Garth Brooks was recently a Kennedy Center honoree and Kelly Clarkson performed “The Dance” mostly acapella, which reminded me just how much I loved this song.
The song came out in 1990, when I was still trying to decide where my music roots were. Country music was just starting to change but Garth Brooks, wow, he was a music force then. “The Dance” is a breath-taking song written by Tony Arata who also wrote another of my favorite songs, Patty Loveless’ “Here I Am,” which is one of the most arresting and poignant songs I’ve ever heard.
While I couldn’t find the original video on YouTube (I believe that Garth Brooks had some issue with YouTube), which was evocative and sad with its coverage of JFK et al, I did find some live streams that will have to do. And, there’s Kelly Clarkson’s version. What a voice!
Tony Arata may not be a household name, but he certainly deserves to be.
And now I’m glad I didn’t know
The way it all would end, the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I’d have had to miss the danceTony Arata