I’m lost and I wish I were found, in the arms of My Darlin’ Hometown…

Alan LeQuire’s bronze and limestone sculpture presides over the Music Row Roundabout in my hometown of Nashville, intended to convey “the importance of music to Nashville”.  If you know much about my beloved South, you will understand that those easily offended (they’re naked!) called for its removal at its installation in 2003.  We all calmed down eventually, or at least got tired of shouting about it, and these days it is a mostly beloved iconic figure representing music in all its forms (we have a wonderful symphony too).  I love music, and many of my posts feature lines from songs I particularly enjoy and/or find relevant.  A case in point would be My Darlin’ Hometown, a song by the great John Prine that speaks to those of us who live far away from home.  My hope is that anyone interested might dig a little deeper, check out the music in question, or even better buy a song or a CD and give it a listen…you waste more money than that driving driving around every day, and music is much more fun!  (30 March, 2010  Nashville, TN)

I say love it is a flower, and you its only seed…

I suppose people around the world saw the way flowers symbolized Norway’s refusal to be drawn into the hate that fueled the madness in Oslo…hundreds of thousands of roses were carried to honor the victims and then left in tribute everywhere, along with teddy bears and handwritten notes of solidarity and other things that meant something powerful to those who left them.  What I missed in all the reporting, and would still not know were it not for a Norwegian friend, is that the rose symbolizes not just the people’s commitment to the path of brotherly love…it’s also the symbol of the Labor Party that was attacked that day in Oslo and on Utøya.  I shot this lovely rose on a bike ride around Maridalsvannet Lake in Oslo, in the beautiful and peaceful country that is Norway.  (2 August, 2011  Maridalsvannet, Oslo, Norway)