Today doesn’t feel like Monday, what with no school for Princess Nagger and no work for the hubby.  I like long weekends even though it makes no difference to me about the extra time off, since I don’t actually get ‘time off’.  A mama’s job is never done.  But at least when they’re off, we don’t have to set an alarm, so I get to sleep in a little – at least there’s that.

Regardless, it is still Monday, which means it’s time to enjoy some great tuneage.  And it’s a freebie week, so feel free to come play along with your favorite song.  I’m starting off this week with a fairly new song from a fairly new artist – though some of you might recognize him because he was on The Amazing Race.  I don’t happen to watch that show, so when he started following me on Twitter last week, I had to check him out.

He’s been touring all summer with another of my favorite bands, Sugarland.  I didn’t realize he was the magic pen behind some of the songs I love from other bands, so it’s no surprise that I fell in love with his new single.  The music video is extra fun too, you’ll see.  Here’s Canaan Smith with “We Got Us”:

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the next artist.  I could take him or leave him.  Though recent years he’s won me over, because he’s been doing some fun music that I find myself cranking up the volume when he comes on the radio.  This country superstar’s new single follows his similarly themed “Beers Ago” and his double platinum-selling, strangely infectious “Red Solo Cup”.  Figured out who, yet?

Like Red Solo Cup, this newest single from his upcoming album came to fruition because his friends insisted he record it and put it on the radio.  We can thank them later.  With the lyrics “Bye bye, baby, I’m leavin’ / You can keep your mansion and your money / Your boat and your Benz and your uptown friends / And your country club that ain’t really country,”  you can’t help but find yourself singing along.  Here’s Toby Keith with “I Like Girls That Drink Beer” (this is the lyric version – can’t wait to see what he comes up with for the actual video):

This next artist prefers to record ballads over uptempo songs because he doesn’t often find uptempo songs he actually likes.  But it looks like he’s found at least two uptempo songs for his newest album that will be released later this year, since he’s been performing them to enthusiastic crowds while on his summer tour with Kenny Chesney. 

There have been mixed reviews by the critics so far on this first single, but I bet those of you who are fans will agree, it’s pretty darn good.  Here’s Tim McGraw with “Truck Yeah”:

This next song apparently caused a lot of controversy.  Not the song itself, but the music video was banned by CMT, because of the strip tease in the video.  I personally didn’t think it was as risque as those that are they judged it to be.  She certainly has mad dance skills – here’s Julianne Hough with “Is That So Wrong”:

This next artist gets a lot of flack because a lot of her songs revolve around past boyfriends – or more specifically, break-ups of past boyfriends.  In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, she explained her “roller coasters” of relationships, noting, “trying to chronicle each step of the way [for her new album] was challenging.”

Why does she write songs about love and breakups so much?  She explains, “I know general things about love. How to treat people well, what you deserve and when to walk away. Other than that, love is a complete mystery–and that’s why I like to write about it.”  Without further ado, here’s Taylor Swift with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”:

Last, but certainly not least, is one of my favorite duo’s with a beautiful new song with powerful lyrics.  About the lyrics, one of the writers Sarah Buxton had this to say:  “God has a plan for us, I don’t think that we’re doomed. I don’t think America’s doomed. The more that we can tap into our spirituality and treat people with love and kindness and more importantly, treat ourselves with love and kindness, because then we’re able to treat others with love and kindness and have compassion for them.

The only way to do that is stop and take a second away from your phone, away from your TV, and just give thanks for where we’re at right now. Yeah, it’s a crazy world out there, but it’s always been a crazy world and it’s always going to be a crazy world.”

Here’s Big & Rich with “That’s Why I Pray”:


Let’s all try to make a difference, shall we?  Have a great Monday.

Now on to 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 her cohorts in crime, Lorie of The Shewbridges of Celebration, Florida, Callie from JAmericanSpice, and Cathy from Cathy Kennedy’s Blog.

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!

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The awesome Run DMT also hosts Music Monday (who graciously helps out with our hostessing every time we need it, and who I had the privilege of meeting in person at BlogHer – she’s even more adorable than I imagined):

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  1. As usual my country friend you have outdone yourself again! Love them all even though not familiar with a few. Thanks for sharing. I love that song Red Solo Cup (which you introduced me too), and trying to get Dave to play it in the band. hehehe Have a safe and fun holiday weekend my dearest friend! Woo Hoo I like boys that drink beer! hehehehe
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  2. I like girls that drink >craft< beer. I guess country clubs are not country – never thought of that before. I just posted a few favorite summer songs.
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  3. I cannot get enough of that Taylor Swift song. Perhaps it’s because I recently broke up with my BF and that song is just so appropriate right now. 🙂

  4. Great rockin’ country music to kick start the week! I don’t see what all the fuss is over Julianne’s music video. I’ve seen far more seductive music videos than this. I think she’s a talented singer and dancer. Julianne was one of my favorite dancers on DWTS when she was on the show. Keep on groovin’ all week long!
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  5. great picks…too bad though, I’d much rather watch Tim do a sexy dance then Hough (as good a dancer as she is….the whole “look at me I’m so sexy strip tease thing is getting old for female artists).
    Great song at the end….. what a world it would be if we prayed more and fought less.
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