How are all of you holding up? Staying safe and healthy? Are the days merging together, yet? They aren’t for me, only because my ‘normal’ schedule is pretty much the same, since I’ve been working from home for a while (and am very grateful to continue to have work to do…knock on wood!) with the exception of everyone being home and having more interruptions on the day-to-day. But we’re all safe and healthy, so interrupt away, I say! Wait, no, don’t tell them I said that! 😉
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!
Everyone’s under a bit of stress in these uncertain times. But long before a global pandemic was the source of worry, this artist was experiencing anxiety in several different forms.
On March 26th the 28-year-old pop singer debuted this new single, which uncovers the internal struggle he has faced over the past few years – but also, how he’s managed to fight his demons. He’s explained that he often battles thoughts about how he’s not good enough, both personally and professionally. He was quoted as saying:
“A lot of [the songs] are basically the conversation I had with myself, where I’m trying to move forward, but I’m fighting a lot of the worries and negativity that I feel towards myself. The fun aspects of the tracks are almost like, ‘C’mon, you gotta laugh at yourself a little bit — it’s a little ridiculous how you’re thinking. Don’t let it get to you.'”
“I wrote [this song] to remind myself when life is overwhelming and stressful not to look at things in a doom gloom way but that things will be fine and work out.”
While self-quarantining as a band, this group has written a hopeful new song – their fifth album will be out on May 9th. The track is a bit of optimism in dark times.
The lead singer was quoted as saying:
“We were in the final week of our fifth album deadline when a global pandemic was declared by the WHO. A few of us unknowingly got exposed to somebody with COVID-19 in London and ended up in quarantine in L.A. at my studio for two weeks. With only two songs left to finish, one of them happened to be ‘[this song]’. We write about real experiences and events that happen to us — this is what happens when you write a song during a crisis.
Through September 2020, a portion of the streams of this song will be donated to MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund to help fellow artists whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic. They are also inviting fans to be a part of the music video for this song by submitting videos through the Cinebody app. The videos should show either acts of kindness from home or footage of first responders helping provide aid during the pandemic.
Give a listen to OneRepublic with “Better Days”:
The constant stream of concert cancellations and festival postponements in the face of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic can be a bitter pill to swallow, not to mention the weeks of social distancing, but this artist is here to remind you: He’s not locked in here with us. We’re locked in here with him. Oh, and also, that he is a musician. The Avengers star released his new EP recently. He was quoted as saying:
“I’ve always found music to be one of the few things that unite people in a pure way. Common ground can be hard to find in today’s world, but music has remained a constant for me. To feel deeply, to dance fervently, and live together is more present now than ever.”
Give a listen to Jeremy Renner with “The Medicine”:
Last, but certainly not least, this artist and his friends offer good advice during this song, his inspiring new ballad released for a cause.
Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Keith Urban and Chris Tomlin join this artist on a song he wrote toward the end of 2019, but released in response to the difficult pandemic America is living through today.
Artist proceeds of sales of the song will go to benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. In a note from his team, the singer shares that he knew in his heart that now was the best time to release the song. His hope is that the lyrics and message will serve as a reminder that we are all in this together.
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday, I’ll see you on the dance floor, keeping that social distancing! 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!