Music Monday–You Make it Easy

I’ve enjoyed Jason Aldean’s You Make it Easy since first hearing it. While I was trying to find a song for this week that spoke to the themes in Mr. Darcy’s Compassion and it was an easy choice. However, I had never seen the official music video.

I was blown away. It’s actually three parts and you *have* to watch all three to get it. At one point, I thought the story in the video might be too sad to share. The song does have a bit of a bluesy tune, after all. I kept watching, though, and it was so worth it. I was crying by the end. It’s beautiful.

Lyrics:

Like a rainy Sunday morning makes me want to stay in bed
Twisted up all day long
You’re my inspiration, girl you take me places
Put the words right into these songs

Stealing kisses under cover, babe
See forever when I see your face
And I swear God made you for me

You make it easy
Lovin’ up on you
Make it easy
With every little thing you do
You’re my sunshine in the darkest days
My better half, my saving grace
You make me who I wanna be
You make it easy

You took all my rough around the edges
Never let it ruffle up your feathers, angel
Yeah I’m down for life, you got me wrapped around your finger
And I like it just in case you can’t tell

You make it easy
Lovin’ up on you
Make it easy
With every little thing you do
You’re my sunshine in the darkest days
My better half, my saving grace
You make me who I wanna be
You make it easy

Stealing kisses under cover, babe
See forever when I see your face
And I swear God made you for me

You make it easy
Lovin’ up on you
Make it easy
With every little thing you do
You’re my sunshine in the darkest days
My better half, my saving grace
You make me who I wanna be
You make it easy
You make it easy

I wasn’t prepared for that plot twist. Were you? I love it though. The song specifically addresses a girl, but I think after watching the videos it’s just as easy to hear the song could be from the woman’s perspective and that despite the challenges in their relationship, loving him is easy. I think it suits Mr. Darcy’s Compassion very well and the hopeless romantic in me loves the theme of enduring love!

Music Monday– All my favorites

I don’t think “normal” people can comprehend how much I love Christmas songs. To give you some idea, I made a Spotify playlist of my absolute favorites and narrowed it down to a trim 35 songs and nearly 2 hour run time. I’ve never met a Christmas song I hated.

Ok, that’s not true. I do loathe Feliz Navidad, Last Christmas, and Wonderful Christmastime. Mostly, I think I dislike them because they get over played. I’m not thrilled by a great many of other songs but I don’t hear I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus or I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas very often. What I absolutely adore are the old classics from Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Perry Como and so on. What speaks to my soul even more are the traditional carols. My Spotify list is a mix of several different styles. I tried organizing it but it won’t stay that way so I’m sorry if it seems jarring to switch between different styles.

I won’t get into which ones Jane Austen might have known. If you’re interested in that, here’s a good article about it: https://austenauthors.net/christmas-carols-jane-austen-might-have-sung/

Without further ado, my playlist. Enjoy!

Music Monday– Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime

Last week, I mentioned that my husband and I debate each year over the merits of our favorite contemporary Christmas song. Mine is All I want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey and only Mariah Carey, thank you, and amen. My husband is a big Beatles fan, so naturally, he loves Paul McCartney’s Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime. It’s not my cup of tea, but I wanted to include it just so you can get a taste of the torture I experience every year I mean, just in case you enjoy it. 

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

Music Monday– All I Want For Christmas Is You

All I want for Christmas Is You has been my favorite contemporary Christmas song for as long as I can remember. I just love everything about it. The lyrics, the music, the rhythm. Mariah Carey’s range is amazing and I spent most of my teenage years being very envious of her ability. Every year, my husband and I have a friendly debate over the best Christmas song and next week I’ll reveal his. However, for your listening pleasure, I offer you Mariah’s splendid rendition followed by the alto only version. It cracks me up because I was an alto in school chorus and yes, we never got the fun pretty parts. 

https://www.facebook.com/ClassicFM/videos/all-i-want-for-christmas-is-you-but-just-the-alto-2-part-from-when-my-high-schoo/10156161717064260/

https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/occasions/christmas/christmas-alto-part/

Music Monday– Hurricane

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In 2016, I started the When Love Blooms Series. Forgive me for letting lapse. However, that’s not important right now. What’s important is that Colonel Fitzwilliam fell head over heels for an earl’s daughter, the beautiful Lady Belinda. In Sufficient Encouragement, book one of the series, it is simply noted that he’s engaged. In Renewed Hope, we get to see the story from his point of view. I greatly enjoyed writing the scene of their first meeting. At the time, I had this image of her striking Richard with the force of a hurricane and he was completely powerless to stop falling in love with her.

A few years later, I was listening to the radio and heard Luke Combs’ Hurricane. His song is about reuniting with an old flame and it’s likely disastrous consequences but the unstoppable attraction between the couple is very similar to Richard and Belinda–they just get a happier ending.

Here’s Richard and Belinda’s “meet cute” scene:

Descending the stairs to the ground floor, he recalled the threat of rain. He just reached the garden door when he heard raindrops. Before he could open it and decide if he should face the deluge or not, the door flung open. More suddenly than a sea squall, a drenched water sprite dashed right into his chest. As she bounced off his body, his arms reflexively reached around her so she would not stumble. A jolt like lightning struck him, causing his arms to tighten. With a strangled cry she wrenched herself from his arms and ran out of sight.

Head swimming for calm, Richard stood before the still open garden door as rain poured in. He felt like he had just lived through a hurricane, though it had been but a woman. His body’s reaction to her shape and the feel of her against his chest reminded him of the two tempests, she was surely the more dangerous. Whoever she was.

*****

Belinda ran upstairs to her bed chamber as fast as her water-soaked skirts would allow her. Pins fell from her hair and drenched curls stuck to the side of her face. A blush of mortification crept over her skin. She must have looked a terrible fright and yet had not only been seen that way but literally crashed into a man. Her parents’ guest. She knew Lord and Lady Matlock were to dine this night, meaning the gentleman must be Lord Arlington.

Reaching her room, she slammed the door shut as though she could keep out the dangerous thoughts flooding her mind. He had been the most handsome gentleman she had ever seen. He was solid and well-built. His shoulders took up the whole door frame. She could still feel the strength of his arms when wrapped around her.

Belinda shook her head, sending droplets of water to the floor.

Here’s the lyric video and lyrics to Luke Combs’ Hurricane. Let me know if you agree with the similarities!

 

Hadn’t had a good time
Since you know when
Got talked into going out
With hopes you were staying in
I was feeling like myself for the first time
In a long time
‘Til I bumped into some of your friends
Over there talkin’ to mine

Then you rolled in with your hair in the wind
Baby, without warning
I was doing alright
But just your sight had my heart storming
The moon went hiding, stars quit shining
Rain was driving, thunder, lightning
You wrecked my whole world when you came
And hit me like a hurricane
Hit me like a hurricane

Knew it was gonna be a long night
From the moment when
We locked eyes over whiskey on ice
Started talking bout us again
If I woulda just layed my drink down
And walked out
I wouldn’t be in my truck
Driving us to your house

But you rolled in with your hair in the wind
Baby, without warning
I was doing alright
But just your sight had my heart storming
The moon went hiding, stars quit shining
Rain was driving, thunder, lightning
You wrecked my whole world when you came
And hit me like a hurricane
You hit me like a hurricane

You hit me category five
With your smile
Blew me away
And girl, it ain’t but midnight
You done killed the lights
Bent my heart back to your bedside

Then you rolled in with your hair in the wind
Baby, without warning
I was doing alright
But just your sight had my heart storming
The moon went hiding, stars quit shining
Rain was driving, thunder, lightning
You wrecked my whole world when you came
And hit me like a hurricane
You hit me like a hurricane
Hit me like a hurricane

 

Copyright 2016 “Hurricane” Performed by Luke Combs, Written by Thomas Mac Arthur, Luke Combs & Taylor Phillips

Copyright 2016 “Renewed Hope” by Rose Fairbanks

Music Monday–War Paint

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A few weeks ago, I had the song Neon Love on my Music Monday post. I enjoyed the artist so much I had to see what else she had available on YouTube. That’s when I found War Paint. Oh my gosh. This song speaks to me so much. It’s turned into the anthem for Mr. Darcy’s Compassion.

Do you have anyone in your life that can fearlessly wear your scars like war paint? Or have you done it for a loved one?

 

[Verse 1]
It’s okay to not be okay
When even the air you breathe
Is just too much for your lungs to take
And all the words that you don’t say
I hear your SOS on the radio
As you’re driving away
C’mon pick up your phone
Don’t have to face it alone
Gonna fight with you and for you
Yeah I want you to know

[Chorus]
I will stand your ground
I’ll kiss your battle scars
And leave my XO mark till you can feel it
Can you feel it?
You can call my name
I’ll hold your hand grenade
Keep all your secrets safe ’til you can see me
Can you see me coming?
Running for you dead of night
Can you hear me, hola, you’re alright
I’ll take your fears and wipe your eyes and wear it all like war paint
Wear it all like war paint, wear it all like war paint

[Verse 2]
I see gold, when you’re black and blue
I love the colours burning beautiful that you wanna use
When all you want is to get out alive
You don’t have to cry for me to hear your battle cry
C’mon turn on your light
I’ve been waiting all night
To fight with you and for you
When all your flags are white

[Chorus]
I will stand your ground
I’ll kiss your battle scars
And leave my XO mark till you can feel it
Can you feel it?
You can call my name
I’ll hold your hand grenade
Keep all your secrets safe ’til you can see me
Can you see me coming?
Running for you dead of night
Can you hear me, hola, you’re alright
I’ll take your fears and wipe your eyes and wear it all like war paint
Wear it all like war paint, wear it all like war paint

Wear it all like war paint, wear it all like war paint

I will stand your ground
I’ll kiss your battle scars
And leave my XO mark till you can feel it
Can you feel it?
You can call my name
I’ll hold your hand grenade
Keep all your secrets safe ’til you can see me
Can you see me coming?
Running for you dead of night
Can you hear me, hola, you’re alright
I’ll take your fears and wipe your eyes and wear it all like war paint
Wear it all like war paint, wear it all like war paint

Wear it all like war paint, wear it all like war paint

Writer(s): ERIC OLSON, MADELINE MERLO, APRIL GEESBREGHT Performed by Madeline Merlo

Music Monday- Neon Love

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In looking over my previous Music Mondays, I noticed I didn’t have a post that made me think of Northanger Abbey. This song is a little different than I would usually pick but it was suggested by Leenie Brown and I think it really works. I hope you enjoy!

 

There’s a long line up down the street outside
They can roll it up in their daddy’s ride
Like they just got paid, head straight to the valet
No room at the bar you can barely move
People getting bottle service in the corner booth
Sipping $1K champagne, must be somebody’s birthday

And there’s drunk girls in the bathroom
Acting like they’re best friends, talking boyfriends
Yeah you know they do, like grown up high school

Girls looking for a guy with money to blow
Guys looking for a girl they can get back home
Numbers on napkins, shots on shots
Everybody work, work, working what they got
Like the whole room just turned 21
Some looking for forever, some just for fun
All the names are new and the night is young
Everybody in here just falling into neon love
Love (Na na na na, na na na na)

It’s a whiskey kiss, making out like eyes
It’s hands on hips under dark blue lights
Moving slow, in the midnight glow

There’s still drunk girls in the bathroom
Acting like they’re best friends, talking boyfriends
Crying mascara, holding their hair up (Hey!)

Girls looking for a guy with money to blow
Guys looking for a girl they can get back home
Numbers on napkins, shots on shots
Everybody work, work, working what they got
Like the whole room just turned 21
Some looking for forever, some just for fun
All the names are new and the night is young
Everybody in here just falling into neon love
Love (Na na na na) Yeah (Na na na na)
Falling into neon love

There’s drunk girls in the bathroom
Acting like they’re best friends, talking boyfriends
It’s a masquerade, such a wicked game

Girls looking for a guy with money to blow
Guys looking for a girl they can get back home
Numbers on napkins, shots on shots
Everybody work, work, working what they got
Like the whole room just turned 21
Some looking for forever, some just for fun
All the names are new and the night is young
Everybody in here just falling into neon love
Love (Falling into neon love)
Love, just falling into neon love
Love (Na na na na) Love (Na na na na)

Writer(s): JASON MCEWEN, JEFF PARDO, MADELINE MERLO