The Songs of the week include music from Christina Aguilera, Good Charlotte, Rob Thomas, Selena Gomez, Avril Lavigne, John Mayer, and Goldfinger.
Welcome to another edition of Songs Of The Week. This week chatty about my selections and the impact the song has made on me. So it’s a little lengthy but I picked some pretty great songs, and I feel there is something everyone will enjoy!
Christina Aguilera- Change:
Say what you want about Christina but I love her, and this song is a reminder of why I love her. She is an artist who uses her music to benefit others. She’s proved music videos can prompt change after she released “Beautiful” back in 2002. In 2011, UK LGBT rights organization Stonewall named “Beautiful” the most empowering song of the previous decade for the LGBT Community, which is remarkable.
Christina’s new song Change pulls at my heart because it’s dedicated to the Orlando Shooting Victims. Plus, she will be donating the profits to the families. She also wrote on her blog, “We live in a time of diversity, in a time of endless possibilities, in a time where expression of oneself is something to be celebrated. And I am left wondering how people filled with so much love could be taken by so much hate.” I can’t help but wonder and feel the same way. The song is beautiful and displays her true talent which I love.
Good Charlotte- 40 oz Dream:
I’ve loved Good Charlotte since the beginning of their career and attended their concert in 2002 which was a memorable experience. I was 18 and had recently graduated high school. I rocked their show and jumped around like it was my job. It was a fun night and one I still hold close to my heart.
40 oz Dream is a fun song. While it’s not old school Good Charlotte, I will take this new and evolved sound. There is a lyric in the song “Now all the punk rockers are all over 40” so I guess I have to accept they aren’t the band I listened to at 18.
This song reminds me of one of my fav throwbacks pop punk/ska bands, Goldfinger and it turns out the lead singer of Goldfinger, John Feldman produced this song and perhaps the entire record which probably contributes to why I enjoy the song. The video for 40 oz Dream is premised off the Fox Comedy, Last Man On Earth except Good Charlotte is the Last Band On Earth. It’s an amusing video and worth watching.
Selena Gomez- Kill em with Kindness
Selena Gomez always makes a catchy song and “Kill Em With Kindness” is no exception. The lyrics are simple but every time I hear this song I want to be at a club dancing with a drink in my hand and killing someone with kindness.
Avril Lavigne- Sippin’ On Sunshine:
Avril Lavigne has always been on of my favorite female singers and was an artist I turned to in my younger days. I have always been able to relate to her lyrics, and there were a few songs I swore she wrote for me because it explained exactly how I felt at that point in my life. I wouldn’t call myself a superfan, but I do enjoy her music which is why I was surprised I had never heard of Sippin’ On Sunshine until tonight even though the song came out in 2014.
This song is perfect for the Summer, and the video makes me wish I was on the beach. If you haven’t followed Avril’s career, her sound has evolved since her “Sk8r Boi” days. While I love the punk princess side of her, I also appreciate this newer pop sound. I think if she can mesh both sounds together it’d be awesome. Regardless, this Sippin’ on Sunshine is a lighthearted fun song!
Rob Thomas- Hold On Forever:
I heard this song on the radio the other day and had completely forgotten about it. It’s probably one of the cutest love songs I’ve heard in a while. I like the beat of the song, and the video makes me happy. My husband and I started dating in 2005, and this video makes me miss the early stages of relationships with all the small sweet gestures. When I was watching the video on youtube, someone made the comment “The moral of the story: having a magician for a boyfriend will solve all of your problems.” which amused me. I also enjoy the connection the two actors in the video share; it feels genuine and playful to me which made the whole video seem more realistic.
John Mayer featuring Katy Perry- Who You Love:
First off, I love John Mayer. There are not many artists who I see live and am blown away by their performance, but when I saw John Mayer, he blew my mind. Love him or hate him as a person, he’s incredibly talented, and there is no denying he is one of the best musicians today. His guitar abilities have been compared to some legendary guitarists, his lyrics are profound, and he has a soulful voice. He’s incredible.
Okay, my tangent about him is over. When this song came out, I loved it. I think for some people it’s true “You love who you love” and it can be a blessing or a curse. For some, there is an undeniable attraction or connection, and while others may not understand it, you understand it, and I think it’s the message behind the song.
I also believe it’s probably a fair assessment of the relationship John Mayer and Katy Perry had. A lot of people did not understand them as a couple, but it was evident by this video they loved each other. It made me sad they are no longer together because I picked up on small love traits they displayed during the video. The video is the only reason I added it to my songs of the week because it’s sweet and I want team #Joty or #Kahn to reunite! lol
Throwback Song Of The Week:
Goldfinger, Good Charlotte, and Mest- The Innocent:
The events of last week’s Orlando Shooting broke my heart. I often wonder how many shootings need to occur before a change is made. If Sandy Hook could not prompt change, I sadly don’t feel this shooting will either. It’s devastating, and I’m not here to throw my political views at anyone, but clearly something needs to be different or this will continue to be normalized more than it already is.
As I was listening to Good Charlotte, I looked up Goldfinger since I hadn’t listened to them forever and this song came up. I’d completely forgotten about The Innocent. It’s a sad song with powerful lyrics. It came out after 9/11, and the lyrics can also apply to the Orlando Shootings as well.
I love the emotions a song can give us rather it’s happy or sad, and this song strikes a chord with me. I thought about posting the official video where they showed footage from September 11th but decided I wanted you to listen to the lyrics. It’s pretty incredible the way music can make us feel which is probably why I love music as much as I do.
So, I ‘d love to know what songs you are obsessed with this week or cause a reaction when you hear it such as happy, pissed off, or instantly makes you cry. lol
Have a beautiful day!