That graduation TV commercial you’ve been seeing on Hulu

I saw this advertisement yesterday for the 100th time and finally found out more about it. The background of it is documented well here but in a nutshell, the artist is Bebe Rexha and the title of the song is “Here’s to 2020″… a 30-second tribute to this year’s graduating class, of which my amazing niece said: wp-15903460750533866151656076792765.jpg


At first I thought it was Ann-Marie, an artist who has a track about 2002, among other hit songs. However, my knowledge of blonde pop singers is admittedly lacking.

Walgreens tags the ad with “add some pomp to your circumstance” which is a clever play on the title of the 1901 orchestra song we all know from graduations, “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar.

I like this modernization of the song from Bebe Rexha. It’s clearly for the TikTok crowd as it accompanies #GradJump on the social/music app.

I’m also a fan of the graduation song included below from way back when I was a recent grad… this one is by Vitamin C and it’s called “Graduation (Friends Forever).” This song is based on Pachelbel’s Canon in D, another of my favorites. OK, I could go on and on about music but for now I’ll just say… ummmmm cool.

Thanks for stopping by!


-Out of the Wilderness

adding to song titles to make them more relevant to the coronavirus quarantine

Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – Stuck With U at home for 2 straight months

The Weeknd – Blinding Lights when I saw the sun for the first time in 2 straight months

Billie Eilish – everything i wanted has already been delivered

Luke Combs – Even Though I’m Leaving the living room, I’ll just be in the kitchen

Sam Cooke – Bring It pizza On Home to Me

The Lumineers – now the mailbox feels like a Long Way From Home

Jonas Brothers – wash your hands for Five More Minutes

Fitz and the Tantrums – 123456 7891011121314151617181920, ok now rinse your hands

Luke Combs – Six Feet Apart is how my dates always went anyway

Maroon 5 – Memories of the sports

The Pretty Reckless – Death by Rock and Roll, caused by Covid-19

Julia Michaels – I’ll Give It To You if I don’t wear a mask

Jason Aldean – you Got What I Got because I didn’t wear a mask

Panic! At The Disco – Hey Look Ma, I Made It a mask
Judah & the Lion – Suit and Jacket and sweatpants

JP Saxe & Julia Michaels – If the World Was Ending …wait, is it not?

Tracy Chapman – Fast Car that I haven’t driven in weeks

No Doubt – Spiderwebs inside my car

Green Day – Wake Me Up When September 2020 Ends

The Civil Wars – I’ve Got This Friend who I haven’t seen since March

Donny Hathaway – This Christmas I’ll be getting everyone hand sanitizer

P.M. Dawn – I’d Die Without You Purell

Elvis Presley – Just Pretend to hug me

Three Dog Night – grab a cheap flight if you’ve Never Been To Spain

Tim McGraw – Please Remember Me your Zoom ID and password

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-Out of the Wilderness

Billie Eilish picking up where Lorde left off?

I will be starting this post with a completely unsubstantiated claim:

Billie Eilish is the new Lorde. 

OK, so now I’ll try to back this claim up with data.

Lorde pretty much fell off the map back in 2018 after her sophomore album, “Melodrama,” was released in 2017. To date, it’s sold under a million whereas her first album (“Pure Heroine,” 2013) blew up all the charts and has since sold over 4 million.

Enter Billie Eilish.

Billie Eilish’s debut album came in 2019 and, like Lorde’s first album, has slaughtered the charts. She has a couple of big hits from that album and is basically the belle of the ball at this point. Both Billie and Lorde were 17 years old when their first albums debuted. Lorde was 21 years old when her second album was released, and as of this post Billie Eilish does not have a second album made public.

I don’t feel like looking into this anymore. 🙂

But in my mind, Billie Eilish has picked up where Lorde left off. What are your thoughts? Will Billie’s second album be as well received as her first, or will it slump like Lorde’s second album did?

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness


I AM that bird

The story of the bird I posted recently has managed to lodge it’s place in my mind ever since. As tragic as it was for the bird, the driver of the car, and me, I need there to be something good coming from it. What can I learn? What can I do to make up for it? That’s the main reason I’ve decided to save a bird, to balance the scales in a way.

Well, on a day trip to Memphis I had another thought about this bird and it almost stopped me in my tracks. This little bird was just trying to survive, avoid hardship, elude predators, to make a life for itself… this bird is ME.

I float around Nashville enjoying the beauty of all that’s here: friends, outdoors, music, all the good things I experience. I try to avoid hardship whenever possible, elude predators (like the inclination to have road rage, for instance), to be selfish, to lust… but a lot of times I am naive like this little bird. I land in the middle of life’s road just to be run over by sin.

I blame the evil forces at work in this world. They approach so slowly sometimes I don’t even see them coming. Then boom, they flatten me when I try to escape.


While I was wrestling with these thoughts, halfway from Nashville to Memphis, I couldn’t help but become overwhelmed. Then this song popped up on Spotify…

…and I cried. God is so loving that, as a shepherd, He will leave the ninety-nine sheep to rescue the one who’s strayed away. I’m so grateful for this love. And as this song builds towards the ending, it becomes a celebration. I’m very much hoping and believing this is how life is supposed to go, too. No matter the struggle, it can turn into a celebration. Even as a little, often helpless bird, I can soar on wings like an eagle because I know God is FOR me. If only I can have hope in Him.

This hope is for all of us, too.

-Out of the Wilderness



15 “Stay at Home” Songs, COVID-19 Edition

All over the United States people are being asked to stay at home because of the coronavirus pandemic. Folks are working from home, hanging out with family, or just taking stay-cations to slow the spread of the sickness. What’s kind of crazy is how many songs have addressed this idea long before sheltering in place was an order from state and federal officials. Check out the list below and if you have time, listen to these songs and comment below if you have any to add! Thanks for stopping by!

Flo Rida “My House”
Lyrics: Sometimes you gotta stay in

R.E.M. “Stand” 
Lyrics: So, stand in the place where you live…

Bruce Springsteen “Dancing in the Dark” 
Lyrics: Radio’s on and I’m movin’ ’round my place / I check my look in the mirror / Wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face / Man, I ain’t gettin’ nowhere

MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This” 
Lyrics: Yeah that’s how we’re livin’ and you know u can’t touch this / Look in my eyes man u can’t touch this

Ariana Grande “NASA”
Lyrics: I’d rather be alone tonight / You can say “I love you” through the phone tonight…
…Baby, you know time apart is beneficial / It’s like I’m the universe and you’ll be N-A-S-A / Give you the whole world, I’ma need space / I’ma need space

The BoDeans “Closer to Free”
Lyrics: Everybody one, everybody two, everybody free / Everybody needs to touch, you know, now and then

The Tony Rich Project “Nobody Knows”
Lyrics: But these four walls close in more every day / And I’m dying inside and nobody knows it but me

Semisonic “Closing Time” 
Lyrics: Closing time / Time for you to go back to the places you will be from.

Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You”
Lyrics: Girl relax, let’s go slow / I ain’t got nowhere to go

Peggy Lee “Fever”
Lyrics: You give me fever when you kiss me / Fever when you hold me tight / Fever in the mornin’ / Fever all through the night

The Carpenters “Solitaire”
Lyrics: And solitaire’s the only game in town

Madness “Our House”
Lyrics: Our house, it has a crowd / There’s always something happening / And it’s usually quite loud

Robotaki “Together We’re Screwed”
Lyrics: Together we’re screwed, I’m looking at you

David Zowie “House Every Weekend” 
Lyrics: But staying in the house every weekend, I just can’t take it / I work hard and if I don’t let myself go / I just might explode

Hamilton cast “It’s Quiet Uptown”
Lyrics: I spend hours in the garden / I walk alone to the store / And it’s quiet uptown

You’ve reached the end of this list! I’ve put together another list of songs that address the issue of so many people losing work because of businesses closing. Here are 17 songs about being fired or laid off. Thanks for stopping by…

-Out of the Wilderness

Rap Music vs. Country Music, polar opposites

I’ve believed the following statement for more than a decade, but for some reason, I don’t think I’ve ever written about it. I’ll preface the idea with these two truths:

  1. I love music, all kinds.
  2. This is neither a slam for rap or country music, just an observation.

OK, are you ready? Well first, if you have time, and let’s face it, we ALL have time #coronavirus …check out a brand new rap video that’s already nearing a million views, followed by a country music video with over 1.5 million views…

So after watching these music videos, do you agree or disagree with this thought:

Country music is about who we (the listeners) are, from artists that would like us to believe they’re just like us.

Rap music is about who they (the artists) are, from artists that would like us to believe they’re not just like us.

To expand on that a little, I believe most of country music (of course, there are exceptions) is driven by lyrics that show the commonalities we have as humans. The singer is saying, I am just like you. It’s why the cliches of singing about a dying dog, divorce, or drinking beers even exists. You can have someone like Luke Bryan who has a net worth of $140,000,000 singing about relaxing or partying on a beach like those of us with a net worth of <$140,000,000 like to do. In reality, Luke’s lifestyle is a lot different than the common person, yet he wants us to think he’s just like us.

In rap music (and just like country music, there are exceptions to this), the lyrics are driven by fame and fortune, to put it simply. Just using the “You Know You Lit” video from earlier in this post, the line “Balenciaga, got like 10 pairs,” shows the difference in perspective. I had to look it up, Balenciaga shoes make the Air Jordan 11 Retro’s look like a bargain. Hundreds of dollars for one pair! There are many other rap songs that ultimate say, You want to be like me. Whatever the net worth of these artists are, they want you to believe they wipe their buts with hundred dollar bills. In other words, envy them because they have what we all want.

I’m guessing reality is bit less glamorous than these rap artists want us to believe, and perhaps for the country artist, more glamorous than we know. What are your thoughts about this? If you have insight or opinions, share in the comments below! Until then… Gucci, Gucci, Gucci!

-Out of the Wilderness

8 movies and songs with “mask” in title

With this coronavirus scare taking over the world and sales of face masks increasing, I thought I’d make a list of movies and songs with “mask” in the title, or if they’re about wearing a mask, etc. Take a look and feel free to comment below with more additions!

The Mask of Zorro – starring Antonio Banderas

The Mask – starring Jim Carrey

“The Masked Singer” – TV show

The Man in the Iron Mask – starring Leonardo DiCaprio

“Ski Mask Way” – 50 Cent

“Behind the Mask” – Michael Jackson

“Drop the Mask” – Diana Ross

Paper Mask – starring Paul McGann

Honorable mentions: “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd, The Purge movie trilogy, V for Vendetta, “Face to Face” – Daft Punk, Face/Off 

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness