“It’s exactly how I feel when I think about what my spiritual connection has done for me—all that I couldn’t do for myself.”
- “Just Like a Pill” by P!nk / P!nk's music has had such a profound influence on me, this song especially. The music video is exactly how I felt for so long, thinking substances were the answer only to backfire big time.
- “Big Machine” by the Goo Goo Dolls / The Goo Goo Dolls are by far the biggest inspiration I've ever had. This track sounds like it was what life was like for my friends and family watching my struggle with addiction.
- “The Freshmen” by The Verve Pipe / This CD pretty much occupied my Discman more often than not when it first came out. For me, it's about naïveté and making mistakes.
- “Spin” by Lifehouse / There's rarely a song by these guys that I don't absolutely adore. This one has an instrumental bit at the end where the electric guitars crescendo and then cut out, and it just reminds of the end of my battle-- the moment I finally surrendered.
- “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own” by U2 / I'm so bad at asking for help, but in order to survive, I had to learn how to do it, which is what this track brings up for me. And now, it's probably the greatest strength that I have.
- “Mirror” Kat Dahlia / I completely love this artist. She's got one of the most powerful voices, and her lyrics remind me of how I started to hear my story in the shares of others at 12 step meetings.
- “Sober” by Kelly Clarkson / I've loved her from Day One of American Idol, and this song just blows me away, other than the fact that getting three months sober was the most baffling accomplishment of my life, but especially the line, "been a long road since those hands I left my tears in."
- “Day Dreams” by Midi Matilda / A dear friend of mine introduced me to this band, and I just love the sense of wonder this tune brings up for me, which is huge in the first year of sobriety: that's when we get to learn who we really are and what we want.
- “Jamie All Over” by Mayday Parade / THIS ALBUM is my desert island album. One of the gifts of recovery for me has been building a life out in California (I'm originally from Michigan), and this song just reminds me of all the amazing sober fun I have out here.
- “I Lived” by One Republic / These guys have always been there for me. I discovered them when I started writing my own music. And I love this track because it's all about going after your dreams and making the most out of our time here, which is what we get to do when we stay sober and spiritually fit.
- “Surfaced” by The Dangerous Summer / I have these lyrics "there was a sun in my eyes that made a star out of me" tattooed on my ride side (along with the symbol for the Jedi Order, but I digress). TDS is like my musical spirit animal, and this is kind of my anthem for embracing this new, authentic version of myself--who I love and care about!
- “Saved” by The Spill Canvas / The lyrics are basically me talking to my higher power. It's exactly how I feel when I think about what my spiritual connection has done for me—all that I couldn't do for myself.
Currently, Carly is adapting the award-winning novel, Sparrow Migrations, overseeing post-production on Recovering, her original one-hour pilot, producing a podcast, TheProcess.ink., and creating a video for U of M's Collegiate Recovery Program... she also makes music occasionally in order to maintain her sanity.