Just under three weeks until Halloween – it’s not my favorite holiday, but the kids really get into it, so I humor them. You know, like spend hours figuring out costumes and getting ready for the biggest ‘dress-up’ day of the year. 

Of course there’s that whole aspect of candy to look forward to. Since, you know, all that hard work needs to be paid for. In chocolate.

Here we are with another Monday – our Canadian friends are celebrating my favorite holiday (that’s still a month-and-a-half-ish away for us here) with their Thanksgiving. Hope they didn’t overdo it with their feasts! It’s also freebie week this week, so grab a favorite tune and dance along, m’kay?

Let’s start off with a Nashville-based singer/songwriter/guitarist who has been focusing her energy on her live performance and on writing new music over the past 8 months. As a result, the multi-talented artist has fallen into her own eclectic groove, which you’ll get to see with this newest tune.

This song captures the essence of female empowerment, and by fusing new country sound with an inspired lyric and this artist’s own tasty guitar work, her career is about to reach a whole new level of cool.

The idea for this song came about because she felt it’s a really good time for girls right now, specifically in country music, and she was inspired to write a positive female song, saying:

“We’ve all been involved in relationships that can sometimes bring you down. My last relationship happened to be one of those cases. But I remember just coming home one day and saying, “You know what? I’m not going to let this affect me any more. I’m just going to be completely positive about it!” The idea sprung from that moment and story and we grew it into [this song].”


Without further ado, the new single just released on Friday, October 2, here’s Lindsay Ell with “By The Way”:

Next up is a new single released by this artist on September 30th from his upcoming album, the first music from this artist in over a year. It’s a song that offers up a simple approach to life, with him singing, “If it’s alright with you, all I wanna do / Is eat, sleep, love you, repeat” on the fresh single.

The artist has been having fun spending time in the studio to prepare for the release of his new album, enjoying the process of making a record and the intricate details of it. He says he’s kind of pushing the envelope with some of the melodies, and got to write more for this particular album.

After hearing this track, I’m looking forward to hearing more from this album.


Give a listen to Rodney Atkins with “Eat Sleep Love You Repeat”:

Next up is one of my favorite non-country artists who explained the meaning of this next song like so:

“It’s about when you have those nightmares where your loved one passes away, and you wake up sweating and crying. You check on them, and they’re still there, and you realize that you’re not promised tomorrow, so you’re going to love them like you’re losing them.”

The artist had no intention of including this tune on the album until a relative intervened. She wrote the song years ago, and her Trinidadian uncle met the artists managers and insisted they listen to it. The song brought them to tears and the rest, as they say, is history.


Here’s the inimitable Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend with “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”:

Last, but definitely not least, is another non-country artist I stumbled across while going through videos to find great tunes to share with you this week. She happens to be the 18-year-old daughter of Lebanese singer Assi Al Hallani who apparently is a well-known international star.

She’s following in his footsteps but carving her own path. With her beautiful looks and humble charm, this artist gained a huge online following with the release of this song, her very first single on October 1st.

Her voice is sweet and controlled, and I have a feeling she’ll be giving American artists a run for their money.


Here’s Maritta Hallani with “Go”:

That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday!

Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:   PhotobucketI 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. 

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. Awesome selection this morning my friend! Here is hoping the costume process does not make you crazy. I spent some time decorating our home this weekend as Halloween is my Christmas. Thanksgiving is awesome a great time because I really get to dive into baking!

    Happy Monday!

  2. I like that first song how she names them without naming them 🙂

    It is indeed a change in season. And yes I’m not for the scary halloween stuff, but the kids might want to dress up.

    Oh and yes candy that I will eat and dump at will.

    Thanks for rocking!
    Have a great week ma girl!

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