Hello Monday peeps! March is speeding right along, isn’t it? Another Monday has arrived, but 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, won’t you? 

Let’s start with a Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, one of history’s most iconic acts celebrating their 40th anniversary with a new single release. It sets the stage for this group’s upcoming 16th studio album, which will be released on June 7th this year. The lead said:

“This record is a return to joy. From the writing, through the recording process, this is turn-up-the-volume, feel-good Bon Jovi.”

He’s definitely right about that!

Get ready to dance, here’s Bon Jovi with “Legendary”:

Next up is a favorite group who recently announced a new album – their first one in over a decade! They announced the project last Tuesday, with the new album slated to drop on May 17th. Super excited about this one! To coincide with the exciting announcement, they also dropped this shiny new single from the album. The song finds the hitmakers reflecting on their past and how they’ve retained their youthful energy in the present.

Jump in the drop-top cause we’re taking it up / Got time on lock and it’s all that we got / We’re free, and we got nowhere to be / And we’re still just kids from a nobody town / Still just kids that are messing around / Making the most of the things that we found whoa

One of the band members said:

“It’s the most mature album we’ve ever made. Yet it’s the most fun and most comfortable album we’ve ever made. This album, more than any other, is bringing the New Kids and the fans full circle. It’s about hope and possibilities and being ourselves.”

Another echoed his sentiment by adding:

“It says a lot about any band to make a record that has energy and passion and lightness and fun and depth – after almost 40 years together? It’s crazy.”

Without further ado, here’s New Kids On The Block with “Kids”:

Next up, is a new song from this favorite artist whose love story with his wife and fellow country star comes to life in the music video. It showcases performance clips of this artist, interwoven the heartfelt home videos and personal photographs spanning his nearly three-decade-long relationship with his wife, providing fans a glimpse into their enduring love story.

It also includes shots from the couple’s previous music videos and memorable on-stage moments together. At the end of the music video, the superstar blows a kiss to his longtime love. The artist shared insight into the clip on social media, where he reacted to a photo of the couple from the early days of their relationship. He appears to still be smitten by his wife, even after all these years. He said:

“That’s a beauty and the beast shot right there! Look how gorgeous she is! My gosh, what’s she doing with that guy? Boy, she is stunning isn’t she? I got lucky!”

Without further ado, here’s Tim McGraw with “One Bad Habit”:

Last, but certainly not least, is a new to me Japanese Indigenous folk singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles who flew across my radar last week when I was watching the season premiere of Station 19 (I love that show – especially since it’s set in Seattle). I had immediate goosebumps, so I of course had to hunt down the song. Wow. The part that played on Station 19 was goosebump-inducing, so you can bet the whole song is a constant wave of goosebumps.

I wasn’t able to find out any backstory behind the song, but happily discovered the backstory behind the artist. The folk singer explores her identity as a multi-racial woman throughout her music — her mother is Japanese, and her father is Native American and Indigenous Mexican — she resists attaching any label to herself. She wants to be seen as an artist, to let her nuanced work speak for itself. And it does.

I’ve listened to all her current songs now, and every one is just as goosebump-inducing as the last one. She’s definitely on my list of favorites to keep an eye on, that’s for sure.

Get ready for those aforementioned goosebumps, here’s Raye Zaragoza and BEZA with “Bring That River Home”:

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!

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  1. Great choices but I can relate mostly to Tim McGraw. We are coming up on our 50th wedding anniversary and when I look back on some of the photos, like Mr. McGraw, I ask, “What’s she doing with that guy?” I married way above my pay grade and yes, I’m the habit I hope she never breaks. Have a very blessed week.

  2. My favorites were Bring that River Home and (surprise to me) the New Kids on the Block song. I didn’t know that Bon Jovi was releasing a new album and had released a new single. 40 years together is a long, long time. Alana ramblinwitham