Monday has arrived, and with it brings excessive heat for the entire week. It’s highly unusual for the temps to be in the 100s here in the Pacific Northwest, but that’s what we’re looking at for the next several days. I’m really wishing I’d pushed to get central air added to our house, but alas and alack, I did not. Still on the ‘to-do’ list, though! I’m ready for fall!

My heart goes out to everyone affected by the wildfires in Maui last week – so sad that the historic town of Lahaina was destroyed. Even sadder so many lives were lost by what is now being called the deadliest US fire in over a century.

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 I shared when it was released back in June, but they just released a new music video, so it’s worth sharing again. Life’s epiphanies don’t always happen when you want them to. When they come, however, it’s important to listen, or in this Nashville-based duo’s case – act.

Their new album is a call to action following a long period of self-reflection and personal growth. The brothers recognize a deep shame among humanity and want listeners to embrace imperfection to better meet people where they are.

The band’s fourth studio album, released on March 11, is a result of prolonged quiet and isolation during the pandemic. The brothers both underwent a personal growth journey and emerged with a strong message to unify their listeners toward healing.

“This tragedy of the pandemic is a perfect example: it wasn’t just New York City or a few countries. It was the whole world! We can use this moment to build a little more resolve. The arts, in general, have a tremendous ability to transcend.

When you go through the unimaginable, perhaps unexpected, challenges, the suffering produces bravery. Bravery turns to courage, then hope, which I thought was fascinating.”

Give a listen to FOR KING + COUNTRY with “What Are We Waiting For?”:

Next up is a brand new song from this favorite artist. This reflective ballad is on the deluxe edition of her newest album that’s coming out on September 22nd (and yes, I have it pre-ordered).

And old flame has burned out, but the smoke hasn’t cleared as the song digs deep into the details to remind a past lover that even though he’s moved on, the singer has left an undeniable and irreplaceable mark. She said:

“‘[This song]’ is a story about a relationship that is no longer. The person’s kind of moved on and it’s like, ‘I’ve seen who you’re with. She’s beautiful, she’s perfect. I’ll give her that. But you can’t give her the time that we spent together.’ And I feel like everybody’s kind of got some of that in our lives, you know? If you’re stalking somebody on socials and you’re like, ‘Yeah they’ve moved on. Of course, really glad for them. That’s great. But I had him first.'”

Without further ado, here’s the inimitable Carrie Underwood with “Give Her That”:

Next up, I stumbled across this group when I was looking for songs to share. They’re a rock ‘n’ blues band from Pittsburgh, PA who released their first album in 2019 that generated millions of streams and received acclaim from Billboard, American Songwriter, and many more. They blend classic blues rock with modern influences and had plenty of time to refine their sound on the road, having supported legendary acts including The Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Garth Brooks, and Bob Seger on tour.

This newly released single is the kind of hard roots and blues track that’ll grab your attention (it sure did mine!). The lead sings a self-confronting story about a lost soul over a tough groove surrounded by an unspoken atmosphere that’ll rock your world. The black-and-white music video is epic and cinematic, which adds to the impact of the song.

Give a listen to Ghost Hounds with “Last Train To Nowhere”:

Last, but certainly not least, is another song I stumbled across by an independent singer-songwriter who had a serendipitous encounter with Paul Rudd recently while both were attending the same Taylor Swift concert. 

The artist is such a big fan of Paul Rudd that they actually have a song titled “Paul Rudd” on one of their albums. The artist said:

“I randomly met him in passing at The Eras Tour, like at the Taylor Swift concert. I walked past the VIP tent, and I was like, ‘Paul Rudd, this sounds kinda weird, but there’s a song on my album. The song’s called ‘Paul Rudd.’ I hope this isn’t weird.

And he was like, so nice about it, and he gave me his email. He was like, ‘Send it to me. I’d love to hear your album.’ So I sent him my album. Can’t believe [he] trusted me with [his] email. I explained, ‘I called this song ‘Paul Rudd’ because it’s me trying to envision myself as this cool and confident and charismatic, lovable character that you play, and that you just are in real life, that I’m often not.’ And he responded he loved the album.

I was like, ‘We’re filming a music video for the song ‘A Good Thing.’ If you happen to be free on this day, would you ever consider stopping by?’ And he came for the whole entire day. He stayed for like five hours. It was the best day of my life.”

Get ready for some fun, here’s Claud with “A Good Thing”:

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. Natural disasters are so scary and sometimes deadly like this horrific wild fire in Maui. Definitely sending up prayers for all those touched by the devastation. You have an interesting array of artists and song picks this week. For King + Country is my favorite and Ghost Hounds is a group I want to learn more about. 😉 Have a boogietastic week, my dear! xo

  2. My two favorites were Ghost Hounds and Claud. But, oh Claud, you unraveled that crocheted sweater and as a crocheter of over 50 years, you broke my heart. P.S. re Ghost Hounds it’s interesting that they made both a B&W and a color video of that song.

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