SONG OF THE DAY – “HIGHWAY DON’T CARE” by Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban

January 24, 2014

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With the GRAMMY Awards just a couple of days away, I wanted to share another song that has been nominated for an award.  The song I chose today is nominated for the Best Country Duo/Group Performance and it is packed with some power performers. Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban are all incredibly successful performers in their own right, but put them together and you have a major star-studded nomination.

Keith Urban’s guitar performance was amazing and the combo of Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift worked. It made me laugh that the two were doing a song together because Taylor recorded a song called “Tim McGraw” on her first album in 2006! Haha, things do come around, don’t they.

I really enjoyed listening to this song and then I watched the music video … wow, not what I was expecting. You have definitely got to watch it! Totally gives the words to the song a different meaning than my first take. I showed the video to my daughter and her first question was, “Why do you think they did that?” That is an interesting question. Is it to emphasize the dangers of phones and texting in cars or is it a more personal message to Tim McGraw’s own three teenage daughters? Would love to get your take on it.

Regardless, it is a great song and certainly deserving of the nomination in this category, although I have to admit that I don’t know much about country music. I’m not sure who will win this category, but I definitely think the song is a contender. If I was betting, my money would probably be on the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton duet, “You Can’t Make Old Friends.” It is a very pretty song, but I think it will be the winner just simply because it is two sentimental favorites and the Grammy’s seem to have a history in rewarding those old favorites, particularly with a song as sentimental as Old Friends.

SONG OF THE DAY – “HAPPY” by Uncle Kracker

January 18, 2013

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Today I am posting what I wrote yesterday. I did not have wifi long enough to get this posted, so this note is just a day late. I am still in Dallas and enjoying visiting old favorites. It has been a busy day full of friends for all of us. So, here is yesterday … 😉

Just a short note as I am moving on fumes today! I was in NYC last night at a private show with Ryan Star and got home about 1:00 a.m., just to turn around and head to the airport at 4:30 a.m.! Not a lot of sleep to get me through the day.

The kids and I flew back to Dallas this morning for a short visit. This song seemed appropriate for the day because I have two very happy kids, as well as some happy friends who are looking forward to spending time with them. I sometimes forget what it is like to return to a “home.” It is so familiar! Things are so easy! It actually feels comforting. I am looking forward to reconnecting with friends and just spending a few days enjoying the familiarity of an old home.

I began listening to Uncle Kracker years ago and really began to enjoy his music while living in Detroit in the early 2000s. This song is off his 2012 album, “Midnight Special” and just felt like the perfect song for the day.

SONG OF THE DAY – “LONG TEENAGE GOODBYE” by Lady Antebellum

December 4, 2013

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Wow, don’t you remember your teenage days? Sometimes it seems like a lifetime ago and other times it feels like it was only a moment ago. Some of our most powerful memories seem to come from that season of life.

It is funny that as adults we always want to tell teenagers that they have it so easy and “just wait until you enter real life.” Maybe they do have life easy in some respects – in hindsight! – but, I can tell you that I would not go back to that time of life, and I loved my teenage years. Those days were filled with a bucket full of first experiences – disappointment, rejection, sorrow, regret, pressure, and first love. Ugh … those were tough days.

I think teenagers feel the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Life is a roller coaster. Every emotion comes at a teenager at full speed like a train with no regulator. Perspective is hard when you are a teen. So, who would go back to those days?

I would not classify myself as a huge country music fan, but I love great music and that can be found in all genres. My playlist has plenty of country. I really enjoy listening to Lady Antebellum. This song is from their new album, Golden, and I love this song and the story it tells. It is a story about those last few moments of being a teenager before you take off down your own path. It is about enjoying that moment together with those you have shared that time of life with, and then going your own separate ways. With a daughter looking at 18 around the corner, this song just connects. Hope you enjoy it too.