It’s a new month! And I’m back with another new edition of my What I’ve Been Listening To series (also with a brand-new featured image)! Read on for my June/July music picks:
“Knee Deep,” Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett
Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett team up on this carefree tune about summer, sunshine, and ocean waves. I can’t help but pretend I’m sitting on the beach while listening to this one. (Fact: I’m usually answering work emails).
Standout Lyrics: Wrote a note said “Be back in a minute”/Bought a boat and I sailed off in it/Don’t think anybody’s gonna miss me anyway/Mind on a permanent vacation/The ocean is my only medication/Wishing my condition ain’t ever gonna go away
“Don’t Tread On Me,” We The Kingdom
We The Kingdom deliver a high-energy Christian rock song with “Don’t Tread On Me.” The group refuses to play with the devil and his twisted games.
Standout Lyrics: Get on outta here, get on up and leave/Ain’t no devil gonna tread on me/He’s choking on the blood that ran down the tree/Ain’t no devil gonna tread on me
“Like Your Love,” Jonny Diaz
Jonny Diaz sings about the wonders of God’s love on this upbeat track that always gets me up and dancing every time I hear it.
Standout Lyrics: So full of patience/So full of mercy/Invites me in though/I am unworthy/It gives me hope when/My world is shaking/Holds me together/When I am breaking
“Reckless Love,” Cory Asbury
Cory Asbury creates an emotional ballad with “Reckless Love.” Though I downloaded the song when it was initially released in 2018, I didn’t find myself playing it much until this year (more specifically during quarantine). I get chills when I really listen to the lyrics.
Standout Lyrics: Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God/Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine/I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away/Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah
“I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carly Pearce featuring Lee Brice
Carly Pearce and Lee Brice pair up on this duet about a love that just didn’t work out. This one is probably my favorite country collaboration of the year.
Standout Lyrics: Who knew this heart could break this hard/Or a love like ours could fall apart/Without so much as a warning/I thought that I was what you wanted
“Hoodie,” Cassadee Pope
Cassadee Pope muses about a former flame on “Hoodie,” one of several songs from her new album, Rise and Shine (due out on August 7). Fun, catchy, relatable–this song is all three.
Standout Lyrics: Cause I found your hoodie/In my backseat/And I wore it/Still smells like you/And it’s funny/How it took me/Back to us/It’s got nothing to do with/Being in love/Wanting you back/It’s not a big deal/But boy take it as/Me just thinking/Thinking you should know that/I found your hoodie/I found your hoodie
And those are my June/July song picks. Listen to them on Spotify and let me know what songs you’ve had on repeat recently. Until next time…music on, world off.