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Born: February 7, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Profession: Music ...
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Garth Brooks on his appeal to a varied and extensive audience: "I am just a mirror of them. Maybe they see themselves in me and say, 'Hey, you don't have to be this ungodly person to make your mark on life. You just got to be yourself.'" --quoted in the Los Angeles Times, June 28, 1992.

Brooks on writing a song ("The Thunder Rolls") about the Los Angeles riots, displaying a more inclusive mindset than one stereotypically attributes to country musicians from middle America: "Tolerance is an important issue to me. Just like we might today ask our grandparents how anyone could have ever judged a man by his skin, our grandkids will say, 'How could anyone ever think someone's sexual preference affected how their mind works?" --to the Los Angeles Times, June 28, 1992.

"I've got a problem with three guys--George Strait, George Jones and [James] Taylor. I was asked to host the Academy of Country Music Awards this year with Strait and Jones, but I had to say no. I can't be around those guys. It kills me. I don't know what it is. I guess I never left the fan thing behind. When I get around those guys, I get sloppy. My eyes water up and I say stupid things. I sure love them, but I just like to watch from a distance." --Brooks on still being a fan although he is a superstar, quoted in the Boston Globe, December 13, 1996.

Brooks on connecting with an audience in his live performances: "When I went to concerts, my whole thing was, for one second, that the artist--that Freddie Mercury of Queen--would look me in the eye. What's cool is when you stand up here now, and you're on this side of it, all you want to do is find one second with each person to tell them what they've done for you." --to the Minnesota Star Tribune, October 6, 1998.

Garth Brooks on the announcement of his retirement: "[M]aking music always does excite me, but I don't know if as a songwriter I have it in me. As an artist, has the [country] format passed me by? Has my age taken me to a place where I can't compete? All these things are questions that I have wrestled with this whole year ... I don't want this to be called my last album or the farewell album--that's not my bag. If we can come up with songs that feel comparable to the other seven studio albums, then we might [put out another album]." --in an October 7, 2000 interview with Billboard Magazine.

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