Monday has arrived, and you know what that means, don’t you? Time for some 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 feel-good summer song where the artist calls for slowing down and enjoying the simple things in life when everything feels out of control. The artist actually wrote the song via Zoom during the COVID-19 quarantine with producer Ross Copperman and fellow songwriters Josh Osborne and J.T. Harding.

Don’t owe nothing to the lender / Nothing spinning in the blender / The only thing on my agenda is / Beers and sunshine / Bonfires and summertime

This song is the artist’s cure for the lockdown blues in a world where friends can still meet up together around a bonfire. The artist explained they penned the song as an antidote to stress and anxiety during a heavy year:

“Like it says in the song, I don’t know how we fix any of these big, real issues that we’re facing, but while we work through this time, I think it’s important that we find the silver lining where we can really enjoy the little moments and the simple joys of time spent together with friends and family.”

Get ready to dance, here’s Darius Rucker with “Beers And Sunshine”:

Next up, all my country loving friends will love this new song from this awesome country artist. Be sure to park your honky-tonk badonkadonk, grab a plate of ribs and get ready for this romping new song.

The artist delivers a taste of Cajun-inspired country fun with this latest release, a belly-rubbin’ ode to no-pressure good times – this is from his forthcoming EP due out on Oct. 16th.

The artist recorded the song after being attracted to its Louisiana influence, as he is a native of Sarepta, Louisiana. He was quoted as saying:

“I’m from the northern part of the state. Cajun influence really isn’t as prevalent where I’m from. Still, when I started playing music, I was working with a band from Lafayette, Louisiana, and we’d go play festivals down there. I was exposed to a lot of that stuff. I always liked it. It kinda felt like home to me. Plus, it’s just a fun song. Every now and then you just gotta cut something for fun.”

In the chorus, he sings:

Well that’s all right / Get ya some ribs / Wash it on down with a couple of beers / Ain’t nobody getting hurt, so don’t be scared / That’s just the way we do it ’round here.

In the lively music video, the song provides the soundtrack to a rip-roaring good time. Beer gets sloshed, plates overflow with grub and a dance-off breaks out — all while the artist plays party patriarch.

When asked how he feel about being the resident “old man” at this get-together, he said:

“That’s kinda where I’m at. I’ve got kids and grandkids. It’s that resignation, like, ‘OK. This is gonna happen. Here we go.’ You just resign yourself to it, play along and … make sure nothing too crazy’s going on. Let ’em have their fun.”

Get ready for some good ol’ Southern partying, here’s Trace Adkins with “Just The Way We Do It”:

Next up, this artist recently shared the video for this song, featuring heartfelt moments with her family at home.

The song, a track from her latest album, is an earnest tribute to her children: “My mission is to keep the light in your eyes ablaze,” she sings sweetly during the chorus. In the video, she and her husband Souleye dress up in costumes and bounce around on a trampoline in the backyard with their three children, interspersed with home video clips.

The musician recently opened up about her struggles with postpartum depression:

“The first two times I had it, it was more sort of depressive symptoms. This time around, maybe one percent is depression. The rest is just anxiety and all the pictures and all the horrifying parts of PPD [postpartum depression.] But yeah, sleep is scarce. And I sleep whenever I can, which is not a large amount of time, but enough to keep going.”

Here’s the amazing Alanis Morissette with “Ablaze”:

Last, but certainly not least, during this life-affirming song, this artist sings about how she’d lost her sparkle because of failures and rejection. She eventually overcame her challenges after realizing that such setbacks often turn out to be “God’s protection” and “every tear has been a lesson.” Now, she’s grateful for her journey to redemption and has a smile so “big and bright, need shades just to see me.” She was quoted as saying:

“I wrote this song when I was coming through one of the darkest periods of my life. When I listen to it now, it’s a great reminder that I made it through. It’s three minutes of energizing hopefulness.”

The artist named her sixth album after this cheery anthem because it sums up its theme of overcoming depression.

“This whole album is my journey towards the light, with stories of resilience, hope, and love.”

The artist released a kooky performance video for this song, in which she gives a modern maternity spin in clown attire. Clad in a colorful polka dot outfit, the pregnant pop star performs the song against a backdrop of several giant clown hands, and at one point balances on her giant smiling face. The joyous visual matches the clown theme on her album’s cover art.

The visual finds the pregnant pop star discovering a gaming system in her home and getting hooked on a circus-inspired video game with characters animated by Nathan Love. The artist garnered criticism for releasing the single (and album) with this particular name during the coronavirus pandemic, but she said:

“If we don’t have hope, it can get really, really dark, and this song is not just ignorant escapism happiness. Even though some people are going through that darkness, hopefully they can hear that one person made it through.”

Without further ado, here’s the inimitable Katy Perry with “Smile”:

That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday, I’ll see you on the dance floor, keeping that social distancing! Seriously though – hope you all are staying safe and healthy.

Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:   Photobucket

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 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!


  1. You didn’t get my email… go look for it there’s a new linky. This one doesn’t work! Hey, it happens right? Anyway, go get my linky and post it. I’ll be back to sign in if you like or you can just put mine.
    I got my shot in my back and I was still recooping & had forgotten & Cathy offered to help… well, there was a mix up & the rest is history & you got the “NEW LINKY” (mine) in your email, so change this one & all will be well. Now the tunes my friend. Woo Hoo, I see you decided to ROCK THE HOUSE! WOO HOO! YOU GO GIRL! I went from the bottom up so I could hear Katy Perry’s new tune. Cute for sure. Now Alanis M. sure put a couple of lbs. on huh, but she’s cute & I almost didn’t recognize her. She still has that same cute smile. Trace Adkins lost him some weight & he’s been workin’ out for sure! Cool party tune for sure & then there’s Darius Rucker that’s a cute little tune too! Anyway, change your linky girlfriend… just look for my email I sent tonight you’ll find it. BIG HUGS… if you don’t find it get it off of my blog. SORRY FOR THE MIX – UP! big hugs & have a great week!

  2. Trace Adkins baritone adds a new dimension to a summer time party song.
    Alanis Morissette’s song reminds us that some lessons are painful to learn and we may not see the true reason for the experience for years. Even the most faithful of Christ’s followers have painful moments that they will not understand for decades. Excellent playlist this morning. Have a blessed day.

  3. Stacy,

    Sorry for the screw up on the linky code. I was trying to rescue Marie and she ended up rescuing me. lol Anywho, love you mewsic choices. Trace Adkins strikes me as a nice fella, a real down to earth kinda guy. I’m thankful PPD isn’t anything I dealt with any of my pregnancies. I was a little moody but nothing compared to what some deal with. It’s good Alanis found her way through those dark struggles. Katy Perry is such a crazy character. Her personality is so over the top, kind of like Lucy Ball. Her fun video made me smile and during these horrific days, we all need the radiance of someone’s smile to brighten our day. Great choices, my dear. Stay safe, be well, and have a boogietastic week! 😉

  4. Alanis Morrisette and all those books – instant love for me! Also enjoyed the Katy Perry video. We are sure going to be seeing some music videos heavy on animation and social distancing in the coming months.

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