Recovery in the Media: #69. Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle has a beautiful voice and spirit that is shown in her music.

69. Selected Susan Boyle songs

I still remember the first day that my mother showed my sisters and me the video of Susan Boyle singing on Britain’s Got Talent. Her stage presence, raw talent, and emotional connection with the song touched me and millions of others deeply. Since that moment, she has continued to prove to the world that judging someone based on appearance is wrong. Another remarkable story broke when she was diagnosed with Aspergers. My connection to her grew even stronger. Because of these facts as well as her uplifting themes in music, I decided to feature her for Media Monday.

Selected Songs:

  • “I Dreamed a Dream” from her I Dreamed a Dream album
  • “Both Sides, Now” from her Someone to Watcher Over Me album
  • “You Raise Me Up” from her Hope album
  • “This is the Moment” from her Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from Stage album
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Recovery in the Media: #66. Imagine Dragons

This band might have dark songs, but their honesty and glimmer of hope make the music powerful.

This band might have dark songs, but their honesty and glimmer of hope make the music powerful.

66. Selected Imagine Dragons songs

Rock music usually overwhelms me. Heavy beats and screaming lyrics were what I associated with this genre. However, as I have been exposed to more types of music, my tastes have begun to broaden. The first song that I heard by Imagine Dragons was “Radioactive.” The somber lyrics and apocalyptic feel bewildered me, but something about the eerie tone transfixed me. As I have listened to more songs by this band, I have found that the morbid nature of their lyrics actually has some hope hidden beneath them despite the darkness in our world. Likewise, depression can cause one to see things in a grim light, yet hope remains for those of us who struggle with mental illness.This is one of the reasons that I chose them for Media Monday.

Selected Songs:

  • “Monster” from their Smoke + Mirrors album
  • “Demons” from their Night Visions album
  • “I Bet My Life” from their Smoke + Mirrors album
  • “It’s Time” from their Night Visions album
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Recovery in the Media: #63. Moriah Peters

moriah peters brave

Bubbly and upbeat, this young artist sings about her faith and staying bright despite the darkness in life.

63. Selected Moriah Peter songs

My mother sometimes sends me songs to cheer me up and provide strength. Around a month ago, one of the songs was “You Carry Me.” The music was upbeat and catchy while the lyrics buoyed my spirits. As I researched a bit more about this Christian artist, I came to like her bubbly, youthful style more and more. Hopefully you will feel a bit of brightness in your day as you hear her.

Selected Songs:

  • “Sing in the Rain” from her I Choose Jesus album
  • “Brave” from her Brave album
  • “No Shame” from her I Choose Jesus album
  • “You Carry Me” from her Brave album
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Recovery in the Media: #60. American Authors

American Authors

Uplifting in both beat and lyric, this band refuses to let the hardship of the past hold them back from enjoying the future.

60. American Authors

Hearing ‘The Best Day of My Life” numerous times on the radio was my first introduction to the band American Authors. I enjoyed the song but did not think much about it. However, another one of their songs, “Believer,” really touched me. As I began to hear more of their songs, my admiration for their simple style and optimistic lyrics grew. That is why I decided to discuss them today for Media Monday. Hopefully you will have your spirit lifted a bit by their music like mine is.

Selected Songs:

  • “Luck” from their Oh, What a Life album
  • “Ghost” from their Oh, What a Life album
  • “Love” from their Oh, What a Life album
  • “Think About It” from their Oh, What a Life album
  • “Believer” from their Oh, What a Life album

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Recovery in the Media: #57. The Carpenters

The Carpenters

The Carpenters left the world with sweet, romantic tunes and courage to recover.

57. The Carpenters

My mother first mentioned the Carpenters when I began treatment for an eating disorder. Karen Carpenter was a beautiful singer that you hear in many of the songs done by this family band. However, her talent was lost early when she died from anorexia nervousa in 1983 at 33-years-old. Back then, few treatments were available for people with eating disorders, and little was known about this illness. Plus, this singer struggled with her agent and other media members pressuring her to lose weight. Although she ended up dying from this struggle, I still look to her as a source of strength and inspiration. She reminds me of where I do not want to end up as well as the potential I have inside of me. Many of the Carpenters songs are cheery and sweet too. Because of this, I thought that they would work wonderfully to review this Monday.

Selected Songs:

  • “(They Long to Be) Close to You” from their The Ultimate Collection album
  • “At the End of a Song” from their Voice of the Heart album
  • “Aurora” from their Horizon album
  • “Bless the Beasts and the Children” from their A Song for You album
  • “Don’t Be Afraid” from their From the Top album

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Recovery in the Media: #54. Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby’s deep voice brings back nostalgia and hope.

54. Selected Bing Crosby Songs

My first love, as a young child, was Bing Crosby. His voice crooning “White Christmas” calmed my anxieties every hectic Christmas. Watching him in White Christmas and Holiday Inn brought giggles and sighs. More than any teen idol or Disney prince, Bing was the man of my dreams. Well, Dick Van Dyke edged his way into my heart too, but that is another story. Anyway, in these hot summer months, I wanted to take some time to remember this Christmas singer who was certainly not perfect (there is much controversy about his parenting) but made a huge impact on my life and America.

Selected Songs:

  • “Swinging on a Star” from the movie Going My Way and his album Bing! His Legendary Years 1931 – 1957
  • “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” from his album Bing! His Legendary Years 1931 – 1957 with the Andrews Sisters
  • “The Best Things in Life are Free” from the Crooner Classics Music Collection album
  • “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” from his Where I Stand album
  • “White Christmas” from the movie Holiday Inn and his White Christmas album

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Recovery in the Media: #51. Twila Paris

Twila Paris

Twila Paris combines hope with hurting in her sweet songs.

51. Selected Twila Paris Songs

Growing up, I mostly listened to classical music and Christian singers. Twila Paris was always one of my favorites. Her clear, sweet voice and uplifting lyrics inspired me greatly. When I thought about what female singer or group to highlight today, she stood out. Hopefully, you will also enjoy her style and hopeful messages as you move forward in recovery.

Selected Songs:

  • “How Beautiful” from her Piano Classics album
  • “God is in Control” from her Kingdom Seekers album
  • “The Warrior is a Child” from her The Warrior is a Child album
  • “Faithful Friend” from her Where I Stand album
  • “Every Heart That is Breaking” from her Every Heart That is Breaking album

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Recovery in the Media: #48. Queen

This rock band has catchy tunes, amazing talent, and deep emotions in their lyrics.

This rock band has catchy tunes, amazing talent, and deep emotions in their lyrics.

48. Selected Queen Songs

The first Queen song that I heard was in the movie Ella Enchanted when Anne Hathaway sang “Somebody to Love.” Right away, the melody and lyrics enchanted me. Years later, I now enjoy many Queen songs. Most people chuckle when they see me jamming to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” or “We are the Champions.” However, this music has catchy beats as well as emotionally deep lyrics. Many of the themes of perseverance, struggle, identity confusion, and strength speak to me. Thus, this band is who I will highlight this Media Monday

Selected Songs:

  • “Somebody to Love” from their A Day at the Races album
  • “The Show Must Go On” from their Innuendo album
  • “You’re My Best Friend” from their A Night at the Operaalbum
  • “We are the Champions” from their Girls and Boys album
  • “Don’t Stop Me Now” from their Jazz album

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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

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Recovery in the Media: #42. Tenth Avenue North

This band deals with the topic great suffering and shows hope for a bright future.

This band deals with the topic great suffering and shows hope for a bright future.

42. Selected Tenth Avenue North Songs

My mother and I sometimes exchange uplifting songs. Hearing the inspiring music helps, but being sent a video that tells a similar story is even better. One of my favorite songs that she sent me was “You are More” by Tenth Avenue North. Plus, a good friend Jess loved to write quotes and lyrics. Since this was one of her favorite songs, it always reminds me of her. Because of the depth of “You are More” and how it speaks about pain, I decided to find more songs from Tenth Avenue North for Media Monday. They are a Christian group, but their lyrics will touch people from all faiths and beliefs.

Selected Songs:

  • “You are More” from their The Light Meets the Dark album
  • “Worn” from their The Struggle album
  • “Let It Go” from their Over and Underneath album
  • “Healing Begins” from their The Light Meets the Dark album
  • “Losing” from their The Struggle album

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