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)

Pickup Man…

If you grew up in the South, you probably spent a fair amount of time riding around in the back of a pickup truck.  That’s where we like to put dogs, tools, building supplies, and kids when we head out on the road.  I had the pleasure to see a significant chunk of Alaska roll by as I stared out of the bed of a pickup, because if you go anywhere in Alaska it’s going to take you a while to get there and you may need four-wheel-drive before it’s all over but the shoutin’.  Judging from the tools and the look on the face of my buddy here, it looks like there’s work involved where he’s headed.  Oh well, maybe they can go swimming afterwards.  (4 July, 2008  Smithville, Tennessee)