#GarthBrooks is one of the most talented, moving artists of my lifetime — and I’ve been lucky enough to have him touch my life in person; which has only expanded since.
Last year, I helped #Fox with the promotion for #BohemianRhapsody , the biopic about #Queen and #FreddieMercury . While filming at his studio with #iHeart , I was deeply inspired by the manner in which he talked about #society , #life , and the way we could be #better as #humans . Not to skimp, he also talked about the #fearlessness of Freddie, the importance of that fearlessness as an artist, and how he listened to Queen to tap into that state of mind before every show.
To hear something like that come from someone in #countrymusic is more profound than ever in today’s over-triggered world. And it’s true.
But the most profound thing that happened that day was that he stopped — in the middle of camera roll — to ask me who I was. At first, I didn’t understand. It was quite pointed and invasive, and somewhat nerve-wracking coming from someone you have listened to your entire childhood, but I soon learned he meant to ask if I looked more like my mom or dad. He then continued talking about his wife’s smile, who looked like her dad — and that my smile was similar, and happened to light up the room.
An #artist like that — that has achieved the greatest of #successes — taking time out to #compliment one person he doesn’t need to know for no purpose other than to acknowledge another human’s #existence — now, THAT is the type of human I wish to be. He made my smile brighter that day.
But that wasn’t where his #influence stopped. A few days ago, I began watching the Garth #documentary on #A &E (which is incredibly #inspiring if you haven’t seen it). In it, he touches on these sparks of divine - spiritual nods from another world that a certain person, place, thing, or choice is appointed from above — all of which helped him pick the things that made him who he is, both good and bad.
Perhaps Garth is my #divine proof from God that this path, the one I’m figuring out through this project to unravel myself from my own creative limitations, is MY divine path. - 9 minutes ago