Recovery in the Media: #21. Carrie Underwood Songs

Carrie Underwood shows a strength and gentle encouragement in her voice and lyrics.

Carrie Underwood shows a strength and gentle encouragement in her voice and lyrics.

21. Selected Carrie Underwood Songs

Country music was not something I listened to often growing up.  However, both of my sisters began to like it.  A bit skeptical at first, I soon found the melodies comforting and the lyrics fun.  Still, this music genre is not my favorite so I do not listen to it often.  Carrie Underwood is one of the only country singers I listen to and some might say she is not pure country.  Anyway, she has many uplifting and fun songs especially on past albums.  So I decided to highlight some of those on Media Monday.

Selected Songs:

    • “So Small” from her Carnival Ride album
    • “Jesus Take the Wheel” from her Some Hearts album
    • “Temporary Home” from her Play On album
    • “Wasted” from her Some Hearts album
    • “Change” from her Play On album

Recovery Pluses: “So Small” states that life is hard.  However when we look at the love around us, we can realize that our problems are small.  While still remembering the difficulties of life, this song promises that light triumphs over the darkness eventually.  Plus the music video adds how one might be driven to give up on life but can be saved.  This is an intense but beautiful statement about the danger of suicide and the ability to hold onto hope instead of giving up.

Also addressing loss of hope, “Jesus Takes the Wheel” is about a young mother who skids on the ice while driving.  Feeling overwhelmed with life, she cries as she decides to turn her life around.  Even if you are not Christian, this song is encouraging and reminds us that we do not have to struggle through life alone.

“Temporary Home” also thinks about faith as it reminds people not to focus on just present living circumstances.  Although looking ahead may cause anxiety, it can also provide hope.  We are not stuck in one place forever.  Instead, we can find our true home and life as we move forward and grow.  Another great aspect of this song is caring for the homeless, orphans, and other people who are struggling in their home.

A song that address alcoholism and addictions is “Wasted.”  No one is worthless.  However you can choose to waste your life by living in the past or allowing revenge, bitterness, or anger to control yourself.  Sometimes I need a song to pick me up and other times I need to be told the hard truth to keep working hard.  This song is a great example of a tough but important message to us all whether we struggle with an addiction or not.

Finally, another song that encourages us to keep moving forward is “Change.”  Carrie tells people to give to the poor as well as change the world.  Starting with ourselves, we can all make an impact on all of the people around us.  However this song reminds us of this with a gentle but earnest way.

Cautions: Carrie Underwood shows a vengeful side against ex-boyfriends on most of her CDs.  Along with this, she has an occasional mature reference, swear word, and violent theme.

Overall, Carrie Underwood has many uplifting and hopeful songs.  Although other songs focus mostly on revenge on past boyfriends or romantic relationships, I think that you can find many themes of recovery and healing in her songs.  If you love country music or hate it, you might be surprised at the strength but gentle beauty of Carrie’s voice and the depth of her encouraging messages.

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2 thoughts on “Recovery in the Media: #21. Carrie Underwood Songs

  1. untoldstory6 says:

    I love Carries music, and while I’m not religious I do really like the song Jesus take the wheel. Very moving song. I’ll have to check out the other songs have suggested 😊

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