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Politics The Healing Power of Garth Brooks

21:43  21 january  2021
21:43  21 january  2021 Source:   time.com

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Country singer Brooks , a Republican, chose jeans and a black shirt and took off his black Stetson hat to sing an unaccompanied version of "Amazing Grace" and asked Americans at the ceremony and watching at home to sing along with him for the last verse. Lopez, dressed in white pants and a long

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Garth Brooks standing in front of a crowd: Garth Brooks performs at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2021. © Rob Carr—Getty Images Garth Brooks performs at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2021.

This is not something I ever imagined writing. That’s something I’ve thought way too frequently over the last few years, but this is the first time in a long time that it hasn’t been accompanied by a sinking pit in my stomach. I’m actually smiling as I sit down to write today’s post-inaugural edition of The D.C. Brief.

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Am emotional Lady Gaga performed a dramatic version of the U.S. national anthem, Garth Brooks sang a cappella, and Jennifer Lopez gave a shoutout in Spanish at the inauguration of President Joe Biden on Wednesday, a ceremony that was marked by diversity and appeals for unity.

And that’s because I’m writing about the most unlikely of subjects in this newsletter about Washington and politics: Garth Brooks, the country music icon and perhaps America’s unlikeliest of political counselors.

Yesterday, I sat at the base of the Inauguration podium, cold and jotting down some phrases in my notebook. “Unity,” “truth,” “uncivil war” and “threat” were scrawled in chicken-scratch with my frozen hand. New-President Joe Biden had finished his inaugural address, but I wasn’t quite sure what to say about it. Its writing was quite fine, but the campaign themes felt familiar and some of the rhetoric bordered on trope. Biden’s trademark idealism sought to overcome the undeniable reality that the whole affair unfolded behind giant metal fencing topped by razor wire. It took tens of thousands of uniformed and armed military personnel to ward off a repeat of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the very spot where Biden swore his oath. Things sure didn’t feel united.

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Country legend Garth Brooks sang a moving rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’ at President Biden’s inauguration. Let’s all wrap the last part of that sentence around us like a cashmere cardigan: President Biden’s inauguration. Mmmmm-hmmmm. And while we’re at it: Vice-President Kamala Harris.

Then a lone trumpet began. It played the first notes of Amazing Grace, a hymn and a political declaration alike that stands as a testimonial for forgiveness and redemption. As someone sentimental to a good trumpet belt, I put my notebook in my lap and listened. It was a prelude for Brooks, and by the time he got to his microphone, my imagination was primed. I got it. It was a plea for normalcy from both the Marine Corps musician and the country superstar who invited the crowd to join him for the last verse. From under masks, a low chorus around me started to rise.

It was more than just the song that made this a powerful moment. This was a bona fide country music legend whose fans hail largely from the reddest of Red States on the map. Brooks is a self-described Republican who joked ahead of the event that he “might be the only Republican at this place.” But he couched his participation as “about reaching across and loving one another.” He was willing to put his career and his credibility out there for the world to see he was ready to call Biden his President. Unlike earlier performers Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, many of Brooks’ fans may not have been thrilled over the Bidens’ move into the White House.

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On Wednesday, Garth Brooks performed a stirring rendition of the classic spiritual "Amazing Grace" during President Joe Biden's inauguration. Garth Brooks running around, hugging all the former presidents and their wives, is one of the best things I've ever seen.

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Ever since the group formerly known as Dixie Chicks were lambasted for speaking out against George W. Bush and the war in Iraq, country music and its consumers have largely adopted a strong and explicitly pro-Republican, anti-Democratic footing. The Dixie Chicks found themselves victim of cancel culture before we even had coined that term, and it became good business for country artists to wrap themselves in Old Glory. A twang on the tongue is still as good as any virtue signal when it comes to being with Real America — just ask the politicians with national aspirations who slip into a drawl when they get south of I-80.

Then again, as historian and informal Biden adviser Jon Meacham noted in his book with Tim McGraw about country music: it’s not always as simple as red or blue.

Which brings us back to Brooks. He’s been performing at inaugural events since Jimmy Carter’s in 1977. Though he did some similar heavy lifting at Barack Obama’s pre-inauguration concert back in 2009, he declined to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration four years ago, when tensions were similarly high but no one knew what chaos he would create in power. Brooks cited a scheduling conflict — an out as easy as any to muster.

Four years later, when Jill Biden made the personal call to the performer, Brooks said yes. As Trump stewed over his loss and the country remained divided over false claims that the election was mired in fraud, Brooks used his platform to communicate that the peaceful transfer of power was an exercise in real patriotism.

Brooks knows the symbolism of unity. When he finished, he made a point of greeting the political VIPs on the stage from both parties. Perhaps more than any speech or slogan, it will be figures like Brooks who help break the political fever in Washington. It took Brooks to turn Biden’s message of unity into something real.

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