Music as a Religion? Maren Morris Might Think So.

In Maren Morris’ ‘My Church’ she uses traditionally religious rhetoric to communicate the depth of her feelings about music and songwriting. In an interview with Genius, Morris described it as ‘a road song’ saying, “I wrote it in a place of inspiration. I get a lot of my songwriting done while driving around Nashville—sometimes it comes to me that way. I tried to write about that feeling, that connection.”

The chorus of the country chart topper sings,

Can I get a hallelujah
Can I get an amen

Feels like the Holy Ghost running through ya
When I play the highway FM
I find my soul revival
Singing every single verse
Yeah I guess that’s my church

Check out the song, and see about the reference to music as religion for yourself.

March, April and May – Favorites Playlist(s)

It is officially June and I owe you all an apology. I forgot about my favorites playlist, I know, I know, I can’t believe it either but I did. So now, only 1-2 month late here is EVERYTHING on TTE from March to, Toothpaste!

Thanks so much for reading and get ready for more new music on Friday!

Song of the Week: Next Boyfriend – Lauren Alaina

It seemed only fitting following the series finale (or so we think?) of American Idol to find a song from one of my favorite Idol contestants (she was runner- up on the tenth season of Idol.) Next Boyfriend popped up on my Spotify discover and the simple, sassy song hooked me right away!

Here’s to hoping you run into your next boyfriend somewhere this week 😉

Peace, Blessings & Rock…

xx -Mads

[Image from PopCrush]

Solo Success Stories

With the recent announcement of Rachel Reinert of Gloriana splitting from the band, and the not-so-recent departure of Zayn Malik from One Direction anyone with access to entertainment television or Buzzfeed have probably looked back at other artists who went solo, but since I already broke the Gloriana news this week I figured we might as well take a look back at other artists who went solo and hit it big.

  • Gwen Stefani left No Doubt to pursue a solo career which has included Holla Back Girl and recently I Used to Love You.
  • Lindsey Buckingham left Fleetwood Mac to go it solo.
  • Fergie has reunited with The Black Eyed Peas on a few occasions but did leave the group to bring us tracks like Glamorous, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Fergalicious on her own.
  • Beyoncé broke my little girl heart when she opted for a solo career instead of continuing to be a Survivor with Destiny’s Child. She made it up to me with Run the World, Single Ladies, and Diva and even more so with the Destiny’s Child reunion at her Super Bowl performance.
  • Former N’Sync heartthrob Justin Timberlake broke a million hearts first when he left the boyband and then again when his relationship with Brittney Spears ended.
  • Stevie Nicks also left Fleetwood Mac for a solo career when the band dissolved.
  • John Lennon and Paul McCartney both opted for solo careers after the Beatles. Giving them renown fame for both their careers with the band and solo.
  • Darius Rucker took a step away from Hootie and the Blowfish and opted for a solo career in country music with hits like Wagon Wheel leading him into solo stardom.
  • Kelly Rowland also found success after Destiny’s Child decided to split and got to relive those glory days with the three of them performing together again during Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show.
  • Last but not least, Michael Jackson. Though we often forget he did get his start in a band with his siblings The Jackson 5. Though he skyrocketed to fame as a solo artist, hits like ABC still get the group acclaim today.

While Zayn Malik is prepping for Z016 and Rachel Reinert prepares for her first move as a solo artist we can look at these success stories and hope for the best!

[Image from stars.topix.com]

Song of the Week: Can’t Shake You- Gloriana

Gloriana was formed in 2008 by brothers Tom and Mike Gossin and Rachel Reinert. There was a fourth member who left the band in 2011. Their debut single was released in 2009 entitled ‘Wild at Heart.” But it was their second album and single that took them to the top of the charts. A Thousand Miles Left Behind released in 2012 produced their first Top 10 Country and Top 40 on the Billboard hot 100 “(Kissed You) Good Night.” The third single off Thousand Miles Left Behind “Can’t Shake You” was featured on the CW’s Hart of Dixie on the second season finale with the band guest starring as themselves. Which is where I found it. I’ve been binge-watching Hart of Dixie for a few weeks now (as I write this I’m clicking play to start the third season and Netflix is popping up the ‘you’re still watching? judgement that I just don’t need.’) Now I’m not usually super affectionate to country as a genre, I don’t dislike it but it’s not what I’d pick to play on the radio. But I liked this song, I liked the scene it was featured in on the show and that the video kind of stayed in that same realm.

However, as I write this reports are being confirmed and shared that Rachel will be leaving the band to pursue a solo career- basically I’ve picked a great time to start liking this band. So while we wait for comment from either Gossin brother, and to see if Gloriana will move on without Rachel we can go back to the happier times of 2012 with song of the week Can’t Shake You.

[Photo from CMT.com via Google Images]

Song of the Week: Picture to Burn- Taylor Swift

A little throwback for this weeks song of the week but I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to old Taylor Swift and reveling in my preteen angst about boys. And Taylor will be in Des Moines in 5 days, I won’t be there to see it but the anticipation of who she’ll be bringing with her as a special guest is enough to make me excited without actually seeing the show.

Anyway here we go all the way back to 2006 to be bitter about our boyfriends trucks with Taylor.

[photo from Vevo.com]