Is it just me, or does life seem to be surreal right now? This pandemic makes it hard to focus – with the lurking thought of “when will someone I know and love end up with this virus?” – especially when there are so many out there that don’t seem to understand how bad this really is, and the “It can’t/won’t happen to me” thought process, going on about their daily lives as if there’s nothing to be worried about. These are scary times we’re living in for sure!
Meanwhile, it’s Monday, and Monday means music – let’s lose ourselves in some tunes for a bit, shall we? This week is a freebie week, so grab your favorite tune(s), and come dance with us, won’t you? Let’s get this party started!
Let’s start with an artist that reminisces on a romance that unexpectedly ended.
Didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I love you? / Didn’t we, didn’t we, didn’t we fly? / Know that I, know that I still care for you / But didn’t we, didn’t we say goodbye?
There was a time when the two were fully committed to each other, so he is wondering what went wrong in their relationship. The music video was shot mostly in one take.
Here’s OneRepublic with “Didn’t I”:
Next up this former boy band member opens his newest album with the ’80s-ish title track, on which he sings about how the “clouds have been lifted” by someone new in his life. Critics have said he’s shown real growth from his One Direction days. When his album was released on March 13th, he tweeted:
“I had so much fun and a lot of hard moments writing this album and I’m very proud of the record as a body of work. NOW IT’S YOURS.”
He was quoted as saying:
“Breakup albums can be very, like, ‘I’m so sad. It’s all about me. My side of things.’ This time I was trying to write from the different angles, from the other person’s angle, from people looking in potentially, that kind of thing. And the weather, I was correlating to different feelings that you would have as you come out of a breakup.”
The artist split from actress-singer Hailee Steinfeld in 2018 after several months of dating, and she released a song called “Wrong Direction,” which many speculated was about this artist. The demise of their relationship seems to have had a lasting impact on him — in the form of an entire album’s worth of songs.
Give a listen to Niall Horan with “Heartbreak Weather”:
Next up, this unlikely duo strum together for this beautiful acoustic performance, which will be featured on the upcoming 70th episode of CMT Crossroads, scheduled to air on March 25th on CMT.
The two blend their voices in this stunning performance – moments before singing Kelsea’s newest hit together, Halsey remarks:
Without further ado, here’s Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini with “Homecoming Queen”:
Next up is a stellar collaboration that commits to a pop-country lane, and in doing so stands out above anything one of the two artists has released to radio to date. This song is a mid-tempo love song that relies on a great hook at the chorus, an A-list jam that could work across several radio formats.
Lyrically, this song is open-ended, to a certain degree. Are these two former lovers who’ve come back together? Are they longtime friends who didn’t realize what they had? Was something else keeping them apart? Like any good country song, the fans get to decide as they take in the emotional high of each chorus.
Fun fact: Noah Cyrus is Billy Ray’s daughter, in case you were wondering. She wrote this song with Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Emile Dernst, Isley Juber and Jordan Schmidt.
Without further ado, here’s Jimmie Allen and Noah Cyrus with “This Is Us”:
Last, but certainly not least, with all the Coronavirus lock-downs and social distancing and quarantines going on, we need some levity. You can always count on the Holderness Family for just that.
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday, I’ll see you on the dance floor, keeping that social distancing, though! Seriously though – hope you all are staying safe and healthy.
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!