Hello Monday – here we are again, not ready for you, but diving in anyway. Since it is Monday, thankfully Monday means music! This week is a freebie week, so grab your favorite tune(s) and come dance with us, will you?
Let's start with a favorite artist who, for almost 20 years, worked tirelessly to build a strong foundation for himself in Nashville. After many rounds of trial and error, everything changed when his dance anthem (one of my favorites), “Fancy Like,” became a viral sensation. Despite the spike in fame, the artist has continued to be vulnerable and raw about the difficult sides of his life as well, like losing a child and battling addiction. The rollercoaster of his journey has inspired a couple of new songs about being a dad and missing his. He said:
“Been waiting to get these two songs out for a long time. As I look at the body of work and the songs I'm sitting on, I think about what I want to say – and this is what I want to say to the world right now. These songs wreck me in different ways and it's my hope that everyone that listens will leave feeling real feelings.”
This particular song accentuates the Alabama native's silky vocals and powerful storytelling as he pleads with Father Time to slow things down just a bit so that his girls won't grow up so fast.
When they play that song, it's so bittersweet / And I remember her in her little bare feet / Dancing on her toes on my boots / I'ma try not to cry but shoot / Y'all gon' have to give me a break if you see a few tears / Least I had some really really really good years / Bet daddy's girls would stay little a little bit longer / If father time had a daughter
This heartfelt track was paired with an equally moving music video that features his daughter, Loxley, whose vocals can also be heard on the new song. The artist is seen enjoying life with his girls and making memories, both big and small, that are captured through nostalgia-laced film.
Get ready for goosebumps, here's Walker Hayes with “if father time had a daughter”:
Next up, this Oregon alt-pop trio recently released the video for their brand new single, the first song to be taken from their upcoming fourth album out this summer. The video finds the frontman performing the song, isolated and alone, even in crowded public spaces. It also captures the band playing the song in the studio too.
The song showcases a deep vulnerable side to their songwriting as the frontman admittedly sings, “I'm a jealous little piece of s,” after telling us that he saw The 1975 live and couldn't help wondering whether his partner liked Matty Healy more than him, inspiring him to look inward and address his insecurities. The song is a frank reflection of the frontman's current headspace. He said:
“I've just started therapy in the past two months so it's something that's very present to me. I think it is important to release stuff that is so, so genuine. And with this song it's like: ‘This is really where I'm at right now.'”
In 2018 the trio took a leap of faith and entered America's Got Talent and stormed all the way the semi-finals. Their performance of ‘Heaven's Not Too Far', a beautifully poignant piano ballad inspired by their late mother, who had died of cancer three years earlier, moved judge Mel B to tears.
They have since released three previous studio albums and built a reputation for singing sensitively and insightfully about difficult topics including mental health issues.
Give a listen to We Three with “In Therapy”:
Next up, is an Australian indie pop band whose recently released single is a pop production masterpiece, featuring an undeniable singalong chorus that will soon be lodged into your brain through the track's catchy hook that instantly brings out the sunshine and makes you want to dive headfirst into a margarita somewhere on the coastline. One of the members said:
“It's the idea that true happiness lies within the people you love. It's not where you are or what you're doing, it's who you're with.”
The video, which was recently filmed in South-East Melbourne in Australia, perfectly captures the spirit of the song, and features stunning visuals that transport you to a European summer's day. In the midst of all that's been happening in the world, the artist wanted to write a pop song that lifts spirits and encourages enjoying good times with those who matter most. The track celebrates the joy of being surrounded by loved ones, whether they're family, friends, pets, or even just within ourselves.
Get ready to dance, here's Sheppard with “Good Time”:
Last, but certainly not least, this recent new song from this artist has become her biggest hit, because it's her realest song ever, her poignant ode to starting over after a divorce and learning to love herself. She says goodbye to her ex with the vow “I can buy myself flowers.” Everybody could figure out the connections to her ex-husband, Liam Hemsworth; after a decade together, their marriage lasted less than a year, crashing and burning in 2019.
She even sings about the real-life experience of seeing their Malibu house go up in flames, with the words “We were right till we weren't / Built a home and watched it burn.” She said that the fire:
“…did what I couldn't do myself. It removed me from what no longer was serving its purpose.”
She really made her maturity move in the pandemic, when she turned herself into America's favorite covers singer. When she sang Pink Floyd's “Wish You Were Here” on Saturday Night Live, it was a brilliant summary of the state of the nation, addressing a country full of lonely souls living in their quarantine fishbowls.
Her new music makes it sound like she's setting out to write her own classic oldies, the kind of songs she would choose to cover. She's showing off the pipes of a grown woman who's been through it and back, mourning a marriage the way she used to mourn Pablow the Blowfish. It's the song, the album, the moment she's spent her whole career building up to. Now more than ever, she's just being Miley.
Without further ado, here's Miley Cyrus with “Flowers”:
That's a wrap for this week – have a great Monday! See you on the dance floor!
Now onto the particulars of Monday's Music Move's Me:
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, 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!
Good Time is a great song. Like the kids used to say on American Bandstand, “It’s got a good beat and easy to dance to.”
Miley’s song is a little darker, but it sounds like a hit.
Have a blessed week.
I don’t know any of these except the Miley song. The first one is sweet because you can tell how much he loves his girls
Enjoyed your tunes. Thanks for sharing them.
You always come up with some interesting new-to-me song picks. The only one I knew in your set is Miley’s song. I really like the cheery vibe of “Good Time”. Thanks for sharing and dancing along with me today Have a boogietastic week, my dear!
That last song is that Miley’s new song cuz if it is its much better what she does usually. I really kinda like that song! You & I… I believe has been with Monday’s Music Moves Me the longest don’t you think? Yeah, we really love our music, don’t we? 🙂 Anyway, I kinda like that song you posted… the last one… if that’s MIley… I must say normally I don’t like her very much I just tolerate her, but this one “I can love you better”, is really good. Thanks for sharing and you take care, ya hear and your family too! OMG I bet they’re getting soooooooooooo BIG!!! ROCK ON MY SOULSISTA! HUGS
Really liked the first one. The others were OK, too.
My favorites were the last two. I never thought much of Miley Cyrus until recently. Her maturity really showcases her talent.