Raise your hand if summer is flying by too fast. [me, raising hand…] Well, OK, some of you already have kids that have started school already, so no doubt your hands are raised the highest. The hubby has one more work week before he finally gets to start his summer break (so naturally he’ll be on summer break until the third week of September – basically he’ll have 2 weeks of summer break that coincides with the kids’ summer break). I better get busy planning summer fun for those two weeks, eh?
Let’s start with a song that finds this pop star going Latino as he recruits Argentinian rapper Paulo Londra to deliver a verse in Spanish. It’s the first track of this artist to feature a Hispanic artist, and also marks his first truly bilingual tune.
Londra’s contribution to the song came about at the last minute. He said that the album was already “closed,” but it ended up coming together just in time. One of the main purposes of recording with the English pop superstar was to inspire other Latin artists to dream big. “Great things come if you work hard for this,” he noted.
Lyrically, this is a love song in which the artist tells us he would rather spend time with his lover than party.
All my friends are in the club / And they keep ringing my phone / But they ain’t got nothing on you
Get ready to be entertained, here’s Ed Sheeran featuring Paulo Londra & Dave with “Nothing On You”:
Next up is an A-list actor who has been throwing all his fans in a tizzy with his amazing vocal artistry. If you imagined all the ways this artists song might sound, I’m betting this song somehow isn’t any of those.
This was actually his first single to hit streaming services a couple of months ago, a reinvention of a song he collaborated with last fall with another artist. This new version is less ‘dance-able’ than the original, but has a construction that’s more Imagine Dragons by way of Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life.” I think you’ll like it!
Give a listen to Jeremy Renner with “Heaven Don’t Have a Name”:
Next up is a favorite country artist with a song that is a reflective ode to a teenage romance.
We were leather jackets hangin’ onto a Harley / Two heartbeats in the moonlight / We were both feet hangin’ out over the edge of a water tower skyline / At least there’s a little bit of sweet in the bitter / Though part of me is always gonna miss her / I am who I am / I just miss who I was when we were
The song finds the artist remembering fondly the less complicated times of his youth. The country star misses the freedom that he had. He was quoted as saying:
“I like the idea that life just happens. At some point, in the moment or not, you just gotta go with it.”
The first time he listened to this song, he immediately gravitated to its emotive and picturesque lyrics detailing young love. He said:
“I not only heard it, but I saw it. It made me feel something. The imagery is so strong – a stamp on the back of a hand, a Saturday night cover band, the girlfriend (or boyfriend) we ran with and a fake ID (which, of course, I never had). So many of us can relate, or likely will relate, at some point!”
For your listening pleasure, here’s Keith Urban with “We Were (One Shot Video)”:
Last, but certainly not least, this new song from this trio of brothers finds them on top of the world.
Lately, I’ve been feeling so cool / Top to the bottom just cool / Every little thing that I do / Dammit, I feel so cool
One brother sings of his love for red dresses, he’s likely thinking of his wife Priyanka Chopra’s Indian embroidered ankle-length skirt, which she wore during their three-day wedding ceremony in December 2018.
I’m feelin’ high like a late night summer of last year (Yeah) / Standin’ there with the red dress on ya / A Killer Queen like a young Jane Fonda / Is it me or am I just havin’ a good year?
Another brother references Game of Thrones, on which his fiancé, Sophie Turner, stars as Sansa Stark.
Oh, I feel like Post Malone when I get home / Sittin’ there, winning like it’s Game of Thrones
The Post Malone shout-out is their response to the rapper’s reference to them on his 2018 single “Better Now.”
And I’m rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ / With my brothers like it’s Jonas, Jonas
The three brothers joined forces with “Sucker” director Anthony Mandler to shoot the cinematic music video. The clip channels the spirit of 1984 Miami as we see the brothers hit the beach surrounded by their colorful dance squad clad in ’80s aerobics gear. There are also massive boomboxes, huge shoulder pads and plenty of cologne.
Get ready to dance, here’s Jonas Brothers with “Cool”:
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!