Tyson ad features “Family” by Drew Holcomb and a whole bunch of friends

Every once in a while there’s a good… no, no, a REALLY good reason to wake up early and this morning I was lucky enough to catch this TV ad…

I stumbled to my phone to Shazam the music and found out it’s Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors “Family,” such a fun song and perfect for the ad it accompanies. There’s a lot more going on with the song (released in April 2019). Head over to the band’s Facebook page to upload a video of your family dancing (or whatever you want to do) to the song along with the hashtag #FamilyDanceParty for a chance to win a Zoom call with Drew and his wife Ellie.

Now for the official music video…

The video features the band, obviously, and a few of their closest friends. I recognized some of my favorites like NeedtoBreathe, JohnnySwim, and The Secret Sisters (check out a video I made at one of their shows, the nicest sisters!), but thanks to 91.9 WFPK in Louisville, Kentucky, here is the full list of friends and family in the video:

The War and Treaty, NEEDTOBREATHE, Judah & the Lion, Penny and Sparrow, The New Respects, JOHNNYSWIM, The Secret Sisters, Devon Gilfillian, Jon McLaughlin, Ben Rector, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Darlingside, Carly Bannister, Mat Kearney, Colony House, Dave Barnes, Liz Vice, The Dirty Guv’nahs, Stephen Kellogg, The Oh Hellos, Joseph Sean McConnell, Lori McKenna, Propaganda, Natalie Hemby, Nathan Dugger, Rich Brinsfield.

Awesome song, awesome video, awesome use of a song in a TV ad! You can find Drew Holcomb on the socials below…




Thanks for stopping by…

-Out of the Wilderness

That graduation TV commercial you have 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 soon-to-be-a-graduate 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.

For another fun ad, check out this really cute ad from Dixie Cups.

To conclude, 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

Thanks for stopping by!

-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