Yes, it was a No. 1 country song that has sold over 1 million copies, and yes, it won Grammy, ACM, CMA and CMT Awards. And you’d be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t fall in love with Tim McGraw’s 2016 chart-topper “Humble and Kind.” But in the wake of the tragic events that befell Charlottesville, Virginia, the Lori McKenna-penned hit has taken on another dimension.
On Aug. 15, Tim shared an audio clip of a compilation that Charlottesville’s country radio station, Hitkicker 99.7, created. The piece features “Humble and Kind” as a music bed for a series of interviews with young children. The kids are asked questions about forgiveness, kindness, peace and love. At one point, the interviewer asks, “What does the word ‘united’ mean,” and an innocent voice replies, “It means that many people are brought together as one.”
The United States of America, folks. United.
As much as we love the song, it’s the hopeful voices of the children speaking that drive the message home.
Tim explains that this version of “Humble and Kind” was played over the air during the weekend as white supremacists protested in the city of Charlottesville. After counter-protesters began to march, the day turned deadly with one person losing her life and many others injured.
One of Tim’s fans, @grandamanda, commented on the post, “I knew the first time I heard #stayhumbleandkind it was going to make an impact on me and this world.”
You were right, Amanda.