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)

That’s the power of love…

We saw the face of evil on the 22nd of July, 2011 here in Oslo.  The world press did a fair job of reporting the facts on the ground, confusing as they were in the early hours.  What is hard to adequately convey is the strength and resilience of the Norwegian people.  The delusional pest who bombed the Government building and then carefully targeted children on an island in the fjord meant to sow hate, fear, and distrust.  Norway refused to be led down his path…they responded with love for their fellow man.  The image below is of a boarded-up shop window near the site of the bombing. (29 July, 2001  Oslo, Norway)