Songs of Inspiration & Motivation as well as New Music Friday with: Kings of Leon, SZA, Linkin Park

morning babble / Friday 02-23-24

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(Wretches and Kings cut)

Music is important to me in so many ways – it’s especially important with motivation

(Wretches and Kings cut)

(Morning Babble intro)

New Music Friday:

Happy Weekend! I’m always happy for New Music Friday. You just never know what new song or sound might resonate with you, connect with you. Be added to a playlist for you.

(Wretches and Kings cut)

That song is from Linkin Park and is called “Wretches and Kings.” It’s on one of my Spotify playlists made for running. FYI – new song out today from Linkin Park – more on that shortly. To this day though, I am always amazed how a song can transition me out of a funky mood or simply motivate me. Songs of Inspiration and Motivation. Wasn’t that the title of a Depeche Mode album (fact checking) Nope. I was thinking of Songs of Faith and Devotion – it rhymes, but that’s about it. (Walking in My Shoes cut) Not the most uplifting album from those Depeche Mode boys. Lots of depression and misery there – which is fine. I try to choose songs that are upbeat and happy during my paperwork days. Although, I was listening to the Sam Cooke radio channel on Spotify. (Another Saturday Night) – it’s upbeat but not all that happy. However, this part always makes me smile (2 chicks on my arm) “I’d be swinging two chicks on my arm” – oh yeah. You go Sam Cooke – one of the best singers ever. By far, one of my most favorite albums to put on. (song cut)

Let’s get into the new stuff though with New Music Friday

As always, I put together a Spotify playlist of the songs that I talked about and thought about today for New Music Friday. Click here for that!

  • First up – as described in the local papers around here – Delaware State University alum, Sza (Kill Bill clip) That song “Kill Bill” gets good play on Spotify. Anyway – yes, Sza did go to Delaware State University or Del-State, where she planned to major in marine biology. But – not for long, she dropped out – I’m not picking. In fact, she sorta picks on her time spent there – I’ll provide the Peoples magazine link – Click here! She states “I drank Malibu and smoked weed every day. And slept.” That’s Del-State. (“Saturn” cut) – and that’s Sza’s new song release “Saturn” which if you watched the Grammy’s this year. You would have heard it during that long MasterCard commercial.
  • (Sex on Fire) Kings of Leon have announced their first new album with Capitol Records – FYI – this is their 9th studio album overall and it’s called – Can We Please Have Fun. The full drop happens on May 10th, but today – we can enjoy the new track: “Mustang” (clip)
  • Coming April 12th, Linkin Park will release their first career-spanning greatest hits album called: Papercuts. There will be 20 tracks which include songs like “In the End”, “Crawling” and, of course, their very first release ever “One Step Closer” (clip) However, it also includes what might be one of the final recordings of singer Chester Bennington, who we lost in 2017. We get the unreleased track “Friendly Fire” (clip)
  • Several quick hits of new music: Lil Durk has a new single out called “Old Days” – digs into everything – past life on the streets, battles with drug addiction, lost friends, but he also declares that “The Streets are Over.” Be sure to give it a listen // Jack Antonoff’s band Bleachers just released “Me before You” which is their 4th song of their upcoming self-titled album . . . called Bleachers // JT – Justin Timberlake – continues his comeback attempt since 2018’s Man of the Woods album. We get the 2nd release off of Everything I Thought It Was — fully out on March 15th – here’s “Drown” (clip)

Thank you to Spotify, Rolling Stone, Apple Music, uDiscoverMusic, Pigeons & Planes, Pitchfork, Louder, Dan Deluca of the Philly Inquirer & I know there’s more.

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“You can’t be afraid of people willing to hurt you, cause if you fear life, then you will never live.” – Chester Bennington

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