We'll call this an April Fool's Day 2-for-1 Music Monday special. These aren't necessarily two new songs - they've both been around for a while.
But I bought them both over the weekend and as a result I heard them both all the way through for the first time.
One is 'Overwhelmed', by Tim McMorris.
The other is 'Home', by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
I'm willing to bet you've heard at least one of the songs.
I've never heard 'Overwhelmed' on the radio, but it's certainly had its share of play over the TV airwaves. You may recognize it from this Sam Adams commercial:
I really liked the song the first time I heard the commercial, but I only just finally downloaded it for the full version. The commercial gives you a pretty good flavor of what the full song is like, but that's OK. It's a really sweet love song.
'Home' is a song I think I heard first on the radio. Then it popped up in an NFL commercial.
It's another song that I looked forward to hearing in the commercials, but only just decided to add to my personal collection. (I was surprised to find that what I heard on the radio is a shortened version - the one I downloaded is extended.) I also had a conversation this week with someone where this song came up...so it reminded me how catchy I found it.
It's rare that I am moved to make a purchase of a product by commercials. Sometimes I try to resist it, especially if the ads are particularly aggressive.
But what's funny is, I think I've always been a sucker for the songs featured in the commercials. I'm going to say it began with Apple iPod commercials a while back - I feel like they've ushered in this new wave of using catchy music to draw attention to their TV ads.
So I downloaded two songs I like. If I was feeling super adventurous this weekend I might have gone for the full albums. But I wasn't.