Like a Stonewall

Yes, I am referring to Stonewall Jackson. Two weeks ago a couple of my friends and I headed out to the Loveless Barn to catch a music show called Music City Roots. It is a weekly concert and live radio show (hippie radio 94.5) at the Loveless Cafe Barn. The best part, tickets are 10 bucks, 5 with a student ID!

It is mostly bluegrass and folk music with lot of local talent, fried chicken and beer. I was mostly excited about Steep Canyon Rangers, but was introduced to some great acts such as Westbound Rangers who sing a song called “Stonewall’, Ben Sollee, Ashley Monroe, and Joy Kills Sorrow.

Ben Sollee

Ben Sollee

I immediately came home and downloaded the Westbound Rangers albums off iTunes.

Here’s some Steep Canyon Rangers for you – Stand and Deliver

Last, but not least, Ben Sollee with The Healer

Just another reason I love Nashville. Get ready, the next post involves trying to find the musical genius in me.

Until next time.

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New Year, New Beginnings

I am a little late on the whole new year, new you deal. So, a happy belated New Years to my short list of readers. It has been a busy past couple of months with work and school, and honestly not really wanting to write any blog posts because I was down in the dumps. Thanksgiving came and went, and then December arrived and it hit me that I was supposed to be leaving to head to Fiji. Actually, I would be there at this very moment. Yes, I am still a little bitter about the vents that occurred, even though you can’t control mother nature.

Honestly, it was a blessing in disguise. As most of you know I have rheumatoid arthritis. It is not something I talk a lot about on the web because I do not like to complain about it. It is a pain though, and for a while I was in remission, but as of August not anymore. I have gone through three rounds of infusions and finally after this last one it is helping. I have my next one in a few weeks and have started to notice the pain coming back. Cold weather also makes it worse. See, complaining.

I have also come to the realization that Nashville doesn’t  feel like home anymore. It feels like a stepping stone to wherever I end up next. Who knows where that will be, currently I am thinking out west. That could change next month, and it probably will. Because of the weird emotions I have been having I up and decided to delete Facebook this past Sunday, along with Tinder and OK Cupid. New year, new beginnings as I said.

There were some great times though. My family spent Thanksgiving and Christmas together for the first time in two years. My brother could not be here this year since he is doing the grown up internship year of his residency program. Family is amazing. Friends are amazing and when the blues hit you, they are what keeps you going, well for me at least.

I rang in the New Year with my best friend, Amber at the Old Crow Medicine Show Concert. Duh.

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We have also enjoyed going to Predators games and planning our spring break! Hooray for being a student!

Speaking of hockey games, I also got to see one of my great friends who no longer lives here, the one and only Josh.

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The spring semester started today and I am taking a full load of classes and working. I am still working on my 101 in 1001 list as well, along with wanting to travel and get outside more.

Things might be changing around the blog, but please do not leave me. I feel that I am discovering the person I want to be. Things could get interesting.

Unti next time.

Another Night at the Opry

Starting in November, the Grand Ole Opry moves to the mother church of country music, the Ryman. I once again attended a showing there on Friday night with my Dad and friends. You might know who was playing; Old Crow Medicine Show! Surprise, surprise. There were other performers, but there was a special guest by the name of Winston Marshall, a member of Mumford and Sons. Yup! He has been in town for a while and you can catch him on Lightning 100 tonight, well it might be over now.

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I am just a little excited.

Until next time, Old Crow, and maybe Winston.

A Night at the Opry

There was a reason I had to be back in Nashville on the date that I picked. There is aways a reason, and it normally involves music. The next night Old Crow Medicine Shoe was going to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Being the huge fan that I am, I had to go. Thanks to having a wonderful father, he made it happen. It was quite the line up. There were tons of people backstage, as most of Old Crow’s family joined them for this special night. Little Jimmy Dickens made an appearance. It was his first time after some time away due to him being sick. Dustin Lynch sang a couple of songs, as well as the little Hunter Hayes. He is so tiny! One of my favorites, Dierks Bentley sang, although Bourbon in Kentucky was not on the set list. Maybe next time. My friend and I wondered around behind the stage and heard Ketch from Old Crow practicing in a room all by himself for their set. It was really cool to hear that. The whole night was awesome. To be there with one of my favorite acts, and to see their reaction on that special night, it is something I will never forget. All the members are so kind and do not mind talking to their fans. My dad shared a special connection with a few being as they are from the same area of New England, and one of them is from the same hometown as my dad’s mom. The accents came flowing out. It came time for Old Crow to hit the stage and they sang five songs. A little film was shown about their journey to that very night. Mumford and Sons even left them a congratulations. This was a night I will truly remember, for a long, long time.

Now some pictures from the evening.

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Little Jimmy

Teddy, from the TV show Nashville

Teddy, from the TV show Nashville

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley

Marty

Marty

Awkward shot

Awkward shot

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Old Crow watching the film

Old Crow watching the film

After it was all over.

After it was all over.

Welcome to the family

Welcome to the family

 

Nothing New

Tonight not much has happened besides my dive master class getting underway. While I was thinking about something to blog about, I saw Surrounded by Imbeciles post about the categories that are listed on the side of the blog page. Since the creative juices are not flowing tonight, I am going to follow this and see what the first thing I can come up with might happen to be.

101 in 1001 – I really need to update this more often.

Adventure – I am flying back to Nashville on Thursday. Airports are always interesting.

Adventure Across America – Part II will begin at the end of October.

Beach – I have not been in two weeks. Pathetic.

Books – Currently reading some more Hemingway

Concerts – Old Crow Medicine Show on Saturday!

Dogs – Abbie is snoring

Dreams – Had another dream about clowns last night

Family – Seeing them at the end of this week!

Fashion – Pretty pumped about my new shoes, Blu Kicks.

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Fiji – Soon close!

Fishing – Hemingway’s books also talks about fly fishing

Food – Can’t wait until sushi

History – Talked about maritime history in dive master class tonight

Kayaking – Need to go

Movies –  Haven’t been since Top Gun 3D

Museums – Tattoo exhibit possibility

Music – Daft Punk

Nashville – Thursday

Pictures – Sent the shark one to my grandpa

Quotes –  The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

San Diego – Amazing

Savannah – Not so much

SCAD – No more school

Scuba – Master Diver!

Sea Life – Shark Week is soon

Shopping – This will be happening in Nashville

Spiritual – I am

Sports – Fall means football in the South

Technology – I am loving my new computer

The South – I miss it

Travel – Everyone should do it

Uncategorized – This post

 

Jimmy Brings the Rain

The end of April meant one thing to me: Jimmy Buffett with one of absolute best friend. Also referred to as my younger little bigger than me brother. Ben is a parrothead, heck he even has a tattoo of one on his back.

The day started off with rain. For those of us that attended the Jimmy show in 2010, we all remember what occurred after the concert. The great Nashville flood. No flood this year, but rain jackets were out in full force.

Jimmy sang his usual songs and also introduced 4 new songs of his upcoming album, Songs from St. Somewhere releasing in the summer. It was great to hear him play some songs that I have never heard him sing live, like Morris Nightmare. There were the usuals like Fins, Pirate Looks at Forty, Come Monday and the Cheeseburger in Paradise.

Downtown was flooded with people since the Country Music Marathon had taken place earlier that day. We never made it to Margaritaville, just to Rippy’s right across the street from the arena. Since my memory does not serve me to well… I blame the rum, so here are some pictures.

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I spy Surrounded by Imbeciles

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Sorry for the short post, but today is my last day in Nashville and I must continue to pack my life away and all into my car.

Let the adventure begin.

Welcome Back.

To reading.

So much has happened.

I have already mentioned Fiji, but in 6 days I will be moving to San Diego!

Surprise!

I will be there until early November doing an internship at the Maritime Museum of San Diego and working with object conservation. I also have the opportunity to help reproduce a Spanish galleon ship, and learn how

to sail the tall ship that is currently there.

Everything has worked out so perfectly, it is amazing.

I have moved back to Nashville and unpacked everything just to repack my clothes once more and pile it into my car for a 5 day drive out west.

My apartment is 5 blocks from where I will be working. It is also 450 square feet. TINY!

It will be awesome.

Now to update you wonderful readers on events that have occurred since in the last month.

Old Crow Medicine Show

Carry me back.

Carry me back.

Great show, just like always. They were there for the Savannah Music Festival.

Nashville

I came home for Dad’s birthday and we went the Pred’s game. I also got great news from my rheumatoid arthritis doctor, I am in remission! JUMPING! I am slowly coming off some of these crazy medications. Finally. So happy.

Baltimore

I went up to Baltimore to visit my mom who is getting treatments for her smell issues.

I did all the touristy things, like the aquarium and the maritime museum there!

Submarine

Submarine

Oysters with Mom

Oysters with Mom

Trash boat

Trash boat

Fish in the aquarium

Fish in the aquarium

San Diego

This trip was solely to find an apartment, which I did.

Here is the neighborhood in which I will be living.

Little Italy

Little Italy

I also took the ferry over to Coronado and rode the bike around the island. I ended up on the Naval Base… I do not recommend doing that.

The Move Home

The day before I left for home, I got in a car wreck.

Ouch

Ouch

It was not my fault, and Lola got totaled. So I got a new car.

Pretty.

Pretty.

Other than that, not much has been going on besides packing and buying a camping table to serve as my kitchen table.

Oh yeah, I also went to South Beach, and saw Jimmy Buffett again. More on that later.