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Mid-Week Pick-Me-Up 2022 Vol. 5

Wednesday is always a time to celebrate! It is hump day! Two more days until the weekend, time to celebrate! I am starting a new series where I present ten songs that will help you celebrate your Hump Day and make your week more awesome!

Check out the songs below! What is your favorite song? Let me know in the comments!

The Mid-Week Pickup for February 2, 2022

“Breathe” by Mike Freund

US Alt-Rock artist Mike Freund hopes to offer a prayer of the serenity of prayer with his newest track. Written from a younger sibling’s perspective, “BREATHE” is directed at a sibling who has struggled through the ups and downs of life. It is a feel-good rock track that blends gritty southern dirt rock with acoustic melodies. The positive vibe is felt in the instrumentation as well as the lyrics as it warns listeners to just breathe and take a pause in life.

“Sleeping On Trains” James Marriott

UK alt-rock artist James Marriott gets his inspiration from the Far East with “Sleeping On Trains”. His latest track takes influence from Japanese rock. You can hear these inspirations from the high energy to the melodic musicality featured in the vocals. Listeners shouldn’t miss out on the chorus as it featured catchy hooks not only in the vocals but the blazing guitar riffs.


Japanese blues-rock band SHOKA OKUBO BLUES PROJECT will turn heads this week with “I Wanna Take a Limo”. This new track features a mixture of blues, rock, and roots from the instrumentation to the vocals. Listeners can hear the influences in the swinging beats, change of paces, the heartful solos featured throughout, and the versatile musicality. Don’t forget to listen to Shoko Okubo’s vocals are they are filled with color, soul, and versatility that is a masterpiece by itself.

“To Know I Hurt You” by Drew Schueler

US singer-songwriter Drew Schueler brings a hint of sorrowful expressions in his latest track .” To Know I Hurt You” is a raw and painful look into the thoughts of a person who has lost all they loved, due to their own mistakes. It is a soothing mid-tempo ballad that features electro-pop synth textures with mellow tones. But it is the vocals that steal the show with their smooth yet melodic tones. It is the perfect tune to enjoy this Wednesday and just slow life down with.

“I Don’t Want Your Love” by Nathan Yates

Get ready to dance with the Southern Dirt/Pop Rock track “I Don’t Want Your Love” by Nathan Yates. The lyrics talk about the “me” culture of today’s world in a tongue-in-cheek fashion. It is garage rock with upright bass, however, there are elements of pop and southern dirt sprinkled in the track. Listeners will not forget the vocals as they are filled with slick melodies, big energy, and catchy riffs. It is THE song to dance to this Wednesday!

“Tethys Express (feat Rini)” by polyheDren

Enjoy this blend of different genres with this collaboration between composer/producer Dren McDonald and Indian vocalist/violinist Rini. As a mostly instrumental piece, “Tethys Express” features Rini’s haunting vocals over a mixture of synth-electro and post-punk grooves inspired by the likes of Led Zeppelin. If you are thinking that there is one genre to classify this track, then you are wrong as “Tethys Express” features a blend of rock, Indian music, classical, and electronica within its melodies. Listeners should not miss the big finish as it ends the song with a bang!

“Secret watering hole” by Kristian Montgomery and the winterkill band

Enjoy a taste of cajun with “Secret watering hole” by Kristian Montgomery and the winterkill band. It is a solid track that brings the soul of country and south rock into the song’s musical veins. It is an ear-pleasing song with an agreeable soundscape. Don’t forget to listen to the vocals their down-to-earth, semi-gritty tones add a pleasant surprise to the track.

“The One That Got Away” by The High Plains Drifters

The High Plains Drifters reminiscence about a relationship lost; with their newest track “The One That Got Away”. It is a wistful piece of pulse-quickening beats that create a danceable feel. There are also cinematic arrangements in the soundscape with an agreeable blend of electronic and acoustic. Yet, the icing on the cake for this track is the irresistible melodies, especially in the chorus, as they are catchy enough that listeners will sing along in no time. “The One That Got Away” is an addictive pop-rock song with groovy melodies and a danceable beat. Don’t forget to check out the music video as it features an interesting story!

“Night Cycle” by Christopher J. Neiles

Travel back to the 8-s with the mellow track “Night Cycle” by Christopher J. Neiles. The 80s feel probably comes from the synth percussion loop beating profusely against a set of euphonious guitar chords. They are played in an interesting progression that brings a sort of melodic delight to the listener’s ears. The vocals are something to listen to as they are soft and airy. A perfect listen for anywhere!

“Sleepwalking” by N. Kerbin

“Seeing how much my nieces and nephews had grown – and how much older my parents seemed – hit me with one of those “life is short” feelings. It’s a little cliche to talk about living in the moment and not taking the little things for granted, but there’s a lot of truth in the cliche. With that in mind, my goal for 2022 is to stop sleepwalking through life.”

N. Kerbin hopes to inspire listeners to wake up and enjoy life with his latest track “Sleepwalking”. This indie track is a mellow one with an amicable soundscape flowing from the instrumentation and vocals. The track features acoustic guitar riffs (and at the end an electric guitar) strumming lightly to keep the mood at ease. The vocals also take on the relaxed vibe with their hushed yet melodic tone. Although a soft tune with an explosive of delicious melodies, “Sleepwalking” serves as an important reminder about our lives that we cannot miss.

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Angela

    All of these are great songs, some I’d never heard before.

  2. Rosey

    Lynyrd Skynyrd (guitar), Janis Joplin, and Faith Hill all came to mind. Very nice sound.

  3. Rosey A

    When I visit the post, a song starts playing immediately. It reminds me of Lynyrd Skynyrd (the guitar) and the voice is sort of like Janis Joplin and Faith Hill!! At least that’s what I’m hearing. Very nice.

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