Sunday, January 9, 2011

And the Bands Played On

Nashville, TN. Honky Tonk Heroes.

"See the people, feel the power
There was sixty thousand there
Just like thunder the crowds began to roar
Were you there, did ya know, did ya see all the show
There was magic in the air
We sat in the sun woah-oh-oh
And the bands played on."
-"And the Bands Played On" (1981)

Looking back on the year of twenty-ten I can't help but smile.  God has blessed me with so many things, people, and opportunities.  To begin the year I turned twenty-one and without one drop of liquor or a bar, had the best birthday I've ever celebrated just by inviting all my friends and people who are important to me, to my house to eat, talk, and play games.  The high school basketball team I've written articles for in our local paper for four years won the school's first ever state championship and photos that I took and words that I wrote were featured front page.  I survived one more semester of French class with my friend, Christina, who keeps me sane throughout the school-year by letting me rant, be silly, and allows us to sneak off for the occasional lunch at Panera. There were birthday parties, a wedding, night hikes, drive-in movies, sleepovers, convertible cruises, and carnival rides.  I was able to take a trip with Tinisha and her family to New York City and Washington D.C. where we went to a Yankees game, stood in Times Square, rode a train out of Grand Central Station, bought a purse from Chinatown, gazed at NYC from the top of the Empire State Building, and visited all the monuments in D.C. 

Happy? Yes, that's one word for it.

I visited Tennessee two times over the summer and had the amazing privilege of seeing Loretta Lynn at the historic Ryman Auditorium, viewing incredible artifacts such as Johnny Cash's suit and Hank's guitar at the Country Music Hall of Fame, took a cruise aboard the General Jackson, visited the famous Tootsie's honky-tonk, saw Elvis' jungle room, stood in awe in the Ernest Tubb Record Shop at all the talent who have graced its walls, stood in Miss Lynn's living room and also saw the handwritten lyrics to "Coal Miner's Daughter", and got lost and ended up in Minnie's little Grinder's Switch.

Listing these opportunities out in such a way is by no means a way of bragging.  It is, however, a way for me to look back on all the things and people in my life that I have been blessed with.  I thank God for allowing me to have the means to have done all this.

Oh! And my year in review wouldn't be complete without mentioning the few little artists I've been allowed to see and hear.  Twenty-nine artists to be exact (not triple counting Miss Lo, whom I've been fortunate enough to see a whopping three show-stopping times in 2010).  Each year I try to beat my previous years record of concerts, I somehow think that this one will never be topped. :)

How-deeeee, I'm jes so proud to be here!

The Grand Ole Opry:
The Whites
Connie Smith
Jeannie Seely
Stonewall Jackson
Jack Greene
Sara Jorosz
Jim Ed Brown
Jan Howard
Steel Magnolia
Whisperin' Bill Anderson
Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top Express
Loretta Lynn


Were we pumped that we didn't get lost on our way to
Lexington to see Reba? Yes.

Kentucky Shows:
John Mayer
Michael Franti and Spearhead
The Judds
LeeAnn Womack
Reba McEntire
George Strait
Renfro Valley
Loretta Lynn :)

I like to tell myself she was looking
at me here. haha.
Hullabalou Music Fest (Louisville, Ky):
Dwight Yoakam
Olivia Henken
Justin Moore
The Lynns
Andrea Davidson
Stealing Angels
The Black Crowes
Terry Adams Rock and Roll Quartet
Loretta Lynn
The Steve Miller Band

The Little River Band

Also a little added Happy 76th Birthday to Mr. Elvis Aron Presley yesterday. :)  Which, too, means a Happy 22nd one to me...who would have been named Aaron after him had I been a boy. Great music has been in my blood since before I was born, my passion for it as an adult was inevitable. :)

<3 Kellie