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)
God knows, I love listening to Dean Martin. Here, have a sip of vintage Dino…That’s Amore clip. He was born Dino Paul Crocetti, to Italian immigrant parents in Ohio, and spoke only his father’s dialect of Italian until he went to school. He was, and still is to me, the King of Cool. Sweetie and I went to the land of his father on our honeymoon, and this image was taken while we were in Florence howling at the moon. Sweetie was a breech baby, born backwards and we fear she hasn’t changed since. She has what the Prophet Omega termed “crossed-up condition”…tends to say “right” when she means “left” and so on. Smart as a whip, but does things backwards. We did the honeymoon first, followed with the wedding reception some months later, then went to the Grove Park Inn and were married! It was just the two of us and the padre, in the garden of a home that hosted F. Scott Fitzgerald and in which Nina Simone took piano lessons. So, I guess I’m backwards now too, and the only thing I’d do differently is to do it all again! And if anyone’s looking for a honeymoon recommendation, try Florence and the Arno River by moonlight…and bring a little Dean Martin with you to set a fine romantic mood.
(5 September, 2006 Arno River, Firenze, Italy)