Reba McEntire Shares Touching Music Video In Honor of Late Father
I have been lucky enough to see my parents alive today. I have friends, many friends actually, who have lost one or both parents, a parental figure, or someone they loved and I can’t imagine the pain. Losing my parents is unfathomable. But I know one day they’ll be gone. And it’s times like these one will turn to music to help deal with their pain. Music is therapeutic, and whether you’re making it, listening to it, certain songs will have a positive effect. One of country’s biggest legends, Reba McEntire, lost her father in 2014 and in 2015, she paid tribute to him on her twenty-seventh album, Love Somebody.
“Just Like Them Horses” is a breathtaking country ballad. Originally penned by Nashville songwriter, Liz Hengber, she found herself unable to complete it and that’s when Tommy Lee James came in and helped with the music. After sending it to McEntire, the country legend knew she wanted it played at her father’s funeral. While Clark McEntire never had the chance to hear it, his daughter sang it at his funeral. While bittersweet, the song is about letting go, getting closure, all of the necessary motions needed when a loved one dies.
As for the moving black and white video, it was filmed in McEntire’s native Oklahoma and at the McEntire’s ranch. Not only are the shots of the free running horses exquisite, it is an incredibly majestic shot. The aerial views of the family homestead and, of McEntire and her mother, only add to the dramatic nature of the song. Dedicating the video to her beloved dad, McEntire shared that he was a cowboy at heart, one who worked hard whether it was at the rodeo, tending to the land or ranch.
“How do you say goodbye? How do you say goodbye to somebody who made you, raised you, taught you, disciplined you, loved you? How do you say goodbye?” Reba McEntire paid a heartfelt tribute to her father in the most amazing way.