My dad was probably the biggest country music fan I have ever met. And an even bigger Garth Brooks fan. He had every Garth Brooks tape that was ever released (yes, it was tapes back then, not CD’s). Because of him I know the words to every single Garth Brooks song! Unfortunately, my dad passed away when I was 13 years old, he was 32 and died unexpectedly of a heart attack. As the years went by after my dad’s passing, I drifted away from country music and instead favored pop music from groups like New Kids on the Block, just like my friend’s did. But I never drifted away from Garth Brooks. I am a true believer in the power of music, a specific song or artist can take you back to a special time in your life. At any point, I could pop in a Garth Brooks tape and instantly my dad was with me again. Even 19 years later, Garth can still take me back to a simpler and more carefree time in my life.
Unfortunately, my dad never had the opportunity to see Garth in concert. If he did, I know that he would have been beside himself with excitement as just watching videos of Garth performing live got him fired up. Once Garth retired from touring, I thought that I would never get to see him perform live either. However, I had my first opportunity to see Garth in 2007 when he was performing a week-long series of concerts. Despite the intense urge I had to see Garth in concert, I was very pregnant with Brennen at the time and I had endured a pregnancy full of complications. Traveling to the concert was out of the question for me and I was truly bummed. I figured I would probably never get the chance to see Garth again. However, in December of 2010, I finally got to see Garth live. He was in Nashville playing a series of concerts to benefit the flood victims. It was a dream come true for me. And as corny as it sounds, it was everything I had imagined and more. I cried many times that night. Some tears were out of joy and some were out of sadness for my dad. My tears were especially heavy when Garth played, ‘The Dance,’ the song that without hesitation brings my relationship with my dad to life. At the end of the concert, I did not want to leave. For those few hours I became a little girl listening to Garth Brooks with my dad and all was right with the world. It was a magical experience that I will never forget.
If you are a Garth Brooks fan you know that he has a one man show in Vegas at the Wynn. If you follow my blog, you know that I will be in Vegas in December to run my first half marathon in the Rock ‘n Roll series of races. I have been anxiously waiting for Garth to announce his concert dates for December. Currently they have only been announced through November. To say that I would like to see him again is an understatement. I am hoping that the universe will align for me and Garth will announce a concert for 12/3/11. It’s not like I can just go to Vegas on a separate occasion to see him. Between making arrangements for someone to watch Brennen, securing the time off of work and allotting money for all the expenses – one trip is all we can manage. However, I can guarantee that if my dad has any pull, he will see to it that I see Garth in Vegas.
On the off-chance that Garth is reading this, or someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Garth is reading this . . .Please, please, please have a concert on December 3rd. It would truly mean the world to me!