Postcard from Nashville


If you’re like me, and you like music, then Nashville is one of your favorite cities. Music is everywhere, from music history (I’d recommend a tour of Ryman Auditorium downtown), live clubs (Second Fiddle and B.B. King’s are among my favorites) and concerts (Rick Springfield, of all people, is playing here this weekend).

Even though I’m not a huge Country and Western guy, I can appreciate a good bluegrass band or some Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson on occasion.

Of course, it’s more fun to perform than to watch others perform. That’s why I ventured down to Printer’s Alley last night for a little late-nite karaoke. After watching some Vanderbilt football players pull a soft, boy-band rendition of NSync’s “Bye, Bye, Bye” (which might explain their perennial last-place finishes in the SEC East), I decided to bring some rock and roll back into the equation with an old standby, Bon Jovi’s “Wanted, Dead or Alive.” The kids appreciated it, even though many may have just been born when it topped the charts.

Vandy students began filing in Memorial Gym two hours before tipoff, donned in black tee-shirts that read, “Don’t Tase Me Bro.” How lame.