Sunday, September 30, 2012

High Fidelity - Carrie Underwood

I have always wished that I would have been blessed with a really fantastic singing voice.  There is a feeling of freedom when I really allow myself to let go and sing out, a peace in that moment.  While I can carry a tune, I know that I just was not physically gifted with one of 'those' voices, even if I had extensive training. 

Carrie Underwood is one of those people blessed with a natural talent.  While I know she had a lot of training to get as good as she is now, there was an innate gift that she had which allowed her to be able to mold her voice into the powerhouse she is today.  What a rush it must be to know your voice is bringing such joy to others.

Carrie's newest album, "Blown Away" is by far her best yet in my opinion.  The songs range from fun "One Way Ticket" which sounds like a Kenny Chesney tribute, to heartbreaking on "Forever Changed", and powerful and poignant in "Blown Away" and "Two Black Cadillacs."   

"Blown Away" reminds me so much of Martina McBride's "Independence Day" in the fact that it is a crazy powerful ballad about a young woman who feels like she has no options in life due to domestic issues and the decision she makes to change that.  While I could never condone the actions that these women take in these songs, my heart hurts for the real women in situations like these everyday.  Domestic and child abuse is a sickness in our society and I have always felt a real calling to help women in these types of situations.  It was one of the reasons I originally went back to school for my psych degree and even if I do not end up in that specific field it will always be one that is close to my heart.

"Two Black Cadillacs" is along the same vein as "Blown Away" (for someone who appears to be as happily married as Carrie is, she sure has a lot of songs about guys being jerks... i.e. "Before He Cheats" - Lol).  I just think is a musically haunting and beautiful song, a more serious version of the Dixie Chick's "Good-bye Earl."  I love the visuals created by lyrics, I hope Carrie releases this one because I would love to see this video!

The final one I will share here (although I highly suggest checking out the entire album!) will be "Forever Changed."  This one is a heart-breaker, have some tissues ready.  As someone who has a loved one they are slowly losing to Alzheimer's (my paternal Grandma) and who has already lost another person who was like a Grandpa to dementia, this one hits home.

Life is a journey and the experiences we have inevitably change us, for good or bad...

Carrie Underwood

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