You Can Break Free and Be Strong

We can easily be trapped in a box during our lives. Parents have expectations we must meet, friends pressure us to follow the crowd, teachers push for good grades, etc. All of life seems to tug on us.

However, we can break free and be ourselves. I love this song because it reminds me of that. Plus, Kelly Clarkson is an amazing singer.

What makes you feel invincible? What holds you back from that? My friend advised me today to keep looking for my identity and not focus so much on what others think of me. That is a very wise idea and one that I want to take to heart. That is the beginning of my journey (or maybe the middle of it) to being free.

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Recovery in the Media: #36. Chris Daughtry

Although intense, Daughtry brings messages of strength and love.

Although intense, Daughtry brings messages of strength and love.

36. Selected Chris Daughtry Songs

Rock music rarely entered my world as a child.  In fact, my youngest sister Maria dreamed of being a rock star or a opera singer, but the only words that she knew how to sing were “Oh baby, oh yeah, baby, baby.”  We certainly were sheltered when it came to media.  Loud noise also bothered my heightened sense, thanks to Aspergers. 

Thus, I have only just begun to listen to some rock.  Queen is one of my new favorite bands.  Another person that I stumbled upon is American Idol alum Chris Daughtry.  His songs might be a little more intense than I usually like, but there is a depth to them that I appreciate.  After hearing a few that really touched me, I decided to feature him on Media Monday

Selected Songs:

    • “I’ll Fight” from his Baptized album
    • “Gone to Soon” from his Break the Spell album
    • “Waiting for Superman” from his Baptized album
    • “What About Now” from his Daughtry album
    • “Over You” from his Daughtry album

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    Recovery in the Media: #30. Christina Perri

    Christina Perri

    A mixture of morose and strong, Christina Perri’s music is unique and powerful.

    30. Selected Christina Perri Songs

    Sometimes you stumble across new artists that you enjoy because of their upbeat tunes that make you dance.  Other times, singers captivate you with their unique, soulful voices.  That is what I first experienced after hearing Christina Perri.  Her gentle, almost haunting voice made me sit down and listen intently to her words.  A rather morose streak can be found in most of her songs, but a glimmer of light remains in them.  Thus, I decided to choose the five most helpful for recovery this Media Monday.

    Selected Songs:

    • “Something About December” from her A Very Merry Perri Christmas
    • “Sad Song” from her Lovestrong album
    • “A Thousand Years” from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn soundtrack
    • “Human” a single from her Head or Heart album
    • “Jar of Hearts” from her Lovestrong album

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    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

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    Recovery in Media: #7. Josh Groban Songs

    Josh Groban Songs

    Deep and hauntingly beautiful, Josh Groban’s songs tell tales of heartache and hope.

    7. Josh Groban Songs

    When I first began private voice lessons, one of the songs my teacher assigned me was “Thankful” by Josh Groban.  Curious, I researched him and immediately loved his smooth warm tone.  He is very unique compared to other singers today.  In fact, it almost seems like he is from another era.  Not only is his voice rich and beautiful, his songs are often full of hope and meaning.  Thus, I decided to compile a short list of my favorites that have helped me with recovery.

    Selected Songs:  

    • “You Raise Me Up” from his Closer album
    •  “You are Loved (Don’t Give Up)” from his Awake album
    • “So She Dances” from his Awake album
    • “Thankful” from his Noel Christmas album
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    Recovery in Media: #3. Kelly Clarkson Songs

    Recovery in Media: #3. Kelly Clarkson Songs

    Songs by Kelly Clarkson filled with hope, frustration, and wisdom.

    3. Kelly Clarkson Songs

    Although I enjoy various types of music, few artists create songs that always speak to me.  I might love one of their singles but not enjoy the rest.  Like other media sources, music expresses views of our culture.  That can be fun, sweet, and full of dreams.  But it can also be very triggering.  Kelly Clarkson is one singer who I really look up to as making beautiful and inspiring music.  For the most part, she has songs with great messages as well.  I am just going to highlight a few of my favorites by her.

    Selected Songs:  

    • “Breakaway” from her Breakaway album
    •  “Because of You” from her Breakaway album
    • “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” from her Stronger album
    • “Dark Side” from her Stronger album
    • “People Like Us” from her Greatest Hits album Continue reading