Monday has arrived and Monday means music! For the month of October, our Spotlight Dancer is our friend and regular MMMM participant (and fabulous contributor), John from The Sound of One Hand Typing! The theme selected for this week is “Birds! songs about birds, songs by bands or artists with bird names, songs with birds in them”. Let’s get this bird party started!
Let’s start with this 2019 pop track where a man looks back over a failed love affair, lamenting the lost bond between he and his significant other and wishing they were still together. Just because a relationship is history doesn’t mean your feelings for someone have also died. Just as birds fly in divergent directions, he concedes that life can send you and a lover along different paths in life so that ultimately you end up as strangers. Nothing lasts forever, but one day he hopes they will reunite.
Give a listen to Imagine Dragons with “Birds”:
Next up, bluebirds symbolize happiness and joy, and in this sweet 2019 country song, the narrator uses the perky bird to make a statement about her resilience. In the face of growing older, staying relevant in a competitive career field, and dealing with problems in her love life, the woman in this song tries to keep her attitude positive. She keeps a chirpy little bluebird in her heart.
Give a listen to Miranda Lambert with “Bluebird”:
Next up, I found it interesting that both Adele and Rihanna turned down this self-empowerment anthem penned by this artist, so the Australian singer recorded it herself. In this 2015 pop song, the narrator is escaping from a toxic love relationship. She compares herself to a broken bird with clipped wings. The relationship cruelty that she previously suffered left her feeling maimed, as if she was struggling on the ground and unable to sing.
Now, however, she takes pleasure in having fought back. Realizing she doesn’t need to be perfect, she sings for love, for herself, for freedom: “I’ll shout it out like a bird set free.” Always remember that the messages that we tell ourselves are everything.
Here’s the inimitable Sia with “Bird Set Free”:
Next up is a song about our dependence on social media and technology.
So put your phone away / Let’s roller-skate
The song resonated with this artist to such an extent that she’s severely reduced her call phone usage. The singer was quoted as saying:
“I’m off email, I text twice a day, my phone is always on silent. I’m present and not addicted to a screen. It’s improved my quality of living a lot.”
Fun Fact: The artist’s two adopted sons sang on this track, along with three of their buddies.
Here’s the amazing Sheryl Crow with “Roller Skate”:
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!
John from The Sound of One Hand Typing