How does one write a Tribute to ones favorite artist, who has retired?, How do you go about writing a fitting tribute without coming across as an obsessive nutcase? I'm not sure how to? I guess you have to start off by saying, why you are fan.
I'm a fan of any artist, who can actually play an instrument and write a song, and in "If Tomorrow Never Comes" we have the most powerful Ballad of the 90's.
I'm a fan of any artist who in the same live show, can sit on a stool and sing a cowboy Ballad, just him and his guitar, and then in the very next song can let rip, with a high engery, crowd goes crazy, powerhouse Country/Rock song.
I'm a fan of any artist who can go outside what their genre expects their artist to sing about, and sing songs about such issues as Domestic Violence, Gay Rights, Date Rape and Global Warming.
I'm a fan of any artist who's body of work will go down in their genre's History.
I'm a fan of any artist who is proud of where they are from and are a Patriot of their country.
I'm a fan of any artist who has stayed so down to earth, that in interviews, they don't name drop, they don't talk about drug rehab, they don't talk about their latest conquest, but they talk about their kids soccer game.
I'm a fan of any artist, who would come to a South Pacific Island Nation and play in a Tent.
I'm a fan of any artist, who in their audience will have Teenagers with metallic shirts on and men in thier 60's with George Jones shirts on.
I'm a fan of any artist who doesn't call woman B*ches and H*es.
I'm a fan of any artist who talks fondly of the artists that came before them.
I'm a fan of any artist who spends their spare time doing charity work.
I'm a fan of The Dance, Friends in Low Places, The Thunder Rolls, Unanswered Prayers, the list just goes on and on.
If an artist does a couple of those things listed above, I would probably be a fan, if they did all, I would be in awe.
In summing up, I feel a loss I felt with the last episode of Mash and Seinfeld and the retirement of Gary Larsen and Bill Watterson, still hopefully when his youngest Daughter turns 18, Garth will keep his word and come out of retirement, It would be a Garth thing to do.