Saturday, December 18, 2010

Thank you Garth

I don't even know where to begin.
i don't.
this is going to be rambling.
but i don't care.
my blog.
i can do what i want.

seriously, i've known i've always loved you.
but wow. wow.
to see your gift and passion.
in person.

this man.
had everyone screaming.
all ages.
not because he's this icon.
because he sings songs.
songs that touched EVERYONE IN THAT ROOM.
lyrics that people used to make life decisions.
using "unanswered prayers" to get through a loss.
or "the dance" about taking risk, no regrets.
or "friends in low places" to celebrate they're crazy friends.
most of the time. he would just stop singing.
because everyone was singing sooo loud.
because hearing the songs live.
hearing others sing the songs.
meant no one in that room was alone.
that was what Garth did.

and he said that he wasn't the most talented person on stage.
that most of his band was more talented.
and not knocking him
but musically, he's probably right.
he plays rhythmic guitar and has a normal vocal range.
so what is it?
what makes him special?

he is doing.
what he is meant to do.
you can see it on his face.
you can hear it in the voices of everyone singing to his songs.

his lyrics.
the lyrics that soo many people needed in their lives.
what if he wouldn't have ever conquered his fear of the stage?
what if he would have let the fact that his guitar player in the band was better at guitar than him?
or maybe the fact that his background vocals could out sing him?

i just.
when you have a passion
i don't even know.
i love music so much.
and not because i live in nashville.
it's something i was born with.
we all have a passion.
and i just. God uses music to speak to me. like he does others.
i mean i felt like i was in church last night. seriously
when he started playing "the river"

Too many times we stand aside
And let the waters slip away
'Til what we put off 'til tomorrow
Has now become today
So don't you sit upon the shoreline
And say you're satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
And dare to dance the tide

seriously. seriously.
dreaming isn't just for the ones on stage.
is meant to shine like that.
so you can't sing. or dance. or lead the country in politics.
everyone EVERYONE is meant to shine like that.
everyone has a calling like that.
we're all meant to move mountains.
move each other.

and he didn't play my favorite "standing outside the fire" but it didn't matter.
he kept coming back on the stage, because we wouldn't stop cheering.
and just sang acoustic,with out his band.
at one point he saw a sign, for a cover song he once did.
and he said "yeah I don't even know how to play that song, I've never played it on my guitar. No way that is happening!"
then he just started strumming.
he just started trying.
in front of 20,000 people.
he was just WINGING IT...
after he said "no way"
he did it anyways.

And then the part that made me cry.
truly. i'm a baby.
was the fact.
he could have done 9 shows wherever.
but he did it for Nashville.
2 shows some nights.
he could have done 5 but he did 9.
he brought all those tourist into town.
business. into the city.
just another person that refuses to see a flood beat music city.
I can't explain the feeling that brings.
when you saw the city defeated by the weather.
and you see it rebuilt by it's people.
and love.

ok so this is totally random but this is how I feel. scattered and just inspired. inspired.

we all need to keep going.
keep scaring ourselves.
keep shining.

"heaven's not beyond the clouds, it's just beyond the fear"-gb

PS Kate wish you were there...he said after his last child goes to college..he's going on tour. You. me. and the girls. road.trip.

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