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

Music Monday–This is Me

 

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Last week, I was at the Younique Convention in San Antonio, Texas. For those that don’t know, I also run a side business selling makeup. I arrived at the convention exhausted and broken down. 2018 has been a very rough year for me with two moves in six months. I was having to put everyone else first and keep up with publishing too. I was barely treading water and felt like I had lost a lot of who I was. The entire convention was about empowering presenters, uplifting them, validating who they are exactly where they are. I felt like it spoke to my heart in every single session and break out group. One evening, we were fortunate enough to have Keala Settle perform for us. She did many songs and talked along the way–even gave a little motivational speech. You can really tell she has so much heart and despite her success she’s just as normal as anyone. I’ve lived under a rock and still have not seen The Greatest Showman or really heard “This is Me” before. I had heard it in the background of stuff and liked what I heard. However, when you’re in a convention setting and 12,000 of you get to be her backup singers…it was powerful and amazing. This is me. Bruises and all. Truly one of the most profound moments of my life. What has been one of yours?

 

I am not a stranger to the dark
Hide away, they say
‘Cause we don’t want your broken parts
I’ve learned to be ashamed of all my scars
Run away, they say
No one’ll love you as you are
But I won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh, oh
Another round of bullets hits my skin
Well, fire away ’cause today, I won’t let the shame sink in
We are bursting through the barricades and
Reaching for the sun (we are warriors)
Yeah, that’s what we’ve become (yeah, that’s what we’ve become)
I won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh, oh
This is me
and I know that I deserve your love
(Oh-oh-oh-oh) ’cause there’s nothing I’m not worthy of
(Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh, oh)
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
This is brave, this is proof
This is who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come (look out ’cause here I come)
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum (marching on, marching, marching on)
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I’m gonna send a flood
Gonna drown them out
Oh
This is me
Songwriters: Justin Paul / Benj Pasek. Performed by Keala Settle.

Music Monday- Ring of Fire

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The Ring of Fire is a well-loved classic. My final line from Thursday’s Jealous Desire short story made me think of the song. I’ve included a video of Johnny Cash’s original rendition as well as one done by an acapella group, Home Free. My husband is one of their biggest fans so I couldn’t miss giving them a shout out. They performed their arrangement on The Sing Off in 2013. Winning the show served as their breakout moment. During the competition, their version was called “acapella country reggae” by renowned artist, Jewel. Home Free mostly does cover songs. In that way, I think they remind me of a JAFF writer.

It’s easy to see that the song is about love. Allegedly, Cash’s second wife, June Carter Cash, wrote the song after they had first met but while she was still married to another. Knowing that, consider the lyrics in a different light. Being engulfed in this uncontrollable love is not pleasant. It is not exhilarating. It is dangerous–it is deadly–it should be feared–but it can’t be helped. Now, how do you think I will connect that to Jane Austen?

 

 

Love is a burning thing
And it makes a fiery ring.
Bound by wild desire
I fell into a ring of fire.I fell into a burning ring of fire,
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

I fell into a burning ring of fire,
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

The taste of love is sweet
When hearts like ours meet.
I fell for you like a child,
Oh, but the fire went wild.

I fell into a burning ring of fire,
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

Written by June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore. Performed by Johnny Cash and Home Free.

 

 

Music Monday- The Difference

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I’ve been married for almost 14 years and with my husband for 15. I don’t envy those that have to navigate the waters of beginning a new relationship. I do recall, however, how difficult it was to read someone. Are they interested? Are you coming in too strong? Not strong enough? Before my husband ever asked me on a date he was always THERE. He would be in the periphery although we had never really been introduced let alone friends, at the time. Some fringe of my friends were friends with his fringe and slowly, he just started spending more time with me even if the others weren’t around. It took me awhile, but I figured out he had a crush on me. The next step was deciding if I was interested. I started going out of my way to try to talk to him. I needed to figure him out. I would drop hints about movies, which I thought he would be interested in seeing, and mentioning that I wanted to see them as well. I tried to give so many HINTS but I was far too subtle.

Somehow, he got the nerve to ask me to prom. Then I said no. 😀 The story for how we ever came together is for another time. What I wanted to think about this week, is the subtle differences between things like, “How are you?” (we were never a “what’s up?” crowd) and “What are your plans because I want to come too.” Tyler Rich’s “The Difference” exemplifies the issue.

 

 

 

I’m tired of sleeping on us
I’m over dodging this crush
I’m sick of waiting 10 minutes just to text you back
So you don’t get to thinkin’ that I’m too attached
I’m more than benefit friends
I’m more than just a weekend binge
I want you to be my hottie riding shottie, I don’t want nobody’s body but your body, babe
All I’m tryna say is

There’s a difference between “miss ya” and “I miss your face”
And there’s a difference in “What’s going on?” and “Baby, how was your day?”
Yeah, there’s a hell of a difference in saying three words or kinda just meaning two
And there’s a difference in “Love ya” and “I love you”
And I wanna be the difference, yeah I do

I wanna be the difference between “Hey, what’s up?’ and “What are we gonna do tonight?”
Between “Yeah, she’s cool, we hang out sometimes” and “That girl right there, she’s mine”
Between leading ya on and holdin’ your hand
Sittin’ it out and “Girl, let’s dance”
Between playing it safe and taking the chance
Yeah, pumpin’ the brakes and hittin’ the gas

There’s a difference between “miss ya” and “I miss your face”
And there’s a difference in “What’s going on?” and “Baby, how was your day?”
Yeah, there’s a hell of a difference in saying three words or kinda just meaning two
And there’s a difference in “Love ya” and “I love you”

And I wanna be the difference, close the distance
And be that puzzle piece you didn’t even know you was missing baby
Ohh, I wanna be the difference, yeah I do

There’s a difference between “miss ya” and “I miss your face”
And there’s a difference in “What’s going on?” and “Baby, how was your day?”
Yeah, there’s a hell of a difference in saying three words or kinda just meaning two
And there’s a difference in “Love ya” and “I love you”
And I wanna be the difference, oh yeah
I wanna be the difference
I wanna be the difference

 Writers: Devin Dawson, Jacob Durrett, Rhett Akins, Benjamin D. Burgess. Performed by Tyler Rich.

 

Music Monday- Girl Crush

 

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This song has been out for a few years, and I have to confess that the soulful, blues-y sound of it has always held my attention. When I was making plans for this week’s theme on the blog, it popped in my head as the perfect way to encapsulate Caroline Bingley’s envy for Elizabeth Bennet. Even if you’ve never felt this way about a man, we have probably all envied another woman (or man, if I have any male readers–speak up if you are because I don’t know of you!) at some point in our lives.

Lest the title confuse you, it’s been described as “about a girl obsessing over another girl because that girl stole her lover … On the other hand, it could also be about a girl obsessing over the girl who is with the man that she wants but has never had.”

I’ve got a girl crush
Hate to admit it but,
I got a hard rush
It’s not slowing down
I got it real bad
I want everything she has
That smile and that midnight laugh
She’s giving you now

I want to taste her lips
Yeah, cuz they taste like you
I want to drown myself
In a bottle of her perfume

I want her long blond hair
I want her magic touch
Yeah, cuz maybe then
You’d want me just as much

I’ve got a girl crush
I’ve got a girl crush
I don’t get no sleep
I don’t get no peace

Thinking about her
Under your bed sheets
The way that she’s whispering
The way that she’s pulling you in
Lord knows I’ve tried,
I can’t get her off my mind

I want to taste her lips
Yeah, cuz they taste like you
I want to drown myself
In a bottle of her perfume
I want her long blond hair
I want her magic touch
Yeah, cuz maybe then
You’d want me just as much

I’ve got a girl crush
I’ve got a girl crush
Hate to admit it but
I got a hard rush,
It’s not slowing down

Written by: Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, and Hillary Lindsey. Performed by Little Big Town.

Music Monday- Friends Don’t

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It’s Monday, so you know that means Music Monday! Each Monday, I post the lyrics and video to a song that serves as inspiration for later in the week. I will try to match my Wordless Wednesday and Thursday Three Hundred posts to the song. Maddie and Tae’s song “Friends Don’t” is just begging for a story.

Friends Don’t

They don’t cancel other plans
Have conversations with nothing but their eyes
They don’t hear each others’ names and forget to concentrate
Hits a nerve and lights you up like dynamite

Friends don’t call you in the middle of the night
Couldn’t even tell you why, they just felt like saying “hi”
Friends don’t stand around playing with their keys
Finding reasons not to leave, trying to hide the chemistry
Drive a little too slow
Take the long way home
Get a little too close
We do but, but friends don’t

They don’t almost say “I love you”
When they’re downtown somewhere, just a little drunk
They don’t talk about the future and put each other in it
And get chills with every accidental touch

Friends don’t call you in the middle of the night
Couldn’t even tell you why, they just felt like saying “hi”
Friends don’t stand around playing with their keys
Finding reasons not to leave, trying to hide the chemistry
Drive a little too slow
Take the long way home
Get a little too close
We do but, but friends don’t

I keep telling myself this might be nothing
But one look in your eyes and god, there’s something
You can lie to me and say you don’t
But I know you do
And I love you, too

Friends don’t call you in the middle of the night
Couldn’t even tell you why, they just felt like saying “hi”
Friends don’t stand around playing with their keys
Finding reasons not to leave, trying to hide the chemistry
Drive a little too slow
Take the long way home
Get a little too close
We do but, but friends don’t…
Friends don’t

Read more: Maddie & Tae – Friends Don’t Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Music Monday- Mercy

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I first heard this song a few weeks ago and it’s been haunting me ever since. Just sooo much emotion. And it’s a tear jerker. Not safe for listening if you’re emotionally vulnerable or aren’t willing to cry. It’s the first time I really considered how hurtful some women can be during break ups. I just watched the video for the first time and I’m crying again! Can you guess which Austen couple this made me think of?

 

Mercy
Why you gotta show up lookin so good just to hurt me
Why you wanna stop this whole damn world from turning
Mercy
Why you hanging on so tight if this ain’t working
Why you wanna stop this flame if it’s still burning
Cause it’s still burning

So if you’re gonna break my heart, just break it
And if you’re gonna take your shot, then take it
Take it
If you made up your mind, then make it
Make this fast
If you ever loved me
Have mercy

If you go out tonight and get drunk and lonely
Wind up home alone
Please don’t call me
And say you miss me
No

So if you’re gonna break my heart, just break it
And if you’re gonna take your shot, then take it
Take it
If you made up your mind, then make it
Make this fast
If you ever loved me
Have mercy

Woah
Oh have mercy

If you’re gonna break my heart, just break it
If you’re gonna take your shot, take it
Take it
Oh if you’re gonna break my heart, just break it
And if you’re gonna take your shot, then take it
Take it
If you made up your mind, then make it
Make this fast
If you ever loved me
Mmmh if you ever loved me
Have mercy
Oh have mercy
Oh have mercy
Have mercy

Copyright Brett Young and Sean McConnell. Performed by Brett Young.