I know I’m going to be redundant, but this year is flying by way too fast, isn’t it? I still haven’t had a chance to do my fall decorations – I might just forgo that this year, and be ready to go all out with Christmas decor – we’ll see, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the fall decor if I make time to get it done.
It’s not as important as it has been in years past, since we won’t be hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year – instead, we’ll be going to my mom’s house where I’ll be making my usual Thanksgiving feast (including my infamous Champagne Turkey) since her new house has the gourmet kitchen of my dreams. I’m looking forward to it! Plus, more family members will be able to join in, as it won’t be as far a drive as it would be to come to our house, since we live so far away. Living this far out from everyone is a blessing and a curse.
Meanwhile, it’s Monday, and Monday means music! This week is a freebie, so grab your favorite tune(s) and let’s dance, shall we? Let’s just get this party started!
Let’s start with this artist’s latest single that, while he might know how to “raise Hell right,” this new single proves he’s still a good guy at heart. This reflective tune is one of five new tracks from his upcoming album.
Cause Jesus got a tight grip on my soul / And he ain’t lettin’ go, he ain’t lettin’ go / Devil reaches out but he can’t grab hold / Cause Jesus got a tight grip on my soul / And he ain’t lettin’ go, he ain’t lettin’ go / Might have a little rust on my halo / But when I’m gone I know where I’ll go / Cause Jesus got a tight grip on my soul.
Give a listen to Blake Shelton with “Jesus Got a Tight Grip”:
Next up we find an artist that can do a little acting, too. The singer said he wrote this song from a female friend’s point of few. She was the Tennessee whiskey, while her boyfriend was the champagne, meaning she was a little grittier and hard to take and he was vibrant, bubbly and worth celebrating with. He was quoted as saying:
“The video expresses those angles and having someone that you love and put the time and the effort in to show them that you know, you can complement them but you just need to work on yourself.”
In this context, you want to be champagne because the whiskey represents the harder things in life. In this music video he plays that part as the man who did wrong and learns he needs to recalibrate to move forward with the woman he loves. The acting came naturally — the artist did theater in high school and even wrote his senior play. He said:
“It’s a statement piece. Nothing in this world moves without negatives and positives. We’re negatives and positives. What’s life without a battery? Nothing works!”
I’m in my mood / Tell me, what can I say / You’re a glass of champagne / And I’m just Tennessee whiskey
The artist, a Georgia native, recognizes that whiskey and champagne don’t mix — that’s the point of the song and the video. He describes this new, self-written song as “hot and cold” or “light and dark,” and he knows what side he’s on in life and love.
“I’m definitely champagne, man.”
Fun fact: The title of the song, “Tn Whiskey”, is officially pronounced “Ten Whiskey”.
Here’s the inimitable Blanco Brown with “Tn Whiskey”:
Next up, this artist dropped this inspirational video last Tuesday (Oct. 15) from her new single from Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.
Directed by Sophie Miller, the empowering clip features the singer lacing up her sneakers to lead a pack of female runners as they charge through the city.
Oh, they tryna shoot down angels / They tryna pull their wings off / So they can’t fly / And oh, but she’s so brave though / Just like a tornado / She’s taking us by storm
Elsewhere in the visual, scenes from the Angelina Jolie-starring flick are interspersed with the pop star wearing a glittering black ball gown and matching headpiece as she wanders through a magical, butterfly-filled forest.
Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil hit theaters nationwide last Friday (Oct. 18).
Get ready for some inspiration, here’s Bebe Rexha with “You Can’t Stop The girl”:
Last, but certainly not least, this artist sings about a girl with brown eyes who has caught his attention.
Jump in that water, be free / Come south of the border with me
The artist is joined on the song by two pop artists who both have Latin American heritage. The song is the first released collaboration between any of the featured artists.
The action-packed video features the English artist as Teddy Fingers and the Cuban-American singer as The Mariposa conspiring to take down a couple of agents who robbed them. The American rapper plays herself; we see her rapping her verse despite being kidnapped and tied up. Also involved in the clip are model Alexis Ren as Scarlet Jones and actor/dancer Paul Karmiryan as Agent X.
That’s a wrap for this week – see you on the dance floor!
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, Callie of JAmerican Spice, and Alana of Ramblin’ with AM!
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!