Garth Brooks is no stretch of the imagination obsessed with “Stranger Things.” But the country superstar recently revealed he’s a fan of the hit Netflix series… “from a distance”.
Earlier this month, hours before his first of two concerts in Salt Lake City, Brooks spoke briefly with the Deseret News about the unifying and healing power of music.
Naturally, the conversation turned to “Stranger Things.”
Music has played an important role in the series, and in Season 4 Volume 1 – slight spoiler ahead – Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)” helps protect Max Mayfield from Vecna, the monster black teens from Hawkins, Indiana are determined to win.
Max’s lifesaving song has become so popular that Bush, an English singer-songwriter, won her first top 10 in the United States for the song she released 37 years ago. The Guardian reported.
Brooks isn’t aware of “Stranger Things” — he said the people who help him with his weekly “Inside Studio G” live streams were the ones who were “crazy about it” — but he said that he felt like he knew the show thanks to the enthusiasm of his crew.
When asked which song from him he thinks could best protect the people of Vecna – or, in more general terms, lift people out of the abyss of despair – the singer paused briefly before revealing his answer.
It wasn’t “Friends Downstairs”.
“We are fortunate to have a number of anthems…to me they are anthems, because they say something,” he told the Deseret News. “One is called ‘The Change’, and what it basically says is ‘They say you’re crazy trying to change the world, but just make sure you understand: I don’t don’t try to change the world, I’m making sure the world doesn’t change me.
“And that’s a beautiful thing,” he continued. “So when you’re feeling down, when you feel like everyone is against you, remember that.”
A hand reaches out
And pull a lost soul from evil
While a thousand more pass over in silence
And they say,
What good did you do by saving just this one
It’s like whispering a prayer
In the fury of a storm
And I hear them say,
You’ll never change things
And no matter what you do
It’s always the same thing
But it’s not the world that I change
I do it so this world will know
That won’t change me
Brooks recorded “The Change” – written by Tony Arata, who wrote Brooks’ hit “The Dance”, and Wayne Tester – in 1995. The song reached No. 19 on US Billboard Hot Country Songs.
Season 4 of “Stranger Things”, Volume 2, was released on Netflix on July 1.