Monday has arrived, as if we needed a reminder, right? But Monday means music! It’s a freebie week, so grab your favorite tune(s) and let’s all dance like no one’s watching!
Let’s start with a soulful ballad that was inspired by someone this artist was very close to when he was part of the group, The Wanted. He explained:
“When the band decided to take a break they suddenly stopped talking to me. It prompted me to ask the very simple question what do I have to do to make you care about me as much as I care about you? Do I have to be Famous?”
The artists’ fair-weather friend texted him immediately after his debut solo single was released. He was somewhat put off, surprised that some people could be that shallow. I’ve had plenty of those kinds of fair-weather friends myself. This one’s for them.
Give a listen to Nathan Sykes with “Famous”:
Next up is a new song from this artist who has a few excellent songs about liquid sunshine. We’ve been getting plenty of that around here lately. This sentimental love song gets an extra hit of pathos from female backup vocals and an orchestral symphony outro worthy of an Opry encore.
Here’s the inimitable Luke Bryan with “You Look Like Rain”:
Next up, these Canadian rockers may be known as four of the craziest guys in music, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t willing to get real with their lyrics. Case in point, their brand new single. It’s a big departure from the album’s lead single, the usual carefree pop rock anthem we’ve come to expect.
This song takes a look at the dark side of fame, with the band trying to rectify living in the limelight without sacrificing their relationships. The deeply personal lyrics specifically speak to the lead singer who sings
“She said Jake, you’re a little bit stoned / When you gonna get grown / Will you just come home, I’m so not sure / Can you help yourself, I can’t help you anymore / You’re going faster than me”
Give a listen to Hedley with “Can’t Slow Down”:
We’re just 11 days from this artist’s new studio album dropping (Nov. 18), so to gear up for the release he’s dropping another dance-worthy cut onto the net. The radio-friendly song maintains the “upbeat” and “feel-good rhythm” he aimed for on his previously released tracks.
The X Factor runner-up says the inspiration behind the record came from his split with his ex-girlfriend last September.
“Funny how you never quite realize that you already have paradise til it’s gone / all the way, out of your life / Looking in the mirror, don’t know myself / Nothing makes sense, this feels like hell / I let you down, down and out, never thought twice”
Here’s the talented Olly Murs with “Back Around”:
Tomorrow, as you know, is the 8th of November. Just another day for most of us (well, except this year it happens to be Election Day), but for some, it’s a day they’ll never forget. This next song is a true story based on an event that happened during the Vietnam War. Operation Hump was a search and destroy operation initiated on 8 November 1965 by the 173rd Airborne Brigade.
Ever wondered where Big Kenny got his top hat? He got it from one of the men featured in this video. Kris Kristofferson says “Our friend, Niles Harris, retired 25 years United States Army, the guy who gave Big Kenny his top hat, was one of the wounded who lived. This song is his story. Caught in the action of kill or be killed, greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for his brother.”
A sincere “Thank You” to all of you who have served, or are currently serving our country in our nations military.
Without further ado, here’s Big & Rich with “8th of November”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday!
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