Music: A Different Hat

The biggest male star in country music heads off in a new direction--rock 'n' roll

Before we get to Garth Brooks' new pop-rock album, Garth Brooks in...The Life of Chris Gaines (Capitol), let's talk a bit about sports. Five years ago, when basketball star Michael Jordan decided to give pro baseball a go, he was widely ridi-culed by sportswriters. In actuality, though, Jordan's sports switch was one of the bravest things he ever did. It showed he was willing to compete even in an arena in which he clearly wasn't the best. After all, sports isn't just about winning--it's about trying too. O.K., maybe it's 95% about winning and only 5% about trying, but effort and...

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