Music Monday ~ Jason Mraz

I love when people do what they do in a way that makes a difference to those they do it for. Basically, there are a ton of people out there who are finding ways to spread love and positivity through their everyday passions. They’re not out starting foundations or rallying for anything (though those paths are definitely important and needed and often happen naturally after a person has gained a certain notoriety), just doing what they love in a way that builds and inspires instead of condemns or breeds hate.

Jason Mraz is one of those people. His music is brimming with hope and positive messages and he seems to be always on a mission to lift and make a difference. He’s got a new movie coming out in conjunction with his new album “Have It All” that he describes as “a family film about joy, success, and artistic collaboration.” He’s also an advocate for mental health, constantly speaks out about being ecologically responsible (he’s vegan and runs an avocado farm in his spare time), childhood slavery and trafficking, and human rights. But it all started with the music.

Take a listen to the title track from the album:

Who is out in the world inspiring you to make a difference? I’d love to hear about them! Share your idols and their causes in the comments section below.  🙂

Music Monday ~ Postmodern Jukebox

Radiohead is one of those bands I’ve tried and tried to like. I can appreciate what they do as long as I don’t have to listen to more than one song in a row. I’m not sure what it is but I just don’t love them. However, I absolutely love this version of their song, Creep. I’m a fan of what Postmodern Jukebox does, taking modern songs and rearranging them in a 20s/30s/big band style version. Great fun!

Music Monday ~ The Greatest Showman

You guys, I dragged my feet for so long before breaking down and going to see this movie. I’m always skeptical when everyone tells you how wonderful something is. I automatically assume the worst (mob mentality can make you think ridiculous things are much better than they are.) But this movie was the exception. I loved it!

If you haven’t seen it yet, go. Right now! I know there are a lot of historical inaccuracies in it and Barnum wasn’t the hero he was made out to be in the film but the story on the screen is uplifting and positive and the messages portrayed are so poignant and needed. And the music is darn catchy! I laughed and cried and tapped my feet and wanted to clap along and shout throughout the whole thing.

Give this song a listen (it was so hard to choose just one to share!) and then go see the movie for yourself and tell me what you think!

Music Monday ~ The Champion

The Olympics are in full swing and I love the feelings of optimism and camaraderie and community that they bring. Heaven knows we could use a few more of those things in our world today. But I’m not going to focus on the sports, the athletes and their amazing abilities, the showmanship of the ceremonies or any of the other fabulous things that are going on right now. I’m going to share with you the song that has been stuck in my head for days!

If you’ve watched any of the live coverage you’ve likely heard the song as well. But I’m sharing it anyway so you can hear it in it’s entirety and listen to the words. It’s a message that embodies the Olympic spirit and the perseverance of the athletes but I think it’s a great one for anyone struggling with a trial, anyone who needs that little bit of push to keep going. Let this song be your push.

Music Monday ~ Garth Brooks

I’m not sure how I missed this one last year but I’m listening to it on repeat this year. I absolutely love the message (and I love watching Garth Brooks get all emotional in the video.) Such a wonderful reminder of what’s really important. And it’s always fun to add a new favorite to my holiday playlist!

Music Monday ~ Frank Turner

I was introduced to Frank Turner a few years ago when a group of friends and I embarked on a postal music swap.  We’d been living in the same area just outside of DC and we were all getting ready to move on to new places and new stages of life. One of our last get-togethers included some amazing food followed by a music sharing session. We’d each compiled a mix CD of some of our favorite tunes and bands that had been meaningful at different parts of our life in hopes that the others would find similar solace as they listened in their new places miles and miles away.

It was such a hit that we decided to keep it up. Over the next couple of years we occasionally added and subtracted a few other participants but the three of us remained constant and it was always a great day when you got a CD in the mail. There were old favorites that circulated and new favorites that came along and Frank Turner was one of those new favorites.

He’s got a fabulously rough (sometimes angry) British sound occasionally channeling the likes of the Dropkick Murphys/Flogging Molly but with a poignancy to his lyrics that speaks directly to my soul. He puts on a fabulous live show, though he does have a bit of a potty mouth (so be warned if that kind of stuff bothers you!)  I highly recommend you take a listen! And if you have any suggestions for a new listen, post them in the comments below.  I’m always up for a new favorite!