What Garth Brooks taught Steverino about life...

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I spent 5 years off-and-on in the great State of Oklahoma earning a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Religious Studies. Outside of that degree, the best thing to come out of the Sooner State for me was one of Country music's finest...

Garth Brooks. 

That best-selling-grammy-winning-belt-buckle-wearing cowboy is hands down my favourite musician to karaoke to...

100%...

No lie...

In the early 2000s, I tagged along with my missus to an after-hours work function at a Karaoke bar in Santa Monica. Little did I know that one of my finest entertainment moments would transpire on a small stage in the basement of an old Californian after-hours establishment. 

The people we were with took turns hopping up on stage belting out their favourite rock, rap, and classic hits. Towards the end of the evening, I mustered up the courage and picked the classic Garth song, 'Friends in Low Places.'

Microphone in hand, I transformed into the singer himself...

You won't believe me, but the entire joint sang along...

Lighters and mugs in hand...

Singing and swaying...

When the last note ended the place erupted into applause. 

Standing in that dingy basement on that small stage in front of my better half and a room full of strangers, I had a transcendent moment close to an epiphany.

Silly? Yes.

Life-changing? Maybe.

Memorable. Absolutely.

But, more importantly, I learned something from singing that Garth Brooks song...

All of us are capable of changing the energy in a room.

You might want to reread that one more time.

But, we have to be fully committed to the moment... 

And, if our timing is right we can connect with a melody that everyone knows deep down...

In their heart. 

In their soul. 

If we do that, then we can cause people to feel something...

To act differently...

Together.

And, that my friend is a risk worth taking.

Here's to cowboying up...

Steve Knox


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When I wrote it I had no idea that kids would be sharing it with their parents...

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