New Music Friday: Juice by Lizzo

This song isn’t exactly new. The single has been out for awhile, but Lizzo’s new album comes out today. “Juice” is my favorite song from it so I’m going with it. Lizzo is someone who like Beyonce I completely understand why everyone is so over the moon about but who is just not quite for me. Intellectually I understand the appeal, but the music just does not reach into my heart and soul like other music does. I do really like “Juice” though. It’s got such a fun vibe. Plus as an 80s baby I’m a sucker for the 80s video. It’s the perfect song to get you grooving into your weekend.

New Music Friday: Pearl Cadillac by Gary Clarke, Jr.

I’m away at a conference, so I don’t have much time to write today but I didn’t want to leave you musicless. Plus, I’m in Cleveland home of the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame so I feel like I need to offer you up a little more rock-like music than I often do. I don’t love Gary Clarke, Jr. on the whole, but I have definitely been digging his new song “Pearl Cadillac” over the past couple of months. As far as I can tell from the lyrics it’s a love song to his mother. Enjoy!

New Music Friday: I Was Wrong by Bailen

Bailen is a New York City based band composed of twin brothers Daniel and David and their sister Julia Bailen. Their debut album is due out on April 26, but they have released a few singles from it including “I Was Wrong”. Musically this particular song has a very Fleetwood Mac vibe to it in my opinion, which I very much enjoy.  As many protest songs as I’ve posted here in the past few years, I think the message of this song is also very important. It’s important to stand up and fight against injustice, but we also all need to be willing to admit when we are wrong about something. And although the song doesn’t mention it we also need to be willing to forgive when someone does admit their wrongs, which is something we also seem to be very terrible at. Yes, there should be accountability, but we’re more into shame and eternal punishment than trying to find a way forward together. Anyway, let Bailen give you something to think about this gloomy (at least in Baltimore) Friday morning.


TV Romances

I have some thoughts on a couple of TV romance storylines. My husband does not care, and since I quit Twitter I feel like I don’t have anywhere to spew these random thoughts out into the world. That is the thing I miss the most about Twitter. Most likely no one would have responded to me there either, but I just want the thoughts out of my head. I don’t feel like Facebook is the right place, and I guess this is sort of what I have a blog for to dump the random thoughts in my head out into the world. So here’s a post that probably no one but me cares about.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will soon sadly be coming to an end. In the last run of episodes they are really playing up Rebecca’s various romances from the course of the show and putting them all back into play. I’m 99.9% sure that she’s going to pull a Kelly Taylor “I choose me” (I am nothing if not a child of my time. This is always my go to reference when a female character decides against being with any of her love triangle choices.) deal and wind up with none of them. I understand the desire to send a feminist message about not needing a guy for validation blah, blah, blah. I on the other hand just want my romantic comedy based show to wind up with an actual romance.

I also firmly on Team Nathaniel with this one. I never cared for Josh as a romantic partner for Rebecca and never believed they would end up together. For awhile until Santino Fontana left the show I thought Greg and Rebecca were end game. “Settle for Me” is still my all-time favorite song from the show. I always liked them together, so I was fine with that then. Now that he’s back I’m not sure if it’s that I don’t like Sklar Astin playing the character as much or if I just moved on with Nathaniel to the degree that Rebecca and Greg don’t work for me anymore. I really like Rebecca and Nathaniel together. Now that they have both worked through their myriad of problems I would love to see them give their relationship a real go. Alas, I suspect that is not going to happen, but I want the world to know that I am going to be very disappointed if Rebecca and Nathaniel don’t end up together.

In other TV romance news, back when I wrote up my post on binge watching Grey’s Anatomy they were just starting to float the love triangle between Meredith, DeLuca, and Link. At the time I said I was firmly against Meredith being with either of these people, but if the show was going to force me to choose I was firmly on Team DeLuca. I still stand by my dislike of Link and am annoyed that they immediately had Amelia get together with him after breaking up with Owen. Also as an aside it may be how I watched the show, but it really never felt like Owen and Amelia together. It seemed like they would get back together for like an episode or two and the be broken up again. It’s a shame because I always liked them together. Anyway, back to my original point on Meredith and DeLuca. I have now changed my grudging participation on Team DeLuca to being all in on this relationship. I am very much enjoying them together so far. We’ll see how the relationship plays out, but for now I’m all for it.

New Music Friday: Missed Connection by The Head and the Heart

I almost missed my connection to posting something for New Music Friday this week (ba-da-bump). I have a gross head cold. It’s the first head cold I’ve had in almost 3 years. It’s about as fun as I remember. I have a lot going on in the next few days for both work and fun, so I stayed home from work yesterday to rest up and try and knock it out. I didn’t wind up really sleeping at all last night, so I went into work for the one important meeting I had today and then came home again. Amidst all that I thought I might just skip my New Music Friday post this week because I didn’t have the energy to figure out what I was going to write about. Then The Head and the Heart dropped a new song in my lap today. I love The Head and the Heart. I’ve seen them in concert countless times. I don’t have the mental energy to say much about the song, but I do like it and look forward to hearing what follows.

New Music Friday: Common by Maren Morris feat. Brandi Carlile

The song “Common” by Maren Morris featuring Brandi Carlile was released as a single about a month ago, but it’s off of the GIRL, Morris’ sophomore album which comes out today. There are several reasons I wanted to write about this song today that actually don’t have much to do with the song itself.

It’s International Women’s Day, so it felt important to talk about a song written and sung by a woman. By now anyone reading this should know my love of Brandi Carlile. She has been out there fighting the good fight with her music and her foundation, The Looking Out Foundation, and in many other ways for a long time. She also talks a lot about forgiveness and finding common ground too, and this song is just another example of that. I don’t know nearly as much about Maren Morris, but I do know this new album is in part a response to her experience in country music where women are insanely sidelined.

That leads me into what I really wanted to talk about in this post and which this song is the perfect segue into. This week it was announced that Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, and Maren Morris are teaming up to form a straight up country super group called the Highwomen. The name is a nod to the Highwaymen, a super group formed by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson. I’m super excited about this and cannot wait to hear the music. They are all somewhat country adjacent in their musical leanings. Brandi is more Americana and folk than straight country. Amanda Shires stuff ranges from more old school traditional country to a more pop country on her newest album. Maren Morris is decidedly pop country and often leaning more on the pop than the country. Of course in many ways that’s mostly what country music is in many respects anyway these days. I’ll be curious to see in direction they go with this and what in their minds constitutes country music.

They are doing this to fight the fact that country music pretty much discounts women artists. It’s maddening. I personally way prefer female country to male country, but the powers that be seem intent on keeping women out and then blaming it on the listeners. It’s insane that country music has gone backwards in this. When I started listening to country music in the 90s there were so many female artists. Arguably they were bigger than the male artists at the time. And of course if you go back into country history there are some power house women. Brandi has been big on promoting other female artists and doing whatever she can to build up the next generation of women musicians. She grew up loving country and said she doesn’t want her daughters growing up and not having any female country artists to listen to. It remains to be seen whether country radio will play anything put out by the Highwomen. Maybe. I wake up to Baltimore’s country music station every morning and listen while I’m getting ready for work. They talked about this yesterday. Of course they had no idea who Brandi Carlile or Amanda Shires were. So we’ll see, but they talk about Kacey Musgraves all the time and all her success with her new album, but have I heard them play a single song from it? No I have not. No matter what the country music machine decides to do with this album I for one will be listening to the heck out of it whenever it drops.

And just one final amusement from this. They’ve all been posting lots of photos and videos this week as the Highwomen get to work. There were a lot of everyone involved getting Highwomen tattoos. Brandi Carlile got hers across the top of her spine and said it was so painful she wanted to stop partway through, but Jason Isbell, who is Amanda Shires’ husband, told her if she stopped now she would have a tattoo that just said MEN.

Anyway, “Common” is perhaps a little taste of what might be coming for us. The ooh oohs at the beginning of this song give me chills every time.

New Music Friday: Painted Roads by Cris Jacobs

Local Baltimore artist Cris Jacobs dropped the first single, “Painted Roads”,  from his forthcoming new album Color Where You Are yesterday. As far as I can tell for the moment it’s exclusive to Relix so you’ll have to click through into their article to hear it. I can’t embed it here, but I do highly encourage you to do so because it is an excellent song.

I read on his website that the original version of the song was inspired by Tom Petty, so no wonder I like it. It’s final version is no longer a straight forward rock song, but it’s got a really nice groove to it. I also love the theme of taking joy in the everyday. Go take a listen. I promise you won’t regret it.