Is it just me or has this year flown by unusually fast?  Yesterday we bid adieu to September – don’t get me started on the fact that Christmas is still 84 days away, but when they keep putting out the Christmas decor earlier and earlier each year.  It puts even more pressure on the fact that I haven’t started getting organized for Christmas, so there’s potentially no way I’ll be ready by Thanksgiving like I usually like to be.

But let’s not dwell on that today (we’ll dwell on it just a smidge tomorrow instead.  I do like to procrastinate.)  Instead, let’s have some fun with some great music.  This week’s theme is a freebie, so let’s dive right in to an artist who Princess Nagger introduced me to, since she likes to watch Disney’s Good Luck Charlie.  This single was just released last month, and I’m actually looking forward to hearing more songs off her upcoming album next month.  Here’s the cute Bridgit Mendler with “Ready or Not”:

Next up, for you Fringe fans out there, I had to go find the song that Walter played at the very end of Friday night’s Season Premiere episode. Someone even put together the song with the last few minutes of the episode. This is the last and final season of Fringe, I’m going to be sad to see them go, but after Friday’s episode, this final season is going to be epic.  This song is from a band I am not familiar with, but love the song. Here’s Yaz with “Only You”:

Next up is a song I’ve been replaying quite often over the last few weeks, from a group who almost packed it up in 2009 but this past year has proven they’re planning to stick around for a while.  Give a list to Train with “Drive By”:

Next up is an artist who is fairly new to the New Country scene, who auditioned for Nashville Star and while she didn’t win, has used the experience as motivation to sharpen her pen in order to release her own melodic country music years later.  Her debut single stands on its own as an honest review of the anchor that can be small town life. 

Taste of Country described it as “A song for rural Americans that feel trapped by rural America. The rest of us are lucky enough to bathe in her sweet melody, assured that she’s surely not talking about us.”

She’s been compared to Miranda Lambert – from her start on auditioning for Nashville Star as a teen, to being authentic and not afraid to use sharp words.  Here’s Kacey Musgraves with “Merry Go ‘Round”:

When I stumbled across the song above, I also saw a link to this artist – he recently released his very first single close to the same name (without the apostrophe before the word “Round” – you know, semantics). It’s a totally different song, totally different genre, and a great song.

This particular artist has done a slew of covers on his YouTube channel (all excellent and show how talented this guy is) he’s just a baby face, no one seems to know how old he is, but he’s going to go far. Here’s Tanner Patrick with his new (and very first) single, “Merry Go Round”:

Last, but certainly not least, another of my favorite former American Idol contestants, this dude has been going strong since being on the show.  Every song he releases only get better and better, and this one is no exception.  Here’s Chris Daughtry with “Start Of Something Good”:

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. Good choice from the Princess for sure. It’s a cute little ditty. I’m a Fringe fan myself. Totally going to miss it. Love the song and video though. New for me once again. Train always has those kind of songs that stick in your head and YOU CAN’T GET RID OF IT!!! I like em’! Nashville Star? OMG they had one for country too that’s right. Never heard of this one. Cool video. Tanner looks like the latest teenage heart throb I’m sure! Then Daughtry, my man! I’m surprised he’s not more popular than he is that’s for sure. He’s more like a Rick Springfield… no not that one… dam what’s his name…. oh boy time for bed. I’m tired… You know who I mean. Love Daughtry stuff though & this is one is cool you always pick the best of people. You ROCK girl!
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  2. All, but Train’s Drive By are new songs to me. I love the variety of tunes you put for your freebie picks this week. A little country, but mostly rock! Chris Daughtry was one of my faves from AI, too. I’m gonna have to check out all of the newbie artists you’ve introduced me today.
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  3. YAZ!! plus Fringe, plus Walter = Awesome!
    My hubby went crazy when this song came on at the end of the episode. He’s a geek like that – ha ha. But it is a great song.
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  4. Since, we will be on our own this Christmas for the first time in 30 years I don’t have to do a thing except get onto Amazon and start ordering. One hour and a huge visa bill later and our Christmas shopping will be done. As I write this it just sounds sad.
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  5. I love your linkup. What a fun idea!

    I love Train. I therefore love the song you posted. They’re amazing in concert! I saw them years ago. 🙂

    Found you through the linkup. Following you via email subscription. (I couldn’t find GFC on your page?!)

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  6. All new to me, except perhaps Only You which sounds like a version of something familiar. I enjoyed the learning part about all these new (to me) songs.
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  7. These are all new to me, except perhaps Only You which sounds like a variation of something familiar. I enjoyed the learning part of all these (new -to me) songs. Thanks.

  8. You are killing me with the countdown to Christmas LOL.
    This selection was great. Really enjoyed Only You, and both Merry Go Rounds, well, and the Train song too, nice selection 🙂

  9. I actually had a chance to see Train when I went to BlogHer 10′ but unfortunately it was WAY too early and apparently I slept through my alarm. LOL

    Oh well!

    You’ve accumulated some really great songs today! You know I’m not much on country, but I’ll admit I was gettin’ into a few ^.^

    I hope you have a lovely and musical week!
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