#TBT Throwback Thursday – Garth Brooks: “We Shall Be Free”

I am a country music fan and Garth Brooks is one of my favorite performers of all time. “We Shall Be Free” was released in 1992 on his album “The Chase”. Garth Books words back then resonate with the life here in 2018. Some of you might not be country fans and that is OK but check this out, it is very inspirational.

One thought on “#TBT Throwback Thursday – Garth Brooks: “We Shall Be Free”

  1. When I was a kid, much like Garth, I didn’t know there was a difference between country, rock, pop, etc. To me, there was only what my parents had on vinyl, 8-track, cassette, and AM or FM radio. And I listened to it all and loved it all. Don McLean, Fleetwood Mac, Frampton Comes Alive, Bread, Blood Sweat & Tears, CCR, Dylan, Bocephus, CDB, Johnny Paycheck, Eagles, Led Zep, Beatles, Stones, Elvis, Traffic, Cream, Jefferson Airplane, Carpenters, Don Williams, Glen Campbell, my gods, I could go on and on and on!

    In my early teen years, once my ear became more discerning, I listened to what my peers did: Kiss, Journey, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Queen, Rush, Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, Styx, Billy Joel, Joe Cocker, Bob Seger, .38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Allman Brothers and on and on and on!

    I think one of Country’s periodic declines coincided with the rise of hard rock, heavy metal, and eventually glam rock then hair bands, because I distinctly remember a significant period of time, perhaps a decade, when I not only didn’t listen to country but actively spurned and denigrated it, especially twangy, nasally, unapologetically tear-in-my-beer tripe like Dwight Yoakam in favor of Van Halen, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Ratt, Iron Maiden, Poison, Extreme, Slaughter, Lilian Axe, and on and on and on.

    Then came my first true love followed soon thereafter by my first real, devastating, honest-to-gods heartbreak, coincidental with “You’re the One (Who Made Me Blue)” and Clint and Garth and all of George Strait’s greatest songs, then Travis Tritt and Tracy Lawrence and Marty Stuart and O, My Gods, was I right back in the thick of loving Country Music!

    Now, in my late 40s and with 2 young kids, I do my best to expose them to the broadest range of EVERY genre of music with which I’m familiar and am careful to remain open to those to which they’re being exposed every day. But I don’t much care for the vast majority of the crap they pass off as country nowadays except for Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, and a few others.

    My 12-year old daughter and I are going to see our current favorite band, Foo Fighters, when they hit the stage in Nashville on May 4th. The Foos have been my favorite band since the mid-90s, when they supplanted my 20-year fave Rush, and I have trained my kids to love them. For years, my daughter and I have hoped 1) we would attend her first concert together and 2) it would be the Foo Fighters. So how lucky am I?

    Thanks for this post, Tony, and thank the gods for Garth & Clint & George (Strait) especially!


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