Recovery in the Media: #45. Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson has songs that address being open to your emotions and hope.

Ingrid Michaelson has songs that address being open to your emotions and hope.

45. Selected Ingrid Michaelson Songs

During treatment, I often heard Ingrid Michaelson’s sultry and soothing voice during music therapy and yoga. The center even played some of her songs in the waiting rooms. As I came to recognize her voice, it began to lull me into a peaceful state. The lyrics and her gentle style comforted me during rough moments. Many of her songs have messages of hope and longing for healing. Thus, they seemed great to share on Media Monday.

Selected Songs:

    • “Be OK” from her Be OK album
    • “Locked Up” from her Everybody album
    • “Breakable” from her  Girls and Boys album
    • “Home” from her Lights Out album
    • “The Way I Am” from her Girls and Boys album

Recovery Pluses: First of all, the song “Be OK” finds the singer longing to just be ok. Yet instead of numbering the pain, she wants to “feel something today.” It is so simple for me to want to block out all emotion so that the pain does not creep into my spirit. However, part of the beauty of life are the highs and lows, the joys and pains, the happiness and the sorrow. Life is a struggle, and just remaining in the moment is sometimes all we can do. This repetitive song has calmed me many times.

Starting in a similarly dark place, “Locked Up” speaks of a girl who hides her pain and love from others. Her scars remind her to keep her emotions and joy locked up inside instead of opening up to others. At the same time, she acknowledges the love around her and longs to take part in it. Although this song is rather depression, it is a place that I have been in many times. In fear, we sometimes shut others out and do not allow ourselves to find friendship or hope.

Ingrid address the opposite side of fragility and emotions in the song “Breakable.” All we have guarding our hearts are some bones and skin. Not only are we easily hurt physically but emotionally as well. This song might seem rather morbid, but there is a quiet strength to it. Yes, we are breakable and can be wounded. However, the ability to be hurt contributes to our ability to love, hope, dream, and live fully. I hear in this song less despair and more bittersweet resilience in who we are as humans.

Sometimes a certain person or place gives us a sense of peace and safety in our vulnerability. “Home” addresses this. Even at the hardest of times, during “even in the harshest of winter I feel so warm,” croons Ingrid. It is a bit unclear if the things she describes as her safe home is a person or place. Whatever the case, it is important to have this in your life. Her hope and complete trust in this song encourage me to find a secure person and place in my life..

Finally, “The Way I Am” is a sweet love song about a couple who fully accept each other. She promises to be by his side just as he loves her despite her flaws. None of us are perfect, but all of us have a chance at love. When people love one another, they choose to accept them with both their struggles and strengths. What a beautiful and amazing thing.

Cautions: Some of Ingrid’s other songs have mild swear words, but most of her lyrics are clean if a bit depressing and overly romantic times. Also, some of her music videos are a bit strange so be warned. Overall, most families could enjoy her songs.

Many of the songs by Ingrid Michaelson are still unknown to me. This artist reminds me a bit of Sara Bareilles in her style, lyrics, and themes. However, there is something unique and special about Ingrid’s voice that I cannot quite explain. Maybe you can decide for yourself if you check out these songs that will hopefully help you to gain hope and openness to your emotions.

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2 thoughts on “Recovery in the Media: #45. Ingrid Michaelson

  1. I love ingrid michealson, especially the songs “breakable” and “I’m through” 🙂 her voice is beautiful

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