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I finally got a chance to sit down and watch Garth Brooks' "Blame It All On My Roots" TV special yesterday and wow. Dude's still got it. I've been lucky enough to see him twice in concert and am still more blown away every time I see him do his thing. He's the best.
Garth Brooks is the best entertainer country music has ever seen. Period. But, a lot of what makes him so special is his songs. He's had a part in writing or singing some of the greatest songs in country music ever. Every time I hear a few of his songs, I can't help but think "that song wouldn't make much sense if it was written today" and that's because of technology. I'm sure there's more, but I've come up with 3 songs of Garth's that technology would have ruined:
Song: "Callin' Baton Rouge"
Technology that would have ruined it: Cell phone
This is probably the most obvious song of Garth's that would have never made sense if it had been written a few years later. The whole song is about having to 'stop every hundred miles' to call Baton Rouge. If cell phones had been a thing, he would have never had to stop to use a pay phone to call 'Samantha'. This is in my top 3 Garth songs of all time, so I'm glad they delayed the cell phone until after this song.
Song: "What She's Doing Now"
Technology that would have ruined it: Social media/Internet
During this whole song, Garth is wondering what his ex is doing now that they're not together. There's no way he wouldn't have an idea of what she's doing in today's world. She would be posting on Facebook or Twitter and I'm sure he would creep on her. Even if she tried to block him, he could find a friend that she didn't block and get the information he was looking for. Also, he could always Google her and find out something...
Song: "The Thunder Rolls"
Technology that would have ruined it: Tracking devices/iPhones
OK, this one might be a little bit of a stretch. But, the female in this song seems to suspect that her husband is cheating on her. If she believed that enough, she would have either put a tracking device on his car or tracked him through his iPhone. If she would have done that, she would have caught him with the other woman and never would have been 'pacin' by the telephone, in her faded flannel gown'. Also, to go along with that point: No one paces by their cell phone.
I love technology as much as the next person, but I'm sure glad that some things were delayed, so these awesome songs could be made. Garth is the man and I can't wait until he goes back out on tour. I will be there. No question. And obviously I will order my tickets with technology...