i’m struggling, today, to put thought into words, and words into sentences. i woke up tired, and sore. i got dressed, listened to my favorite program (the second date update on a local radio station), laughed my butt off, contemplated listening to a podcast for the rest of my drive, but instead switched the channel to a local country music station. i then heard of the terrible tragedy that occurred last night in las vegas at the route 91 harvest festival. i immediately went into shock, to the point where i’m not 100% sure i remember the rest of my drive into work. my heart sank, i messaged my family; we’ve talked about how crazy it is, how close to home it hits, how much our hearts hurt.
i don’t know what to say. we love vegas, the girls and i try to go there once a year. our parents were just there to celebrate their anniversary. corinne’s best friend is planning to have her bachelorette party there in the spring. we love country music, we grew up on george strait, garth brooks, patsy cline. we go to festivals all the time. we go to concerts all the time. we never think twice about our safety, other than to use an uber or a dd. this isn’t the world I want for my nephew or my future children. this isn’t the legacy i want us to leave behind.
i will say this, and i’ve said it before, i won’t be scared into staying home. we don’t know what the shooter’s motive was, yet, but regardless, people will use this senseless tragedy to say all the reasons why we should do this, or shouldn’t do that. but i won’t change my life because there is evil in this world. i would rather let my light shine a little brighter, with all the other people who are letting their light shine bright, than sit home in darkness. music and live music venues are meant to be places of refuge. where people of different backgrounds, different socioeconomic status, different beliefs come together and unite in their love for their favorite musicians, songs, poetry.
garth brooks posted a live video on facebook earlier and in it he said that his advice to those who had to play shows tonight and weren’t sure what to do was that, “the show must go on.” and he’s right. i wholeheartedly agree. people have always used music to get us through the darkest times and we will continue to. from having a bad day and blasting your fave band to tuning in to benefit concerts in the wake of tragedy, we will always have music, always have poetry, always have that sense of community that unites us.
so go to your concerts. go to your festivals. dance beneath the moonlight, and sing til you lose your voice. go out and live, babes. i wish that for you, me, for everyone.
my heart and my thoughts are with the victims and their families, with the first responders and their families, with the country music community, the vegas community, and all those affected by this senseless tragedy.