Hello Monday – can you believe today is the last Monday of April? Looks like our spring weather will finally arrive this week – so much cold/rain/snow/hail/wind this past month, we’re finally going to get sunshine and 70-degree weather! Hallelujah! Since it is Monday, you know that 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 this amazing Scottish singer-songwriter’s new song, where his description of the song is the best:
“‘[This song]’ came from the idea of a person you used to be with, telling you all this amazing stuff about their life, without you in it. It’s a song about what we don’t say to those people. I was fascinated by the things left unsaid, whether that be in a relationship or a friendship.”
The music video was released on 14 April 2023. Its storyline is based on Greyfriars Bobby, a terrier dog in 19th-century Scotland that visited the grave of his owner for 14 years after the owner’s death. The dog was played by Winnie, a Cairn Terrier, and the owner was played by veteran actor David Bradley. A scene involving Winnie carrying an envelope in her mouth took 10 days of training to get right. Fair warning – you might need some tissues handy while watching this video.
Get ready for some goosebumps, here’s Lewis Capaldi with “Wish You The Best”:
Next up, this favorite English singer-songwriter has been releasing awesome new tunes. For a decade, he poured his heart and soul into crafting the ultimate acoustic album. But when February 2022 hit, it felt like fates were against him. His pregnant wife needed surgery for a tumor but couldn’t have it until after giving birth. His best friend passed away, and to top it off, he was battling a plagiarism lawsuit. The final straw was losing another friend in March.
This barrage of tragedy left the artist feeling like he was drowning under the waves of fear, depression, and anxiety. But from the depths of his despair, he emerged with this poignant track. Written by the English seaside amidst the extreme elements of winter, the song serves as a metaphor for his depression.
From the bleak conditions of the English winter seaside, the artist learned a valuable lesson: a wounded heart won’t shatter him. Just like a boat that can weather rough waves and remain intact, he realized that depression and painful memories won’t “break his boat.” He said:
“‘[This song]’ is basically a song about resilience. Feeling at your lowest, and wondering if you can get through it, basically. I wrote the song and finished it by the English seaside. Which is, I think very beautiful, it is quite a bleak and cold place in Winter. I was looking out at the sea, and we saw waves crashing down. I sort of felt like, that was a good metaphor of what was happening, at the time with me. And that’s where the line ‘The waves won’t break my boat” came from.”
Get ready for more goosebumps, here’s Ed Sheeran with “Boat”:
Next up, this Grammy nominated songstress released her transformative feature track for the upcoming film Jesus Revolution. The artist’s powerful vocals lead listeners on an ethereal quest to find true meaning. The accompanying visual spotlights key clips from the film that help convey the power behind reconciliation and the peace found while surrendering to your faith. She said:
“I love to create and write songs, especially ones that truly speak to me. After watching the new Jesus Revolution movie, I was deeply inspired by its message and its ability to reignite my own faith journey, which led us to write ‘[this song].’ I hope it’s a testament to the transformative power of music and I pray that it will touch your heart in a profound way.”
Here’s Anne Wilson with “Living Water”:
Last, but certainly not least, this OG American Idol winner and favorite artist shocked her fans when she announced the end of her seven-year marriage in 2020. On her newest album – her 10th – she delves deep into the breakdown of their once-happy union, laying bare her emotions in a series of raw and powerful tracks. She said:
“Having chemistry with someone is an incredible, and overwhelming, feeling. It’s like you have no choice in the matter. You are just drawn to each other. This can be good and bad. This album takes you down every path that chemistry could lead you down. There are many stages of grief and loss on this album. Each song is a different stage and emotional state.”
This redemptive, hopeful track finds the artist picking up the pieces of her broken heart. She sheds the weight of her past pains and emerges stronger and more resilient than ever before.
I told you I wanted you / But you needed me to need you / Your insecurity was the death of you and me / Too many times you questioned, what were my intentions? / I never gave you reasons, you’re the one with secrets
Without further ado, here’s the inimitable Kelly Clarkson with “Me”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday! See you on the dance floor!
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