Isn't it funny, as a kid, you dream about being somebody or you want to be just like somebody. For me there was one man who out stood the rest. Not only did I think I was him at the age of 4 with Wrangler pants, a button up shirt, cowboy hat, and headset microphone, but I wanted to meet him so bad I couldn't stand it. So I promised my self when I was only a little child that I WOULD meet him one day.
On Wednesday of this past week I was asked to attend an awards dinner at the Musicians Hall of Fame for a friend of mine who couldn't make it. Before I said "yes" that I would take the ticket, she told me that this person would be there. There I sat and thought, maybe this is my chance. Maybe this would be the night that I had looked forward to all of these years. So without thinking, I agreed to take the ticket.
Now its Thursday around lunch and i'm sitting at my desk talking to my two co-workers and was telling them how excited I was because I might get to meet my hero tonight. After returning from lunch I find out that he is only 4 doors down from us at his studio and he wanted her to bring me down to meet him. I was thinking.. there's no way. There's no way on earth this guy wants to meet ME. So we started walking down the street and the whole 1000 feet walk I think to my self, "What do I say?" As we walked to the door my heart pounding with anticipation the door opened and a small man said "come on in, I'll let him know your here." No more than 5 seconds later I hear 8 words that i'll remember forever "Hello Wil, great to meet you. Im Garth!"
So after I took a couple of breaths, we walked into the kitchen of the studio and talked for about ten minutes. Still in shock, I stood there and Garth asked, "would you like to see the studio?" For the next fifteen minutes, he took me back showed me the control room and the entire studio where all of his records were made. Even the piano that " The Dance" and "Rodeo" were recorded on. It was the most incredible vibe in a studio that I have ever felt. After the tour we came back out and talked a little with the in-house producer, looked at a few old pictures, and shared old memories. We snapped a quick photo and then turned for the door and headed for the office. Thats when it really hit me... THAT JUST HAPPENED! I called my mom and dad, both who were in tears on the phone knowing what had just happened. It was honestly the best day of my life.
A big thank you to my great friend Cassandra Tormes for making this happen! It will be a day I remember for the rest of my life.