Wednesdays are 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 September 8, 2021
“Drown” by Olivia Prado
About the song: Olivia Prado wrote “Drown”, about the feminine experience of receiving pleasure whilst not being ashamed of her sexuality. She describes a mature lover capable of giving with the lyric, “you’ve worked on you and it shows baby”. Prado croons her hopeful ode to healthy love in an era of “toxic” culture.
“Wake Up” by Lennon Vanderdoes
About the song: “If you’re like me there are times where you feel incredibly motivated, on top of the earth like you could accomplish anything. For me, this spike of energy and inspiration comes on a bit randomly. I haven’t figured out how to control it or activate it. That’s what this song is about! My frustrating battle with trying to accomplish as much as I can while I feel… awake. Hopefully, I’ll stay that way, at least for a little while” — Lennon Vanderdoes
“Doctor Please” by Peacebone
About the song: “”Doctor Please” is our second single being released from our upcoming album “Metanoia”. The song’s lyrics talk about commitment issues, getting attached and detached to people easily.” — Peacebone
“Spence” by The Head
About the band: Brothers Mike Shaw (bass, vocals) and Jack Shaw (drums) and Jacob Morrell (guitars) have been jamming together since high school, writing and performing original songs inspired by the bands they love: trippy Brits like Stone Roses, Spiritualized, Ride, The Verve and Echo, and the Bunnymen, and moody Americans like The National, Scott Walker and early R.E.M.
“Auto-Tune My Love” by Jon Patrick Walker
About the artist: A highly respected actor appearing on Television, in Film, and on Broadway (most recently playing King George on the National Tour of Hamilton to raves), Jon Patrick Walker has increasingly turned his creative energies to songwriting and recording, an early passion sidelined by his acting career until the death of his mother provoked a mid-life reassessment of priorities.
Since his debut LP, 2013’s “The Guilty Party,” he has put out two records co-produced with the Grammy-nominated Josh Kaufman (2016’s “People Going Somewhere” and 2018’s “You & I”), the self-produced and critically lauded demo collection “Welcome to the Edge Times” in 2019, and last year, the lockdown home studio EP, “The Great Unravelling!” His latest, “The Rented Tuxedo & Other Songs” is an eclectic and beautifully arranged 9-track collection of originals made in Nashville with co-producer Roger Moutenot (the haunting title track was recorded with local musicians in Memphis at Sun Studio while JP was touring with Hamilton).
“Diggin’ Da Blunt” by Maty Noyes
About the artist: Maty Noyes has always been a free spirit. Barely out of elementary school before committing her life to music, Maty’s been on a long journey from her origins in small-town Mississippi to her now-home in LA. “I just knew,” she remembers. “I knew staying in a small town wasn’t for me. I knew my life was going to happen somewhere else.” It was less than she was running away from a bad or troubled life – she had good friends and a close family – but more that she was responding to a genuine calling. She needed the freedom to delve deeper into her talents and fully get in touch with her distinctive, sultry indie-pop sound.
Maty has embraced her incomparable personality and voice on her 2021 full-length debut, The Feeling’s Mutual. Maty has been smashing out hits since before she was 17—at which age she duetted with The Weeknd on “Angel” from the GRAMMY-winning #1 album Beauty Behind the Madness; and shortly thereafter, Maty went double platinum writing and singing on Kygo’s Stay; and wrote for the incomparable Celine Dion’s album Courage.
“Kingdom” by Forest
About the artist: Forest is an independent musical artist whose music is a contrasting blend of haunting tribal rhythms, contemporary atmospheric backbeats, and deep dark bass, gently dusted with an overlay of breathy ethereal Celtic style vocals. Her debut Kingdom was inspired by all things fantasy. Lord of The Rings, Vikings, The Last Kingdom, The Witcher, etc. It was originally created for the use of sync purposes for soundtrack/title sequences for media of this type.
Celtic Noir, like Nordic Noir, is Forest’s own unique brand of music & niche that she is carving out for herself. In association with environmental activities, her music is closely linked to the natural world. Dark, mystical, and utterly alluring, Kingdom transports the listener to a magical world. Where Vikings, elves, dwarfs, and all manor of enchanting creatures await, all of Forest’s making.
“Cracked Open” by Adam Jesin
About the song: Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Adam Jesin showcases his strong vocals and uplifting lyrics on his upcoming single, “Cracked Open.” With its rockin’ optimism and upbeat vibes, this song is the confidence boost everyone needs when life just sucks.
“I Give You A Witch” by Ebb & Nova
About the song: “Picture a full moon; the wind is howling, the trees are swaying, and the cauldron is brewing. Through the dense forest, you hear a thumping bass and a crackling guitar. Witchy words find your ears and soon you are bending your body to an irresistible beat. A contagious chorus bubbles over and casts a spell on the wind, carrying undeniable power through the world. Witches, warlocks, things that go bump in the night, all gather in the revelry of “I Give You A Witch”” — Ebb & Nova
“Numb” by Marshall Harner
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