Music Monday: The Dance by Garth Brooks

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 dance

Tony Arata

Wiki about The Dance

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  1. This is such a beautiful song. My stepmother used to listen to it, and it would make her cry because it reminded her of her family members who’d passed on. She had two younger brothers that were involved in separate, horrible accidents.

    I’m not a big country fan, but this song is an exception. Excellent share!

    • I feel bad for your stepmother. How awful! I can understand how this song would touch her heart.

      Yeah, I think I began my break with country music in the mid-90s when it became about guys and their trucks and no longer spoke to me. I am liking Kacey Musgraves and some of the new wave of female singer/songwriters though who show depth and talent. 🙂

      • She ended up passing away at 42, which is my age now. It’s so weird to think about it because I was in my early 20s and it seemed like she was so much older. 42 is young to me. It was almost as if there was a curse on that family. Out of the six siblings there are only two left, and the parents died like back to back a year before she did. The community never forgot the death of her youngest brother because he was only 16. She actually introduced me to Garth, Billy Ray, Shania, Confederate Railroad, and many other popular country stars of the 90s. Country was her thing, not mine, but she inspired me.

        That’s interesting! Kasey Musgraves is new to me. I’m going to have to listen to some of her stuff now. Favorites for me are Sawyer Brown, George Strait, and Jamie Johnson. Every now and then I’ll share one for MM.

        Sorry for being so chatty! 😃

      • My gosh, I’m so sorry. 42! That’s just too young 🙁 I also remember a time when I thought 50 was old. I’m thinking now that 80 might be that standard.

        Now, I’ve never heard of Jamie Johnson so that gives me someone to look up. 🙂

      • It is weird, isn’t it? When you’re really young, it’s like you view people so differently.

        My favorite by him is “In Color.” I believe I shared it last year for MM. What an amazing song. Hope you love it.

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