Monday has arrived – and you know what that means… music! For the month of August, our Spotlight Dancer is me! The theme I’ve selected for this week is “Songs about Family or Siblings (the 18th is my sister Kimn’s birthday, as well as my Aunt Susie – shout outs are always welcome!)”. Let’s get this party started, shall we?
Let’s start with a song that has ‘sister’ in the title – that works for the theme! This is the first single from this California rock band’s fifth album. This song, along with the rest of the album, marked a return to the group’s folk-rock roots. The lead singer was quoted as saying:
“There’s super catchy riffs and melodies in it, which I think are way more important that any production trick or great-sounding vocal production. It’s kind of us going backward so we can go forward.”
The addition of a certain musical instrument contributed to the song’s success. The lead singer was quoted as saying:
“That’s where the ukulele comes in because nobody was betting against the ukulele. The ukulele made everybody happy… so I think that along with the song itself and the melodies, people gravitate towards that positive part of it. The ukulele made a big difference.”
Next up, this song fits the theme, as family can (usually) count on each other. This Country-tinged tune was written by the artist for his debut studio album, and released as a radio single in Australia and New Zealand, peaking at #19 and #13 respectively. It also reached the Top Ten on the Austrian, Portuguese and Spanish singles charts.
This song was used in a commercial for the Hyundai Genesis that aired during the 2014 Super Bowl. The artist was the featured performer at halftime of the game, in which my Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 (I know, right?).
Give a listen to the talented Bruno Mars with “Count on Me”:
You spend the first 18 years of your life trying to escape where you grew up—the town, family, and everything that is familiar—and then after traveling the world, you figure out home is not so bad after all. In this 2006 crossover hit, these two artists value their family roots and come full-circle in their quest to return home.
I myself have left Washington State (where I grew up) several times, but have always found my way back ‘home’.
The video features Habitat for Humanity volunteers, including members of the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football League team (owned in part by the lead singer), building homes for low-income families and was used to promote the organization. It also received an award for Best Collaborative Video at the CMT Music Awards in 2006.
Here’s Bon Jovi with Jennifer Nettles with “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”:
Next up is a fun song I stumbled across when looking specifically for ‘sister’ songs in honor of my sister, Kimn, for her birthday tomorrow. From what I can gather, this was a Barney and Friends song, and I couldn’t find anything on the artist who sings this, so you’re just going to have to simply enjoy the song. 😉
Here’s Margarita Gali with “The Sister Song”:
Last, but definitely not least, in honor of Kimn and Aunt Susie’s birthdays tomorrow, I bring you a (crazy) upbeat jam that finds this artist promising to give some lucky person the best birthday ever. The song’s music video features the artist playing five characters; “The World’s Worst Birthday Party Entertainers.” They are Goldie The Dancer, Jewish MC Yosef Shulem, Kriss The Crown, Princess Mandee and Ace the Animal Trainer. The prank-a-thon clip shows the artist crashing various real life birthday parties in disguise and ruining them.
The artist said she had to con party planners into thinking they were taking part in a reality TV show for the video. She explained,
“We had to keep this super top secret. Of course, I had to go completely undercover, so it was skewed as a reality show called Birthday Blowout. So people signed up their birthday parties for this crazy reality show where anything could go, and anything did go…! The whole thing was staged.”
Here’s the crazy but talented Katy Perry with “Birthday”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday and see you on the dance floor! Please stay safe and healthy!
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!
Stacy from Stacy Uncorked