One of the reasons country singer Garth Brooks became a bestselling international superstar is due to his 1990 hit song “The Dance.” It was a single from his self-titled debut album, and it’s considered to be Brooks’ signature song. On The Voice, the “country as cornbread” singer Red Marlow — on Blake Shelton’s team — performs “The Dance” during the Top 11 Live performances on Monday, November 27.
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“The Dance” is not just a love song. It’s also about “someone dying because of something he believes in.” Brooks performed the emotional song on the final episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2014. Brooks is currently back on tour singing songs like “The Dance.” (Brooks has a lot of signature songs by now.) Brooks said recently of the 27-year-old song, “I thought I had a pretty [good] grip on what “The Dance” meant, too, but…I think the more you live, I think the more that song [means].” It’s no coincidence that Red Marlow is in the grip of the emotional song, as much as he grips it back. Marlow is 40-years-old and looking for his big break. He’s seen plenty and the song, according to Brooks’ definition, means a lot more to Marlow now — especially at this moment — than it did before. The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm on NBC.