There are quite a few things that I remember from my childhood. Good and bad. One of the biggest dreams I had was to see my three favorite country stars - George Strait, Shania Twain, and Garth Brooks.
I saw Garth Brooks yesterday thanks to my amazing, loving, kind and generous friend, Dana. He was doing a Q & A with the entertainment editor of HuffPost before his start of a run of concerts at Yankee Stadium. The questions were focused mostly around his return to New York City, after 19 years of being away.
I have to say that bursting into tears while sitting in the audience, waiting for him to arrive because it was actually happening was not something that I was prepared for. I was going to see the man whose music defined a very specific time of my childhood was scary, and ridiculous, and I could only look at the young girl dancing and singing along to every Garth song they played on the loudspeaker before he came out. It was as if my inner child was being manifested in that moment to fully experience the beauty of the moment.
However, the most moving and beautiful thing about seeing and hearing this man speak about his career.
I don't know why you all show up ... There are people who are better singers, people who can dance ... I'm just grateful you do.
He spoke of his legacy, and what he hopes he did to change music.
I don't care if people remember Garth Brooks ... I want them to remember the message of the music ... To remember what 'The Dance' made them feel ... Remember the message of 'We Shall Be Free'
And when asked about his mantra, or code that he lives by he shared his.
Be kind. Be kind to one another.
If there was a message that world needs to hear this week, it's this one.
Don't be fooled by the simplicity. Being kind can be one of the hardest things anyone can do. Being kind, means setting aside your opinions, your prejudices, your beliefs, out of respect for another.
Everyone you meet will not always agree with you. Everyone you meet will not always look like you. Everyone you meet will not always understand you. The easiest way to make it through this life of trials and tribulations is to be kind to one another.
Kindness does not die. It does not cost anything, except a moment, a pause. It is passed on quickly and can bloom into something glorious.
I don't know if I can completely encompass what that afternoon meant to me as a fan, an artist, a human being living in a troubled and difficult time in a country that I am finding harder and harder to love.
Thank you Dana.
Thank you Garth. For not just being an amazing artist, but for being a role model for kindness, and love in this world.