Big Machine Label Group
Release Date: January 13th 2021
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
There have been times that I’ve been totally surprised by music. There are times when a song releases by an artist that I’m not particularly familiar with, or maybe by an artist that I don’t particularly like… and then that song blows me away. In the past had this sorta thing occurred- I would have dismissed the song. Yet now as I know that and am more aware about how God works through the unexpected ways, and that God can use anything to grab our attention… I’m more receptive to what He has to say through avenues I wouldn’t usually expect. This is the case with Tim McGraw’s latest single “Undivided”, a duet with Tyler Hubbard (one half of Florida Georgia Line)!
Now let me say from the outset that I’m not the biggest fan of Tim McGraw. Sure, I know who he is and that he’s a big heavyweight in the country music industry… but I just haven’t ventured into his discography extensively as of yet. I was always overwhelmed and daunted by his 16 albums- I always know he was around and popular though. Yet I took a chance last week with “Undivided”. The result is me fully enjoying the track, and maybe me potentially exploring Tim’s previous material. While I myself probably would be immersed in Tim’s songs within the coming months (as Jon is blogging about him later!); for now I’m just a casual listener. Yet even as a casual listener I know that this song “Undivided” is pivotal for our time. As Tyler and Tim sing together in perfect harmony, and with intense passion and zeal; let’s take a read of the chorus below- I mean, it’s simple enough… but oh, so needed, don’t you think?
I think it’s time to come together
You and I can make a change
Maybe we can make a difference
Make the world a better place
Look around and love somebody
We’ve been hateful long enough
Let the Good Lord reunite us
‘Til this country that we love’s
While I myself still do not consider myself a fan of Tim McGraw (and certainly not of Florida Georgia Line!), “Undivided” reminds us to love our fellow man and be kind to our neighbours, to care for the widows and the orphans and to love the least of these. This song, albeit a ‘secularised’ version of the gospel that Jesus commanded us to carry out and undertake, is needed in today’s society… so even if you’re not a fan of country music, I’d say take the plunge and be inspired and moved? Isn’t it time we all stop fighting, loved one another, and become undivided in that very sense of the word?
RIYL: Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Scotty McCreery, Garth Brooks, Rascal Flatts, Dan + Shay