It’s Monday – the last Monday of June! And 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 this artist who has never flinched when it comes to her music. Full-tilt, and strong as hell, she’s been the go-to woman for tender toughness and reckoning when it comes to no-good men. A tour du force of empowerment in the face of a less than stand-up paramour, this song burns like heatwaves in the desert – she sings about the slow death of love, the callousness of men who won’t see and the strength of a woman who sets destiny in motion and survives in its wake. She said:

“[‘This song’] is a classic tale of a woman taking her power back. I think we can all identify with the character in this song, because we have all had a time in our life where we needed to find our strength, and also get a little revenge on someone who did us wrong or hurt us. This offers such a cool, raging take on how something like this unravels; I think the songwriters nailed it.

I am so proud to sing this song. It feels like it could have been on the same record as ‘Gunpowder & Lead’ in a lot of ways. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned is a pretty powerful statement, and the way it’s written, you can tell, we’re not kidding.

Country music at its core tells the truth about life, but it makes you feel something. Sometimes you laugh. Sometimes you throw your fist in the air. Sometimes that fist goes through the wall. All I know is I’ve got a lot more to say, and a lot more music coming soon. So for anyone who’s ever seen themselves in one of my songs, especially the rowdy ones, get ready! We wanted to come with something that really says something from the start. And there’s a whole lot of feelings and rhythms and great playing to come.”

Here’s the inimitable Miranda Lambert with “Wranglers”:

Next up is a song that I shared a couple of years ago when it caught my ear while re-watching a favorite series, How I Met Your Mother, as my nightly wind-down time. It caught my ear again last week since I’ve been rewatching the series again, this time with the hubby. Since it’s been stuck in my head, I thought I’d let it get stuck in yours too. 😉

This song plays during one of the most impactful scenes in the series. What hurts the most is when they zoom out and show Ted alone in his new building, which is the same height as the Empire State Building (his lifelong dream). Just on the other side, there’s the WWN building, where his best friend and the woman he loved (at that time) just got engaged.

Barney: “It’s gonna be legendary.”

Robin: “No wait for it?”

Barney: “I got you. I don’t need to wait for it anymore.”

Get ready for goosebumps – here’s Fort Atlantic with “Let Your Heart Hold Fast”:

Next up is a new (to me) artist I stumbled across while looking for new music to share. This artist is not only an American singer-songwriter; he’s also a comedic video creator on YouTube and popular on TikTok and Instagram. He also has an incredible ‘rags-to-riches’ story.

This new song is a touching ballad that delves into themes of unwavering support and enduring love. The lyrics convey a deep commitment to being there for a loved one, no matter the circumstances or the passage of time.

The repeated line, ‘I will carry you home,’ serves as a powerful promise, emphasizing the artist’s dedication to providing comfort and stability, whether it’s ‘tonight or fifty-five years down the road.’ This sentiment is a testament to the strength and longevity of true love and companionship.

Give a listen to Alex Warren with “Carry You Home”:

Last but certainly not least, since last week marked the first day of summer, I wanted to finish up with a perfect summer tune. The song draws inspiration from the frontman’s favorite spot to tie up on Lake Lanier in North Georgia. The artist explained that “growing up fishing and being on that lake was a big part of my childhood. We wanted to give our fans the ultimate summer jam and are looking forward to playing it on the road.”

When he heard the start to the song, he thought:

“That’s a smash. We got to write that one. We got to get it done.”

He said it took about three hours to get part of it done, but:

“The bridge wasn’t happening. It took about three more months to finally sit down, (and) I was writing with another guy and played him the song and he had an idea… So it took probably, you know, three and a half, four months to get it finished. You know, finding great people to write with is a big part of the process.

And when you find good chemistry with people and you sit down and you’re productive things pop out and tie up was one of those things. Super happy to get it out there into the world. I sat down with some buddies trying to figure out what a summer song would be. What’s classic ‘being out on the water?’ What are people going to want to jam to in summertime? And that’s how ‘Tie Up’ was chosen.”

Without further ado, here’s Zac Brown Band with “Tie Up”:

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. “Tie Up” has that summer vibe. I’m not one for being in or on the water. I prefer staying out of the heat and sun. Of course there was a time when that all was fun to do and part of be like the idea of having a swimming pool. Maybe, one day that’ll be a possibility. 🙂 Thanks for sharing these new to me song picks. Have a boogietastic week, Stacy!

  2. There must be a ton of songs about a loser boyfriend or husband but I like this song. It’s quite catchy. I enjoyed all of them.

  3. My favorite this week was the very first one, especially the last few seconds of the video. I laughed. Two things I would have done differently -I would have gone through his pants just in case he left money in the pockets, and I would have kept the picture frames. But, for some reason, it really made my day, and I’m not even mad at anyone right now!