The new song from Brooks, who normally stays out of politics, includes the line "To my children I make this vow: to matter then, it must matter now."
On his weekly Inside Studio G session with fans on Facebook, Garth Brooks gave an emotional shout-out to Emma Gonzalez, one of the student organizers of March for Our Lives, and sang portions of a previously unreleased song in preparation for the March 24 event.
Toward the end of the 30-minute video, around the 24:36 mark, Brooks and his producer showed the letter posted by Gonzalez, a high school senior who survived the Feb. 14 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, to anyone joining the march. Brooks’ producer gave the singer a little tutorial on some of the march’s details (for anyone who may still need those). Brooks then addressed this line in Gonzalez’s letter: “I believe the young people in this country can change the world, and wouldn’t that be something?”
“OK, Miss Emma,” Brooks said, “It’s not yours to change, it’s yours. You understand that. You’re the future. …This is your world: Take it, shape it, mold it.”