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Garth Brooks on Life, Love, and Music

Second Edition

By Toby A. Welch

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1st edition - Copyright 2013 Toby A. Welch

2nd edition - Copyright 2019 Toby A. Welch


This book is dedicated to everyone who has a soft spot in their heart for Garth Brooks.


Garth Brooks on Life, Love, and Music

Second Edition


To say Garth Brook is a superstar is a major understatement. Brooks is the best-selling solo artist in history with more than 148 million albums sold worldwide. Since he released his debut album in 1989, Garth Brooks, he has been a mainstay on country music charts.

What follows are quotes spoken by Brooks on all aspects of his life. Each quote is attributed to its original source so you can see it wasn’t pulled out of thin air. Hope you enjoy reading the gems that Brooks has shared in the past 20+ years. As a bonus, after the Brooks quotes you’ll find a smattering of quotes about Garth Brooks spoken by those in the music industry and those who know him best.

This second edition of the best-selling book includes Garth’s recent thoughts as well as some of his most memorable tweets.

Table of Contents:

Life

Love

Music

Quotes About Garth

(The Love quotes involve not only the women in his life but also his daughters and parents.)

LIFE

“This town has been very cool to us, so I get to go out and I get to go to the feed store and I get to go to the grocery store. To be honest with you, man, this isn't real life that I'm living. No matter how many trips to the grocery store you make, doing this for a living isn't real life. You've just got to grab your moments when you can and take as much from them as you can.”

On living in a town near Nashville and his life. The Record, December 1994

“I was a huge rock fan in high school, and because we weren't allowed to date till we were 16, I went where my older brothers went, and they weren't into country music. But I couldn't sing the stuff I liked, no way. Even now, I believe no mortal human being can get away with doing that for very long. When I heard George [Strait], it hit me all of a sudden. I loved that sound, and the way country [writers and fans] never lost the value of the lyric, the way rock did after the 1970s.”

On his musical experiences and thoughts in high school and early adulthood. Toronto Star, January 1992

“I don't know, man. We just follow our heart.”

On where he sees his music headed. The Province, January 1992

“I’m actually in the middle of taking six months off, and I’ve shaved every day for the past 2 1/2 years. I’m just giving my face a break.”

On his bearded look in 1992. Calgary Herald, January 1992

“I love to eat. You know, my resume, before I got my music job, when it says, you know, name your favorite hobbies. Eating and napping always was mine and never could find a job doing that. Now I finally have.”

On liking to eat. Interview with Larry King, December 10, 2010

“I see these things in here and all I can think of is what the hell am I doing here? It's amazing. Hopefully, time will answer that question. It always does.”

On mementoes from his singing career exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution. Prince George Citizen, December 2007

“I was tired after two swings. I was swinging for everything I had.”

On batting practice during his stint with the New York Mets. Chatham Daily News, February 2000

“I never really knew Hank Williams until I went to college. And I'll be damned if I didn't room with this kid from Oklahoma City who was a Hank Williams nut. Sometimes I had to wake him up and tell him that he wasn't in the '50s, but the '80s. He had a ton of Williams' stuff. And shoot, even if Hank was born 100 years from now, he'd still be ahead of his time. He had a timelessness to his music that I think every artist would kill for.”

On getting turned on to Hank Williams when he was in college at Oklahoma State University. The Province, August 1991


“I decided to leave it up to ticket sales for these tour dates. The tour dates were set before the outcome of the November 8 general election.”

On why he did not perform at President Donald Trump's inauguration celebration. WCPO Cincinnati, January 2017

“My dad told me to get a real job and now when you see that it is actually paying the bills and paying for college, you can't tell your kids you can't make a living at it if they try hard enough.”

On having a career that pays the bills. The Canadian Press, July 2012

“Between school and sports and all the things that come with children, writing works good for me to be able to do when I have my time.”

On why screenwriting appeals to him. Calgary Herald, January 2002


“If anything has changed, it’s a bigger level of gratefulness. Physically, I’m a little tired, but I hate to admit that.”

On how he has changed in the past three years. Billboard, December 2017

“The only thing better than playing music is being a dad. That's the only thing better. What I am thankful for is that my mom always said it was a gift, and as long as it's going to last, it's going to last, but the day it's over, all the money in the world can't buy you another day.”

On being a father. Interview with Oprah Winfrey, November 2010

“The hardest thing ever for anybody that's got children is to walk away from them. You've got that bus out there, and you hear them screaming. They've got something planned, and you've got something planned.”

On one of the hardest things he has ever had to do. Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 1998

“A big part of the romanticism of starting out is, you didn't have nothing to lose, and you were going for everything. Now every time you step out, it's like you've got everything in the world to lose.”

On his success. The Vancouver Sun, October 1993

“I’ll name some names - I liked Tom Rush and Townes Van Zandt, Judy Collins, Joan Baez - all that stuff I got from my older brothers and sisters who grew up in the '60s.”

On the strong folk influence in his music and his exposure to folk music as a youngster. The Province, August 1991

“You could feel the eyes on you but it's never been a bother, if that's the right word.”

On going out in public as a celebrity. Star-Phoenix, August 1996

“January 16th is my wife's birthday, so I usually never get her anything for Christmas because of all the bargains you can get from Christmas to Jan. 16th. I thought I'd get her a bunch of those greatest-hits CDs.”

On not doing his Christmas shopping until after the holidays. The Spectator, December 1994

“I firmly feel this page of my life is ending and the next page begins. And you know how competitive I am, I'll make what I do ten times bigger than anything I've done.”

On turning his attention from performing concerts to a future that includes screenwriting and movies like the made-for-TV holiday film with Whoopi Goldberg. New Brunswick Telegraph Journal, November 2001

“My youngest has got it. She's got the bug but she's got the goods, too. She starts playing and singing, I have to get up and leave because I spent my whole life crying. It seems the older I get, I cry at commercials.”

On his daughter Allie Colleen's interest in possibly following her father into the music business. The Canadian Press, July 2012

“Garth bashers.”

On what Garth calls people who slam him. The Vancouver Sun, October 1993

“Billy Joel was a huge influence. Also James Taylor, Elton John, Boston, Kansas, George Jones, Janis Joplin - all those people I grew up listening to because of my older brothers and sister - ELO, Styx, Queen. The late '70s rock shows influenced my live shows the most, the visual stuff. Queen was unreal. I loved Kiss. Styx was cool. I had every Kiss album there was and went to the shows. What I saw was, hey, these guys aren't giving me my record or album, they're giving 'em what I don't see on albums.”

On his musical tastes when growing up. Edmonton Journal, January 1992

“He died the day my mother died. He just happens to still be walking around here, and it's killing him. He'll be the first one to tell you he wishes he was gone. It's a hard one - I'm hoping it will bring a revelation to him that he has grandchildren and children who love him and depend on him and would love to see him come back among the living.”

On how his father coped after his mother's death. Calgary Herald, January 2002

“I tell them, “I'm sorry, this is so new to me that I'm keeping everything.” “

On what he tells his fans when they ask for souvenirs during his baseball games - they want his bat, his shoes, his gloves, among other equipment. Star - Phoenix, March 1999

“To tell the truth, I feel lucky to be where I'm at in country music. It's taken everything to be competitive. I think I'll just stay here.”

On his acting debut in 1991 in an episode of the NBC sitcom Empty Nest. The Gazette, October 1991

“It was awesome. It was neat to look out over the water and see the Washington Monument. Look over your right and see the future president of the United States. But the great thing about that day was we all believed in that one word, change. You talk about unity. I would wish upon the entire world the feeling that I felt all that day, unity. When you walked through there - and, you know, one of the greatest moments of that - and forgive me if I step on somebody's toes because I don't think this was a mistake. They said they got their timing off and I don't know if I was HBO or whatever. They did not air the prayer that opened it.”

On what it was like playing at President Obama's inauguration. Interview with Larry King, December 10, 2010


“Now, that's a broad question because I'm going to talk about my babies and I'm going to talk about being Miss Yearwood's husband. Those are the things that I'm excited about. I miss my mom and dad. And I love God and Jesus. And that's it. But if you want to talk about music, what I'm excited about...”

On what he is most excited about these days. National Public Radio, March 2017


“Anything Michael Jackson. I’m not too much of a dancer, but when I hear that, “Hey, pretty baby, with the high heels on,” I just start to do what I call dancing. But for cranking it loud in the house, it’s Queen.”

On his guilty pleasure dance songs. US Weekly, December 2017

“It was in 1980 and I was in my dad's car. I even remember the spot on the road when I turned on the radio and they talked about a new kid that just came out. They said, “Here's his first single from MCA.” The song was Unwound, and it was George Strait. That pretty much right there changed my life. It's weird, man. I remember that like yesterday.”

On opting to focus on country music after hearing George Strait, a new-breed country star in 1980. The Province, August 1991

“Gee, I don't know, man. We're just following our hearts.”

On what he answers when asked about the secret of his sudden success in the early 90s. Edmonton Journal, January 1992

“Life is all about taking chances. Those who play it safe are going to survive but they have nothing to survive for.”

On taking risks. Calgary Herald, August 1996


“I’m just a guy who eats too much, is lazy, and loves to play music.”

On how he sees himself. Daily Beast, September 2014

“I'm from Oklahoma. I know a lot about grass fires. I know a lot about wind and fire. I've never, ever seen wind and fire like I saw on the television.”

On his concert in 2008 with proceeds going to the Southern California 2008 Fire Intervention Relief Effort. Prince George Citizen, January 2008

“I was even more surprised than the pitcher.”

On hitting a pitch thrown by left- hander Mike Myers. Niagara Falls Review, March 2004

“What's great about the producing thing is that it's merely an assembly of great people - I don't really need to be there, I just come in every now and then just to feel important.”

On his movie production company, Red Strokes Entertainment, while he is out on tour for three years. The Spectator, April 1996

“Yes, I am, for a lot of reasons. You know, my mom and dad are gone. That's the down side. My brother Jerry's gone. So as you get older, you start to lose people. But what I have found out is people that truly lived while they were here, live forever. I see my mom every time I close my eyes. I see my mom every time I walk out on stage. So, the good things are good. As long as your children are healthy and the people you love are healthy, then everything's great. As long as your relationship with God or Christ or whatever it is you believe in is healthy, then everything's good. And I got to tell you right now, knock on wood, because I'm one of those guys that say, if you say it something - because I love baseball and they're very superstitious; I'm kind of that way. But, yes, I can't imagine things going better for me right now.”

On whether he is as happy now as he's ever been. Interview with Larry King, December 10, 2010


“No matter how good things go, you can always improve. Politics ain’t my thing - I get to do my thing when I sing about it, but I appreciate you giving me a floor if I want to take it.”

On whether America needs to be made great again. Edmonton Journal, February 2017


“I love him to death and I fully support him and I just wish him well because it's got to be hell in that office.”

On Barack Obama becoming president. The New Yorker, November 2014

“We're in a situation a lot of people aren't in. Thank God we can afford to live next to each other; a lot of people can't choose where they live because their work keeps them in one place or another. We realize ours is a rare opportunity we've been given, and it's important to pass that on to the kids, because they're the ones who go through hell when marriages break up.”

On parenting with his ex-wife, Sandy, and current wife Trisha Yearwood. The Canadian Press, November 2007


“The only thing that stopped me was my professional athlete ability.”

On dreaming of having a future in sports when he was in college. The Late Show, November 2017

“I went into a western-wear store the other day. I got my baseball cap and my sunglasses on, and a lady's across the rack from me. She goes, “I'll be damned.” And her friend goes, “What's wrong?” She goes, “I come here to buy my husband a western shirt, and all they got are these damn Garth Brooks things.” So I started sinking real low.”

On everyone wearing cowboy hats and loud shirts in the ‘90s. Playboy magazine, May 1994

“I'm here because I'm Garth Brooks. I know that.”

On his non-roster invitee to the San Diego Padres training camp. National Post, February 1999


“Last of six kids - five boys, one girl. All five boys shared a room. Me and my brother's bed would roll out at night. We'd get in it, and they'd roll it up and stick it back in the closet. Sister, of course, was the only girl, so she had her own room. So everybody wanted to kill her.”
On what his life was like growing up. National Public Radio, July 2018

“I feel much better. And it's funny how feeling much better physically allows my emotions and my mental things to seem to run a lot quicker, too.”

On losing 50 pounds in 1994. The Ottawa Citizen, May 1994

“It's something very real where I come from. I think Oklahoma City led the world in homicides per year when I was growing up; they would average one or two a day. Violence was a way of life the same way love and happiness was. Death, after all, is as much a part of living as being born.”

On violence, which has always been a way of life for Garth, a native of Yukon, Oklahoma. Kitchener - Waterloo Record, October 1991

“I still believe that I, that you, that all of us, can change the world. I think one person can make all difference in the world. Unfortunately, there have been too many bad examples where we've seen where one person can run a nation with thousands of lies. We've seen that happen . . . but I also believe it can happen for the good.”

On being a dreamer. Calgary Herald, August 1996

“They're very aware. They're very sharp on those kinds of things. In our house, everyone's opinion is welcome. I grew up in a house where everything wasn't when it came to politics or religion.”

On whether he talks to his daughters about political matters. Interview with Stephen L. Betts for The Boot, March 2012


“First show I ever saw, my brother - I was the last of six - we were the closest in age, so he always had to drag me everywhere he went. So my first concert my brother took me to see Styx in Oklahoma City, great concert. Kansas came right after that, so those two. I think we were second row from top in both. It didn't matter, you were in the building and you got to be a part of it. For me, I think the greatest show I've ever seen, I know this might sound crazy cause I've seen KISS, Queen, the great arena rock acts. James Taylor came to Nashville in my late 20s, maybe early 30s to do something with the symphony. So an artist will come do stuff with the symphony. But the symphony, try to remember, is always on union. So what happens on these things is the artist gets out there, they play about 45 minutes and the show is over. But an artist knows a concert is 90 minutes, two hours. So James Taylor walks back out, painfully shy, he explains the union rules, thanks the symphony, says, “If it's okay, I'm just gonna sit here with my guitar and do some stuff.” This guy took requests, him and his guitar, and I sat there and cried like a f**king baby for another hour, him and his guitar. That's probably the greatest show I've ever seen.”

On the first live show he ever saw and the best live show he has ever seen. Forbes, December 2018

“My dad was a realist; my mom is where I got my dreaming side from. But whenever I'd say to him, “Hey Dad, we're playing for 18,000 people tonight and what do you say about that?” he'd say, “Just remember, that's 18,000 people you could disappoint.” That tends to keep things real.”

On not taking his fame for granted, which he credits to his parents, especially his dad's non-diva attitude. Prince George Citizen, November 2007

“That [his alleged marketing expertise] has been a big kind of myth, and I don't know if it's from our [his publicists'] side or what. But I never majored in marketing. I got an advertising degree, and I flunked [an entry-level] marketing course three years in a row. Marketing just never was my bag. I was taking 4000 and 5000-level marketing courses while I was flunking the first one. They got past the rules and into “Marketing, What Is It?' What I learned was that the most important thing you can do is sell your next product, not the one you're selling now. If all you're doing is trying to sell your current product, you're starting over every time. Anybody can go out there and have something new that has an impact and then dies. The thing you want to do is keep the impact up. For instance, if you're selling T-shirts, you hopefully give people a T-shirt of such good quality and such good printed design that they're looking for the next one to come out.”

On the marketing training he received at Oklahoma State University and its role in his stardom. Kitchener - Waterloo Record, October 1993

“Man, Queen was unreal. My ears are still hurtin' and that was 17 years ago.”

On a Queen concert he went to as a youth. The Province, January 1992

“I don’t know, man. I’m really a son and I’m a husband and that’s what I am. But I think the person that we’re here talking about right now isn’t the husband and son as much as it is this guy back here, you know. The performer.”

On why Garth sometimes talks about Garth Brooks as if Garth is another person. Calgary Herald, January 1992


“This whole presidential thing, we’ve got one going out - pray for him and his family. And for the president going in - pray for him and his family to guide this nation. Love and unity, that’s what it’s all about. In the immortal words of Martin Luther King, the most durable power that we’ve known is love. It will always be that way.

I can’t thank the Obamas enough for serving this country, and may God hold Trump’s hand in the decisions that he makes in this country’s name as well.”

On Donald Trump's inauguration. The Kansas City Start, January 2017

“I'm excited, I'm nervous, I'm scared, and it's going to be neat. Make no mistake about it, I'm out there to play baseball.

The fact that people are going to go out there and just kind of laugh and chuckle, “Oh, Garth, is that chubby cowboy going to try to play baseball? This ought to be fun.” I want people to walk up there and not expect to get what they're about ready to get from me in baseball.”

On playing baseball with the San Diego Padres. Star - Phoenix, February 1999

“Right now I think I'm probably stepping into the fighting part of my life. I love conflict, I love emotion and I love the fight. All that means is that your blood's running and that you're not just sitting there and taking it.'“

On his life in 1995. Calgary Herald, December 1995

“That also explains the weight thing because I eat for both of them.”

On trying to separate Garth Brooks the performer from Garth Brooks the husband and father. The Province, January 1992

“That’s because the English language originated in Oklahoma. Didn’t it?”

On why he has no accent despite being from Oklahoma. Calgary Herald, January 1992

“You know I met him backstage and he's the nicest, sweetest guy, soft-spoken. But if I went on you know he'd rip me up. Give me Don Rickles.”

On why he won't be on the David Letterman show. Edmonton Journal, December 1995

“I got to hide behind raising money for kids to get to realize a life's dream of playing baseball.”

On playing baseball with the San Diego Padres in exchange for a donation to Garth's charity foundation. The Province, August 1999


“I shared an elevator ride with him oddly in Ireland, but that was it.”

On when he met Prince. Forbes, December 2018

“Like Allen [Reynolds, his producer and close friend] said, you can't fool the people forever. If it's going to last, it's got to be from the heart. For example, I enjoy being sad. There's a guy out there, some people call him bubblegum, but I love his stuff: Dan Fogelberg. He writes stuff that gets you so down there. I like that. It's like in the movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, there's a scene where Burt Reynolds looks at Dolly Parton and says, “Dammit, I'm in a bad mood and I'd like to enjoy it.” I enjoy clouds as much as I do sunshine. I love being away from someone you love and it hurts like hell but then it feels so good to be back. I love rainy days, all those things that have that dark overtone that everyone usually considers to be sad and something you don't want to deal with. I enjoy that as much as the good times. We have a saying on the back of one of our T-shirts that says: A mistake is not a mistake if a lesson is learned. So, no matter how sad a song may be, it's like real life. I went through that, man, it was tough, but I'm the better for it. That's just real life and that's what our music is to me. I want to get all kinds of emotions across to people.”

On emotions and music. Calgary Herald, August 1996

“I really wasn't looking forward to it. I was scared to death. I didn't think I'd be a good father and I didn't think that I really knew what love was enough to take care of a child. My theory has always been, if you don't go out to be the best there is, why dress up and go out at all? And I knew there was no way I could be the dad my dad was to me. But when that kid came, it was like the instructions came with her and they were just “Love me.” And, whew, that's cool. Also, my respect for my wife went up six bazillion notches. I used to think my wife was a puss. But, my God, I could never even think about going through that. If it'd been me who had the baby, I'd still be lying there today.”

On how he felt when his first daughter, Taylor, was born. Playboy magazine, May 1994

“It was when we got here. It had cows on it for as long as anybody here can remember. But we're letting the fields kind of turn themselves over.”

On the ranch he bought in Oklahoma in 2000 that used to be a working ranch. The Spectator, November 2001


“Mrs. Yearwood does ‘misfit’ Thanksgiving. It’s people in our industry that are in that town for one reason, and they either don’t have a spouse or they’re stuck there because they’re working with us and can’t go home. So Mrs. Yearwood just opens up the house, and you are a lucky person if you sit at her table. Everything she makes is fantastic.”

On what his wife does on Thanksgiving. ABC News, November 2017

“Me! Here’s the deal: In driving school, they teach you to leave one car length for every 10 mph. She misheard that and she just stays one car length no matter what the speed, so she goes 80 mph with one car length. So, if you live where we do and someone is tailgating you, going 80 mph, it may just be Trish.”

On who is a better driver, himself or his wife, Trisha. US Weekly, December 2017


“Radio still has only 24 hours in a day. So something has got to give, and trust me, if it's radio that gives, we'll fall hard. We've got to preserve radio.”

On so many country singers needing radio attention. Toronto Star, December 1994

“Make no mistake. I'm here because I'm Garth Brooks. If I was a guy just going out with the team, I would not be treated the way I have so far. I look at the kids in the next [minor league] locker room and I know they have a long way to go. But I know everyone in the other locker room [major league] has paid some dues.”

On playing with the San Diego Padres. Edmonton Journal, March 1999


“Life's better with a dog.”

On the new puppy Garth and Yearwood adopted and named Millie. People, November 2018


“The new stuff that I just love, Ed Sheeran's got my ear right now, so much simply because of what all he does out of just what he's playing. [Lady] Gaga has more guts in this business than any male that's in it, so I love it. And I don't think you get better than Adele. I got to tell you, just floored with her. On the country side, you got guys like Ashley McBryde who's a singer songwriter… People are listening to her and that's smart because she's got a lot of good things to say.”

On what kind of music he has been listening to lately. CBS, November 2018


“I truly think that singing is a gift from God and as long as that gift is supposed to last, it will. When it is over there is nothing I can do to save it. I try to take care of it by getting sleep, getting sunlight and fresh air. Other than that, when I go out I am hoping it is there when we start playing.”

On what he does to protect his voice. The Vancouver Sun, April 1994


“It’s out of fear by being raised by my dad who was a former marine, and my mom who was tougher than he was. If you didn’t mind your manners, your ears would be ringing for a while.”

On whether he feels a responsibility to be nice, especially as everyone says he is a nice guy. Edmonton Journal, February 2017

“I don’t think you ever stop being a parent, but when we become empty nesters, well, my youngest graduates in May of 2014. So, we become empty nesters right around then, and who knows. Our business, as you know, this business is very fickle, so there might not be a hole for us. But if there is, I would love to tour again for the first time ever without guilt from being away from either your spouse or your children. Now my children are off doing their own thing, and my spouse is with me. You know we’re together on tour, so I think that would be all the fun things.”

On whether he'll tour again when his daughters are done high school in 2014. Interview with Robin Leech, December 2011

“I like that one the best. All the guys on the bus like that one, too.”

On being called ‘a thumb with a hat’. The Province, January 1992

“That's a tough one - just lots of pictures of my girls and my parents. Dinner - anything but seafood - I've just never developed a taste for it.”

On what he wants for Christmas. Edmonton Journal, December 1995

“I think we all ought to be. I am worried about where my children grow up, I am worried about where my children's children are growing up. It would be neat to turn the tide and know that my children's children were going to have a better life than my children. It is why I like to take on things in my career like We Shall Be Free and the Thunder Rolls.”

On worrying about what the world is going to be like when his kids grow up. The Vancouver Sun, April 1994

“I'm crazy for being here. But it's not as crazy as it looks. Sure, I've embarrassed myself a hundred times out there. But for everyone, there has been a time when I can hear somebody cheer and say, “Ya!” and that means something.”

On his time with the San Diego Padres. New Brunswick Telegraph Journal, March 1999

“Whenever I go to a concert, I like to see something that makes my blood run a little faster than when I walked in there. I like to surprise people.”

On what he likes at concerts. The Province, January 1992

“I was offered a chance to read for a role in Kevin Costner's The Love of the Game. The role of Gus, the catcher. Truth is I don't want to play a baseball player. I want to play baseball. Maybe there will come a time in my life when I will let that go and do some celebrity things. Right now, I get to play baseball, and it's pretty cool.”

On his love of playing baseball. Edmonton Journal, March 1999

“I want more than anything to be a good dad, husband, son because my folks are getting older. If music is to be a part of my future in five or ten years, then the luckiest man in the world just got luckier. But the people will decide that. If I'm still breathing after that, then I'll have to find out what my next purpose is.”

On what he wants for the future. Edmonton Journal, December 1995

“I know this artist's worst nightmare is of being forgotten. I'm going to have to come face to face with that. I've never been a fan of the back half of the bell curve.”

On his certainty that at age 33 his best days were behind him; referring to himself in the third person. The Province, November 2000

“I couldn't carry a Christian's shoelaces, although I believe God exists and I believe in the Bible. I'm one of those guys who says do more what I say than what I do. But it's a cool book ... you can learn a lot from that ol' thing.”

On his belief in the Bible. Edmonton Journal, December 1995

“I miss the two hours, sure. And it's funny, still, every night about 9 o'clock your body gets to be jittery, fidgety, and it's pretty cool. But what I didn't know was going to happen was the other 22 hours in my day would become something that I looked forward to when I came home. Out there, you dread the other 22 hours because you're just in a place where you don't know anybody and you stay in a hotel and wait for your chance to play for your people.”

On the aspects of touring that he misses. The Spectator, November 2001

“I don't know. If God came down and said, “The secret of your success is . . .,” I would love to hear him say music. I think it is a marriage of the music and the people. People have always taken care of me.”

On the secret of his success. The Vancouver Sun, April 1994

“I don't care about it because it's become a bad word. There are three positions that used to be held in high regard, and look at them now - lawyers, politicians, and no offense intended, journalists. You ask my heroes, and I'd say John Wayne, JFK, and Martin Luther King. And if they were alive today two of them would be totally discredited because the press would be pulling out every shred of their personal lives. But the commonality there was that they were good men, giants, but also human beings who make mistakes. And they won't let leaders do that now.”

On why he won't go into politics. Edmonton Journal, December 1995


“I would love to say that was some kind of political statement but it wasn't. I had five shows to do that next day, The Tonight Show was one of them. And it was going to be all about having fun, laughing and doing all that, and it wasn't going to be what happened. Every headline was going to be Ferguson. I know the show must go on, all that stuff, but i just didn't feel like laughing. It was too much shades of the Rodney King case for me.

We had just come from California, L.A., all night, landed in New York that morning, and as soon as we hit the airport, it's on every screen in the airport. Now it's 3 in the morning, I've got to be on television in about four hours, and I don't feel like laughing. I just graciously asked, “I understand if I make some enemies here, but I'd like to re-book, when hopefully it's a little lighter feeling across America.” And everyone was very sweet about it.”

On whether rescheduling his Tonight Show appearance because of what was happening in Ferguson. Oregon Live, March 2015

“There's something about being sad that feels good sometimes and you just want to stay in that little dump for a while and then come out of it.”

On aiming for authenticity and his ability to shift from a good-time mode to exploring the darker regions of the heart. Calgary Herald, December 1995

“Forest ranger, park ranger. I wised up in high school and wanted to be a professional athlete. Then I wised up in college and wanted to an advertising major. Finally, after getting in the way of what God was wanting me to do all the time, I finally found out what I think it is I was supposed to be doing.”

On what he wanted to be when he grew up. The Vancouver Sun, April 1994

“Our shows are very physical. I'm real heavy. I'm not going to be the smallest you've ever seen me.”

On running to get in shape for the promotion and concerts for his Scarecrow album. New Brunswick Telegraph Journal, November 2001


“My mom [Colleen Carroll]. She was an artist on Capitol Records. I think [Trisha] would say Elvis. She is pretty obsessed with Elvis. For living, I think both of us would pick James Taylor. He’s one of the coolest hangs on the planet.

On who he and his wife think would be ideal dinner guests, living or dead. US Weekly, December 2017

“Being competitive and being compassionate, you hope that whatever's next, the goal is to make whatever you've done so far look small. So you approach it with that hunger and that passion to pull it off.”

On possibly seeing his name in film credits in the future. Calgary Herald, January 2002

“Many things have changed for me since 1985, but my guitar playing ... it still sucks.”

On his guitar playing. The Hamilton Spectator, September 1992

“I'm so proud of them. A really famous TV reporter went down there and they just threw her out after a few days because she was looking for the dirt. But they knew her deal and just concentrated on the business at hand, of looking after the survivors and cleaning up. They've got it down, the priorities of caring about people are solid.”

On his pride regarding how people in Oklahoma handled the Oklahoma City bombings. Edmonton Journal, December 1995

“It wasn't at all for me. It was for the good guys. All those guys would do is eat, sleep, and think javelin. They'd work on it all the time, and never considered it work. Me, just hauling that damn thing down the runway was work.”

On attending Oklahoma State University on a javelin scholarship. The Record, December 1995

“I'm sure you mean money. I still got my daughter and my wife, so I'm okay. I can do what I did three years ago, work for a living, minimum wage - whatever it took to support my family. Do what I am basically doing now, trying to find something that I enjoy. It is all about supporting my family, I feel that is my role.”

On what he would do if he woke up tomorrow and all his riches were gone. The Vancouver Sun, April 1994

“It depends. The Padres have made their contribution to the foundation. I can leave at any time. Would I stick around? It depends on if I'm offered that. The game is hard. If you fail seven of 10 times, you're a success. I learned here that no matter what happens, you're going to have to let things go.”

On possibly forsaking his music career for a baseball career. Edmonton Journal, March 1999

“I think the Carters and Habitat focus on one thing, and that is love. They do it through a very strategic and affordable way to have a roof over your head - a basic need, a basic right we all deserve as human beings. These guys, instead of just complaining about why everyone doesn’t have a roof over their head…they actually found a way to get it done.”

On why working for Habitat for Humanity is so important to him. Hollywood Life, September 2018


“If I can find something to pull all my intensity to and all my direction and emotion into and still be a father to my children, then I will do it until the day I die. This. This will be cool. I would love it if they had to wheel me out there. They would have to prop me up and turn me on and let her go. I admire Roy Acuff for being in it forever and not ever stepping down and nobody ever saying he should step down. He always just nailed it.”

On what he plans to do when he retires. The Vancouver Sun, April 1994

“I do have to be honest, it feels a lot better to fly across Texas Stadium at 190 pounds than 240 pounds. And, during the three days we shot the special, I didn't eat much, thinking every ounce might count.”

On losing weight so the special effects during his last TV special would be easier to pull off. The Spectator, November 1994

“It's because these people [Mets' coaches and players] have put so much time in me. Everybody has been so sweet. Even if the pitcher you've just struck out against is just back from shoulder surgery, the guys in the dugout will say, ‘That guy had some nasty stuff. That's the worst stuff I've ever seen.’ And you're just hanging your head.”

On not wanting sympathy for not doing better as a baseball player. Calgary Herald, March 2000

“If you're not out here to face the best, what are you going to tell your kids when you go home? I came here to play baseball. One day I will face the Big Unit [Randy Johnson] in front of a crowd. That's what I came here to do. I might be embarrassed and walk away. But that's not what I'm going to tell my kids. I'll be talking about how I hit him for a grand slam.”

On his values while playing with the San Diego Padres. New Brunswick Telegraph Journal, March 1999


“We’re doing shows right up until Christmas and some of the last ones are in Nashville, so we’re going to do some pre-Christmas celebrations with our family out there. I think for the first time this year Trish and and I will be sleeping in all day! We have been running ourselves pretty hard and we’re looking forward to it. I’m sure Trish will be cooking up one of her holiday recipes that afternoon.”

On how he sees Christmas being the following month. US Weekly, December 2017


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