Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What I'm Reading

Since moving to Nashville, I have learned more about WSM and the Grand Ole Opry, and I was interested in learning more about how it all got started. In doing research for my job, Air Castle of the South: WSM and the Making of Music City kept frequently coming up as a resource, so I decided to check it out from my local public library. I got to visit the Opry in June with my dad and sister, Kristen. It was a great show and there was a ton going on before and after the show because of CMA Fest.
At the Opry in June

Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, I heard about the Louisiana Hayride often, as it was a similar program and format. However, the Hayride supported artists just starting their careers while the Opry allowed traditional, established artists to perform. In this traditionalist regard, the Opry steered clear of the electric guitar, while the Hayride embraced it. The world was even introduced to Elvis on the Hayride!
I'm only about fifty pages in, but I'm looking forward to delving in to country music history through this book! 

Other things I'm reading today: 
The making a Blake Sims: a selfless leader who was sent to Alabama a boy and came back a man

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Emerald Envy

I was watching this video of Loretta Lynn sing "Coal Miner's Daughter" today, and I just could not get over her dress...it's gorgeous. 

Here are some other looks sure to make you green with envy. 

Elie Saab Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

And some you can buy for yourself...
Jovani Emerald Green 0035 Dress

Casual Summer Short Sleeve O Neck

Milly Dolman Sleeve Dress

Michael Kors 3/4 sleeve crepe dress

Forever Unique Jade Dress

Thursday, September 5, 2013


These two tidbits of inspiration have spoken to me recently.


"I am not afraid, for my road is made open to me; I have God, my Lord, who will know how to make clear the route. It was for this that I was born." - Joan of Arc

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Woodstock Music & Arts Fair

The Woodstock Music & Arts Fair, most commonly referred to as "Woodstock" occurred from August 15-18, 1969 on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York. During the rainy weekend, 32 acts performed for almost half a million attendees, even into the early hours of the morning. See the complete schedule here.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Abbey Road

The Beatles' Abbey Road photo shoot took place in London 44 years ago today. Photographer Iain Macmillan took the famous photo, which appeared as the cover on the last album they recorded together, but not the last album they released. Abbey Road was released on September 26, 1969. In the United States, Abbey Road spent eleven weeks at #1 and spent a total of 83 weeks on the charts.

Have you heard of the conspiracy that Paul is Dead? The Abbey Road  cover plays in to this conspiracy.  John, George, and Ringo are crossing the street as a funeral procession. John is wearing all white, like a clergyman. Ringo, as the mourner, is in all black. George, in jeans, is the gravedigger. Paul wears no shoes, even though it was very hot that August day in London. He walks out of step with the other three. Read more here.