What I’ve Been Listening To: August/September Edition

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Hi and Happy Fall, everyone! Now that summer’s over and September’s in full swing, I’m back with another edition of What I’ve Been Listening To. Read on for my latest round of song picks:

August

“Pick Me Up,” Gabby Barrett

Gabby Barrett looks to her love for emotional support after a rough day on this track from her 2020 album, Goldmine. Fun fact: Barrett enlisted her husband/guitarist, Cade Foehner to star opposite her in the song’s music video.

Standout Lyrics: We could ride on past every one-light street/Watch a full moon crash on some sunrise wheat/You can kiss me fast and drive real slow/That old Chevy made, take as long as it takes/You and Jesus will fix my soul/So pick me up/Get me lost way out, down a back two-lane, little George Strait/Way on up/Get me outta my head and outta this town/And tell me no matter what/You’ll be by my side, everything gonna be alright/Make the world go black how you do me like that/When I climb up in your truck, just pick me up

“Like My Father,” Jax

Jax longs for a love that is comparable to her parents’ relationship on this upbeat pop track. This is seriously the best love song I’ve heard in a while.

Standout Lyrics: I want a road trip in the summers/I wanna make fun of each other/I wanna rock out to Billy Joel/And flip our kids off when they call us old/He’ll accidentally burn our dinner/And let me be the Scrabble winner/And when my body changes shapes/He’ll say, “Oh my God, you look hot today”/I need a man who’s patient and kind/Gets out of the car and holds the door/I wanna slow dance in the living room like/We’re eighteen at senior prom and grow/Old with someone who makes me feel young/I need a man who loves me like/My father loves my mom

“THE LITTLE THINGS,” Kelsea Ballerini

This super up-tempo song from Kelsea Ballerini‘s latest album, Subject To Change (released Sept. 23) is insanely catchy and danceable. I’ll admit I’ve broken the repeat button listening to this one.

Standout Lyrics: Save your money on the roses, baby/Just leave a daisy on the dashboard/Just pick me up in your old Bronco, baby/Don’t gotta ride in on a white horse/When you’re younger they say it’s a kiss in the rain/Throwing rocks at a window/But it’s when we’re in a crowded room, put your hand on my back/And waiting on me in the morning with my coffee black/Back to the basics ’cause they’re bigger than they seem, yeah/Give me that typical, simple love, it’s the little things/Yeah, it’s the little things/It’s the little things

September

“As Long As Our Hearts Are Beating,” Jenny & Tyler

I first heard this beautiful love song from married singer-songwriters Jenny & Tyler on an episode of Pretty Little Liars and was recently reminded of why I’m obsessed with it. If you or someone you know is getting married, consider using this one as your first dance song.

Standout Lyrics: My bride, my bride/I can hardly hold myself together/This day, this night/I see you as you are and I never want to leave/No more words from my lips/Just the look in your eyes/Says it all, so much more/Than I could ever; I won’t try/After the sunset disappears/When there’s no one around/And there’s nowhere but here/O my love/Let’s keep this up as long as we’re breathing/Forgetting the world outside of this room/While you’re holding me close/While I’m holding on to you/O my love/Let’s keep this up as long as our hearts are beating/As long as our hearts are beating

“Wasted On You,” Morgan Wallen

I was also recently reminded how good this song from Morgan Wallen is–from the opening melody to his vocals to that “three chords and the truth” honesty that is synonymous with country music. An overall stunner.

Standout Lyrics: Yeah, I swore this one’d be different/My heart wouldn’t listen to my head and these boots on my feet/Looks like I’m learning the hard way again/That’s why I’ve been/Wasted on you/All of this time, and all of this money/And all these sorries I don’t owe you, honey/All of these miles on this Chevy and prayers in a pew/All them days I spent, wasted on you/Wasted on you

“I GUESS THEY CALL IT FALLIN,’” Kelsea Ballerini

Ballerini makes an emotionally heavy song about heartbreak a pop-leaning earworm on this track from SUBJECT TO CHANGE. I’ve only listened to her new album in its entirety once, but this song is already one of my favorites.

Standout Lyrics: Held me up, every night, you and I, damn near invincible/Then the wind, blowing in, threw me right off of my pedestal/That night you told me I hung your moon/Oh, I jumped right in with no parachute/I guess they call it fallin’ ’cause you end up on the ground/You can’t live forever with your head up in the clouds/Think it’s written in the stars til they burn out/Did you only get me high to let me down (down, down)?/I guess they call it fallin’ ’cause you end up on your face/Sleeping by myself in a bed I didn’t make/Think it’s written in the stars til you’re all alone/Did you only get me high to let me go?/I shoulda known/Shoulda known, shoulda known, shoulda known/(I guess they call it fallin’)/I shoulda known, shoulda known, I shoulda known/(I guess they call it fallin’)

And those are my monthly song picks for August/September. Let me know what you think of them, give them a listen on Apple Music or Spotify, and tell me what tunes you’ve had on repeat for the last two months. Until next time…turn down the world and turn up the music.

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