Hello Monday! It’s been crazy here in the Pacific Northwest with record-breaking freezing temperatures. And here I thought with El Niño we wouldn’t be seeing super cold temps this year. We were also supposed to get a foot of snow – we did get snow, but certainly not a foot! More on that tomorrow.
Meanwhile, since it’s Monday, you know that Monday means music! This week’s theme is “Songs about visions, dreams, and hopes for tomorrow”. Let’s get this vision of hopeful dreams party started, shall we?
Let’s start with a song that fits in with the ‘dreams’ portion of the theme this week – the song goes, “Like a small boat, on the ocean, sending big waves, into motion, like how a single word, can make a heart open.” This powerful song is all about continuing to fight, even when nobody else thinks you can do it.
More than a decade after releasing her first album, this artist made her Hot 100 debut with this empowerment anthem. This song is the fruit of 12 years of hard graft – after all those years of working hard for so long, she didn’t think it was ever going to happen. She thought maybe she’d have to revert to Plan B and figure something else out – that moment bred this particular song.
This song came because she had to make a decision – and because of this song, she finally got some amazing opportunities. The song gained early exposure thanks to its placement in the December 9, 2014 (my birthday) in a Christmas-themed episode of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. It was also featured in an trailer for the TV series Supergirl, and in an ad campaign for Ford.
Obviously it’s a good thing she didn’t opt for Plan B and hang up her guitar. She was quoted as saying:
“I just needed it at the time, you know, I needed that reminder that I believed in myself no matter what.”
Taylor Swift gave this song a big boost when she brought out the artist to duet on the song at her June 13, 2015 concert in Philadelphia. Taylor met the artist a week earlier in Pittsburgh, and the pair had some fun singing the song backstage at Taylor’s concert. Taylor posted a clip of the hangout to her Instagram feed, which at the time had over 34 million followers. Boom!
Get ready for some inspiration, here’s Rachel Platten with “Fight Song”:
Next up is a song that has inspirational lyrics about chasing your dreams and seeing the possibilities of getting there despite your doubts. This is this artist’s first single to be taken from the soundtrack of the 2009 film Hannah Montana: The Movie. This was the first solo song from this artist to be marketed directly to Country radio as well as Pop radio.
This debuted on the Hot Country Songs chart dated March 14, 2009 at #48. The same week her father Billy Ray Cyrus also had a new entry on the same listing. They thus became the first father and daughter to have new songs debuting on this chart in the same week since March 3, 1990, when Johnny Cash with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson had a new entry with “Silver Stallion,” and his daughter Rosanne Cash simultaneously debuted as a guest artist on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “One Step Over the Line.”
Give a listen to Miley Cyrus with “The Climb”:
Next up is a brand new song by a brand new (to me) artist I stumbled across whilst seeking out songs for the theme this week. Last year, this artist released a record in which she addressed her mental well-being. No big surprise in terms of content, because she lost her sister to cancer two years earlier.
The British singer is known for strong songs that are bursting with self-confidence. She proved that she is a power woman who doesn’t let anything hold her back by, among other things, performing pregnant at Coachella in 2022. With this newest song, she again shows a courageous side of herself.
This song summarizes the singer’s story – she sings about what she has been through, and she emphasizes her message: she is stronger than ever and will not stop.
Get ready for goosebumps, here’s Bishop Briggs with “Triumph”:
Last, but certainly not least, is a song you can sing when you’re gleefully excited about the dreams you have achieved! This Indie Rock band first got together in 2006 while attending Berklee College of Music. The quartet spent their first years in Boston recording and performing music under a different name before relocating to New York in 2010.
They released two albums under their former name, but decided it wasn’t working for them, so they came up with their current name and landed a record deal with Mercury Records. This is their second single after signing to the label.
They said this was a really fun song to write, that it’s actually pieces from five different songs that they combined. They shelved it for a while, but when they came back to it, they realized they had something special.
They wanted to tell this story of how no matter what’s going on – whether you’re stuck at your job or having a bad day – there’s always an escape from that, and there’s always a way to make any day the best day of your life. It’s about escaping reality and entering into that dream world.
Get ready to dance, here’s American Authors with “Best Day Of My Life”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday! See you on the dance floor!
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