Tim McGraw discovered Amanda Gorman with the rest of America.
That’s why he sent the young poet a simple message Thursday. He tweeted: “Your words…beautiful, simply beautiful in every way.”
McGraw writes poetry he turns into best-selling country music. He’s been doing that since he quit college in Louisiana three decades ago and moved to Nashville.
Then there’s Gorman. She’s a 22-year-old from Los Angeles and a recent Harvard grad. On Wednesday, chock full of calm, charm and charisma, she appeared at the Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to read the poem she wrote earlier this month.
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Tim McGraw and Amanda Gorman shared something in common. They both performed for Biden’s inauguration. But they didn’t meet.
McGraw and Tyler Hubbard performed live from Nashville Wednesday night, debuting their song “Undivided” to a national audience. The song’s theme is unity, which made it perfect for an inauguration intended to draw the country together.
Earlier in the day, Gorman entranced the audience in Washington, D.C., as she read her poem called “The Hill We Climb.” Gorman became the youngest person ever to read a poem at a presidential inauguration.
Here’s an excerpt of her poem. You can see why Tim McGraw, who has daughters Gorman’s age, applauded her prose.
“When day comes we ask ourselves,
where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry,
a sea we must wade
We’ve braved the belly of the beast
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace
And the norms and notions
of what just is
Isn’t always justice
And yet the dawn is ours
before we knew it
Somehow we do it
Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn’t broken
but simply unfinished“
Beautifully written words don’t need music to accompany them to pack such power. Now, consider that Gorman is only 22. Wearing a bright yellow jacket and a red headband around her braids, Gorman calmly recited her work. About 40 million people, the largest television audience to view an Inauguration since Barack Obama’s ceremony in 2009, watched from afar.
Gorman Has More Fans Than Just McGraw Applauding Her Work
Tim McGraw wasn’t the only celebrity to honor Gorman. She appeared in an exclusive interview with CNN”s Anderson Cooper Wednesday night, then did the rounds Thursday morning.
On “Good Morning America” Gorman received the shock of her young life. She’s quoted parts of the musical “Hamilton” in her poem. So it was appropriate that Lin Manuel Miranda, the genius who created the play and the music, would be a Gorman fan.
“The right words in the right order can change the world and you proved that yesterday with your brilliant piece,” Miranda said. “I can’t wait to see what you write next.”