Uh, Garth, John Lomax, Country Music International.
Hey, how ya doin’?
Uh, thanks for spending the time with us today. Uh, I had a question, uh, everything sounds very logical, very well thought out. But, how would you give up the…. extraordinary emotional bond that you have with you and your live audiences which is probably a stronger bond than I’ve seen in anyone in show business create? How would you have the strength to do that?
You’re sweet. Thank you for saying that. Um, I think you find your strengths in other things and the weird thing that I’ve found…. they have sought, or seeked, whatever the appropriate word is…. me out. I see these people a lot. I just don’t see them in the arena now. I get cards from ‘em. I get letters from ‘em all the time with poems about my Mom. And these people… will not let….. it go. And that’s one of the things that I’m very thankful for. And these people keep showing up. They have found me in Oklahoma, which I’m very proud to see them out there. They find you at the Opry. They find you at the grocery store. You know, I couldn’t find a single damn one of them during the fire, thank you very much. (Laughter) But… but uh, uh, so they, they do, they seek you out, and they will continue that relationship and that’s what I’m very thankful for. But, John, let me tell you what happened the first…. six weeks ago, when my girl’s first soccer game. Down in baseball I got introduced to the wrap-around Oaklies that you see all the athletes wear. And I can’t play in ‘em but I love ‘em because, my eyes are real sensitive anyway, but they block out everything. My child’s first soccer game, I had them mashed to my head because I was cryin’ so hard during the whole game. And I realized, in that one game, I had more fun than all ten years of touring. And you realize these times in your life, when your standing on stage and you realize, “Oh God, thank you, this is where I’m supposed to be.” Standing on that sideline, yelling at my poor little 8 year old girl (laughter), you know, crying my eyes out. I look down at the grass and it was one of those times when you go, “Oh God, thank you, I’m where I’m supposed to be.” And that is what is going to…. replace it.