Recovery in the Media: #39. Colbie Caillat

Colbie Caillat's happy and sweet songs not only lift the mood but also promise hope.

Colbie Caillat’s happy and sweet songs not only lift the mood but also promise hope.

39. Selected Colbie Caillat Songs

Beautiful, blonde, bright smile, angelic voice – Colbie Caillat is someone who I dream of being like. I heard her songs a bit in my teenage years but did not start seeking our her music until a couple of years ago. Since then, her gentle tunes and optimistic take on love has encouraged me. Her song “Bubbly” seems to fit her perfectly. Thus, I decided that she would be a fun person to talk about on Media Monday.

Selected Songs:

    • “I Do” from her All of You album
    • “Begin Again” from her Breakthrough album
    • “When the Darkness Comes” from the The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack
    • “Rainbow” from her Breakthrough album
    • “Think Good Thoughts” from her All of You album

Recovery Pluses: A classic Colbie Caillat song, “I Do” gushes over true love. The singer states that she used to be critical of romance. In fact, it seems that she focused only on herself: “It’s always been about me, myself, and I thought relationships were nothing but a waste of time.” However, now she feels ready to say “I do” and be true to the man of her dreams. This song is full of hope and the joy of being a family. When I feel pessimistic about my future or relationships, I listen to this to remember the positive times ahead even if I do not end up married.

Addressing romance in a different way, “Begin Again” focuses on a struggling relationship. Colbie knows that she cannot force her boyfriend to be sad or happy: “I can’t get you out of the sunlight. I can’t get you out of the rain.” However, that does not mean that she does not care for him. Thus, she asks for them to begin again and heal the damage that fighting has caused. This song is helpful for any relationship, not just romantic ones. It reminds us to not give up easily on others as well as showing that we can influence but not control those around us.

“When the Darkness Comes” also reaches out to someone who is struggling. Here, the singer is drawn to someone who is in darkness. She promises to hope, pray, and help them despite the pain and hardship. Perhaps this song talks a great deal about darkness, but light is hinted at throughout it. Hope is possible even for those in the blackest of places. This beautiful, haunting song reminds us of that. One can interpret it as a song to a friend, family member, or significant other.

Also starting in a sad place, “Rainbow” finds the singer longing for the sun. However, she refuses to despair and instead searches for a rainbow. Imagination, love, and adventure all play a role in her journey to find her way out of the storm. Sometimes, the sun seems absent from my life while the rain pours down. Perhaps looking for the rainbow instead of wishing the storm clouds away would help me to see the beauty in the hardship.

Finally, “Think Good Thoughts” is about exactly what it sounds like. After struggling with angry and negative thoughts, Colbie forces herself to think positively. She admits that it is not easy but maintains that it is possible. Now, I know being happy cannot solve depression. However, learning how to control your thoughts is very helpful in recovery. This is still something that I struggle with every day. Yet, it is worth the challenge. Songs like this encourage me to keep working.

Cautions: Most of Colbie Caillat’s music is uplifting and happy. There are a few sensuous phrases at times and moments in her music videos. Yet, she is pretty tame for the most part.  Thus, preteens and older would enjoy her music.

Sometimes you want to listen to someone who is bubbly. There are few artists who can make my mood lift as quickly as Colbie Caillat. Is her music cheesy? Maybe, but it also has powerful messages of hope, love, and supporting others. Plus, her smooth voice and bright melodies make her a joy to listen to as well. If you are feeling low, give one of her songs a try. It might bring your spirit up a bit.

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