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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 that  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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Meg Says Listen to This: Favorite Music of 2016

Since I already gave you a run down of the books I was reading in 2016, I figured I should also share some of my favorite music. This wasn’t intentional, but coincidentally these all fall in a country genre. It was quite the year in country music! This definitely doesn’t all the music I stumbled upon this year from artists older work it took me too long to find and I’d been missing out on, or my obsessive playing of old favorites.

mm_hero_rgbMaren Morris Hero. Maren Morris was definitely my favorite musical discovery of 2016. You might recall the post I typed after hearing “80’s Mercedes” on satellite radio during our drive back from Key West to Tampa last March. (And I definitely thought to myself “this is what I’m missing out on?!”) Soon after, I heard “My Church” and then of course I was chomping at the bit for her whole album to hit in June. I still buy CDs, and hers was steady on repeat for quite a while. She has such a soulful voice, and raw relatable lyrics. “Wish I Was” and “Once” just get me every time. There’s a song for every emotion, and I sing along to all of them. I cannot wait to see her live for the first time next month in February! And I can’t wait to see what she does next. There’s a Crossroads special on CMT she did with Alicia Keys, that was really fun to watch.


Caitlyn Smith Starfire
I heard Caitlyn Smith on Bobby Bone’s Podcast, and I was just like oh my goodness how have I been missing out on this girl for so long?! Of course, songs she’s written have been sung by plenty of stars, but I think she’s a star herself. “This Town Is Killing Me” and “Before You Called Me Baby” kick me in the gut. Like, I’ve found myself holding back tears on airplanes listening to her music. I hope that we hear more from her, and I hope that people keep listening to her because I feel like Caitlyn Smith puts her heart and soul into every one of her songs, each note she breathes and that’s something special.


Walker Hayes Good Shit (Vol 1)/Break the Internet (Vol 2)
When an artist can inspire laughter, tears, nostalgia, and perspective on the same album? You know they’re onto something. Walker Hayes is nothing short of awesome. “Beautiful” makes me think about the past.”The Comedian” makes me cry. “Layla’s Stars” pulls on my heart strings. “Dollar Store” makes me laugh. “Halloween” I play on repeat. All the songs just take you through a gamut of emotions. This is another album I found myself playing on repeat on public transportation on my travels this year. Hayes has this music on  his website to download for FREE, so what’s stopping you?


yqo8ouicRyan Hurd Oh man. Ryan Hurd. We already knew his talent from some of the hit songs he wrote (“Lonely Tonight” ?!), but man he’s got a voice too. I didn’t find out about Hurd until his EP had already been pulled from the internet, (ugh crushing I know!) But then started releasing one song at a time to Spotify. Each song is so great. “Love In a  Bar” is definitely one of my favorites. “City Girl” is fantastic, so is “We Do Us” and “Hold You Back.” They all have a little bit different vibe, but I like the way they showcase his versatility as an artist. Check out the videos he’s released that are like “get to know you” and about his craft. They’re so artistically shot, gorgeous scenery, intimate setting and every word counts. He just signed to Sony this week, and I cannot wait to hear more from him. (He’s opening for MM at the Athens, GA show! And he’ll be on the Home Team tour with Thomas Rhett & Kelsea Ballerini!)

db_black_cover_digitalDierks Bentley Black This album actually came with my purchase of a concert ticket to Dierks show in Panama City Beach.The concert was awesome, and so is this whole album. Literally all of the songs have really hit me at some point. I feel like I find myself with “Can’t Be Replaced” stuck in my head a lot. But I was initially pretty dang obsessed with “I’ll Be the Moon” written by Ryan Hurd and featuring Maren Morris. “Freedom” is a fun one (love the PC shout out!) “Pick Up” “Black” they’re all so emotionally driven. Also, “Somewhere On a Beach” was one of my go to songs on that road trip to get to Key West. I’m a fan of the whole, movin’ on theme of that one. I think Dierks Bentley was really onto something with the duet with Elle King on “Different For Girls.” This whole album felt like it was full of surprises, and totally fresh.

Jake Owen American Love 
I figured I would really get into this Jake Owen album, when “American Country Love Song” was such a staple on the  radio, and I was singing along every time. When it finally hit, I found myself loving all the songs. “After Midnight” makes me laugh because it reminds me of what my parents used to tell me when I was younger (and there’s probably a hint of truth to that.) “LAX” is so freakin’ clever, and it makes me think of Penny Lane – just the epitome of “cool girl.” “If He Ain’t Gonna Love You” with Chris Stapleton is top notch. Actually, they all are. The whole album has a great vibe, and I really love the cover art – that VW van – I want it.

Miranda Lambert The Weight of These Wings
Miranda’s long-awaited album did not disappoint. I’m still combing through all these songs. (24 of them!) She worked with twelve different song writers, and there is so much grit in this album. You can feel how real she’s being through the songs, everything laid bare – mistakes, love, friendship, life – it’s all on the line. I just think it’s something really beautiful. “Vice” was the first released single, and I cannot tell you how many times I listened to it on a repeat. “We Should Be Friends” is just fantastic, and witty. “Pink Sunglasses” not only makes me want to wear a pair, while I belt along but it’s just so catchy and feels like she knows her audience. “Runnin’ Just In Case” quite frankly makes me feel like someone punched me in the stomach, but in the way where you breathe and say “ok, someone gets it.” I can’t wait for her to tour with this album.

Keith Urban Ripchord
Okay, Keith Urban does it every single time. Every album. This one wasn’t any different – just hit it straight out of the park. I’m sorry to say I didn’t see his tour last year because I can only imagine how phenomenal it was. “Blue Ain’t Your Color” is definitely one of my favorite songs of the year. “Break on Me” is beautiful, and obviously so many things can make me cry and this is one of them. I’m a big fan of “Wasted Time.” I also love the metaphors in “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.” Keith Urban is just a class act talent.

Because this list could go on forever, I’ll share a few more of my faves across the board. Of course, I’m leaving out about a million artists and albums because it’s impossible to add them all, but it was a great year for music. Drake gave us Views, the other Drake (White) gave us Spark, Gaga gave us Joanne, Brandy Clark Big Day in a Small Town, Bon Iver 22, a Million, Dawes We’re All Gonna Die, Margot Price Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, and of course Beyonce Lemonade.

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Meg Says Listen to This: My Church

“But I find holy redemption, when I put this car in drive
Roll the windows down and turn up the dial”

Driving up the Keys from a weekend getaway on Sunday, the weather was gorgeous. It was basically the perfect scene for a road trip. We had the windows down, sunroof open, surrounded by a beautiful aqua colored paradise and the sunshine splashing over everything, XM Radio up loud, which I loved because this gave me the chance to hear several artists I was unfamiliar with. A song called “80s Mercedes” came on, and I thought who has this amazing voice?! She had such a fun sound that I couldn’t believe anyone hadn’t already recommended I listen to her! Later, when it was my turn to drive the second half of the state home alone I had country turned up loud, jamming out along to “new Nashville” to keep me awake, and a song came on and I thought – this has to be the same person. A quick Shazaam and I found it’s the awesome Maren Morris. This track, “My Church” struck a different chord and I was obsessed. Yesterday I was talking to my dad and he was like, have you heard this song yet? It’s awesome. Guess what? It was “My Church.” Morris is touring with Keith Urban right now, so I’d say she’s doing pretty well for herself. (Check out that list of dates because they are all over America, and I’m betting that’s a heck of a show.) Her album Hero is set to be out June 3, and I am already super excited about it. In the mean time, go ahead and give “My Church” a listen – I have a feeling you might fall in love with it, too.

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Meg Says Listen to This: “Drivin’ All Night”

There was nothing as pretty in Panama City as you”

 If someone sang this line to me, I imagine I’d probably roll my eyes, but even if I wanted to resist that sweet talkin’ charm, I’d probably fall for it anyway. That’s about how I feel about every dang catchy Jake Owen song that exists, (which is all of them). Whether it’s a good song to belt out, driving in the sunshine with your windows rolled down, or with your girls on a beach day, or the heartfelt ones when you’re awake at 3am with the rest of the lonely souls scattered across the world – there’s a mood and a song for all of it. I started listening to the Days of Gold album again after Owen just released “American Love Song” because I forgot how much I love him. Living about forty minutes away from Panama City, and being greeted by 75 degree sunshine-filled days again this week doesn’t hurt the urge for some sweet talkin’ country tunes to fill my days while I stifle the desire to leave work and hit the beach. Also, can I just note that I see Jake Owen posting fun little snippets of his time down in Key West right now and if he just wants to wait a week until I get down there next week that’d be fantastic.So if you need a feel good, beachy love, song that makes you smile and feel young listen to “Drivin’ All Night.”


Listen to This: “Highway Don’t Care”

Happy, Happy Friday everyone! I know, it’s been a little bit since I blogged. Life got a little crazy, and things are finally “settling down” (whatever that’s worth) for the most part, plus I didn’t want to just be spitting out posts about my favorite music or movies when I hadn’t gotten any feelings down about Boston. (Read Believe in the Good on The Life of Mugs.) Anyway, now I’m back. And this is a song I’ve been wanting to share for serveral posts now, but before I just couldn’t decide and hello! As I’m wandering around my kitchen singing it in the morning I’m thinking to myself, it’s time to put it up on the blog!

Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift had one of the best performances of a song I’d seen during an award show in ages when they played “Highway Don’t Care.” I mean, it was honestly like stop you in your tracks awesome. Now it’s gotten plenty of radio play, and why the heck not?! It’s packed with superstar fabulousness, and it’s just a WONDERFUL song.  Tim McGraw and Keith Urban have always been two of my favorite country artists. To be perfectly honest I go through phases with Taylor Swift. When I heard her sing this on stage that night though? Yep! She’s still got it.

I mean, I don’t even think there’s much I could say about this song that would do it justice, other than you need to just stop whatever you’re doing right now, and give it a listen: