Hello Monday – it’s a short week this week, hard to believe Thanksgiving is already upon us! The turkey is slowly thawing in the fridge, and I’m double checking to make sure I have all the extras to make for the feast on Thursday. I decided to give myself a break this year, and when one of our tiny town local peeps offered to make homemade pies for anyone for a great price, I jumped on that bandwagon, so that ensures I won’t be staying up past midnight on Wednesday finishing up any baking or ‘make ahead’ things. Sweeeet!
Meanwhile, since it’s Monday you know that Monday means music! This week is a freebie week, so grab your favorite tune(s) and come dance with us, will you?
Let’s start with a new song from this group – there are several entries that can easily feel comforting to the soul from the very first listen. This song is one of them. The tempo feels like it could pair with a long drive, or the song people listen to with friends.
While the song is about being entranced by someone’s bad behavior, the tune is produced in a way that sounds effortless.
Give a listen to Little Big Town with “Whiskey Colored Eyes”:
Next up, these two artists teamed up to sing about two people falling in love. They compared the burgeoning romance to snow on the beach: a dreamlike and beautiful pairing. One of the artists said:
“‘[This song]’ is about falling in love with someone at the same time as they’re falling in love with you. Sort of in this cataclysmic, fated moment where you realize someone feels exactly the same way that you feel at the same moment.
And you’re kind of looking around going, ‘Wait, is this real? Is this a dream? Is this really happening?’ Kind of like it would be if you were to see snow falling on a beach.”
Get ready for goosebumps, here’s Taylor Swift featuring Lana Del Rey with “Snow On The Beach”:
Next up is a soulful R&B-inflected duet that finds the male artist reflecting on the romance between him and his wife. He recalls the start of their relationship when he played covers on his guitar in an empty room before picking her up from her shifts in his Chevrolet. Now he’s making a living out of singing songs about her.
When the Big Machine Label Group executive asked the country star if he would mind if they sent over the song to Katy Perry’s camp, he figured why not, not believing anything would come from it. After all, the California pop star probably gets sent dozens of songs a day and she’s never done a country collaboration before. Within 24 hours Perry responded, saying she loved the song and wanted the files. A week later, the artist was facetiming Perry in his kitchen. He said:
“I think people expected the song to be some crazy hype EDM version of something but it’s a beautiful love song that Katy came in and just owned.”
The country star is a self-confessed perfectionist who is continually fiddling with his songs until the day he hands in the album. This rootsy soul jam is exactly the same as the demo, despite his best efforts. He said he “tried to record the song 50 different ways, from a modest piano and vocal version to tracking it like how Tom Petty may have done it.” Nothing worked until he used the original demo track loop.
Get ready for more goosebumps, here’s Thomas Rhett and Katy Perry with “Where We Started”:
Last, but certainly not least, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving week if I didn’t share this fun Thanksgiving song, right? It’s a tradition for me to share this song during this week, because you simply cannot not have this song represent.
There’s so much to love about Thanksgiving: the piles of food, the expressions of gratitude, that uncle that still tries to get you to pull his finger, the four-day weekend, etc. And yet, this late November feast of gluttony is easily the most under-served among the major U.S. holidays when it comes to one important factor: its songs.
Christmas, of course, has more carols and novelty numbers than you can shake a giant candy cane at. Easter comes complete with “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” and a basket-load of hymns. Valentine’s Day has its love ballads, the Fourth of July has plenty of appropriate songs, and Halloween has the entire Danzig catalog.
Here’s the ever-entertaining Adam Sandler with “Thanksgiving Song”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday – and a Happy Thanksgiving! See you on the dance floor!
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!