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Listen to This: “Tin Man”

It probably comes as no surprise that one of my favorite tracks on Miranda Lambert’s new album The Weight of These Wings is “Tin Man.” I mean how can you listen to this song, and not feel anything? I’m not really sure. On Sunday, she preformed it live on the ACM’s. Acoustic. Raw. I think there’s something beautiful and admirable about someone revealing their heart for anyone to see. It’s a real song, and it’s vulnerable, and I think that’s wonderful. The world needs more of that. I believe it’s a brave thing to do, even if it’s scary, to put your emotions out there like that. You never really know how that situation will transpire, but it’s better than hiding away. And isn’t thatĀ  kind of how love works, anyway? It’s all a risk, but what is life without taking those chances? Her performance gave me goosebumps, but the song has that effect anyway. I’m not sure I’ve listened to it one time without getting tears in my eyes yet. (*Sap alert* I know, but it’s so good.) It had been a few years since her last one, and this much anticipated album was well worth the weight. I believe it when they say she brought her heart to the table, ready to pour it out into these songs.

“Hey there Mr. Tin Man
You don’t know how lucky you are
You shouldn’t spend your whole life wish’
For something bound to fall apart
Every time you’re feeling empty
Better thank your lucky stars
If you ever felt one breaking
You’d never want a heart

Hey there Mr. Tin Man
You don’t know how lucky you are
I’ve been on the road that you’re on
It didn’t get me very far
You ain’t missing nothing
Cause love is so damn hard
Take it from me darling
You don’t want a heart

Hey there Mr. Tin Man
I’m glad we talked this out
You can take mine if you want it
It’s in pieces now
By the way there Mr. Tin Man
If you don’t mind the scars
You give me your armor
And you can have my heart”

If you haven’t heard it yet:

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Listen to This: “Crash My Party”

I know, you might be thinking “why so much country music?” But hey, next week I’ll have that Andrew McMahon show on my mind and it’ll be all switched up again. You’ll get over it šŸ˜‰ So, Luke Bryan was named Entertainer of the Year on Sunday night, which was actually pretty refreshing. He humbly accepted his award. (He and Blake Shelton were hosts of the evening, so pause from that to collect such a mega award – wow.) Tears were shed. I was so excited for him watching from my bedroom. I’m kind of a sucker for most of the award shows. From movies to music, I don’t care I just love to see people who have been striving to achieve their dreams for a long time, reach this point where they feel like “woah! I made it this far…” or “wow, I remember being a little kid looking up to these people I’m in the same room with right now!” or “Man, this is a crazy road…” the people who are full of gratitude and awe over these moments. The people who are really dang good at what they do and deserve some recognition. (I also love seeing people in the same industry super excited for each other – like Miranda Lambert fist pumping in the audience as she jumped up so excited for Luke Bryan!) I mean this guy has had a long road to the fame that he’s reached right now. He’s been playing music for years, but it was awhile before he made it out to Nashville. Tragedy struck his family multiple times. Luke was actually literally all set to move to Nashville after he graduated high school, but the day before he was set to move his brother was killed in a car accident. He held off on theĀ  move, and went to college at Georgia Southern, (while continue to play music) and then later he ended up working with his dad (a peanut farmer) for awhile. It sounds like he loved the hard work, but his dad just couldn’t let him not pursue a music career so he basically made him move! (Unfortunately, his family suffered another huge loss in 2007 when his older sister was killed in a car accident.) (GAC Artist Page.) The cool thing about all of this? These kind of experiences really shape you as a person, they’re the stories of our lives – so you know when he’s singing about something, he means it – it’s heartfelt. I think Entertainer of the Year is a well deserved award for Luke Bryan, he can definitely get a room moving, and he’s so talented. He’s toured with Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Trace Adkins and more and now it’s his time to shine. Luke Bryan has had some great hits over the years (including but not limited to: “Country Girl,” “Drunk On You,” “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” “Take My Drunk Ass Home,” “All My Friends Say,” “Rain Is a Good Thing,” and HELLO SORORITY GIRL THEME SONG “Sorority Girl” (there’s a Phi Mu shout out in there, yeahhh!) so you’re probably no stranger to his voice!

Anyway, with all that being said I definitely enjoyed the debut of his new song “Crash My Party.” So do yourself a favor, and check it out!

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Listen to This: “I Want Crazy”

You know how I told you to be prepared for a few more country music posts this week? Well, here we go. I know I can’t be the only one out here who was watching the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night? So, then I assume I also wasn’t the only one who saw Hunter Hayes debut his new single “I Want Crazy.” Oh my gosh. That boy. Every single song. A friend and I were texting about him, and he was like well, “what’s your favorite?” How do you have a favorite HH song?! When “Storm Warning” came out, I couldn’t get enough. I remember I was driving back to Tallahassee from Inverness just cruising along that longĀ  open stretch of 19, and I looked down to turn it up and was like WHO IS THIS?! I grabbed my phone so fast to Shazaam it!

“She rolled in from the west in a summer sun dress
Hotter than the heat in July
With her wind blown hair it just wasn’t fair
The way she was blowin’ my mind”

Yeah, then there was “Wanted”

Anyone can tell you you’re pretty, yeah
And you get that all the time, I know you do
But your beauty’s deeper than the make-up

Then, “Somebody’s Heartbreak”:

“I guess that all I’m tryin’ to tell ya
Is a minute with you is better than two without”

I mean, for twenty-one? That boy sure is a sweet talker. He just gets me with every song! And have you seen him? He’s adorable. And that voice – so steady and strong. He’s a great artist, if you ask me. So I for one loved hearing his new song “I Want Crazy.”

I mean, SO GOOD. My favorite lines from this one are

I want can’t sleep, can’t breathe without your love
Front porch and one more kiss, it doesn’t make sense to anybody else

and

The world makes all kinds of rules for love
I say you gotta let it do what it does

He’s worked with Victoria Justice. He’s opened for TSwift, Rascal Flatts, and even The Flaming Lips. I hope he’s got years and years of music making ahead because every single he puts out, I find myself listening to on repeat. If you don’t know Hunter Hayes yet, I say check him out because you don’t wanna miss out! Who knows why I haven’t spotlighted any of his songs yet?!