Monday has arrived, we’re finally settling down to ‘normal’ temps here in the Pacific Northwest – 70s and 80s instead of “90s feels like 100-something.” I’ll take it. I’m ready for fall – my favorite season.
Meanwhile since it is Monday, you know that Monday means music! For the month of August, our Spotlight Dancer is our friend and stellar MMMM participant, John of The Sound of One Hand Typing! The theme selected for this week is “Songs about school.” Let’s get this school party started!
Let’s start with a song from an American all-sibling alternative pop band that fits well with this week’s theme, about what the lead singer would tell her future self. She introduced the video on YouTube so eloquently, I wanted to include it here as the introduction:
“Future Me is all about what I would tell my future self and deciding ahead of time the kind of person I want to be. It was so important to us to portray that in the music video for this song, and the best way to do that was to have our actual family members in it!!! Each family member represents an older or younger version of me, Sydney, and the interactions shown between all of the different “Sydney’s” are so beautiful, showing that there is wisdom in every stage of life.
We got to fly our Grandma Peggy out from Buffalo, NY and although this was her first music video, she totally nailed it. In between scenes, she would give me a piece of candy to keep me going, haha. (Why didn’t I think of having candy on set earlier?! Thanks Grandma.)
We also had our mom, Linda in it. Pretty much in every shot we did, we couldn’t stop laughing. My favorite part of us together was when we hugged and you can just feel how much I love my momma We got so lucky that my cousin actually looks SO much like what I did when I was younger, so we flew Laci out from Kansas to be in the video! We pretty much just talked the whole time and it was just so crazy to see how much she reminded me of myself (except for the fact that she’s amazing at basketball).
The best part of the video is the fact that we, as a family, got so much time together. It’s not every day that you see the people you love, and this video made that possible AND told a great story. I hope you enjoy…”
Without further ado, here’s Echosmith with “Future Me”:
Next up, school, in theory, isn’t designed to break students, but pressure from friends, other students, teachers, midterms, and more definitely add up. Keeping a positive attitude is half the battle. The other half involves a lot of studying. So this next song is perfect for this week’s theme.
Give a listen to Tori Kelly with “Unbreakable Smile”:
Next up is a stripped-back track that finds this artist in a reminiscent mood. He is joined by a similarly nostalgic Kesha, who croons on the hook:
I wish somebody would have told me that / That some day these will be the good old days / All the love you won’t forget / And all these reckless nights you won’t regret
I thought it was a great ‘school tune’ type song because it reminds me of being back in school at 16 chasing wild dreams not knowing those moments would be so precious.
Give a listen to Macklemore featuring Kesha with “Good Old Days”:
Last, but certainly not least – didn’t get a good locker assignment? Don’t have class with any of your friends? Worried you won’t make the volleyball team? Terrified you’ll throw up during your first presentation? Shake, shake, shake, shake it off.
Get ready to dance, because here’s Taylor Swift with “Shake It Off”:
That’s a wrap for this week – stay cool, and 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!
Patrick of Adventures in Weseland