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From Good Day LA Executive Producer Josh Kaplan

A Shared Moment From Bluegrass Musician James King

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People crying on camera. If there was an unintentional theme on Good Day LA this past Monday, that was it. It began with a discussion about Bode Miller,the  U-S skier who broke down after NBC's Christin Cooper (a former Olympian) asked Miller over and over again about his brother Chilly, who passed away last year. Cooper was hammered by people on social media for being heartless in the interview, or manipulative, or both. It was a huge international debate, Miller, one of the most famous athletes on the world's biggest stage, prodded to the point where he was overcome with emotion, unable to continue.

The day ended with a man in tears on our set. Tears we never saw coming. This time it wasn't the result of a particular line of questioning in fact it wasn't the result of questioning at all.

Let me set the stage for you.

James King is a true bluegrass virtuoso. He's been making his living playing bluegrass for more than 30 years. That earns him the love, and respect of roots music fans all over the country. But in cities like New York, or here in L-A, almost no one has ever heard his name. Search James King on YouTube and you'll  come up with a bunch of videos of him performing. What you won't find, are any TV interviews. Backstage before he went on with us,  James King, critically acclaimed, revered by his peers, told me that at age 55, this would be his first time being interviewed live on TV.  He was a little nervous, and being an almost painfully humble man, he didn't seem that comfortable talking about himself.

As the interview was winding down, Steve asked if James would play a little bit of a song he had recorded on his last album. The song was George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today". It's considered by many to be the greatest country song ever written. Most people wouldn't even try it. The song is that legendary, there's no upside to it, besides, James had prepared a different song to play for us.  But when Steve asked, James just said "I'll do my best".  The next two minutes were simply magical. King didn't so much sing the song, as let it escape from his soul. It gave us all goose bumps. It gave me goose bumps now just remembering it.  As he  turned toward his camera to tell the audience where they could buy James King's latest album, Steve didn't notice the tears that had filled King's eyes. Whether it was relief, or the emotion of the song, or the realization that he had made the most of a chance to show a much larger audience what he had to offer, James King was crying. He was still crying when he and Steve hugged and we went to commercial.

So what's the bottom line?  Is there a conclusion to be drawn from these very different moments, that each ended in tears?

Maybe it's that human emotion is powerful. Experiencing the emotions of others can make us feel connected in a way very few things can, and TV is often the vehicle for those moments of shared emotion. For better and worse.

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