The world is full of songs that are hard to get out of your head. Once you hear them, they stay with you all day, in the back of your mind, in the front of your mind, taking over your mind.
And for those who come to Borgata’s Music Box on November 28 to see singer and “Dancing With the Stars” star Andy Grammer, we guarantee you’ll know what we’re talking about.
Shortly after the concert, we envision a few thousand Grammer fans walking around Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa softly singing “Nah, nah, honey I’m good. I could have another but I probably should—Not.”
And maybe not all that softly. That’s what happens when a singer hits on a relationship anthem that touches the public’s heart, and has a great musical hook.
The success of the single took even Grammer by surprise, but not because of the subject matter.
“I think anyone in a relationship has to deal with temptation, if they’re being honest with themselves,” the married Grammer recently told radio.com. “People don’t talk about it very much but it’s very honest. Guys and girls both have temptation.
“With me being out on the road, after-shows, signing pictures, hanging out, doing meet-and-greets and stuff, that’s definitely real.” He says. “There are pretty girls all over the place. But there are still a lot of people standing strong, doing their thing in loving relationships actually staying true. I wanted to write an honest love song from that point of view. There wasn’t one specific girl I’m thinking of when I sing that song, it’s an overall idea.”
Of course the song also may be one of the best sing-along songs in a few years. Probably because it’s so – peppy.
“When you try to write songs like this, they’re really hard to get right. I can get cheesy so fast,” Grammer says. “Every once in a while when you can get one through but still have this feeling and this message–like a Pharrell “Happy.” It gets through and everyone is like, “Oh yeah, I want to be happy! I love being happy!” But usually when you talk about that topic it sounds really, really cheesy. When one gets through and doesn’t feel that way, people rally around.”
Of course Grammer also has the hits “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine by Me” and has been going on a tear since arriving on the music scene with his first album in 2011. He’s also been a much rooted for contestant on “Dancing with the Stars,” not bad for a kid who started as a street performer in Santa Monica.
And it’s that experience as a street performer that he points to as giving him the strength to succeed in music.
“A normal Saturday is you get there at 8 A.M. and leave at 10 P.M. But the amount of time that people actually give a s–t to what you’re doing is very little, he tells Glamour.com. “You’re out there literally screaming to the world, and there’s crickets sometimes. You have to figure out how to stay up and not jump off a bridge. One day as I was walking back to my car, I looked up at the sky and said, “Your move. Because I’m literally doing everything I can do. I’m pretty sure this is what I’m supposed to do.” I didn’t have anything in my bank account, and I was pushing as hard as I could. I remember I went home that night and wrote “Keep Your Head Up.”
So get ready to sing-a-long with Grammer at Borgata’s Music Box. Everyone else will be.
Tickets for Andy Grammer at 9pm Saturday, November 28 at Borgata’s Music Box are $55 and $65 and available here.