This is going to be a tough week, today we meet with the church to go over the logistics for my dad’s service which will be on Thursday. No doubt I’m especially going to be a mess on Thursday, but at least music can be therapeutic, no?

Meanwhile, it’s Monday, and Monday means music! This week is a freebie week, so grab your favorite tune(s) and dance along with us, won’t you? Let’s get this party started!

Let’s start with a stunning ballad that finds this artist linking up with another to sing about the pains of everyday life.

God, it hurts to be human / Without you, I’d be losin’

The two take on two different roles during this track. The female character is plagued by negative thoughts, she is feeling fed up with life but shields herself from the pain with the help of a loved one.

Sometimes, I get so tired of getting tied up in my thoughts / You’re the only one that ever makes it stop

The guy is more optimistic and offers some words of encouragement. He assures her that she can count on him and he “has her back.” Everyone always appreciate those that have their back!

Give a listen to P!nk featuring Khalid with “Hurts 2B Human”:

Next up, this band takes fans behind the scenes of their current tour from the start of rehearsals and loading in their equipment to fans filling in to their seats and finally show time. The music video also includes fun cameos of the group’s tour mates and fellow ’80s stars Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, Salt-N-Pepa and Naughty By Nature, who are all featured on the track. One of the band members was quoted as saying:

“I think it’s just a lot of fun. It’s a throwback, but again, it’s current and fresh.

Since we got back together, it’s just been amazing to see all the love from the fans, who come back to support us. It’s 11 years later and we’re still doing it, still having so much fun with the fans. I’m just lucky and blessed that we got a second chance to do things again.”

Have some fun with New Kids On The Block with “80s Baby”:

Next up is another brand new song from this trio I introduced to you recently. Their new album  was released on Friday (June 14th), and continues with the band’s tendency for confessional lyrics.

There isn’t much written about this particular song, but I love it, and I’m confident you will, too.

Here’s X Ambassadors with “Confidence”:

Last, but certainly not least, is a beautiful song that is a tribute to all those who have passed on before us – including my dad. This song might be this artist’s most personal to date, and not just because it features the people he loves most in life.

The powerful clip opens with the artist’s eldest children sitting in a field of flowers, scribbling notes to their late grandfather on balloons, which they hope reach him in heaven. Just as the lyrics go, the artist watches on before deciding to join them for a release that’s both literal and figurative.

“We wrote ‘We miss you and we love you’ / Told him things are great down here / We spelled it out and sent it up / And we watched it disappear / Sometimes I guess you gotta see it to believe it / ‘Cause right then I knew those blue sky prayers were getting through / When we let go of those heaven bound balloons”

Soon they’re joined by friends, family, band members, the artist’s wife, as well as his mother and even his grandmother, who all take a minute to write balloon messages to loved ones who’ve left Earth and gone to heaven. Try to hold back tears as they let the balloons float up, scattering the sky with colorful dots as they get further and further away. The artist was quoted as saying:

“I wrote this about something close to me, but I also tried my best to let it connect to you and your story- and I’ve heard so many of them over the years.”

The singer lost his father a few years back, and he admits: “This song/vid hits me hard.”

This song is even more poignant, because sadly the artist’s 3 year old son tragically drowned last week. In spite of the doctor’s best efforts, he was unable to be revived – the artist and his wife chose to donate his organs so other kids would have a second chance at life.

Get those tissues ready, here’s Granger Smith with “Heaven Bound Balloons”:

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, 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!

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,

    You’re in my thoughts often and prayers daily. I know this is a heart-wrenching time for you, my dear. Mewsic is definitely therapeutic. It helps me much when I’m faced with these kinds of low points, too. Thank you for sharing all new-to-me songs. That last one is a tear jerker for sure. Have a good day if you can, darlin’. Find solace in memories of your daddy which I know are beautiful moments you’ll forever cherish and hold dear. Sending you love & hugs!

  2. I’ll be back later in the week to listen to your music. I was hoping you would post so I could come and comment again that I continue to think of you and I’ll be thinking of you on Thursday. Please, be gentle with yourself and know that the healing will be a process. May your memories help to sustain you and bring you through this time, and may music help with this process. It has for me, at low times in my life.

  3. There are indeed times when this human journey through life can be painful, but know that you are in the thoughts a prayers of many blogging friends as well as those who surround you where you live. Praying for you and your family especially on Thursday that God will give you the peace, courage, strength and comfort that can only come from the Creator. And yes, music can be a blessing to the body and soul in times of difficulty.

  4. Kind of surprised to see you here, what with all that’s been going on, but I hope puttng this together brought you a little joy. Good set!

  5. How i wish i could come give you a hug in person and tell you how sad i am for you.

    You selected great music, i hope it continues to bring you some comfort.

  6. Stacy, so sorry that you’ve lost your dad and it’s such bad timing… but it’s just BIG sorrow, but I have news for you sweetie you now have your very own guardian angel, so he has never left your side. You and everyone else always has an endless love between the person who actually made you and what a fantastic job he did and mama too, so give her a call and tell her those three (3) miraculous words “I LOVE YOU”! I’m sure she would appreciate those words at this time. You have wonderful choices here girlfriend, but you get some rockin’ here next time okie dokie? SENDING BIG HUGE HUGS THAT I WISH I COULD DO MYSELF. Luv ya girl….. HUGS

  7. That Granger Smith song and video were so poignant, especially given your Dad’s death and his son’s death. So once again, I’d like to give you a virtual hug – I hope the service today provided you some comfort. And thank you for the music – X Ambassadors are getting a lot of attention where I live (as they hail out of Ithaca, NY, about an hour from where I live). My favorite of the selection was New Kids on the Block. Mellow and I just plain liked it.

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