Sunday, January 31, 2010

"Temporary Home" by Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood's new single "Temporary Home" is another in the line of country triptychs. "Don't Take the Girl" by Tim McGraw is probably the most popular; I've heard people who dislike country music quote it like it's Homer or Shakespeare. This song lacks the unity of the Tim's 1994 hit, however. The character changes, which can be distracting at points, but each verse ends with an astonishingly positive message. Each character smiles on providence, hopeful for the day when the difficulty of his present situation will subside. And knowing Carrie Underwood as we do and the fact that she aided in the writing of this song, we know that these characters have faith that God will take care of them. The first verse is about a young boy in foster care, moving to a new foster home, smiling but not growing attached. The second is a young single mother, whispering to her little baby at night in a half-way house. The last is the final and, of course, the most gripping of the three: an old man on his death bed joyfully tells his family he will see them again and that he sees God's face.

This song can be found on Carrie Underwood's newest album "Play On" by Arista Nashville, released on November 3, 2009. You can buy the song individually on her website or iTunes.

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