Garth Brooks Talks About Christmas Music and a World “I want to live in all year round”
As a recording artist, Garth Brooks has released three holiday albums, starting with the mix of traditional carols and tender originals on Beyond the Season, released in the summer of 1992.
Garth Brooks & the magic of Christmas, released in 1999, offered holiday standards performed in the big band style, while Christmas Together, released in 2016, was the very first album of duets by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.
Brooks explains the importance of the songs of the season.
“What I love is to put a Christmas album on and decorate the tree,” he says. “I think what I love about a Christmas album is it's a time of no friction. It's a break from competing with each other and hearing bad stories on each other.”
“And I'm sorry man, but that can't last long enough for me,” he continues, echoing the sentiment that prompted the title and summer release of his first holiday album--that the love and goodwill of Christmas should extend “beyond the season.”
“So that's still what Christmas is for me. Like President Carter said, when you do something for somebody else, that light inside of you glows so much bigger than if you ever do anything for yourself. And so I think that's the light of Christmas--that everybody's thinking of somebody else. I like that. That's the kind of world I want to live in all year round.”