Carrie Underwood Talks Tree Trimming, Christmas Cows and 2021 Resolutions

by Alison Bonaguro

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Editor’s note: This is part 2 of a two-part interview. You can read part 1 here.

When Carrie Underwood was starting to end her 2020 year but was still at a peak after the release of her much-anticipated Christmas album My Gift, she sat down on a Zoom call to speak to reporters from Nashville about anything She appreciates in holiday traditions to the silver lining she found from so much grief this year.

Keep traditional music traditional: “I think the great thing about traditional Christmas carols is that the familiarity is so special. When I think of the Christmas carols I heard as a kid, they were very simple. They were very simple. That remains with me to this day. And those are always my favorites when someone is doing a beautiful production of ‘O’ Holy Night ‘or’ O Come All Ye Faithful ‘. Whatever it is, it’s simple and beautiful. That’s what resonates with me. I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel here. I love these songs as they are. There’s a reason they stood the test of time and people are still singing them today. “

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To make an album of joy in a year of pain: “It was therapeutic in a way. You can’t be sad to sing these songs. And singing songs that I love – and just singing in general – was really a gift. It was a blessing in 2020. I hope people get this when they hear it. “
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On the silver lining of the endless quarantine: “To be honest, I think that at the end of the day it will be at home and in one place. Usually we’re so go, go, go. And there is so much travel and there is so many shows and there are just so many reasons to go. What I can do well. I like to do what I do. And at the beginning of 2020 it was confusing. Like, ‘How do we do this now? I’ve never been in one place for so long. ‘But then it was like, “Wow, I’ve never been in one place for so long.” I have to watch my children grow: my eldest son will be six years old in February, my youngest son will be two years old in January. This is time I can’t go back In years, I feel like I’ll look back to 2020 and first of all say what a mess. But second, I had to spend this year at home and watch my boys grow up, and I can’t get that time back. ”

Her husband bought them on the cows for Christmas: “My husband said, ‘What would you like for Christmas?’ And I said, “I want cows.” So he got me some cows. I love animals. Cows are probably my favorite animals. Because I grew up with them and I think they just have personalities like that and I can’t wait to really get to know ours. They are fine, they are happy. My son called them Brownie and Oreo because one is brown and one is black and white. I think our next animal will be donkeys. And I have a feeling that we always will get more chickens. “

About her son Isaiah’s contribution to “Little Drummer Boy”: “It’s such a special age, you know? He’s five so there’s such an innocence. He can communicate with you and tell you how he is feeling and tell you what he wants. And he doesn’t know any numbers, he doesn’t know any singles or albums or whatever that is. All he knows is that he sings and he is cheerful and happy about it. Which was a great pleasure for me to see that. Because there is no motive behind it. I will always capture that moment on this album. I think he liked hearing back. He went to school and told all his friends about it and they heard it in class. “

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On possible New Year’s resolutions for 2021: “I make New Years resolutions. And often there are things like: I want to have a little more time for myself, I want to take better care of myself, breathe and be peaceful. I feel like a New Year’s resolution from last year would have been something like “spend more time with your family”. And then I kind of got that this year. But I do not know. I think this year taught us to be grateful for what we have. I would definitely like to work more next year, but I have no control over it. So we’ll just do our best and move on with the circumstances and be thankful for what we have. ”

About their approach to tree pruning with no Pinterest goals: “When we were growing up, we had the same decorations every year. We had the same tree every year. And the familiar had something so beautiful, you know? Just having this consolation of knowing that these are the same candlesticks that Mom always puts on the piano. And we always had the same stockings, and when I was a teenager they looked gross. But I didn’t want any new ones. Whenever mom suggested buying new ornaments or anything I wanted: “No! I love this 1980 ornament that one of your students – which you probably don’t even remember who it was – brought to you. “It was all I knew and it saddened me when she wanted to change it. I want to give that to my boys. I want them to see their pictures when they were little or what they did in kindergarten when they were hanging on the tree. You know? It won’t be worthy of Pinterest, but it definitely has a lot of heart. “

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Alison lives from loving country music. She lives in Chicago, but she always keeps her heart in Nashville.

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