Music Video of the Day: Drinking Alone by Carrie Underwood (2019, dir by Randee St. Nicholas)

I have to say that I kind of got worried for Carrie while I was watching this video.

“You don’t know that man, Carrie!” I shouted, “Be careful!”

I’m not particularly a fan of country music but I’ve always liked Carrie Underwood, largely because she seems to be unpretentious and, all things considered, rather down-to-Earth.  That said, when she was on American Idol, I was planning on voting for Bo Bice.  But then Bo started singing songs acapella and I was like, “Uh, I don’t want to encourage that type of behavior.”  I was legitimately torn between Carrie and Bo.  In the end, if I remember correctly, I compromised by voting for Gary Johnson, instead.

Anyway, on a serious note, I don’t think Carrie Underwood could have pulled this song off 10 years ago.  There’s a kind of sad “I’ve suffered real pain” feel to this song and it’s the type of thing that I imagine only comes with getting older and experiencing some real disillusion.  That melancholy feel is there in the video, too.  I mean, there’s a lot of quiet desperation going on here and it’s going to take more than a live performance of The Sound of Music to make everything okay again.