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Megan Vaughan

New Song of the Week: 9-17-21

I’ve been in love with Post Modern Jukebox for years, and vocialist Haley Reinhart for longer than that… since 2011 when she was on “American Idol”. Which is the last season I actively watched because lets be honest, it went way downhill after that.

Haley has often been a part of PMJ and some viral retro-style covers like Radiohead’s “Creep” and Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”, and after 5 years, she’s back with a cover of No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak”!

I mean, DAMN girl.  Damnnnnnn…

Her voice is just beyond. And her stage presence and look… she’s total freaking package.  I’d give my right eye for a voice like that!

How is she not Top Tier level pop star?  Seriously. WTF???

Whatever. The world is weird.  Haley + Post Modern Jukebox is always a win, and I’m so glad they’re back together!

 

The Best Songs of All Time

Earlier today,  “Rolling Stone” magazine released their revised list of the Top 500 Songs of All Time.  The full list is here.

What’s really crazy is the Top 10.

Really? “Get UR Freak On?” The hell?

 

So, I wanted to make my own Top 10, based off of my all-time favorite songs. These are songs that no matter what I’m doing, if they come on the radio, or on my playlist, I stop what I’m doing and just listen.  Or rock out 100%.  Great songs will make you happily interrupt whatever you’re doing to experience them, no matter how many times you have heard them before.

This was really hard to narrow down, but I had to make my Top 10 picks, and these are my current 10 favorites EVER.

 

#10: “Purple Rain” by Prince

Oh, the Purple One… no matter how many times I hear this, it jjust never gets old. The drama, and the gorgeous guitar solo at the end gives me goosebumps every time.

There will never be another Prince.
#9: “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John

Elton John will forever be one of my favorite all-time artists. Incredible artist, who, with songwriter Bernie Taupin, put out songs that forever stand the test of time.  This one gets me, as I am that girl who just wants to get back to the farm one day.  Plus, the music and writing is awesome on this!

 

#8: “Wildest Dreams” by Tyalor Swift

I unapologetically love Taylor Swfit- especially her 1989 album.  Yeah, so this song may be a bit of a ripoff of “Your Wildest Dreams” by The Moody Blues, but I happen to love her take on it.  It’s very atmospheric and it’s one of my favorite songs to ride my horse to.  I put my phone in my sports bra, put this song on, and gallop my golden steed across the fields to it.
You think I’m kidding.

Nope. I totally do that. And enjoy every second.

 

#7: “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin

This iconic cover of the Kris Kristofferson original has me jamming out every time I hear it.  I love bluesy rock, and this version will never get old.

Janis Joplin… total icon.

 

#6: “Tuesday’s Gone” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

As I mentioned earlier, I love bluesy, Southern rock, and this epic song by Skynyrd earns a spot in my Top 10 because of the music, which somehow makes one nostalgic when you hear it, even if you’re not. It just one of those songs that transports you, and that’s what a great song should do.  Also, one of my favorite concert memories is watching Skynyrd play this song back in 2004 at Skullbone Music Park in Skullbone, TN. My best friend and I were front row, and the rain was puring down when they played this song. Just one of those really cool moments that sticks with you.

 

#5: “The Cowboy Rides Away” by George Strait

I would be remiss if I didn’t include the KING of Country music, Mr. George Strait.
This song is pure Country perfection.  The music, the lyrics… all of it is YES.

Actually, George Strait is just YES, always.

 

#4: “Still Loving You” by The Scorpions

I LOVE 80’s Rock, and The Scorpions had me from the first note on this song.  The lyrics aren’t that special, but holy cow, the music! Those guitar riffs at the end… the sheer drama of it… I wish I could play guitar if only to perform that solo.  Which will never happen, but a girl can dream!

 

#3: “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica

Elton John claimed last week that this is one of the best written songs of all time.

I can’t really disagree. The lyrics, and the waltz-like music married to rock and roll is sheer perfection.  The perfect Rock love song.  I always imagine a gothic ballroom scene when I hear this one.

 

#2: Anything by Andrew Lloyd Weber

Especially anything from “Phantom of the Opera”

Andrew Lloyd Weber is a true genius, and has blessed the musical world.  Everything he composes is pure magic.

 

#1 “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns N’ Roses

Anyone who knows me won’t be shocked by my #1 choice.

I will always stop what I’m doing and rock out to 11 when this song comes on. The vocals and lyrics and the masterful guitar solo by Slash… the whole energy of the song makes it my #1. It’s also my favorite to perform live, just for that reason. I LOVE escalating vocals and songs that make you sweat, and that make you throw your hands up in the air and scream “HELL YES” every time you hear it.  So, yeah, this fits the bill.

Also, since I’m expecting my first “Sweet Child of Mine” like any day now, it’s evern more special. And every time this song comes on, he kicks. So, he’s a fan as well. Rasing him right!

 

What would be your Top 10 list?

Anything is better  than what “Rolling Stone” came up with.

 

New Song of the Week: 9-9-21

I’m a happy woman, as there is new music from one of my favorite modern rock bands on the scene Halestorm!

I’ve had a mad girl crush on Lzzy Hale for over a decade…those vocals, looks, AND plays rythym guitar? Be still my heart.  She’s pretty much everything I wish I could be, but I mean… reality check. Only Lzzy has that combo.

 

Anyhow, Halestorm recently dropped their new single “Back From the Dead” and of course, it totally rocks.

Damn, right? It’s like her voice just keeps getting better and better.  I can’t wait for the new album, and my only real bitch about this song is that I can’t sing along to it.  I mean, I could, but I’d break a vocal cord in half even attempting what she can do.

 

Kudos to Lzzy and the boys.

New Song Of The Week: 9-2-21

In honor of those 13 brave Marines who gave their all in Afghanistan last week, Brantley Gilbert released a song in their honor “Gone But Not Forgotten”.  I’m not trying to get political here… but I feel like our fallen soldiers should get all the respect possible by our fellow countrymen.  Sadly, that doesn’t always happen.

Country music always does a great job of supporting our military, and showing respect for those who gave all.

As a military wife, I definitely appreciate it, and I know our soldier do as well.

Thank you, always, to those who serve, and never forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can live our lives freely.

I know as Americans we complain A LOT, but you know what?  We have it damn good here.  And our military is to thank for it.

New Song of the Week: 8-26-21

I always feel like Kacey Musgraves can do no wrong musicially.  Ever since she came on the scene on the “Oh, Tonight” duet with Josh Abbott, I’ve been in love with her magical voice and persona.  And she keeps raising the bar musically with each album.  Would I like it if she stayed more Country? Sure. But I’m going to be honest, Country radio has been kind of crap to her, and barely adding some of her better songs, while other more “Pop-Country” females got airplay like crazy.  I remember getting in trouble for playing “Follow Your Arrow” on a station before (not one I currently work with) , and this happened at many “Country” stations across America, so can you blame her for expanding her musical horizons and doing her own thing?

 

When she did that with her last album “Golden Hour”, she pretty much swept the Grammys.  So, she’s onto something here. There’s no other artist like her right now.  That being said, here’s her new single “Star Crossed” which addresses her recent divore to fellow Country musician Ruston Kelly.

It’s your typical “Spacey Kacey” sound, and I’m loving it.  She’s writing what she knows, and adding some cool texture to the song to make it stand out. I can’t wait for her new album “Star Crossed” which will be out September 10th.

I feel like Kacey is one of the better female artists out there- in ANY genre- and I can’t wait to hear what’s next.

 

Also, can I have her voice and legs?  Is that so much to ask?

 

New Song of the Week: 8-19-21

I’m a huge Rolling Stones fan (Rolling Stones > Beatles, always) and I am so happy that they are still alive and kicking.  Not only are they touring this Fall, but they’re also putting out a “Tattoo You” box set in October featuring some previously unreleased songs, and here is one they just released today called “Living in the Heart of Love”:

Classic Rolling Stones. There’s 8 more previously unreleased tracks coming this Fall, so get ready!

 

New Song of the Week: 8-12-21

In honor of Metallica’s 30th anniversary of their iconic “Black” album, which was released 30 years ago TODAY (for realsies), I want to bring attention to the glorious cover of one of the BEST songs on the “Black” album.

Metallica is badass. The “Black” album is badass. Mix in Chris Stapleton?

 

Oh, HELL YES.

 

I never get tired of this song, and I never get tired of Chris Stapleton’s ridiculous vocals, so it’s obviously a win.

 

An entire album full of “Black” album covers will be released on September 10th, and you bet I’m here for it.

New Song of the Week: 8-5-21

As you may know, I have a major girl crush on Miranda Lambert because she’s a total badass.  So, it makes sense that I’m loving her dance-pop remix of “Tequila Does”. It’s a perfect, fun, late Summer jam, with a great music video to go with it.

I feel like with all the bad stuff going on (Still!) in 2021, a fun, light-hearted bop about something I can’t even indulge in (because preggo) is just what we need.

 

Can anyone create booze that won’t cross a placenta? Please? I’ll totally invest.

 

In the meantime, I shall live vicariously through Miranda Lambert.

 

The Best Music Videos of All Time

MTV celebrated their 40th Anniversary this past Sunday (Only fifteen of those 40 years were worth a damn, to be fair) and to celebrate, “Rolling Stone Magazine” made a list of the “Best Music Videos of All Time”- and topping the list? Beyonce’s “Formation”.


No disrespect to “Queen Bey”, but I didn’t think it rated the top spot.  That’s just my opinion.  (Plus, you KNOW “Rolling Stone” loves anything hyper political, so their choice makes total sense)

Check their full list here.

 

So, I decided to list the “Best Music Videos of All Time” according to ME.

As someone who grew up in the MTV generation when they were actually cool, I feel like I’m qualified.

Here are my Top 10:

#10: Taylor Swift “Blank Space”:

I’m a Swiftie, and I’m not even a little ashamed.  This is one of my favorite songs of hers, and the video is perfection. Also, she stands on a horse, so bonus points for that.  I’m really not hard to please.

 

9. Motley Crue “Girls, Girls, Girls”

One of the first music videos I actually remember seeing on MTV- I was transfixed by the gorgeous women (and by Nikki Sixx). I had no idea what the song was about at the time, I just knew I wanted to look like those women! I still can’t help but gyrate really badly when this comes on.

 

#8: Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun”

This video was just plain warped, and teenage me loved it! Plus, it features a Harlequin Great Dane, so bonus points for that.

 

 

#7: Aerosmith “Hole In My Soul”

I know “Crazy” and “Cryin” always make the Top Video lists, and I’m not knocking it. After all, 90’s Alicia Silverstone was everything.  But as far as stories go? I thought this was a really great video for an underrated song.  Anyone who loved the movie “Weird Science” would appreciate it!

 

#6: Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

This was the start of a new era in music. Dirty, gritty, grungy and absolutely zero spandex and hairspray. And you know what? It worked. I really wanted to be at that grunge gym party. I still do.

 

 

#5: Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”

Even though it got a lot of hate, Miley was super smart with this video. It’s a GREAT song, and what better way to get it attention than to make a video for it featuring a naked Miley on a wrecking ball?  Genius.

 

 

#4: The Foo Fighters “Big Me”
This is when I fell in love with Dave Grohl. A defining moment for sure.

 

#3: Shania Twain “Man! I Feel Like a Woman”

Total Icon. What woman didn’t want to be her?

 

 

#2: Britney Spears “Toxic”

Britney at her absolute BEST! I was in college when this came out, and still, this video holds up.

 

 

#1: Guns N’ Roses “November Rain”

Epic song. Epic Video. And Slash’s solo in front of the church. That’s all you really need.

Those are my Top 10.  For me, a great video, like a great song, can be a defining moment.

Damn, I wish MTV would start playing them again, instead of lamesauce reality shows…

 

What music video is YOUR all time favorite?

 

 

 

 

New Song of the Week: 7-29-21

Not gonna lie, the first time I heard that “Gossip Girl” actress Taylor Momsen was going to front a hard rock band, I may have rolled my eyes.  I totally take that gesture back, as I feel she has more than proven herself as a rock vocalist, and The Pretty Reckless has been kicking some serious tail on the rock radio scene these past few years.  Yep- I was totally wrong. And their latest release “Only Love Can Save Me Now” keeps the badassery coming.

 

Love the opening riffs, and Taylors vocals are perfect for the genre.  I’ve always dug strong Alto voices (maybe because I’m an Alto?) and Taylor rocks it.  And as always, I’m happy to see more women in Mainstream Rock.  People complain about the lack of women in Country… but we need more women on the Rock scene as well.  Women like Taylor, Amy Lee and Lzzy Hale are blazing that much needed trail!