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’ll be sittin’ when the evening comes…

While Otis Redding left behind a lot of music, most folks know him for Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay.  It’s rare that I don’t think of that song if I’m near the water at sunrise or sunset…the combination of a space in time, slapping waves, and that low angle of the sun just cries for contemplation with backing blues.  Otis wrote the song with the great guitarist, songwriter and producer Steve Cropper (Booker T & the MGs) and recorded it three days before a plane crash took him in Lake Monona, near Madison, Wisconsin.  It was his first and only Number One single, and it was never supposed to be released because it wasn’t a finished cut.  When Otis whistles the last verse at the end of the song, he did so because the last verse wasn’t written yet…his whistle was just a placeholder until they could come back and “do it right”.  Thanks Otis, I think what you left us works just fine.  Oh, and if you don’t know Otis very well, could I suggest Try A Little Tenderness and I’ve Been Loving You Too Long…you might have heard of those too.  The image below was shot at the old Brygge on a lovely evening with friends in Bergen, Norway.  (16 August, 2011  Bergen, Norway)