Hello Monday peeps! I’m finally 99.9% back to the land of the living – just a little bit of a nagging cough but definitely happy that I can remain upright for extended periods of time…heh! Since it is Monday, that of course means music! For the month of February, our Spotlight Dancer is our regular participant and friend, Mary of Jingle, Jangle, Jungle! This week’s theme: “Love Songs or Songs about Breaking Up or a combo of the the two.” Let’s get this loving (or not) party started!

Let’s start with this favorite group with a song that anyone who may have misinterpreted the lyrics to this particular song (and apparently there were many who did), should get some clarification with this video from the group. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, the clip features the foursome, backed by a drummer, standing on a bare set under a glittering mirror ball.

Much of the action focuses (in glorious close-up) on one of the quartet that sings the song as she delivers the lyrics that stirred controversy because of the implication that the song was about a woman’s romantic interest in another woman. As the clip makes clear, the tune reveals a woman’s jealousy of another who “has everything she has,” including the man she loves.

Give a listen to Little Big Town with “Girl Crush”:

Next up is is a song that caught my ear when I was watching the final episode of season 2 of the comedy, “Schitt’s Creek” way back in 2017. The artist wrote this song, inspired by his long-term girlfriend. He was quoted in 2008 as saying:

“I was in LA and had met a few idiot women. I just thought, ‘You might be good looking but you are nothing on my girlfriend.’ She has got everything that is good about a person. Yes I would flirt a bit but that was it. I just felt that this whole time I have someone who is amazing. We’ve been together seven years and I couldn’t wait to get home.”

Sadly his then-girlfriend now-wife passed away suddenly last month. No drama or foul-play, she did have a kidney transplant in 2022, so that might have had something to do with her unexpected death. So sad!

The singer met her when he was 17 after she and her boyfriend at the time moved in to his mother’s house. She was 6 years older than him, but he was smitten – he would serenade her by singing songs from Stevie Wonder’s album Key Of Life. She and her boyfriend at the time eventually broke up, and the two of them finally got together – they were together for more than two decades, and share two daughters together.

Another stark reminder that life is short. Hug your loved ones.

Give a listen to James Morrison with “Precious Love”:

Next up is a song from this amazing Scottish singer-songwriter, where his description of the song is the best:

“‘[This song]’ came from the idea of a person you used to be with, telling you all this amazing stuff about their life, without you in it. It’s a song about what we don’t say to those people. I was fascinated by the things left unsaid, whether that be in a relationship or a friendship.”

The music video was released on 14 April 2023. Its storyline is based on Greyfriars Bobby, a terrier dog in 19th-century Scotland that visited the grave of his owner for 14 years after the owner’s death. The dog was played by Winnie, a Cairn Terrier, and the owner was played by veteran actor David Bradley. A scene involving Winnie carrying an envelope in her mouth took 10 days of training to get right. Fair warning – you might need some tissues handy while watching this video.

Get ready for some goosebumps, here’s Lewis Capaldi with “Wish You The Best”:

Last, but certainly not least, is a favorite artist who introduced this country-flavored power ballad in October 2016, but it really got noticed when she performed it at the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show. Every time it comes on, I crank it up and belt it out! The artist was quoted as saying:

“I wrote this song with a Nashville native, Hillary Lindsey. We sat on a couch together, and we were going back and forth, guitar and piano, and we were going, ‘Why these men, you know?’ All these men – my dad, my boyfriend, all the men in my life – they gave me a million reasons [to leave], but I just need one good one to stick around but you’re giving me a million to walk away…”

The lyrics were rumored to be about the artist’s breakup with her former fiancé, but the singer said they were written about all the men in her life, including her ex-fiancé, her father, and every other guy she’s had a relationship with.

“It’s never just about the guy. It’s always about that guy, the guy before him.”

The song was also written for women all over the world. She was quoted as saying:

“How cool is it that it was #1 in Saudi Arabia?… I just really want women to be heard. I’ve dated a lot of cowboys and I just really want women to be heard… Not in a way that ‘men are bad,’ but I think it’s time for us to heal from those wounds that divide us. In this country we are so divided. I just hope this album provides some healing.”

Here’s the ultra-talented Lady Gaga with “Million Reasons”:

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!

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!

INTRODUCING OUR “SPOTLIGHT DANCER”:

Mary of Jingle, Jangle, Jungle

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16 Comments

  1. Stacy,

    I’m glad you’re feeling better. I only knew the first one and last songs in your set. The story about the long-term girlfriend passing was sad. Life is short. We are not promised tomorrow, it’s best make the most of the present. Thanks for sharing the dance floor. Have a boogietastic week, darlin’!

  2. Love Lady Gaga who has such a great voice. She’s an original in every sense. So sad to hear about the one man’s spouse dying. I didn’t watch the dog video as I’ve seen it before and it makes me cry.

  3. I’m happy you are finally much better. Whatever it was, so many people where I live still had “the cough” for weeks after their illnesses. Ugh! And to have your blog break in the middle of it. My favorite today was Precious Love. The only song I knew previously was Wish You the Best and are you ever right about the tissue warning. I can not watch that video without the tears streaming down my face.

    1. Thank you, Alana! I know, it’s so weird so many people I know had the exact same symptoms and felt just as crappy. SO glad it’s finally exited stage right! And I hope it’s another 10+ years before I feel that terrible again. 😉 Precious Love is my favorite of the set, too – but Lewis Capaldi sure takes a very close second, the video gets me every time.