Can you believe we’re already halfway through February?! I really need to learn the art of not-blinking… Since it is 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 song where this artist wants to “put the smile right back” on a girl’s brokenhearted face. We don’t know what brought on the girl’s depression, it may be the end of a relationship, or it could just be life struggles. The artist said:
“It’s really about wanting to bring out the best in somebody and wanting to help them bring that back out in them.”
“And, particularly, personalities and characters and colors that we’ve lost for whatever reason – life gets in the way, heartbreak, responsibilities, call it what you will. A lot of that gets lost. And in the case of the girl in this song, a lot of that has gotten lost, but it’s all in there waiting to be rediscovered and brought back out. All I want to do is help her try and find that girl again.”
Ain’t gotta be nothin’ more than one more drink / And maybe I can take the blue out of your brown eyes, baby
Get ready to dance, here’s Keith Urban with “Brown Eyes Baby”:
Next up, this artist might have his name on a three-story bar on Nashville’s Lower Broadway, but he can’t resist the pull of Robert’s Western World, Music City’s last legit honky-tonk.
For the video for this song, the country singer and his duet partner take the stage at Robert’s — a celebrated haunt where he has performed, drank, and even left behind his credit card.
Originally opened in the early Nineties as “Robert’s Rhinestone Western Wear,” a boot and clothing shop, Robert’s transformed into a popular live-music venue, led by traditional bands like BR5-49. Today it’s among the last bastions of classic country music in Nashville’s tourist district, where patrons tip the players for songs by Marty Robbins and Merle Haggard, not Bon Jovi and Journey. The boots that used to be for sale still line the wall and make a perfect backdrop for these artist’s performance.
They’ll make you feel ten feet tall and cool like Chris LeDoux / that’s why thеy call ’em cowboy boots / I had to learn the hard way, that cowgirls wear ’em too
The artist said:
“When I first really fell in love with country music, Jim Beam and cowboy boots came along for the ride. I’ve had a few pair of boots over the years, many requiring duct tape at times. But, they’ve been my consistent and steady companion through this crazy ride.”
Get ready for some fun, here’s Dierks Bentley featuring Ashley McBryde with “Cowboy Boots”:
Next up, a trust fall involves one person standing on a platform and then falling backward, relying on their team or partners to catch them and prevent them from falling. The purpose of a trust fall is to build trust and communication between the participants, and to encourage individuals to step out of their comfort zones and rely on others.
Trust falls are common practice in team-building exercises and are used in a variety of settings, including corporate training programs, retreats, and therapy sessions.
This artist encourages her fans to take a leap of faith to achieve a more fulfilling life:
“I feel like life right now – getting out of bed in the morning, having a vagina, dropping your kids off at school, participating in elections – any of it requires so much trust right now. And I think life is a trust fall and those are the questions you have to ask: what do you fall for and what’s worth it?”
The video follows a young woman as she tries to garner the confidence to approach a guy she fancies at a chill house party. The artist sings the song on the rooftop of the “Illusion Hotel” and dances in the middle of a darkened street.
The video brings a romantic tinge to the song’s espousal of stepping out in faith. It brings to life the blend of hope and fear portrayed in the lyrics.
Without further ado, here’s P!nk with “TRUSTFALL”:
Last, but certainly not lest, one of my favorite country stars teams up with a hip-hop-influenced artist for this boot-stomping party anthem. The hip-hop star explained that this is the kind of opportunity she’s always hoped for:
“Is it unlikely? In my mind, no, because… I’ll just say this… because I’ve always dreamt of doing something in country and working with a country artist, so it’s just surreal, do you know what I mean? It’s… unlikely no, because, this is from my perspective, just my thoughts and my love for, and my appreciation for the country community and culture. So this is like a dream come true. But I don’t think we knew that we’d be working together, so that’s pretty cool.”
It all started when they first met while filming the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special. The country star was performing his hits (my favorites) “Fancy Like” and “AA” and the hip-hop star was jamming out to the upbeat tracks in between her hosting duties. The country star recalled the hip-hop artist’s response to his music:
“We both had ears in and mics and I was singing ‘AA’ and she was like, ‘Woo.’ Getting into it. And I was like, ‘No way! You dig that?’”
Since the viral hitmaker is no stranger to branching out and blending his classic country with other genres, he expressed excitement in the idea of doing a collaboration together one day. First, he released this song on his own, and then he took a chance in asking the hip-hop artist to join him on the recording of a second version.
“I texted her and was like, ‘Here’s ‘[the song],’ What do you think?’ And she sent me a voice text back and was like, ‘Y’all Life. Y’all Life’ She was into it. And of course I was like, ‘No way.’ You always think, ‘Hey, this will be a great collab,’ but they don’t always happen. And I’m so glad she was into it.”
The hip-hop artist chimed in:
“This is one of the coolest things I feel I’ve ever done in my career. In all of my years, to be in this setting, and to have a collaboration like this, is pretty special for me.”
Get ready to dance, here’s Walker Hayes featuring Ciara with “Y’all Life”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday! See you on the dance floor!
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