Well hello Monday! In case you were wondering, last week was pretty much a bust. If things look a tad bit different around these digs, it’s because last week my blog was broken, so I spent the better part of the week fixing it. 

I didn’t get a chance to pay any visits last week, what with being buried up to my eyeballs in code and trying to figure out how to make my blog actually allow visitors and comments. Lots of tweaking had to transpire!

Hopefully there won’t be any more tweaking to do, because I’m all tweaked out.

And no, I didn’t say twerking. Ahem.

Since it is Monday, let’s start with a fresh slate this week with some great music, shall we?  It’s a Freebie week, so let’s have some fun – I’ll be by for a dance later!

Let’s start off with a new single released from this artist’s upcoming album. It’s a song that barely made it onto the album, as the artist was in a recording studio just about to cut a different song as the last track, when the head of the label walked in and told him he had a demo this artist just had to listen to.

Once he heard the song, he immediately decided it needed to be cut right away, and put on this album.


Here’s Joe Nichols with “Hard To Be Cool”:

Next up is a new song from a favorite artist – the video takes you for a fun, wild ride as it’s mostly live video from his shows, which are nonstop fun.

While the video also shows the silly singer acting like himself backstage and on his bus, it’s really a tribute to his fans, who enjoy his shows just as much as he does.


Here’s Blake Shelton with “Neon Light”:

Next up is a brand new song from my all-time favorite artist. Extra points if you know who it is without looking! This time he has taken the classic country love song and turned into something even more symphonic and just a little bit dangerous.

Sweet and complicated, smooth but with a kick. The song — just like the girl in this song — is a perfect storm:

“She’s Sunday drive meets high-speed chase / She ain’t just a song / She’s the whole mixtape / She’s so complicated / That’s the way God made her / Sunshine mixed with / A little hurricane.”

The lyrics reflect a dream girl that is layered and complex, and the melody only adds to the drama. This song isn’t your run-of-the-mill sweet and gentle ballad – it will have lovers listening to this song, not while cuddled up at home on the couch, but while driving down the highway at midnight with the windows down and the world flying by.

BradPaisleyGive a listen to Brad Paisley with “Perfect Storm”:

Last, but definitely not least, is a song by a Country artist who has crossed over to toe Pop side. The thing about this artist is that she’s so versatile – I’ll be curious to see if she switches back and forth, or even makes a cool combo CD. I’d buy it!

Her new song is the lead single from her newest album, and has thus far received mostly positive reviews from music critics, who praised its musical style. Meanwhile, the music video received mixed reception, and was additionally criticized for a scene which involved twerking.

According to this artist, the professional dancers who were doing the twerking in the video tried their best to teach her how to do it, but she was never able to master the twerk. Is it wrong that I’m actually glad she wasn’t able to master it?

What I do like about the video is that it parodies the styles of multiple pop musicians, including Lady Gaga, Skrillex, Fergie, Beyonce, and Gwen Stefani. I think she did an outstanding job – and she’s not only sweet, she’s funny!


Here she is – Taylor Swift with “Shake It Off”:

And of course I have to share this with you – a group of fraternity guys got together and made a ‘lip dub’ video of Taylor’s song – it’s gone viral (and you’ll see why) – even Taylor Swift saw it and was impressed.

In fact, she was so impressed by it, she took to her social media pages and shared their video, inviting them to a show on tour next year:

“I’m personally inviting all of these guys (and a date!) to a show on tour next year, it’s on me. Nailed it, bros!”

Pretty cool, no? How many of you are now polishing off your video lenses to see if you get an invite from your favorite artist, hmmmm?

Without further ado, here’s the Lip Dub of Delta Sigma Phi – Beta Mu:

That’s a wrap – 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 our musical cohorts, Callie from JAmericanSpice, Cathy from Cathy Kennedy’s Blog, and Becca of Everyday Life.

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!



  1. Well, this is all new! How do you like it though? I’ve seen this set up before. Everything all neatsy! 🙂 Anyway luvin’ your choices today and Taylor Swift is really growin’ on me lately. I think her song is kinda cute. Blake Shelton is growin’ on me too. I started likin’ him ever since I heard him on The Voice. hehehe. YOU ROCKED THE HOUSE as usual. Thanks for the boogie!!!
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    1. I really like the new theme – the old one was getting so frustrating since they changed it so much it was no longer ‘user friendly’ like the big sales pitch was in 2010. Not only that, but in order to acquire all the relevant options, I would have needed to upgrade to the tune of an additional $77 – after spending $80 on that theme in 2010 and having issues with it, no way was I gonna fork over more money when there are plenty free ones (like this one) that are more compatible to Worpress. So Pffffffft! on them! 😀

      Taylor Swift has always been a favorite of mine, especially because she seems like such a nice and genuine person, not a snooty superstar. 🙂 I hadn’t realized how long I’ve been a fan of Blake Shelton’s – some of my earlier favorite songs turned out they were done by him. He’s come a long way – and always for the better! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed your boogie! 😀

    1. Thanks, Steve! Always happy to introduce you to new music. 😉

      LOL – I’m sure I’m just as relieved as you are that there was no tweaking to the twerking…and yes, tweaking the twerking could be quite tricky for sure! 😀

    1. Yay! Two great minds and all that jazz… 🙂 I love that video – she impresses me more each time she comes out with something new. Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley are my two absolute favorite dude artists. Seems they can’t put out bad music if they tried! 😀 Happy to dance along with you! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Vandy! I’m liking this new theme a lot! The old one was getting…blase. Plus the frustration level with not being able to fix minor issues was driving me crazy! 😀

      I can’t wait for a music video to come out with Neon Light – like you, I’ve been enjoying it on the radio, and knowing Brad Paisley, the music video will be epic! 🙂 Taylor Swift definitely does music well – I love that video, it makes me laugh every time! 😀

    1. Thank you so much, Kisma! I’m very happy with the new digs and am glad to not be banging my head on my keyboard any longer. Hopefully the impression of the keys goes away soon… 😉

      That is a great song to have stuck in your head all day! 😀

  2. No problem, Stacy! Just glad you got things fixed with your blog. I know what a headache that can be. I do like your new layout, though. It’s always such fun to dance with you. Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off is totally exploding, isn’t it? It’s really catchy. Have a tunetastic week, my friend!
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  3. A brilliant pair of songs! This is one of the very rare times when I really listened to Taylor Swift. The Delta Sigma Phi guys are also talented.

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