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Although the movement is gone, rock ‘n roll is still with us…

pirate radioWrapping up yet another productive evening watching “Pirate Radio” with Hap & Harry’s by my side. The music in this movie is what really gets me. Although I was not alive during the era of rock and roll, I can still feel through the treads of the moment, the spirit is still alive, sweeping through the 21st century. Even though we have moved on to other tunes and sing other songs, that feeling of rebellion, release and living on the edge is still there. It takes me back to my high-school days shredding it on my electric blue Schecter with the sounds of the full band encompassing all. It takes me back to college, sitting in music business class listening to tracks that went back as far as the beginning of recorded sound, when real talent was king.

Music sings a tune in my life quite unlike any other, even those moments of silence must be punctuated with sound.

What are some of your favorite good vibrations?

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I don’t know if we can fully appreciate the fight that was fought in our favor…the war that was brought to our homes and the blood that was shed for freedom. As an American I am proud to call myself one of the risk takers. The Founding Fathers took a huge risk when they decided to cut themselves off from Great Britain, the country that sponsored their lives. Choosing to go it on your own instead of staying under the umbrella of those rich and powerful is always a gamble. Yet it paid off and for that I am grateful. Happy 4th of July and may be never take for granted the freedoms that were given us!

 


There is something magical about tickling lights in the dark. They serve as a friendly reminder of home, of warmth in front of the fire, a hot cup of team and a blanket to snuggle under. There is something in the beauty of light that captivates us, which is why the “Lights” art exhibit at Cheekwood was an incredible experience.

Floating balls of light

Balls of Light

The mystical ever changing globe of light

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Plastic bottles of water knitted together into a column with the music of wild sirens playing in the background

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A house on a hill protected by a field of light

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Which one is your favorite?


A horn toots triumphantly in the background with the faint throb of a bass and muted beats of drums. Overlaying those tones is a drummer rolling it out on his drum set, a drastic contrast from the soulful sounds of jazz. The smell of barbeque wafts through the air, brought on by the same wind that brings disastrous kites to brush by the heads of unsuspecting small children. It’s just another sunny day at Centennial Park, the 132 acre park close to the heart of downtown Nashville which boasts of its take on Athens’ Parthenon. There’s always a party happening at Centennial from arts and craft fairs to Shakespeare in the park, live music, sports, food fests, it’s the number one stop for a holiday.

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Don’t forget to bring breadcrumbs, the ducks come out every now and then.

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Taking a peek at the river.

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The Parthenon in all her glory.


Nashville has its on unique landscapes, events and beauty. One of the places I was fortune to visit was Traveler’s Rest for their Crawfish Boil and Beer. The landscape is absolutely gorgeous and the New Orleans food and beer incredible. One our way there we drove under various tunnels:

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The landscape on the historic plantation was beautiful:

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My meal of crawfish were extremely lively:

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The thing about music, the reason it captivates us and pulls us over the brink of no return is because of those songs that truly get you. As with any romantic relationship there is no way to fully explain the way the one you love makes you feel, so it is with music. In particular one brilliant artist will write and release a song that holds my very being captive. The way the lyrics flow and the music blends together moves me. The rhythm thudding deep within my soul, the wail of the guitar telling its story, the music sways as I sway, understands my underlying emotions, holds me close, makes me dance, pushes me onward to new horizons, it “gets” me.

I listen to music all the time, writing, reading, driving, partying but the music I tend to love the most is when I’m in my car driving. Music Loud. Windows down.

Links to a few of the songs I’ve been listening to recently are listed below. I’d love to hear what yours are too, feel free to comment with links to your favorites.

Muse, Supremacy

Kopecky Family Band, My Way

Muse, Animal

The Killers – Flesh And Bone (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)

Music best listened to through the loud speakers


Dark of night, cold of winter, biting through the thin black dress

Rushing forward, high heels clicking, running towards the light

Doors spill open, pouring music, light and warmth into our minds

The beat is throbbing, bodies moving, thriving, jiving with the vibe

Drinks held high, fists are pumping, voices raised in songs

Lights are flashing, blue, green, purple, dancing on the mob

Cold dissipates, heat takes over, we sway, we sing, we shout

Sweaty brows, chests heaving, the time ticks tocks towards morn

Tried feet limp, in heels, in shoes, danced until threadbare

We weave the crowd by way of friends, we hug, we kiss, we leave

Disclaimer: I am not a poet but I enjoy blending words


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