I am taking this brief moment to expose a vulnerable side of myself to all of you, which seldom happens. However, my weakness cannot be disguised with the combination of two things: Caitlyn Smith and the song “Tacoma“.
“Tacoma” is the final track on Garth Brooks‘ most recent album, Man Against Machine, and was written by Caitlyn (“Wasting All These Tears,” “Heart of Dixie,” “You Can’t Make Old Friends”), along with Bob DiPiero. According to the Man himself during his album launch promotion, it is his favorite song on the disc. In fact, Garth loved the song so much when he received it, he immediately deemed it worthy of “The Dance” comparison, employing a “save the best for last” mentality when creating the order of his album’s tracks.
The only thing better than Garth Brooks’ “Tacoma” is Caitlyn Smith’s “Tacoma,” and I say that with the utmost respect to my absolute favorite male artist of all time. The fact of the matter is, Caitlyn Smith has one of the most incredibly powerful, versatile, and beautiful voices that I have ever heard, and when you couple her talent with a song as breathtaking as “Tacoma,” well, it simply cannot be touched by anybody.
Thankfully, Caitlyn has been performing her Garth cut more often than not lately, even recording herself and sharing the video on her YouTube channel this week. Perhaps what makes this song and Caitlyn’s delivery of same so special is that each time she performs it, it is like hearing it for the very first time. I invite you all to experience what I have time and time again by watching the new video below, and I challenge you to not boldly state that you have just met your new favorite singer-songwriter afterward.