Good Luck Not Tearing Up Watching Jonathan Jackson Perform Unchained Melody

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Oh. Oh my. I swear, those aren’t tears. I was chopping onions. There was dust in my eyes. I smudged my mascara...

Okay. I might have been crying just a little bit.

I love spending time watching the Grand Ole Opry performances. I love the history, the talent, and the magic that happens on that stage. I also love that there is a wide variety of performances, talents, and songs brought to life on the stage.

There are moments though that take my breath away. New renditions of old classics. Songs that I hadn’t thought of in a long time.

Now, there have been many versions of this song done over the years, but I’ll be the first to admit that my initiation to this classic came from the same place it did for many of us 30-40 somethings: Ghost. I hear this song and I think of Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopie Goldberg. I think of the heartache, the sadness, and yes, the pottery. And yes, the thought of the movie and the emotions tied to it occasionally make me tear up.

But this performance of Unchained Melody? The tears aren’t derived from the movie, they are delivered straight from the soul of Jonathan Jackson and his beautiful performance. Just incredible.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go find some tissues. I suggest you do the same.

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