a few months ago my sister and i bought tickets to see one of my favorite artists, patty griffin. if you haven't seen her and your into "singer/songwriter", "folk" or something of that line, you should check her out. anyway...off the track there.
it turned out my sister couldn't go to the show with me - so i took a quick trip to nashville on my own. the drive up was horrendous with pouring rain for at least 100 miles of the 260 mile trip...slowing traffic to less than 50 mph on i-65. but, i got there in plenty of time to take myself out to dinner at a cute italian place (o sole mio) before the show. lobster ravioli and creme brulee (yum!)
i took a cab as i wasn't quite sure how close the ryman was to the hotel (turns out - 6 blocks) but the $5 ride was worth it not to hike up that hill. the show was amazing and the new album (downtown church) was so appropriate in this venue as it is a collection of gospel music from the 30's, 40's etc. on the ticket with her was buddy miller. i never heard him before but i loved him - great sense of humor and beautiful song writing. he's a bit more in the country vein - but, wonderful. loved his song 'gasoline and matches'. emmylou harris and leanne womack guest starred on a few songs and patty was on fire...it was wonderful.
i guess if i had to complain about something (and i really don't...but, i wonder about things) is that the young woman sitting next to me (the ryman seating is old church pews as it's an old church) texted the entire show. non-stop. so i was a bit miffed (1) that the bright light was distracting as i was trying to watch the show and (2) wondered why she would bother coming to a $50 a ticket show if she wasn't into watching it. sure, she enjoyed the music as i saw her swaying along and sometimes singing along but it was as if she was listening to the cd. at one point, i leaned over and said 'that's really bright' but she just shrugged her shoulders.
after the show, the new moon was the tiniest sliver over the shoulder of the batman building and a fresh breeze pushed off the humidity as i walked back to the hotel. this morning i lingered over waffles and the usatoday crossword puzzle. as i drove back - it was a nice break to the week and a fun trip - even if i had to go it alone. i think it's nice to break the routine and do something different. and it will make the rest of the week a bit better.