When Kent Blazy wrote “If Tomorrow Never Comes” years ago, he did so with his wife in mind. What he couldn’t have foreseen at the time was how deeply personal that Garth Brooks hit would become. Several days before Kent’s wife, Sharon, passed away from brain cancer, Blazy performed that hit at a hospice benefit and it took on a whole new meaning.
“If Tomorrow Never Comes”
It wasn’t the first fundraiser Blazy attended at the famous Bluebird Cafe. But nine years ago, it was the one that made the most impact. Five years before the benefit concert, Blazy’s wife received that heart-stopping diagnosis of cancer. And for the next half-decade, the two spent countless hours with doctors and in hospitals, enduring unimaginable fear and uncertainty. When it became clear that Sharon was losing the fight, the two turned to Alive Hospice.
Alive Hospice is an organization that helps people like Sharon die the way they want to while being as comfortable as possible. In Sharon’s case, that was peacefully at her home. And six days before she did so, her husband played “If Tomorrow Never Comes”. Though he wrote it for her all those years ago, it became part of a benefit for the very organization that was assisting his wife in her passing. One can only imagine what a heart-wrenching experience it was.
Bluebird Benefits Alive
And despite the loss of his wife all those years ago, Blazy continues to assist with fundraising for Alive Hospice. Now he does so with the help of the man who put Blazy’s words at the top of the charts, Garth Brooks. In 2018, Brooks joins Blazy for the Bluebird Cafe benefit concert. In fact, it isn’t just a concert.
The Bluebird is actually hosting a month of concerts to benefit the hospice. Artists on the schedule include Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Kim Carnes, Phil Vasser, Tommy Shaw, John Oates, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Keb’ Mo’, Gordon Kennedy, Dave Barnes, Hunter Hayes, and Kathy Mattea. Brooks and Blazy close the benefit, performing “If Tomorrow Never Comes” on the final night.
Brooks and Blazy Together
Given Brooks‘ continued dedication to charity and assistance organizations, it isn’t surprising that he is part of this effort. And for Blazy, he gets to perform the song that is now so personal for him. As he said in an interview, “There’s just such a depth to it now. A reverence. A gratitude.”