Garth Brooks released “The Change” in the wake of 1995’s Oklahoma City Bombing that killed 168 people and injured 680 others. The song is getting new attention now, however, given the recent tragic events in Las Vegas.
The megastar performed the song on Facebook Live the night after the shooting, offering a message of hope and healing in the process. “When things go bad, doctors go to work,” he says at one point. “When thing go bad, policemen go to work. When things go bad, music and musicians go to work.”
The focus, Garth says, should be on loving one another. “Those people in those seats, they come to get away from it all, to be happy, to be joyous, to sing, and to love one another,” he said of the Las Vegas concertgoers. “That’s what it’s all about. So, you got a gig tonight? The music starts tonight. Start it again, start spreading the love. Start creating the greatest power music holds, and that’s the power to heal.”
Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin’ country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.