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Something, Somewhere, Somehow

Not that I want to brag or anything… But….

Yes, I do.

Thanks to a combined effort orchestrated by my exceptional Mom and Wife, in February, I will get to experience something that has Incredible sentimental value to me…

Here’s why:

I was just a boy when I received the news that my Father had passed away from a heart attack. Of the memories that I have, I remember once when Dad was playing his twelve-string Gibson; he told me about how Garth Brooks was one of his favourite new country singers. I do not really recall which song it was, but he played (what he told me was) a Garth tune next. I thought it was pretty good. Dad was a very talented singer, he just played the guitar and sang. The only other song I remember Dad singing was about a dog in a window. haha

As memory serves, the next time I heard Garth Brooks music was at Dad’s funeral. If Tomorrow Never Comes, and The Dance. It was years before I could listen to those two songs again. Truth-be-told, I still have problems with those two today.

I think that It speaks to the power of music, not necessarily just Garth Brooks, any artist really. Well written music, vocals, especially when well delivered. Song has the power to move you back in the timeline. Good or bad, you can be transferred somewhere else for a short period of time. Tell me I am wrong… Tell me that you do not have at least one song that somehow brings you somewhere and makes you feel something special to you.

Fast Forward to 2016…

I actually had no idea that Garth Brooks had made any sort of a comeback in recent years. Not a damn clue until I was listening to something on SiriusXM, and heard a commercial for the “Garth Channel” on 55. It was a couple days after listening to that on-and-off that I learned he had released the new album called Gunslinger in November 2016. Certainly had no idea that he was named CMA artist of the year 2016.

I understand Keith Urban did come close, Garth even voted for him.

Bloody cave I live in.

After dabbling in country music the last few months, I was reminded about the greats and classic country artists. a few that come to mind.

George Strait; I got a Car.
Merle Haggard; Mama Tried.
Randy Travis; Three Wooden Crosses.

Story Songs.

If you listen to those songs, they will tell you a story. It’s funny that I really did not pay much attention to music in general until recently. It is even funnier that I am leaning toward music from a simpler era. I find it much more peaceful than some of the laboured music you hear today. Don’t get me wrong, I put on hit’s1 in my truck once and a while and listen to top 40 also, but it feels like the art of music may be getting lost in the complexities of todays world.

Back to Brooks… I look forward to the concert, and equally look forward to introducing my Son to the good ol’ music. I’m also glad that my lovely wife is going to accompany me!

Great Christmas Present.

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