Hello my fellow awesome music peeps! I’m actually writing this post 5 days in advance, because last Thursday was surgery day, and from what I understand I’m going to be out of commission for a minimum of 72 hours to up to a week. So if this first paragraph isn’t changed before this post goes live, you’ll know I’m still recuperating and not allowed to be on my computer…heh! I’m normally a rebel, but I want to make sure my healing goes smoothly, so I’ll be a good girl and follow doctor’s orders!
Meanwhile, it’s Monday, and Monday means music! For the month of September, our Honorary Conductor and Spotlight Dancer is our very own Cathy from Curious as a CAThy! This week is a freebie week – grab your favorite tune(s) and dance along with us, won’t you?
Let’s start with a song I’ve shared before, but it’s always worth sharing again. It’s an ode to ambition that finds this group’s frontman striving to be the best regardless of the obstacles.
The frontman wants to accomplish something with his life and is ready to Evolve. This track was apparently the one that took the longest to get right. The drummer was quoted as saying:
“He had the first and pre-chorus really quickly. But the chorus wasn’t right. We went through a ton of ideas and versions before we found the right chord progression and the right melody. Sometimes it’s quick, sometimes it’s not. The process is never the same twice.”
Here’s the talented Imagine Dragons with “Whatever It Takes”:
Next up, this 26-year-old country star sings about partying way too hard. He might have millions of record sales and five Grammy nominations under his belt, but he’s not scared to bring himself a bit low to apologize for some hazily remembered bad choices he’s made on nights out he can’t quite remember.
The artist seems to be more at peace with his demons, as he openly sings about drinking and partying too much and essentially, not owing people any answers for his decisions.
Got a lot of memories, not a lot of regrets / Every time I said I’d never do it again / Was right before I headed out for one more spin / I started with one shot to have a good time / Everybody knows how easy one can turn into five / Don’t judge because it ain’t nobody’s life but mine / And I only get one shot, so I take it one shot at a time.
The artist boldly sings about his past mistakes and understanding the consequences of his choices, but concludes by asking you not to judge him “Because it ain’t nobody’s life but mine.” In the highly relatable, hungover-chant, he shows us that he’s ready to own up to his internal battles, always with the uplifting, hopeful tone that’s a signature of his music.
Give a listen to the cutie patootie, Hunter Hayes with “One Shot”:
Next up is a song that was this artist’s brainchild when he was out on tour. He had fans write notes and leave them in what he referred to as the “My Blue Thoughts” box. They could write down whatever it is they wanted and he posted some after each show on his Instagram story. But one note stood out to him that read, “I met a superhero. I lost her. I want her back.”
The artist read this and immediately felt inspired, writing a song that started with those words. Kind of crazy to think that a fan at one of his shows ended up inspiring a song this artist created with one of his best friends, fellow songwriter Michael Pollack. But then the artist took it upon himself to find out who his mystery co-writer was. These notes were all anonymous, after all!
Two months later, with the help of his team, they discovered the note was from his show in Boston. And from there, after many phone calls and emails, they uncovered the identity of the fan who wrote the note. His name is Martin and he lives in Germany. His girlfriend, Diana, lives in Boston and he was visiting her when he went to this artist’s concert. Martin ended up going to the show alone though after he and his girlfriend got into an argument and that’s what inspired him to write that little. How crazy is that?
Give a listen to Lauv with “Superhero”:
Last, but definitely not least, is a brand new song from one of my favorite artists. She sings about going along for the ride with her romantic interest and being happy to go wherever fate takes them.
And we could end up broke down on some back road / Lovin’ in the back seat to the radio / Wouldn’t be the worst scenario / ‘Cause all I wanna do is end up with you
The artist was quoted as saying:
“It’s really fun. It’s kind of got this cool beat to it that kind of makes you want to dance. But the words are really awesome and the story’s cool, because it’s all about kind of being with the person that you love.”
“And you don’t really care what’s going on around you. You just want to be with that person and it doesn’t matter what your day’s like, as long as it ends with the one that you love.”
Give a listen to the beautiful and talented Carrie Underwood with “End Up With You”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday – see you on the dance floor!
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 cohort, the awesome Cathy from Curious as a CAThy, and while our beloved Callie of JAmerican Spice is taking a break, our friend Michelle from Musings and Merriments with Michelle is helping out with hostess duties! And, for the month of September, our Honorary Conductor and Spotlight Dancer is our very own 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!
Linky will be coming…