When an artist is labeled as a Christian artist, is that really all there is to their music? For an artist like, Angela Arana, it's merely a reference point. In her debut CD, Carry Me, Angela's Adult Contemporary crossover Christian style focuses on the themes of real life philosophy. From the simple ideas that we all routinely forget about when the next big problem shows up in our lives to ideas such as not losing faith in ourselves or in God. We have to be what we want and not what others want us to be and realize that God is in control of every aspect of our lives but it is up to us to take action. These themes can be found in featured songs such as Do Whatcha Gotta Do which is a reminder that we all have special gifts that we are blessed with and must put to use. We are responsible for how we use them in life as well as what we do with our life. It is up to us to accomplish what we want and not let society or the limited thoughts of others (including our own) hold us back. There are times when we just think life is too hard. In the song, Carry Me, we need one another and God to give us the strength to move on. In essence, carry us until we can stand on our own again until we find our inner strength. Too often our frustration with life comes from our lack of focus on life itself. A time when we tend to dwell on our problems and forget about everything that is truly important. There are small significant signs that God is all around us, from a bird flying to a child's smile or even the rising sun as mentioned in the Spanish song Sin Ti. We take for granted that they will be there each and everyday but will they be? Angela Arana's music can be categorized by whatever people define it to be, however the importance is in the message of the song. Inner peace and happiness are accessible to all of us. We need to appreciate and be happy with what we have and what life has to offer. Take advantage of it, it's what living is really about.
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