Hello, Monday! Fall has arrived (my favorite time of year!) and it marks the first week the hubby’s ‘back to school’ since his summer break is done as of last Friday (I know, right?) so now we’re back to the early morning schedule daily. I mean, if you consider a 4:15 am alarm as ‘early’, because I sure do!

This week’s theme is Tunes about School – the kids have already been back to school for a few weeks, but what timing with the hubby returning to his professor duties today! Grab your favorite tune(s) and dance along, won’t you?

Let’s start with a stripped-back track that finds this artist in a reminiscent mood. He is joined by a similarly nostalgic Kesha, who croons on the hook:

I wish somebody would have told me that / That some day these will be the good old days / All the love you won’t forget / And all these reckless nights you won’t regret

I thought it was a great ‘school tune’ type song because it reminds me of being back in school at 16 chasing wild dreams not knowing those moments would be so precious.

Give a listen to the brand new tune from Macklemore featuring Kesha, “Good Old Days”:

Didn’t get a good locker assignment? Don’t have class with any of your friends? Worried you won’t make the volleyball team? Terrified you’ll throw up during your first presentation? Shake, shake, shake, shake it off.

Get ready to dance, because here’s Taylor Swift with “Shake It Off”:

School, in theory, isn’t designed to break students, but pressure from friends, other students, teachers, midterms, and more definitely add up. Keeping a positive attitude is half the battle. The other half involves a lot of studying. So this next song is perfect for this week’s theme.

Give a listen to Tori Kelly with “Unbreakable Smile”:

Last, but not least, is a song from an American all-sibling alternative pop band that fits well with this week’s theme, about what the lead singer would tell her future self. She introduced the video on YouTube so eloquently, I wanted to include it here as the introduction:

“Future Me is all about what I would tell my future self and deciding ahead of time the kind of person I want to be. It was so important to us to portray that in the music video for this song, and the best way to do that was to have our actual family members in it!!! Each family member represents an older or younger version of me, Sydney, and the interactions shown between all of the different “Sydney’s” are so beautiful, showing that there is wisdom in every stage of life.

We got to fly our Grandma Peggy out from Buffalo, NY and although this was her first music video, she totally nailed it. In between scenes, she would give me a piece of candy to keep me going, haha. (Why didn’t I think of having candy on set earlier?! Thanks Grandma.)

We also had our mom, Linda in it. Pretty much in every shot we did, we couldn’t stop laughing. My favorite part of us together was when we hugged and you can just feel how much I love my momma 🙂 We got so lucky that my cousin actually looks SO much like what I did when I was younger, so we flew Laci out from Kansas to be in the video! We pretty much just talked the whole time and it was just so crazy to see how much she reminded me of myself (except for the fact that she’s amazing at basketball).

The best part of the video is the fact that we, as a family, got so much time together. It’s not every day that you see the people you love, and this video made that possible AND told a great story. I hope you enjoy…”

Without further ado, here’s Echosmith with “Future Me”:

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 cohort, Callie from JAmericanSpice., as well as the awesome Cathy from Curious as a CAThy.

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. Hey Stacy,
    Happy Monday. Excellent take on the Back to School theme!
    I really like Macklemore. I was only recently introduced to him and I am finding that with each song and each video I see of his, I grow to like him even more and more.

    And I just love Taylor Swift. I have always been impressed with her tenacity and her down-to-earth nature in spite of her incredible fame. She’s a brilliant songwriter and I love how her music is pretty much a telling of her life through the years. Shake It Off is such a great tune!

    And what a powerful message in Echosmith’s song. I wasn’t familiar with this song or band and I’m so glad you included the written introduction to the song. Very cool that the family ties were displayed as a backdrop to the message.

    Hope you have a fantastic week Stacy.

    Michele at Angels Bark

  2. Stacy,

    I so get that early a.m. hour as I get up at 4am through the week, too. It makes for a long day and by the time 9pm rolls around I’m more than ready to hit the sheets! WOW, your hubs is going back to school late. I figured he returned to work before the kids did.

    You are by the far the most original with today’s theme rolling pop songs titles into a look at how to handle school days. I think Tylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” is an excellent song choice and needs to be an anthem for all school kids. The biggest problem kids have today is what others think of them and it shouldn’t be this way. These feelings of “not fitting in” or “inadequacies” stay with a person for years and sometimes forever. We all just need to “Shake It Off” and be true to oneself.

    It’s great to hit the dance floor with you today, my friend. Have a skooltastic week!

  3. I was only familiar with one of the songs (Taylor Swift) so this was a chance to hear some new mewsic. The Echosmith video was so sweet. We all would have messages for our future selves – if only! And “Good Old Days” made me wish I was in the video. That’s a rare thing for me.

  4. Sorry I’m so late. Finally finishing up all these dam test docs are pretty me through… did I tell you I got the stress test back & the results, which are “I’M NORMAL” is what they said!!! WOO HOO!!! BWAHAHAHAHA HA Little do they know!!!! Anyway, you’re rockin’ the house my love & love doin’ the boogie with you!!! Taylor… I’m a fan of for sure and I really like the brand new tune from Macklemore featuring Kesha, “Good Old Days”: nope… love it! The next one… it’s okay, but Echosmith with “Future Me” I first thought of Aerosmith… who knows why… (pssssssst love Aerosmith)… song is okay. All in all… great job my friend. YOU ROCKED THE HOUSE! Thanks for the dance… talk at ya soon! BIG HUGS

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