October has arrived! Is it just me, or is this year speeding by extra fast? I’m behind on just about everything, including decking the halls with my fall decor. I better pick a non-rainy day this week and get it done, no?

Meanwhile, it’s Monday, which means that it’s time for some music! This week is a freebie, so grab your favorite tune(s) and come dance along, won’t you?

Let’s start with an emphatic love song sung with the urgency of a man new to a relationship. His excitement for the woman he’s with spills over the rims of modest and bashful. The artist is singing about how far he’d travel to get to his lover — 20 time zones, rural Mexico, and the moon are all attractive destinations if this beauty awaits him.

Lyrically it’s a deliciously over-the-top ode to inspired love that even a couple married 50 years will recognize from their courtship. One can bet this couple pours on the PDA.

Give a listen to Brandon Ray with “Ends of the Earth”:

Next up is a brand new song from one of my favorite artists, that hit the airwaves just last week from her upcoming seventh studio album. The artist sent out some tweets last Thursday explaining why she’d given the album (and this title song) the name she did:

“life is f*cking traumatic. But it’s also incredibly beautiful, too. There’s a lot of beauty still and beautiful souls. Enjoy :).”

Preach, sister.

The album is due on Oct. 13, and is her first in more than five years. The singer, who received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2017 Video Music Awards in August, will perform as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” October 14, the day after the album’s release.

While the singer has released a handful of singles and collaborations (including an appearance on Kenny Chesney’s “Setting The World on Fire,” which was nominated for a 2017 Best Country Duo/Group Grammy), she’s largely kept a low profile since she came off cycle for her 2012’s double-platinum album. She and her husband welcomed their second child in December of last year.

Here’s the ultra-talented P!nk with “Beautiful Trauma”:

Next up is a tune about fighting back against pain. Another new song from this artist’s new album, the first in fifteen years. The tone of many of the tracks changed dramatically during the record’s long journey to completion. The artist was quoted as saying:

“Most of them started off quite melancholy and a lot darker. [This song] was totally dark at the beginning. It’s just all of a sudden the light went on and there was light as well as darkness. There’s a lot of songs that have that contrast on it that maybe are too subtle for the listener to even realize.

Whether it’s joy or pain, the first thing we do when we experience a feeling is close our eyes. If you watch newborn babies, their eyes aren’t open yet, but they’re waving their fists in front of them. They’re swingin’ with their eyes closed. This is who we are intrinsically. I’ve often gone through things with my fists forward like, ‘I don’t know if what’s coming is going to be good or bad, but dammit, I’m ready for it’.”

Give a listen to the gorgeous and talented Shania Twain with “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed”:

Last, but definitely not least, is a song collaboration with this next group and another artist. In the song, they’re both calling out to their lovers to stop playing around and be real. It’s an upbeat, dance-y track for sure.

Here’s Maroon 5 featuring SZA with “What Lovers Do”:

That’s a wrap for this week – see you on the dance floor.

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, and our awesome friend 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. Stacy,

    We were in Nashville on Friday just enjoying the day. We went to the Shops on Opry Mill Drive which is next door to the Grand Ole Opry and Gaylor Opryland. This is a huge place! Anyhow, I thought of you because you’re my country mewsic gal! 😉 Shania Twain is my girl crush! She’s beautiful and I love her mewsic – always have! Thanks for sharing the dance floor with me, my friend. Have a tunetastic week!

  2. Whoa! Girlfriend you have definitely rocked the house once again! All these new hits in one spot… you’re rockin’ my world for sure! I love the new “Pink” song and Maroon V & the new chick is totally awesome & so is their video!!! You definitely done a great job! YOU ROCK!

  3. Yes yes the year is indeed going! or we are just busy. I can’t seem to find a day of rest anymore, especially in soccer season!

    Love the tunes ma girl. Thanks for the dance!

    Have a blessed week!

  4. Fabulous music today Stacy! All of the songs are new to me and I enjoyed each and every one of them! I liked Braden Ray’s song and it sure does speak to new love.
    Really loved the Maroon 5/SZA video! That was cute with the animals talking/singing.
    Have always liked Pink and Shania.
    Great new songs. Thanks for always turning me on to something new and different. I can get stuck in my genre sometimes…(most times). 🙂

    Michele at Angels Bark

  5. Brandon Ray makes me wish I had a musical husband (no worries, he shows his love in a lot of other ways.) I never expected the reggae twist in the Shania Twain song. The Maroon 5 video was so creative! Thank you again for introducing me to some music new (to me).

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