I’m Glad You’re HerePosted by admin on September 30, 2020 Blog | Original Songs | Videos | No comments
I wrote “I’m Glad You’re Here,” a few days after the tragedy of “1 October.” A gunman killed 58 people, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, while they attended the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.
What we discovered, in the aftermath of Las Vegas’ darkest day, was that we were, in fact, a community. We were “Vegas Strong.”
I have lived in, my adopted home town, Vegas, for more than 20 years. While I love my city it always has had “that” reputation. Idiot tourists would ask, “You live down on the Strip, don’t you?” No, I live in Summerlin, Green Valley, Northtown or Centennial Hills. We’re a big city with wonderful neighborhoods and suburbs kinda like every other city in America.
But I can see where residents of Vegas felt a bit disconnected. That night, 1 October, and the following weeks and months revealed that we were more than just a collection of hotels stretched out over four miles known as “The Strip.” We are, and continue to be, a collection of people from all over the country, all over the world, that have chosen Las Vegas as our home.
In re-posting this song on the anniversary of 1 October, I can’t help but feel that the lyrics apply to us, a much today, as they di three years ago.
I’m glad you’re here, by my side
In times like these when the world ain’t right
You hold my hand and calm my fears
You ease the pain and I’m glad you’re here