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Dierks Bentley will be in Springfield tomorrow night and when I get a chance to see him live in concert, it's not just a concert to me. It's more than that. It's a memory that I'll always cherish....
Growing up, I wasn't necessarily a big country music fan. I liked Tim McGraw's "Don't Take the Girl" when I was really young, but besides that, I don't remember listening to a lot of country music until I was in middle school. My love for country music kept growing into high school and by the end of my high school career, that was pretty much all I listened to.
My junior year in high school, I remember hearing Dierks Bentley's "Come a Little Closer" for the first time. I also remember singing it while walking down the hall with my good friend, Tony. I'm sure everyone loved it. Later that year, it was announced that Dierks Bentley was coming to do a concert at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield. This was perfect. We had to go. So, we did.
I somehow talked a girl into going with me, Tony took his girlfriend and we went with a few other of our friends. This was my first country music concert. It was perfect. Everything about that night stands out in my brain. So, in a way, Dierks Bentley made me a strictly country music fan.
Almost 2 years later, my friend, Tony, was killed in a car accident. Tons of people, myself included, were devastated. It hit me hard and I now cherish every memory I had with Tony. The Dierks Bentley concert in 2006 stands out above the rest, because we had such a good night. I could go on and on, telling you about how much that night meant to me then and how it means even more now, but I won't. You get the picture. That concert was and still is very important to me. So, every time I get a chance to see Dierks Bentley in concert, it just reminds me that Tony is watching him play from Heaven.
I always get a hard time about how big of a Dierks Bentley fan I am. Well, now you know why. It's about way more than music to me.