Monday has arrived – Happy New Year! It’s a brand new year, here’s hoping 2021 blows 2020 out of the water.
Since it is Monday, you know what that means… music! For the month of January, our Spotlight Dancer is our very own Cathy from Curious as a Cathy! The theme selected for this week is “Mewsic Trivia – tells us a piece of mewsic trivia about a song(s) and share it.” That’s my jam, man, so let’s get this party started, shall we?
Let’s start with a piano ballad this artist wrote with “William Bowery” – the pseudonym of her actor boyfriend Joe Alwyn. The artist revealed Joe started [this song], and it was him who “came up with the melodic structure of it.”
The new album continues this artist’s leap away from autobiography to songs that come from her imagination. This is the first of the full story songs on the album, detailing a girl walking away from her beau on the night he planned to propose.
She leaves her would-be fiancé crestfallen, with his mother’s ring in his pocket. The artist described this song as:
“The one where longtime college sweethearts had very different plans for the same night, one to end it and one who brought a ring.”
In the live chat on YouTube leading up to the release of her new album, the artist warned this track was “NOT bubbly.”
Next up is a song this artist collaborated with the Ndlovu Youth Choir (I was rooting for them when they were on America’s Got Talent). The artist herself describes it best (and counts as the ‘trivia’ for this song”:
“It was an honor to collaborate with the Ndlovu Youth Choir on this new version of A Million Dreams. Although we were thousands of miles apart due to the pandemic, we were connected by UNICEF’s lifesaving mission of putting children first. Join me in supporting UNICEF by donating to their lifesaving work around the world.”
Here’s P!nk and Ndlovu Youth Choir with “A Million Dreams”:
Next up is a song this artist wrote for the 2019 Netflix documentary film To Be of Service. The film follows war veterans suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) back home and explores the comfort brought to them by security dogs.
The artist has a military heritage – his parents met when both were in the US Marine Corps in the late 1950s. He penned this song from the perspective of a soldier dealing with PTSD back home in America. He was quoted as saying:
“This song is meant to honor America’s veterans and their service, but I also wanted to take an unflinching look at the reality of their daily lives and struggles.”
Island Records and the artist donated 100% of net proceeds from the download of this song during its first year of release to the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation.
Without further ado, here’s Bon Jovi with “Unbroken”:
Last, but certainly not least, is one of my favorite songs from this group. I’ve shared it before, but it’s always worth sharing again to ring in the new year.
It’s a sparse, reflective track in which the lead singer looks back on the good times with a loved one while enjoying some drinks with friends. The effects of the alcohol and camaraderie with his pals cause his emotions to bubble up as he remembers their times together. He was quoted as saying:
“This song is for anyone who has ever experienced loss. In other words, this song is for all of us.”
“No matter what happens in the world around you, think about those people you love and share some good memories. We wrote this song to bring people together. It’s an important message for right now.”
That’s a wrap for this week – see you on the dance floor! Happy New Year – please stay 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!
Cathy from Curious as a Cathy