So…I have a tendency to listen to things on repeat until I get it out of my system. There’s a vulnerability here to Lee Brice’s “Memory I Don’t Mess With” that I love, which is why this is my most recent song on repeat. And, yeah, I have memories of my own that I also don’t like to mess with. (Hahaha…)
It’s good running into you like this / But, girl, I’m close as I can get / To a memory I don’t mess with / The girl I was the best with
Yours to Keep (2020) was the book I immediately thought of. This was one of my first books by Layne, and I completely adored it because I liked Olive Dunn and her down-to-earth character. Pro baseball player Carter Ramsey returns to his hometown to recover from an injury, lured to return because of a pact made long ago to his high school sweetheart. What he doesn’t foresee is a different high school classmate, his former science partner Olive, putting a dent in his plans. The more time he and Olive spend together, the more he begins forget the reasons he is home in the first place. I loved Olive because of her confidence in herself. She makes no apologies for who she is, even if other people (used to) think she was a bit peculiar.
Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) was founded in 2011 by Scott Bradlee. PMJ reworks modern music into vintage style covers. I was first introduced to PMJ through their rearrangements of covers that feature Kenton Chen. This is one of their most recent, and I thought the arrangement was brilliant!
A retelling I loved of a book I also loved I love the original from No Doubt and also adore this cover.
Jane Austen’s Persuasion is a classic that I’ve read multiple times, and Staci Hart does a wonderful job of retelling it in A Thousand Letters. I much prefer Captain Wentworth from Persuasion whereas his counterpart in A Thousand Letters was more of an ass. Where the romance and regret is the highlight in Persuasion, the retelling captures the anguish of losing a loved–I cried buckets.
Fletcher is a new-to-me artist who became part of my pandemic/stay-at-home soundtrack. While “If You’re Gonna Lie” was my introduction to her, her newest single felt so timely as certain parts of life were supposed to go back to how it used to be. The lyrics also felt so personal to me and my own journey.
I can’t erase all the things that I’ve done But all the mistakes made me who I’ve become
Gin’s Tonic took me by surprise, and I completely adored it the first time I read it. It’s a journey about coming to terms with the past and learning to live with loss, understanding that moving on doesn’t mean replacing those you loved. The book is about Gin healing. (Review here)
I think this meme has established that while I listen to lot of different genres, should I have my own station it would be filled with mostly slow to mid-tempo ballads. Here’s another one.
I was not a Jason Mraz fan when he released his debut studio album, but then… I heard this song. Although he is most popular for “I’m Yours,” which felt like it was on repeat on every radio station at the time it was released, this remains my favorite song. It’s a melancholic one and I love the bridge.
And it’s okay if you have to go away Oh just remember the telephone works both ways But if I never ever hear them ring If nothing else I’ll think the bells inside Have finally found you someone else and that’s okay Cause I’ll remember everything you sang
Staying home for a year allowed me to discover new artists. Sasha Sloan is one of the individuals I’ve had on repeat.
I know we talked, we talked about forever / I know you thought, thought we’d end up together I threw it all away / I went from someone you love to someone you hate
Anchored Hearts is a second chance romance that fits the chorus so perfectly I had to pair it here. Anamaria and Alejandro really thought they would be forever but he takes off to pursue his dreams, leaving her in their home town. When he returns due to an injury, through the devious planning of their mothers they meet again. There are still sparks but there’s a lot of bad feelings too. It was good and spurred a post on why I love/hate second chance romances. (Review here)
I’ve been having fun with these 90s throwbacks. It’s like traveling back in time. Hahaha… Remember this artist named Jewel? Yeah, me too. She might be better remembered for “You Were Meant for Me” and “Who Will Save Your Soul,” but I loved “Foolish Games”. Isn’t this song so beautifully heartbreaking?
Bonus: Here’s a rearranged version from 2020 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Pieces of You.”
Let’s continue with the 90s. Here’s a group I didn’t learn to appreciate their later years and then they went on hiatus. They have since released new albums. I was so disappointed I couldn’t make their 2019 reunion tour. This particular single appeared on their debut album Cracked Rear View, released in 1994. “Only Wanna Be with You” made it to #6 on the U.S. charts. Darius Rucker has also found success as a country singer. I love his country music too. Enjoy!
I needed to interrupt my 90s nostalgia for the most recent song I have on repeat. This song deserves to be shared far and wide. It’s the 80s beat I love. I’ve enjoyed Platt’s entire Reverie album.
I wanna love you, but I don’t / I wanna need you, but I won’t I begged my heart to start to race when I’m kissing you I say I’m dreaming ’bout your face, but it isn’t you
I hate cheating. I hate love triangles. Yet, I find myself making so many exceptions for Kennedy Ryan. Case in point, Block Shot. Banner is in relationship when she meets Jared again. They have history, but he broke her heart in college, and he’s never forgotten her. Try as she might, he’s been hard to forget too. Her books are emotional, poetic, and leave me in book comas more often than not. It’s #2 in the Hoops series but can be read as a standalone.
Last week’s dose of ’90s nostalgia made me think of Sam Hunt’s “Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90s.” I loved Hunt’s debut album “Montevallo” with its incorporation of hip-hop and country. His second album is similar but I only liked some tracks, such as this one here. Was breaking up easier in the 90s? Maybe? I guess no social media meant a smaller likelihood of seeing each other…unless you broke up in a small town. (heh…) Thoughts?
I was listening to the radio (gasp!) and all of a sudden a ’90s love song came on. Did I sing my heart out? Yes I did! Were my mini passengers abhorred? Of course they were! It reminded me that the ’90s were a decade of love songs. Ballads seemed to be every where. Bands and solo artists were crooning their love and heartbreak. Celine Dion’s vocals was a staple of the times. Here’s what I was belting out to the horror of my nieces.
Here’s an added bonus: Asia Samson performing his poem “90s love.” It will make you nostalgic. You won’t be able to stop smiling.