Erick Baker Visits the Aquarium and Slows His World Down
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Erick Baker Visits the Aquarium and Slows His World Down


My name is Erick Baker, and these are the
Tennessee Aquarium River Journey backup singers joining me today on today’s performance of
“Slow the World Down.” [MUSIC STARTS] Everybody’s in a hurry. Caught up in keeping up with things that
don’t matter at all. Searching for shortcuts to speed things up
as if life is not fast enough. What happened to the front porch passing the
day with a wave to all the cars as they pass? Time stops for no one. We’ve all got one thing in common, and it’s that
we’re not growing young. So let’s unplug the clocks and not let another
minute pass. Help me to find a way to stop this life from
moving so fast. Won’t you come and slow the world down? Slow the world down. Slow the world down with me. [ERICK SPEAKING] I wrote this song at a time when my life was
out-of-control fast, and I was missing so much. I was missing first steps my daughter was
taking. I was missing date night with my wife. This song is about slowing down, taking a
breath, enjoying the people who you’re with, enjoying the places that you are and not letting
it pass you by. Being in the moment. Not letting the worries of tomorrow take the
blessings of today. It’s about slowing the world down. Life is moving fast for all of us, so I need
your help in slowing the world down. In 2010, we took our first official family
vacation, and we came to the Tennessee Aquarium. Now, fast forward 10 years, almost, and Annabelle
is nine-years-old, and I can barely pick her up. Time goes by so fast. And it makes — Who knew the Aquarium could be so emotional? [Laughs.] When I look at my daughter, I still see that
baby, so … — [clears throat] — looking at those pictures side by side, it was such
an awakening. Even for the guy who wrote a song called “Slow
the World Down,” there are still days that pass me by. I kept reminding myself, and I kept reminding
my wife, you know, “Tomorrow is going to be here before we know it, so let’s make the
most of today.” We were lying down in bed last night and just
talking through the day. Annabelle was talking about everything she
saw and everything she did and everything she got to touch. I mean, it’s like she’ll never be able to
wash those memories off. Being able to basically shake hands with a
penguin was something I will never forget. This place is so great because, I mean, at
every few feet, there’s just something that grabs you and something that you’ve never
seen before or that you can’t believe that, “Wow, that’s in the river right behind
us!” It’s pretty awesome. Now that I’m talking about
it, I’m super excited. [Laughs.] Yesterday was an amazing day for us. Just thinking about the trip we made here
10 years ago when we were pushing Annabelle in a stroller. Then, to fast forward 10 years, it was almost
as if we’d never seen it before. I mean, hopefully, it’s not 10 years before
I come back, but we’re definitely going to be making it a regular trip. [MUSIC CONTINUES] Don’t think about tomorrow. I make a toast to just enjoy the taste of
today. ‘Cause life’s such a short song. We’ve all got to dance to the beat of the
second hand slowly counting down. So let’s unplug the clocks and not let another
minute pass. Help me to find a way to stop this life from
moving so fast. Won’t you come and slow the world down? Slow the world down. Slow the world down with me. I’ll take the quiet of the country or the
sand of the beach. A place where telephone lines don’t reach. Far from the city lights that steal the stars
from the night sky. And high-rise shadows that block out the sunlight. Where the sand castle is safe ’cause the tide
is always low. And there’s always time, and it always runs
slow. [MUSIC] Slow the world down. Slow the world down. Please slow the world down with me. [MUSIC FADES] [OFF-CAMERA] It’s pretty appropriate that
we put you in front of a bunch of turtles when you’re talking about slowing the world down. [ERICK] It is! I didn’t even — yeah, I was saying that
these are my Tennessee Aquarium River Journey backup singers here, but yes, it is. This is the mantra of the turtle. You know, for sure. I love it!

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