I was thinking about this recently because Garth Brooks came to Sioux Falls last month and gave nine concerts over the course of two weekends. I didn’t get to go, but it was impossible not to get caught up in the excitement of it all.
I only got to watch the first season of Muppets Tonight, before it skipped over to a cable channel, but of that first season, the Garth Brooks episode is the most memorable for me for several reasons; some lighthearted and some more serious.
This isn’t the entire episode, but it’s the section most relevant to what I’m going to discuss:
At the time that this episode aired, I was 15 years old and was involved in a production of Fiddler on the Roof at our high school. (Not on stage; I played second clarinet in the pit band. At first, I was bummed about not being cast in the play, as I had auditioned, but apparently the band director had asked for me specifically for the pit band, so that made it a little better.) Anyway, for that reason I was really tickled watching this episode when Garth Brooks started singing “If I Were a Rich Man,” although I was disappointed that he didn’t do the Tevye dance.