Music City, Baby
I live in Nashville – Music City, USA but I did what a lot of people do. I got busy with my career, with my family and my hobbies and failed to take advantage of what this great city has to offer. I looked around and saw all these people coming from out of state to hear great music and I was rarely going out to see my own friends play around town. I used the excuse that I was too tired, too busy or that there was nothing going on when I was available. HOGWASH!! There is a quote that I love that says something like, “If it’s important to you, you make time. If it’s not, you make excuses.” So, I was telling myself that hearing live music was not important to me. NOT TRUE! So, at the end of last year, I put “live music” on my vision board.
With such a plethora of live music venues and bands that want to play here, I had no trouble finding a place to start. Funny thing is, I started in my own living room. My friend, Debbie Cunningham, was looking for a way to raise funds for her new album. I suggested a house concert and a couple months later, she and a keyboardist were set up in my living room with people spread out with their wine and cheese, enjoying the sound of her smooth voice as it danced over notes with the ease of an Olympic gymnast.
Then I “bumped into” friends playing at a great local venue, 3rd & Lindsley. Great bassists, horn players, keyboardists and singers who are talented enough to have played with people like Diana Ross, Kelly Clark, The Monkees, the list goes on. I have heard rock bands at Marathon Music Works, a Shania Twain cover band, a Journey cover band named Resurrection (twice!), local singer songwriters in the round whose songs are on the radio, Country Gospel greats like Jimmy Fortune, and local bands that play on porches and stages in my own neighborhood! I went to CMA Fest one night and saw some country favorites like Blake Shelton, along with mine – Steven Tyler. I’ve seen 80’s sensation, Duran Duran and adult alternative great, Ray LaMontagne, both at the cool outdoor Ascend Amphitheater. Last but certainly not least – I, yet again, saw Steven Tyler at the Mother Church – The Ryman Auditorium.
I have more coming up. Besides friends’ bands, on the calendar is Heart, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, and hopefully, Chris Stapleton. I have learned several things from this:
- Putting things on a vision board WORKS!
- Every city can be AWESOME if you open your eyes.
- You don’t always have to pay to hear good music. There are plenty of great free events.
- We all probably have plenty of friends that will go do things with us if we just ask.
- You may just make a new friend or become a new fan if you make time to get out and do things!
Photos courtesy of Stuart Miles via freedigitalphotos.net and writer’s personal photo.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. Wife to Robert, “Mom” to Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.