When I heard that Dance/Pop group January Jane covered “I Can’t Go for That” by Hall & Oates, I rolled my eyes. But I gave it a listen out of sheer curiosity, and you know what? I really like it! I know some people say that cover songs are the worst, but I disagree. Um, hello? “Blinded by the Light” anyone??? Or Metallica’s version of “Turn the Page”? Yup.
Not that I’m saying this cover is as good as those. But you know what? It made me dance around the studio and has been in my head for a few hours. So, that’s a win.
Here’s the thing about cover songs… they can bring attention to the original artists, and introduce them to a new generation. And you know what? Kids these days NEED to know about Hall & Oates. So I’m down for it!
Sometimes a fun, easy dance cover is just what you need in ths crazy ass world. Not everything has to be so serious, ya know?
So, “Flower Shops” by ERNEST and Morgan Wallen is one of my favorite new songs of the year (perhaps my #1 fave so far) so I really wanted to have a chat with ERNEST (all caps, because why not?) and talk about everything from music to parenthood to “Yellowstone”!
I’m going to be completely honest: I totally fell off of the Katy Perry wagon these past few years. Her first three albums “One of the Boys”, “Teenage Dream” and “Prism” were perfect Pop records, and I was all for it. Then “Witness” and “Smile” followed, and she lost me. It was like she was trying too hard to be edgy and sexy (the song “Bon Appetite” still makes me cringe). But with her new single- which we all got to see the video during the College Fotball National Championship this week- is a step back to the fun, Pop Katy Perry that I’ve been missing.
“When I’m Gone” featuring Alesso is a fun, easy Dance/Pop jam which is on point with what’s hot on Top 40 radio these days. I’m thinkin Katy saw what Dua Lipa, The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, etc were doing, and decided to follow suit. I’m totally OK with that! I’m an unapologetic fan of Pop, and this song was stuck in my head all week, which is a good sign.
I’m also happy to see Katy Perry get back to her original black hair. It’s the little things in life.
Oh! And I heard that she’s got a collab with one of my favorite Country artists Thomas Rhett coming this Spring. Stay tuned!
I’m all for REAL Country music, and when this song hit my inbox, I immediately fell in love with it! Up and Comer ERNEST has a true Country voice and style, and when you combine it with Morgan Wallen, you’ve got modern Country GOLD.
“Flower Shops” has one of my new favorite lines “Violets and Daisies to hide all the crazy”. The song is already #1 on itunes, and I’m thinking it’s just starting it’s run as a chart topper. I’m happy to kick off the new year with some real Country music… I hope this trend cotinues the rest of the year! I can’t wait to hear more from both ERNEST and Morgan in the coming months. As for Morgan, it looks like Country music has moved on from his controversy of last year, as his album “Dangerous” was the #1 album of 2021. NOT just in Country music, but across all the genres. Say what you will about him, the guy has chops.
Plus, if you want some bad Country music behavior- go look up what George Jones and Randy Travis -two legends- got into in their day. We just didn’t have the social media to blow things up.
As 2021 draws to a close (which noone is mad about, I’m sure), I have to say that at least music-wise, it was a good year. One of the silver linings of the pandemic was the fact that many artists had a chance to work up some new tunes, and here’s a list of some of my favorites of the past year.
#10: Jack White “Taking Me Back”
I’m a big fan of Jack White, and was pretty excited to get a new song from him this past month. Expect a new album and tour from him in 2022!
#9: Ed Sheeran “Bad Habits”
Ed is one of my favorite Pop Stars. Straight, no-bullshit talent and a great persona to go along with it. His latest album “=” leans to more 80’s dance-pop, which I am here for. “Bad Habits” is fun, catchy, and proves that Ed can do way more than love ballads.
#8: Walker Hays “Fancy Like”
At first listen, I was like, “Um, what?” But then I couldn’t get it out of my head. And I totally relate, as I love me some Applebee’s. Walker is one of the nicest guys in the biz, and after so long of having “almost” hits, it’s great to see him finally blow up in a major way. He deserves it. Ain’t nothing wrong with fun, catchy tunes. We needed it with all the mess happening in the world.
#7: Halestorm “Back From the Dead”
Halestorm is one of my favorite Modern Rock bands, and Lzzy Hale is a certified badass. They continue the badassery with their latest single “Back From the Dead” and it gets me ready for their new album due out next year.
#6: Parker McCollum “Like a Cowboy”
Parker is one of the hottest things on the Country Music scene right now, and I’m kind of pissy that this song wasn’t as big as it should be. Sure, his radio hits are ok, but this song is what’s up. Real Country music… more of this should be on the radio, in my humble opinion. Or maybe I just like anything that refers to Cowboys.
#5: Royal Blood “Troubles Coming”
I’ve been a Royal Blood fan from the start, and this song definitely had me rocking in the studio every time I got to play it. When a radio personality doesn’t get sick of a song, that’s saying something.
#4: The Weeknd “Save Your Tears”
Ok, so it’s not the deepest song, but I love the Weeknd, and the beat to this song goes perfectly with a horse’s trot. As someone who usually has music playing when I ride, (courtesy of my phone in my sports bra) this is definitely on my riding playlist. Yes, I have a playlist for horseback riding. When I was a kid, all I wanted was to ride to music, and now I can. Isn’t technology grand?
#3: Kenny Chesney “Knowing You”
Such a simple, yet beautiful song. It had me turning it up every time it came on. Also, any song that references tumbleweeds makes me happy. I blame Tracy Lawrence for that.
#2: Dua Lipa “Levitating”
Ok, when I first heard this song, I hated it. Mainly because of the lyric “My Sugar Boo”. But dammit, it grew on me like a fungus, and it stays stuck in my head. It’s a fun, easy dance bop, and every time I heard it, I would crank it up and sing and dance along, much to my husband’s chagrin. It’s ok to like stupid songs. There, I said it.
#1: Eric Church “Hell of a View”
Eric Church is one of the best artists out there right now, in any genre. And this song spoke to me not only on a music level, but lyrically as well. Having a near fifteen year marrigae to a soldier with a lot of adventure and new things happening (um, like a new baby?), this song hit me hard in the feels this year, and was definitely my 2021 theme song. Looking back on life so far, all the good and bad, it’s one hell of a view.
So, there ya go. My Top 10 favorite songs of 2021. Some may complain that it’s too mainstream, but I really don’t care. This is what spoke to me this year, and that’s what is so cool about music- it hits everyone differently.
That being said, I would love to hear what your favorite songs of the year are!
Here’s to a new (and hopefully better!) 2022! At least there’s always music, right?
Avril Lavigne is back to her Punk-Pop roots! (Good.)
She originally released “Bite Me” last month, and I honestly wasn’t feeling it. Although I was happy to hear that she was going back to the Pop/Punk sound that made her famous, I felt like this song was a bit too juvenile for her. I mean, she’s my age (late 30’s) and the song and feel was more suited to someone in their late teens or early twenties. Then she dropped the acoustic version today, and I’m liking it a lot better than the original version.
Avril sounds great, and looks amazing as well. I know she had a rough bout with Lyme disease, as well as a failed marriage to Nickleback frontman Chad Kroeger. I’m glad to see that she’s back to fighting form! After hearing this, I’m definitely looking forward to her upcoming album. She says it’s going to be “100% Rock and Roll”, so we’ll see what she’s got for us in 2022!
So, a few months ago when I was still pregnant, my horse “Angel” (short for BR Angelina Gold) was really into resting her muzzle on my belly while being groomed. So, of course, I had to film it one day, and it ended up going viral. A few people asked for a follow up once the baby was born, so this past weekend I decided to oblige. She is in love!
Now, for those who will inevitably ask, the baby was safely contained, as was she. Had I let her loose, she probably would have nuzzled him a lot more! But for safety’s sake, I did hold her back a bit. I have to explain this, as there is always someone who is quick to complain. Isn’t the internet grand? As a matter of fact, TikTok took the video down because it promoted “child endangerment”, yet teenage girls can twerk half naked, and that’s totally cool. Go figure THAT one out.
Anyhow, it’s been really fun to see Angel’s reaction to the baby in utero, and after he was born. In the second video, he was crying, and instead of spooking like some horses would, Angel was trying to comfort him. By the time I had both her and him secured and my phone out, he had calmed down. I really can’t wait until Brandon is old enough to start riding! I think he and Angel will make a great Lead Line and Walk-Trot team!
Now if only our dog Cash would be as into him as Angel is!
I’ve always had mad respect for Jack White. Just a crazy talented musician who does his own thing, and it always turns out splendidly. His first new single in four years “Taking Me Back” is classic Jack White: hard hitting, heavy-percussive, straight forward Rock. Just how I like it!
Oh, and Jack just announced a massive 2022 tour today, so that’s cool, too.
It being the holidays and all, I figure I’d get you some new holiday tunes to enjoy. We’ve had no shortage of new Christmas music this year, and I’m cherry picking my favorite new songs this season.
So, this morning, Elton John and Ed Sheeran dropped their new holiday collab “Merry Christmas” after teasing it the past few weeks. I figured it’s be prety good because, you know, Elton and Ed. Guess what? I was right.