finally picked up Single of the Year for this song as well as Vocal Group of the Year.
They’re living proof that if you work really really hard and chase your dreams, all the good stuff happens and it follows you.
Also? If you’ve never had the opportunity to party on a pontoon boat, you’re really missing out. I sure miss those days. Wonder if I could talk the hubby into getting a pontoon boat now that we’re an easy drive to many bodies of water?
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!
Marie From Xmas Dolly