I have to admit, every year this is my least favorite Monday, after losing an hour over the weekend. I sure wish those that are they would pick one and stick with it year ’round (preferably standard time) instead of throwing our internal clock into a tizzy taking away the hour in the spring, and giving it back in the fall. Especially when you get up to a 4:30am alarm in the morning, and your internal clock is screaming “Nooooo! It’s only 3:30am!!!”
I’m going to need extra coffee today for sure.
Meanwhile, it’s Monday, and Monday means music! This week is a freebie week, so grab your favorite tune(s), and come dance with us, won’t you? Let’s get this party started!
Let’s start with a brand new single from this group off their upcoming fourth album due out later this year. The song captures this group’s rare gift for exploring a challenging topic within a song that feels both joyous and life-affirming. As the song admits, “We all get lost sometimes.” The frontman was quoted as saying:
“[This] is a song I wrote while on tour in Asia last year. I had a really bad day dealing with my own anxiety issues and I let it get the better of me. I started writing the song in my hotel room to help me calm down, music has always helped me in that way. For me, its a song about accepting the bad days and trying to stay positive.”
Give a listen to Kodaline with “Sometimes”:
This trio is back! They roared back into the spotlight on Wednesday (March 4) by unveiling the music video for their long-awaited comeback single.
In the clip, the trio combine their trademark harmonies, barbed lyrics and sweet country-pop sound as they take down the manipulative villain at the center of the song’s narrative.
You’re such a gaslighter, denier / Doin’ anything to get your ass farther / Gaslighter, big timer / Repeating all of the mistakes of your father / Gaslighter, you broke me / You’re sorry but where’s my apology? / Gaslighter, you liar
This song will serve as the title track to their forthcoming eighth album – their first studio set since 2006. The entire album was crafted by superproducer Jack Antonoff – the band was quoted as saying:
“It was the first song we wrote with Jack Antonoff. At the time we thought we thought we were gonna write with a bunch of different people and get different producers and we wrote with him and we’re like, he needs to produce it and this needs to be the sound for this album ’cause it was just, he blew us away and…it was such a fun song to start with.”
While this song marks their first official single in more than 13 years, they most recently provided background vocals for Taylor Swift on Lover album cut “Soon You’ll Get Better.” (In her 2020 Netflix documentary Miss Americana, the superstar opened up about how the band was used as a cautionary tale by label execs throughout her career as a reason to stay silent and accommodating, citing the controversy surrounding Maines’ off-hand comments regarding George W. Bush and the Iraq War during a 2003 concert in London.)
So happy they’re back! Here’s Dixie Chicks with “Gaslighter”:
Next up is a brand new single dropped this past Friday from this artist, that is incredibly raw and honest. The video features three versions of the artist all pulling her in different directions until she finally realizes that it’s loving herself that will bring her true happiness.
Why am I always looking for a ride or die / Cause mine’s the only heart I’m gonna have for life / After all the times I went and f*** it up / I wonder when I love me is enough
The 26-year-old singer was hospitalized in 2018 after an apparent overdose, and has kept mostly to herself ever since, until last week on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“I was on dating apps for a while but as I’ve spent some time with myself over the past couple months, I realized that I am the type of person that will find any way to regulate when I’m sad or lonely or whatever. I have to fight those battles on my own and I can’t let somebody come in and fix those issues for me. So right now, I’m single and spending my Saturday nights by myself.”
This single provides fans with the first in-depth look into the turmoil she went through – all the Easter eggs are references to her journey from her Barney days to her current superstardom. There are callbacks to her days on Disney, her relationship with the Jonas Brothers, and her drug overdose in 2018. It’s a beautiful look back at her past and a buoyant look to her future.
Without further ado, here’s Demi Lovato with “I Love Me”:
Last, but certainly not least, this artist expecting her first child, and her real-life baby bump in this brand-new music video gave it all away. But the real kicker is why she chose to announce her pregnancy with this single and video. This isn’t the lead single from her forthcoming album, but it came out at the best time – she was quoted as saying:
“Honestly, I was getting way too fat to hide it, so I was like, ‘Well, I think this song would be a great reveal! Let’s start there. And that’s how I communicate things — I communicate through music.”
The song is a wedding-themed ballad about securing a lifelong love with someone, and in this case, the song points to her fiancé Orlando Bloom. She said the pregnancy was “no accident” and she and Bloom are “both looking forward to this new interval of life and sharing this.”
After the music video release, the 35-year-old singer further emphasized how nice it is to have the cat out of the bag on Twitter:
“omg so glad I don’t have to suck it in anymore, or carry around a big purse lol.”
Give a listen to the inimitable Katy Perry with “Never Worn White”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday, I’ll 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!