The Keys tells the story of a girl who drinks and drives…and dies

Two years ago, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver. In honor of Donna Jean Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

So last Friday I talked about Sara G and how she’s putting her vocal talents to work for MADD Canada with a fantastic PSA (thank you Sara – you rock). This week, I came across more musical talent working the airwaves for MADD Canada.

Meet Danica Danielsen. She’s an 18-year-old Canadian country music artist with a soulful voice that will make you pause and take notice. Her song, The Keys, tells an incredibly powerful story about a girl who drinks, drives and dies. The song is sang from a first-person perspective as she looks down at her funeral and all the sorrow she has caused…and her regrets!

My heart jumped into my throat and tears welled up towards the end with some powerful lyrics about her mother’s pleas. Wowzers!

Not to mention, Danica is donating a portion of her sales of The Keys to MADD Canada. Woot woot!

I hope you’ll take the time to visit her website Danica Danielsen and have a listen to The Keys and consider hitting iTunes to support this wonderful artist and MADD Canada.

How did the song and lyrics make you feel as you listened to it? Do you think songs with lyrics like The Keys are a powerful way to create awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving? Do you think they reach a different target audience or perhaps speak to a specific target audience more effectively than perhaps other forms of traditional media?

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  1. That’s really cool. How unusual for a young singer to sing about something so important.

  2. I think the arts are the most powerful way to convey important messages. Without scolding or preaching, songs and other art forms pull at our heart strings, draw up so much emotion and reach us in a state of openness and calm (unlike sitting in a classroom expecting boredom! ;)).

    The story-telling element of country music ROCKS! I admire artists like Danica who use their fame and talent for good. Thanks for sharing her with us, Natalie! I’ll check the tune out for sure.

    • I couldn’t agree more August. I find it an outstanding way to get messages across at an emotional level. More powerful. Like they almost enter the subconscious.
      I totally respect Danica for what she’s doing as well as other artists who do the same. So cool!

  3. Thanks Natalie, I just bought the song and will tweet about it. It’s wonderful when these artists lend their influence to such important causes. You are so right about the lyrics at the end as that last line sent shivers down my spine. Incredibly powerful!

  4. I totally agree with your reply to August up there – music gets into our minds and affects us in ways we probably don’t even know. How many times have you heard a song and was immediately transported back in time to a singular moment? I hope Danica’s song can do the same thing, get into our minds and maybe make someone who would drink and drive stop and give away their keys. Beautiful girl with an amazing voice.

  5. Ditto on August and Tameri’s comments. What a great way for an artist to use her talents. Plus, her song is much more likely to be “heard” by young drivers.

    Thanks Natalie for continuing to shine the spotlight on such an important subject!

  6. Thanks for the link! And no negative comment here. 😉

    Beautiful story about how we can fight drunk driving. In high school, we lost a car load of students who were hit by a drunk driver.

  7. Great song, Natalie! Thanks for the heads-up. How wonderful for Danica to support the cause with her song.

  8. Well, now that I have my emotions in check I completely agree with August and Tameri’s comments. That song really hit home. I never told you how this affected my family. You know, when you get convicted of drunk driving while under the age you lose your license for a year (I think it was a year and they make you go to the morgue to view dead bodies that were accident victims so you know what can happen if you drive drunk again. Then there is the road side cleanup crew as well and classes you must attend. It’s very possible that Danica lost someone very close to her, hence the song. It’s a powerful message. Thank you for sharing it Natalie, even if it did make me cry.

    • Wow Debra – I had no idea that’s what use to happen when a person is under the age and caught drunk driver. Intense. Was it someone you know that it happened to?
      I have no doubt Danica was in some way personally affected by impaired driving given the powerful song.
      I know, it made me cry to!

  9. Wow, what a powerful, moving song. Full of melancholy and regret that makes your heart hurt. Great post!


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