Is summer over yet? Another heat advisory, I’m so ready for fall to arrive and bring some cooler temps. I mean, you can only take so many clothes off to stay cool – at least if it’s chilly, you can layer! 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 favorite duo who are proving they’re not just the romantic ballad guys on their jubilant new song. The track starts off unassumingly slow as the narrator plots his next romantic move. Listeners expecting a bridal ballad are swiftly proven wrong as soon as the lilting chorus bursts onto the scene like confetti.
While heartfelt ballads have been staples in this duo’s career, this song showcases their versatility in retaining passionate sentiments while embracing infectious, party-ready production styles. One of the duo said:
“Some of our records have been more pop- or hip-hop/R&B-infused, but on this record, I wanted to make tracks that we could hop up at any bar anywhere with our live band and play the songs as they were recorded. Ultimately, this music, this whole album, is something that I’ll be able to look back on in a decade or two and be really proud of the way it turned out.”
Get ready to dance, here’s Dan + Shay with “We Should Get Married”:
Next up, this favorite country star is increasing the heat with his new summertime anthem music video. The one-take video was shot in Springfield, Tennessee on Free Dreaming Farm. The opening clip reveals Bryan getting a flat tire and having to catch a ride with a local driving by. As he hops out of the bed of the truck, the country star suddenly finds himself in the setting of a lively bar.
While singing the upbeat party track, he weaves his way around the small-town party that features dancing, intense card games, and plenty of drinks. In the final clip, he rejoins the band and pops the top on a can of his own brand of Two Lane beer. This song marks the first release of 2023 for this artist.
Get ready for some fun, here’s Luke Bryan with “But I Got A Beer In My Hand”:
Next up is a new song from this artist who people either love or hate. This new song finds her reflecting on her partying days while coming to terms with the fact that she’s not the same person she once was. She said:
“This song is about honoring who we’ve been, loving who we are and celebrating who we will become. I feel proud when reflecting on my past and optimistic when thinking about the future. I am grateful to my loyal fans who make my dreams a reality daily. I am sincerely thankful for the stability of your steadfast support. This song is for you.”
In the lyrics, the artist looks back on years of her life and career when she was spending time at parties, expressing that she doesn’t regret the experiences despite finding new meaning in life as she’s gotten older:
I know I used to be crazy / Messed up, but God was it fun / I know I used to be wild / That’s ’cause I used to be young / Those wasted nights are not wasted / I remember every one / I know I used to be crazy / That’s ’cause I used to be young
The song’s stripped-back and simple visual features the artist walking down a dark pathway before stopping directly in front of the camera, wearing a Mickey Mouse t-shirt as a nod to her days on Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana.
While singing the emotional lyrics, the singer-songwriter sheds tears for most of the clip before grinning ear-to-ear towards the end, seemingly accepting her past and reminiscing fondly.
“It’s super emotional because I am kind of a mini-me of my mom and I could see her inside of the camera by using a technology where I could livestream with my mom from inside of the camera.
So, we could see each other and as she was dancing it just made me cry, it made me laugh, it brought up so many real emotions and I think it’s really letting people into true emotion, which I don’t feel we get to see very much these days.“
Without further ado, here’s Miley Cyrus with “Used To Be Young”:
Last, but certainly not least, is a brand-new song from this favorite artist. Amid a divisive era in America’s sociopolitical history, this artist has released a new, controversial, and conversational single. Like just about everyone in America in 2023, this artist has 14 friends whose sociopolitical beliefs differ wildly, and his new song provides a two-and-a-half-minute reckoning on ten hotly-discussed topics in America.
He’s hopeful that the reckoning is accompanied by just enough laughter to ease the tensions denying the conversations that can reunite the ties that ideally bind. He said:
“This song is a lighthearted look at the walls and doors we’ve erected around each other and how that’s harming our social condition.”
The artist wrote the song after an episode at his local gym, where a close friend got “loud, bowed up and passionate about one of his opinions on a socially relevant topic in today’s world.”
“I don’t have the time to get fatigued about having opinions on that topic — or any topic. I am a husband and country music songwriter with six kids and three dogs. I have enough occupations to fill my mental capacity each day adequately. I don’t think I can also absorb the news and have the ability to argue my opinions about that news on top of everything else I have going on in my life.
We all need to sit and take a moment to drink a beer and keep it real. Putting someone’s divisive, polarizing opinions ahead of their humanity can lead to us dangerously dehumanizing them. It’s important that — whether it’s beer, coffee, playing catch, religion, work, or something — we discover ways to recreate face-to-face relationships with each other.
Very few people have heard this song. And when I play it, I’ve braced myself for the worst. I mean, I played it for my in-laws, Pam and Doug, who are referenced in the first two lines. However, those who have heard this song — regardless of where their ideologies fall along the spectrum — have smiled when they hear about themselves, their beliefs and the presentation of an opposing opinion.
The exhaustive public expression of my life has allowed the world to witness me as an alcoholic and sober, an atheist and believer, poor and wealthy… I’m not trying to heal the world with fairy tales, but I know I’m genuinely at a place where I feel I’m best as an arm around people’s shoulder if they need it.”
Give a listen to Walker Hayes with “Good With Me”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday! See you on the dance floor!
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