Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kenny Chesney - You And Tequila ft. Grace Potter (+playlist)

Kenny Chesney is probably one of my favorite Country Artists, and I have always liked this song. It is not a new song, but there are some good points to the song.

I don't know about everyone else, but surely you all have one of those relationships that was not good for you, yet you kept hanging on to it.  This song is about someone who is no good, kinda like tequila. I am not a tequila drinker, but I get the meaning.

I had one of those relationships in college. He was an army brat and had spent most of his high school years in Germany, and maybe that was part of the appeal, but for some reason he was one of those that I just couldn't break away from.

It wasn't a good relationship as he alienated me from friends and family, which should have been the first warning sign, but I just couldn't walk away. He kept pulling me back every time I tried to make a run for it. The relationship lasted three years, which was three years too long!

As I look back now, I can't say that I regret the relationship because it mae me who I am now, and it put me into the place that allowed me to find my husband.  What I can say is that I do regret the way I behaved during the relationship. I allowed him too much control on my life, leading me to draw away from friends and family, depending on him alone, and to lie to some important people in my life.  I wish I had seen the issues with the relationship and not behaved in that way, but then again I learned from it and it made me who I am today.

Every time I hear this song it takes me back to that time in my life, and I am thankful that I finally was able to break free of the relationship and to find something better and more healthy. That being said it is not a relationship that I would want to talk to me teenagers about now, or would want them to experience.

Music brings memories to mind and as good as that can be, I find more and more that it also reminds me that my kids are approaching that age when they are dating and I hope that they do not experience this type of relationship. I know that the song does open communication channels with my kids, and I love that. We will be in the car and they will ask what a song means, this then allows us to talk about the song and what I want for them and what I don't want them to experience.

Music relates to life and even with the memories of an experience, this song is still one that I enjoy listening to.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Dan + Shay - 19 You + Me (Official Music Video)

This week for my music blog, I am going with a song that my daughter loves.

Dan + Shay are a newer duo to the country music scene, but if this song is any indication of what they will become, I foresee them being around for a long time.  19 You + Me is a summer song for me, and I am sure for others as well.

It's almost summer and this song just seems to fit. I am sure most people have experienced that 'summer romance".  I can remember going on vacation with my family, being a freshman in high school and meeting a guy in the pool at the hotel. Just happened that it was Myrtle Beach, and I ended up spending just about every day that week with him when I wasn't with my family. I think my brothers actually must have liked him too because they didn't harass me about him and even hung out with us some.  Of course when the week was over we both headed back to wherever we had come from before the summer. I was a young and innocent kid at that time, and I remember doing nothing more than holding his hand and a couple of sweet short kisses, but then again this was in the early 1980's.  I am sure the teens today experiencing a "summer romance" are nothing like I was back then.

Each time I hear this song I think about that time, and it is not even the guy as much, although it is a sweet memory, it is more the innocence of that summer. The time spent with family and a cute guy, before the years of high school and conflicts with parents began. It was a time that was enjoyable and worth remembering.

Of course, at the same time, when I listen to this I am brought back to today and the fact that I am no longer a teenager, but have my own children who are just now entering the teen years. I wonder if they will experience the "summer romance" and will it leave a memory on them like my own did. I only hope that I have raised them and taught hem to take things slow so that they will have a sweet and innocent summer memory to look back on. At the same time, as much as I have fond memories and think it was a good time, as a parent I almost don't want them to have the same experience. I guess that is the parent issue, you want your kids to experience life and have the great things but at the same time you don't want them to experience everything that you did, especially if it wasn't the best of experiences.

As summer is ready to begin, as you listen to this song, think back to your summers growing up, and I hope you think of them fondly. I wish for the sweet and innocent experiences of a summer romance for all to shape you into the future adults that you will become. Only music can capture those memories and experiences and share them with the world.


Country Universe Review   **sharing the review of the song, but not saying I agree with the review, just want to give you options**

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hunter Hayes - "Invisible" [Official Music Video]

So, if you haven't heard this new song by the young, but amazing Hunter Hayes, then you need to take a few moments to watch the video.

Not only is the song amazing, and even my teenage daughter says so, but the message is worth the listen. 

Right now the song is available on itunes and proceeds of the downloads are going to fight childhood hunger, which is an amazing thing for someone like Hunter Hayes, who let me remind you is only 22, to be doing. The song is also being heard on commericals for the red pushpin campaign to fight childhood hungar on television.  All of this is wonderful and I applaud him for being able to stand up and make a difference in this world at this young age and I hope that more people can follow his example.

If you forget all that for a moment and just listen to the song and the words, this is the anthem for teenagers today. So many kids are being bullied in schools and feeling they aren't worth anything and that they can't make it through life. Teen sucides are up and bulling is rampant. What is happening to our children?  This song is telling those kids that it will all be over, that one day it will pass and life does move on from this dark place they are in now.  The message the song sends is even more important.

My kids go to a small school, a even there bullying has become an issue, and this song is something that my daughter loves to sing and to talk about with her friends to remind them that there is light at the end of high school. Things will be different.

Thank you Hunter Hayes, for being wise beyond your years and sharing such an incredible song!