For some, this is a three-day weekend – the hubby and kids are off today, so it’s feeling like a Sunday. But it’s Monday, and Monday means music!
For the month of February, our Spotlight Dancer is our friend Robin from Songbird’s Crazy World! She has chosen the theme for this week, which is “Songs that tell a story. Example, “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” by Vickie Lawrence is a story about a murder and a trial (and even has a plot twist).” Let’s get this story party started!
Let’s start with this 2015 international sensation, a man shares the life lessons he has learned throughout his 60+ years. From the tender age of seven, he has learned that life is all about relationships. They keep you from being lonely, and as teenagers you learn to test limits with your friends.
As a young adult he learns that “only those I really love will ever really know me.” As a maturing adult, he treasures becoming a father and maintaining friendship connections. Then, finally as an older adult, his children provide him warmth and comfort.
Give a listen to Lukas Graham with “7 Years”:
Next up is a song that depicts the artist’s life and how appreciative he is for his loved ones, and the video is a family affair — fans will recognize a few familiar faces, including the artist’s eldest son, Elijah, and his wife, Rose Falcon. He quite literally shows us why he thanks God for the days on his front porch swinging, to the nights he spends performing onstage. The singer’s younger son, Ryder, and the family’s newest addition at the time, Scout, also made their debut in the video.
Elijah, 18, plays a younger version of his dad throughout the first half of the video. The country star goes back to his roots, singing us through his journey thus far while showing how thankful he is for everyone in his life. The video brings us to a dive bar where Elijah represents his father up on stage, performing for a beer-drinking crowd. The artist was quoted as saying:
“I wanted a song that said thank you to not only my wife and family, but to all the fans, to the record labels, the booking agents – to all the people that have kind of believed in me and stuck with me.”
Prepare to be entertained and impressed, here’s Rodney Atkins with “Thank God For You”:
Next up is a perfect ‘story’ song – the artist was quoted as saying:
“Everybody’s had that comfortable home place – or maybe even a person – that made you who you are, but that you can’t ever really go back to. I grew up on an old dairy farm in the country. We had older ladies knock on the door all the time and ask if they could come in because they were raised there, or their husband lived there when they got married… so many different stories. My mom would give them tea, and I’d sit there and listen to them tell the story about our house. And now I know the people that live there. I would be really sad if I could never go back there again… because our dog is buried in the yard, and there are just so many memories. I heard this song and I cried for two hours. When a song hits you like that, you know it’s gonna affect other people the same way.”
“My parents live right down the street from the house I grew up in. I grew up in one house until I was 14, and they live in the house where I lived from 14 on. Our friends live in the old house, actually.”
When the artist went into the studio to record this song, she asked her mom to do her a special favor… but didn’t tell her why. She asked her mom to take pictures of the house for her, and e-mail them to her when she was cutting the song. She didn’t tell her why, just told her she needed pictures of the old house. She had them on the music stand in front of her when she was recording this song.
This was the first Country #1 for the artist – the artist received a record nine nominations for the 2010 CMA Awards, and walked away with three trophies – Female Vocalist, Best Album for Revolution and Music Video of the Year for this song. The three Awards were the first she had won in her career.
Without further ado, here’s Miranda Lambert with “The House That Built Me”:
Last, but certainly not least, is a song that encourages us to cherish the moments of our life. It’s a powerful song, and this artist has a powerful voice, but he sings this song with a tone of he’s been there, and he’s sincere.
This song gets to me every time I hear it.
Here’s the inimitable Trace Adkins with “You’re Gonna Miss This”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday and see you on the dance floor!
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, Callie of JAmerican Spice, and Alana of Ramblin’ with AM!
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!
Robin from Songbird’s Crazy World