Hello everyone! It's been a busy week and a half! We've had family from out of town come in and, well, life hasn't been quite the same since. Ha! Finally getting back into the swing of things here at home. I had no intentions of being away from this cozy corner for as long as I have so, my apologies. Hope you all have been doing wonderful!
As most of you know, I live in Nashville, Tennessee, "Home of the Grand Ole Opry." There are benefits to living in Nashville. The most obvious would be that this place truly lives up to its name MUSIC CITY, USA, especially in the month of June. Specifically, this week! I was reminded of some of the cool things that make this town unique when I received a copy of Anthropologie's June catalog. The theme was "music" and to help them set the mood, they asked the folks over at Nashville's very own, Hatch Show Print, the country's longest running print shop, to help design the cover. Loving the nostalgic, this place is too cool not to share with you all. Here's an excerpt from Anthro's "In Our Own Words" about their experience:
An enormous gig taking place as we speak, sits on a 700-acre farm right outside Nashville, actually more like 60 miles southeast, in Manchester, TN. Bonnaroo, America's new Woodstock, can be likened to UK's Glastonbury Festival. This event is truly rockin' & rollin' with names like Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Nine Inch Nails, Snoop Dogg, Neko Case, Wilco. . . and the list just keeps going! If you don't mind sitting in traffic for hours, love live music. . . and camping. . . this art and music fest is a can't-miss. Fingers crossed and stars aligned, our family plans to make it out there next year. Rock. . . on.
What Bonnaroo is to the rocker, the CMA Music Fest is to the honky tonk. Taking your attention back to Nashville, another music festival attracts crowds of Country music fans from all over the world. People come here to listen to up-and-coming musicians but especially to hear, and hopefully meet, some of their favorite musicians. What was once known as "Fan Fair" had its name changed to CMA Music Festival when its location moved from the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to what is now known as LP Field, the coliseum where Tennessee's favorite football team, the Titans, play their home games. The streets of downtown Nashville are swarming with visitors, some donning the stereotypical cowboy hat, torn blue jeans, with a t-shirt sporting the face of their favorite country music star. On a mad dash to pay my water bill on the north side of town, I had to plow straight through the center of downtown during the start of rush hour traffic. What was I thinking?! Waiting for the traffic light to turn green in order to cross Broadway, your ears were filled with a young lady's cracking voice as she sang her heart out to a southern gospel tune, blaring over a loud speaker. The police are everywhere, directing the traffic of folks carrying Hard Rock Cafe bags and Nashville's own impatient motorists. After driving through an obstacle course, which involved at one point driving around a man who had decided to just stand in the middle of 3 sets of traffic lights, I finally made it, with less than one minute to spare, to the Metro Water Services office. Water bill is paid. And now. . . the trip home.
I wonder, if we sat on a satellite over looking middle Tennessee, would we see musical notes floating up into the stratosphere? Probably not. But wouldn't that be cool?! Hope your weekend is full of wonderful tunes and delightfully loud singing in the shower!