Hope everyone had a wonderful New Year – back to ‘reality’ today, eh? Monday doesn’t have to be mundane, though, since Monday means music! This week is a freebie week, so feel free to grab your favorite tune(s) and come dance with us, won’t you?

Let’s start with this Seattle-born rapper who released a new live video for his hit single during Christmas week – performed in my hometown, downtown in the Emerald City neighborhood known as Pioneer Square. Love that he’s not only from my hometown, but filmed this video in one of my favorite places.

The video also features The Blue Thunder Drum Line and the Sounders FC Band Sound Wave and many Christmas lights. The song, which is all about the positivity on the horizon, features vocalist Windsor singing the hook.

I’m still an optimist, yeah / I got a lot to live on time / Ain’t foolin ‘that shit’ / ‘Cause next year’s gonna be better than, better than (go)

Next years gonna be better than this year (woo) / Next years gonna be better than this’ cause / New Year’s Eve comin ‘with a fresh kiss and / Next years gonna be better than this

Here’s Macklemore with “Next Year”:

Next up, this artist debuted a brand new song during her New Year’s Eve concert in Miami on December 31st. This was the final performance of her eight-song set, a slow, piano-driven number which include the lyrics:

I got some baggage / Let’s do some damage / I am not made for no horse and carriage / You know I’m savage / You’re looking past it / I want that late night sweet magic / That forever lasting love / But only if it’s with you

Give a listen to Miley Cyrus with “You”:

Next up, this country artist surprise-released this brand new song on Christmas Eve, a grand piano number that shows off the Chicago-area native’s range. It’s not a holiday song, but it does paint in similar tones of hope and redemption.

I’ve been on the verge of breaking / couldn’t find my way out of here

The lyrics are an acknowledgment of hard times that’s underscored by the photo of Eldredge accompanying the single. The vocalist (who recently postponed shows after testing positive for Covid) looks red-eyed, exhausted and dejected. He is a man in need of a lift.

He finds it by the bridge, when the ballad explodes into a mix of choir voices:

You are my holy water / you are my river deep / wash me away and take me higher / ‘cause something about your love just sets me free

Here’s the amazing Brett Eldredge with “Holy Water”:

Last, but certainly not least, is a new song from this group that was released as part of the soundtrack to the movie Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Lyrics of the song features a positive vibe, and tell the newfound stability of oneself despite the difficulties, and the things committed thanks to a more positive and happy vision of one’s life.

Get ready to dance, here’s OneRepublic with “Sunshine”:

That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday! See you on the dance floor!

Now onto 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. Happy New Year, Stacy! Great set of songs for this week. I, especially enjoyed Brett Eldredge’s “Holy Water”. One Republic’s song was so peppy sounding. It had me bobbing in my chair which I really need after a weird day of no power and Internet for most of the day. We got hit with snow storm which is probably why the interruption in our utilities. It’s been really cold here, too. I’m so ready for spring. Well, my dear I hope for all good things for you and yours throughout the new year. Have a boogietastic week, my friend!

  2. Macklemore was my favorite with Holy Water close behind. Thinking of the first two videos – masked band members, masked audience – these videos will be a piece of past history one day. Let’s hope, anyway.

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