I have scarcely lived here for 3 weeks, and I have already won something.
I never win anything! But through a local tapas restaurant, I won two tickets to the opera. My new friend Erika came with me, and we saw Gilbert & Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore,” which was incredibly silly and enjoyable, as it was blessedly in English. However, there were still supertitles, since these people sang so fast. They were very crisp and very British – so much so that I left craving tea and dance mixes of Celine Dion.
Erika is such a beautiful person, and an amazing singer. If you love Alison Krauss, check out her songs. It’s the old-timey, Americana, bluegrassy stuff that makes you wish for days gone by – and her voice is just exquisite.
I love the panoply of music here in Nashville. A lot of people assume that Nashville is all twang and fringe and Jim Beam. Although you can find that here, there is also plenty of rock and roots and blues and classical and – oh yes – Contemporary Christian Music. Alive and well. I’m still looking for Point of Grace everywhere I go. You KNOW I’ll geek out when I finally see one of them – my 7th grade dream brought full circle…
And just to keep you up to date on the bumper of my Honda, I now proudly sport a very loud bumper sticker that declares: “VIVA! NASHVEGAS! EAT MORE RHINESTONES!”