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)

Hey where did we go, days when the rains came…

Some time on May 1, 2010, it started raining in my hometown of Nashville, TN.  When it stopped raining, more than thirteen inches had fallen over the two-day period and the floodwaters were rising.  This was taken on the night of May 3, when the rains had stopped but the Cumberland River downtown was yet to crest.  This photo was taken from the parking lot of the Titans’ stadium across the river from downtown, and the building is the iconic Batman Building, also known as the AT&T building.  That reflection was available courtesy of the flooding, so recreating that particular view would be somewhat difficult.  (3 May, 2010  Nashville, Tennessee)