Monday has arrived, the final Monday of February – for technically being a ‘short’ month, this one has been extraordinarily long, since it’s been so darn busy! Looks like this week will be the busiest week of all – but the best way to kick off such a crazy week is with music, right? Monday does mean music! This week is a freebie week, so feel free to grab your favorite tune(s) and come dance with us, won’t you?
Let’s start with a new song from one of my favorite artists, who collaborated with another favorite artist for this song. When asked about the ‘why’ he partnered up with the other artist, his response explains it all:
“This was my first time sitting down with Thomas. We were writing together for his Christmas album last year, and he said, “I’ve got this idea that I’d love for us to think about.” It was me, Thomas, Ashley Gorley and David Garcia. I mean, if you can’t write a good song with those guys, you just need to quit first of all. And then secondly, Thomas just said that he’d heard his pastor say that the difference maker in who we worship is that we are praying to a God who listens.
He said that really meant something to him. So immediately that lyric came, “I’m not just hoping, I’m not just wishing. I know I’m praying to God who listens.” We really tried to paint a picture of that: of this grandness, this greatness, this all powerful and untouchable — you would think — God and yet he still draws close to us and still hears what’s in our hearts. That is an incredible thing to contemplate and to think about throughout all of your life. And so I think that’s the heart and core of this song.”
Next up is a reflective acoustic ballad where this artist expresses gratitude for those who stuck by him through thick and thin during his musical journey. In this song, he admits he can be difficult company.
It ain’t easy puttin’ up with / A road dog with a cup with / A little Jack in it
He is thankful for those loyal family, friends, band, road crew and fans, who could easily have walked away.
Am I livin’ givin’ thanks for the ships I never sank? / Every big, every little in the everyday things / The notes and the words in the songs I sing / To the ones doin’ life with me
He’s especially grateful to his music publisher wife, Katherine Blasingame, whom he married on January 8, 2008 and has stayed with him ever since.
Coulda easily said goodbye to / This runaway train you’re tied to / I know I don’t get it / Baby, how you roll with it
The gentle, vulnerable tune is one of 28 songs the artist and his band recorded in early 2020 during a marathon writing session in a rural North Carolina cabin.
Next up is a brand new song from one of my favorite bands – I couldn’t find any actual information about it, but man, the lyrics really hit home, being that I grew up as an unwanted child and even in adulthood I still remain in the shadow of the siblings who were actually wanted. Sometimes it’s really a lonely existence being in the shadows for sure.
Get ready for goosebumps, here’s Little Big Town with “Problem Child”:
Last, but certainly not least, this favorite artist released a duet with her 9-year old daughter. How cool is that?!
The artist and her daughter spend time together on a farm riding horses and collecting chicken eggs in the clip.
Cover me in sunshine / Shower me with good times / Tell me that the world’s been spinning since the beginning / And everything’ll be alright / Cover me in sunshine
Without further ado, here’s the inimitable P!nk and Willow Sage Hart with “Cover Me In Sunshine”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday! I’ll see you on the dance floor, keeping that social distancing – hope you all are continuing to stay safe and healthy.
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!