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 get up in the morning, I drink a cup of coffee, I look out of the window, I try to get it started…

Taylor’s Turnaround is on the Bane side of the Great Smoky Mountains boundary fence, near the Swag, in Waynesville, North Carolina.  I find it to be a fine place to drink the morning coffee and contemplate the great questions in life: who first thought to call them the Smoky Mountains, why do my toenails keep growing but my hair gave up on the job, and why isn’t Lyle Lovett a household name?  For those who haven’t found Waynesville yet, it’s in western North Carolina not very far from Asheville, and a great little town filled with art and artisans.  Go check it out some time!  (2 November, 2003  Waynesville, North Carolina)