I spent most of this last week in South Lyon with Red-Headed Beauty's side of the family. It was good and relaxing.
Red-Heads youngest sister enjoys watching CMT in the mornings before she goes to work. Walking through the room, I caught a few 'music videos.' Aside from the bizarre song from Darius Rucker (He's only allowed to sound like Hootie, I just can't handle this!), I saw 2 videos that made me stop and think.
The first was Last Name from Carrie Underwood. A song about getting drunk and waking up in Vegas, married to a man she doesn't know. "It started off, "hey cutie where you from" And then it turned into oh no, what have I done, And I don't even know his last name"
The second was Don't You Know You're Beautiful from Kellie Pickler. A lighter song with a message of hope for women/girls. "And I know you want to be just like your friends, But he’ll still love you if you don’t give in. Don’t you know you’re beautiful? Just the way you are!"
I voted for Carrie. When she was on Idol, she was hands down the best singer, but she also 'appeared' to have more traditional values. She didn't dress like a hussy and she sang the 'nicer' songs.
I didn't vote for Kellie. I voted for Taylor exclusively (except when Chris Daughtry sang Higher Ground, that Killed) for some of the same reasons. I mean, the dude started the season with Levon from Elton John. Kellie, was never the best of the week. Truthfully, she wasn't.
Now based on their singles I would rather my kids listen to Kellie. She has several songs that are messages of hope and reconciliation. Carrie has a few songs about the same, but she's also pushing the edgy end of the envelope. She threatens to destroy a former lover's car when he cheats on her, and here she wakes up with a man she doesn't know. I understand that the country scene is broad enough for all these tunes to get airplay, but that's not the point for me. The point is, I would rather my kids hear a slightly less incredible voice singing better messages, than the best singer singing crap.
Carrie, I would kinda like my vote back.