The King Of Country: George Strait

The King Of Country: George Strait

Thank you God for blessing us with George Strait.

Have you ever wondered why George Strait is called the King of Country Music? It's because he is true. He sings songs that all people can relate to. He is "life, love and wholeness in its entirety," as my best friend would say. He is "The Man," as my mom would call him. He is country music.

George began singing in 1981, when he released his first No. 1 hit, Unwound. He has over 60 No. 1 hits, which is the most out of any other artist or group in all music. He has won many awards over the decades, including multiple Entertainer of the Year awards. In 2014, George was on his final tour, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. His final show was held in Texas at AT&T Stadium. He broke the record for biggest indoor concert, with 104,793 people in attendance. Since then, George performs shows in Las Vegas.

The King sets examples. Artists look up to him and grew up listening to his music. The most recent CMA award show, when the camera wasn't on George, you could see other artists wrapped up in his performance and most of them would be singing along with the words. George never puts anyone down in his songs, he doesn't cuss, and he dresses with Wrangler jeans and a cowboy hat. No skinny jeans or spiky hair. (Don't get me wrong I love Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett, but they are not true country like George.) George is country and he is genuine. Artists have gained knowledge from him including Eric Church, Taylor Swift, Martin McBride and many others.

George has made a huge impact on my family. Throughout my whole life, I have known who George Strait is. My parents raised me to know all the lyrics to his songs, especially my mom. She has loved him since 1981. I am pretty sure she married my dad because he looked like George. My parents even met at one of his concerts. He has such an impact, we drive everywhere to see him in concert. Including Denver, Cheyenne, Albuquerque, Las Vegas and even Dallas. I am lucky to say I have seen him live multiple times, especially the concert at AT&T Stadium.

The Concert at AT&T Stadium was the best concert I've ever been to. To me and the other 104,792 people that attended, we laughed, cried and cheered for the man we all love. It was special to see that he could gather so many people in one place to listen to him stand there in sing his songs. My parents were even crying because over their years they grew a connection with George.

Not just my family, but George really knows how to connect to all of his listeners. He sings about love, God, sadness, happiness, drinking beer, and fun. You probably think "well every country artist does that." True, but George does it best. He sings them Strait from his heart which is special and unique. Instantly, when he comes on to stage, sings on an award show, hear him on the radio, watch his videos, etc, he will bring a smile to your face.

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To the guy that shot my brother...


To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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