Heading into the final two weeks before school starts! I know, many of you have your kids already in school. When I was a kid, school always started after Labor Day – I’m glad it’s still the same in this state as it was when I was a kid here. That gives us some time to enjoy the summer full force with the hubby off now as well.

I’m actually pre-scheduling this post because when it goes live we’ll be unpacking and putting away all the camping gear from another fun weekend of camping. As I type this, the weather is supposed to be perfect, so here’s hoping it truly was.

Meanwhile, it’s (almost) Monday – time to take out the mundane and make it better with music! Don’t forget, we’ve got three more weeks of celebrating our 5th Anniversary for Monday’s Music Moves Me – we have a special giveaway on this magnificent milestone you don’t want to miss (details are at the end of this post).

This week’s theme is a freebie week (this time for realz!), so grab a favorite tune and play along, m’kay? Let’s have some fun!

Let’s start with a new artist’s very first single. He and Meghan Trainor were at a party one night exchanging music, when she asked who was singing on it with him, because she thought it would be a perfect song for a duet – then she asked if she could sing with him. He was excited to say the least, and of course said yes.

The artist for whom this song is named after was this artist’s inspiration since he listened to his music growing up. He identified with and wanted to make that same soulful sound, and I think he did a phenomenal job.

Here’s the cutie, Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor with “Marvin Gaye”:

Next up is a favorite duo of mine, who are known for their big-time party anthems and putting a little zing in country music’s zang zang, but the duo is at their best when showing their vulnerable side.

This is their second single from their newest album, a love song appealing to the masses with heartfelt lyrics that hit fans right in the heart.

I just wanna run, I just want to run away with you / And live wide open / Set ’em on fire, crazy like we used to / It don’t matter where we’re going, / Up on a mountain, down by the beach side, / ‘Til we find the love that we fell into

The brand new video for this song is an inside look at a real couple, chosen by the duo, traveling from Nashville, Tennesee up a mountain, down to the beach in Myrtle Beach, SC where the young couple joined Big & Rich on stage for a special dance.

With harmonies to die for, give a listen to Big & Rich with “Run Away With You”:

Next up is an artist who is one and the same with the beach. His favorite thing is to transport to a tropical paradise far away, and this video is no different. He leaves his worries — and the woman he’s thinking about — behind and enjoys a day on the water.

The song is about leaving your heartbreak behind and living in the moment, soaking up some rays and drinking a nice cold beer on a boat.

“Cause the sun’s too bright, the sky’s too blue / Beer’s too cold to be thinking bout you / Gonna take this heartbreak and tuck it away / Save it for a rainy day”

Let’s hang out on the beach (or in a boat) with Kenny Chesney and “Save It for a Rainy Day”:

Last but not least is a new (to me) artist. More than a decade after releasing her first album, she made her Hot 100 debut with this empowerment anthem. This song is the fruit of 12 years hard graft – after all those years of working hard for so long, she didn’t think it was ever going to happen. She thought maybe she’d have to revert to Plan B and figure something else out – that moment bred this particular song.

This song came because she had to make a decision – and because of this song, she finally got some amazing opportunities. The song gained early exposure thanks to its placement in the December 9, 2014 (my birthday) in a Christmas-themed episode of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. It was also featured in an trailer for the TV series Supergirl, and in an ad campaign for Ford.

Obviously it’s a good thing she didn’t opt for Plan B and hang up her guitar.
She was quoted as saying:

“I just needed it at the time, you know, I needed that reminder that I believed in myself no matter what.”

Taylor Swift gave this song a big boost when she brought out Platten to duet on the song at her June 13, 2015 concert in Philadelphia. Swift met Platten a week earlier in Pittsburgh, and the pair had some fun singing the song backstage at Swift’s concert. Taylor posted a clip of the hangout to her Instagram feed, which at the time had over 34 million followers. Boom!

Give a listen to the adorable Rachel Platten with “Fight Song”:

That’s a wrap for this week – thank you for being a part of Monday’s Music Moves Me all these years – be sure to scroll down to enter our giveaway in celebration! 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, and Naila Moon from Just the Stuff Ya Know. (Naila is taking the summer off, but will be back to hostessing in the fall). *waves* Hi Naila! Enjoy your summer!

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!



And now, for our giveaway!

It’s our “5th” Year Anniversary! “5” years of Rock & Roll with all my friends… new & old! We would like to celebrate with a HUGE GIVE-AWAY! We are going to have “5” Winners! Yes “1” Winner for each year! So stop by and play with us for five weeks and enter our give-away! There are so many prizes we had to make two rafflecopters for you to enter on. One here and at Xmas Dolly’s, and the other one over at Callie and Naila Moon! Thanks for Subscribing to emails & Following us! Here’s the rundown of the list of prizes for this rafflecopter:

  • $25 Gift Certificate at Target & a bottle of Princess Nagger Licor del Café (a coffee-flavored liqueur that is made by Stacy from the finest coffee, Vodka, Brandy and organic Vanilla Beans),


  • $10 Gift Certificate for Best Buy, and



  • 2 Tix to IMAX (must be used by 12/31/15).



Here you go – good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Nice choices Stacy absolutely love Marvin Gaye by Charlie Puth & Meghan Trainor it was #1 here until a couple weeks ago 🙂

    Have a tanfasticated week 🙂

    1. That was funny that she posted Marvin Gaye songs and I posted a song about Marvin Gaye! 😀 Had a great time – looking forward to more fun camping next summer, and even more so to playing in Hawaii (not camping) all next week! Woot!!! 🙂 Thanks for dancing with me! 🙂

  2. Alrighty then, you’re introducing me to a couple new songs here. Way ta go girlfriend. Hope you’re having a grand time hiking. Do let me know when you’re back too! LOVE LOVE LOVE the first one! Guess she’s kind of my favorite right now. Sure wish she’d come out with a new song though… it’s been a while. hehehe Talk to you soon… HUGS

    1. I love introducing you to new tunes, Marie! 🙂 And we only camped for 3 days, so we’re back – the hubby had to have his other cataract surgery this week, or we would have stayed all week! Though Princess Nagger and I will be off to Hawaii next week, so this week I need to get their Back To School stuff all ready to rock’n’roll, since we won’t get back until late the night before the first day of school – hope she’s not all foggy on that first day after a week of fun in the sun! 😀

      It has been awhile – I wonder if she’s working on a new album? I sure hope so!! Have a great weekend, Marie! 😀

    1. I know, right? I didn’t like that school started in August in PA – it’s nice to be back to the type of schedule I grew up with, with school starting after Labor Day. 🙂 Plus we’ve been squeezing in a lot of fun before summer ends, particularly since the hubby’s summer break from the college he teaches at finally broke for summer a week or so ago. 🙂

      Thanks for dancing with me, Callie! 🙂

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