George Strait has released a new single from his latest album Love Is Everything. I've listened to the album a couple of different times, but it wasn't until I opened my e-mail to give a good solid listen to "I Believe" that something caught my ear.
There's a line where George sings: "The night's as clear as a big desert sky / But it's hard to see stars with these tears in my eyes / Yeah, it's hard not to cry / There's 26 reasons why."
I heard that and had to take a second, back it up and listen to it again. My mind is still working on what it's really talking about, then I hear the line "shattered lives still reeling from the pain" and it hits me that I think he's singing about Sandy Hook Elementary.
Now with all of that in mind, I get up and shut my office door so outside noise doesn't effect me, I sit down, hit play, close my eyes, and listen to the song from the beginning. Three minutes forty-one seconds later, a tear is coming down my eye by thinking about those lyrics, the meaning behind them, and the families still hurting. The song, written by George, his son Bubba, and frequent Strait writer, Dean Dillon, has some people saying it's as personal as anything Strait has ever recorded.
Give it a listen, and let me know what you think
Based on what sales and what is popular, I'm probably in the minority on this, but I believe THIS kind of song is what makes country music great. THIS is what we need more of on country radio. More George Strait, less hippity-hop.