My aunt was recently diagnosed with cancer, and the night I found out, I locked myself in my room and searched desperately for a melancholy, angry song. After Internet searching, which didn't seem to produce much, I realized that I had just bought the new album "Blown Away" by Carrie Underwood and I turned the volume all the way up and hit play (a little more aggressively than I normally would have). The words spoke to my aching soul with fiery passion. My favorite line is: "Dry lightning cracks across the skies." I imagined my whole world closing in on me. I could imagine the girl in the cellar, rocking back and forth, relishing the storm, delighting in her isolation. I felt grey and cold, and it chilled me to a slow simmer long enough so I could achieve some calm. Carrie Underwood's voice is rich but moving and "Blown Away" let me escape from my drowning world and feel the pain of someone else.
Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
May 16, 2012