Good early morning from Nashville! What a beautiful city. This is my first visit, but it’s easy to see why so many people have fallen in love with this place. Since we crossed into city limits, there hasn’t been a whole lot of time that my ears haven’t been exposed to amazing music. (I also found out about Come and Live. Free music, check it out!) We’ve been super blessed with a wonderful host home that has exposed us to the best parts of Nashville.
Our first day in town was spent checking out the music stores around town. The first stop was Forks Drum Closet. Never before have I seen a store, especially of this caliber, that sells exclusively percussion gear. They have the most impressive collection of cymbals, snares, and all around high quality kits that i’ve yet come across; definitely worth checking out. Next door to Forks was Corner Music, which was also very cool. They had some very boutique guitar amps. I also acquired a banjo from these guys and am excited to start the learning process all over again. Then we ventured over to Rock Block. The Block had a less extensive repertoire of guitars, but their effects pedals were out of this world. I saw for the first time some pedals that I’d only heard about, and others that I didn’t know existed. I felt like a little kid in a candy shop! The last stop was the Nashville Guitar Center. Usually I prefer local music stores to Guitar Centers for a few reasons, but this store housed some of the coolest vintage gear that I’d ever seen. All in all, if you have some time to kill in Nash and want to see some cool instruments, stop by one of these places.
Later that evening we headed over to 12th and porter. There was an amazing line up featuring The Worsties, Modoc, and Brenn. All three of these bands put on a really good show and the venue sounded amazing for such a small room. What else should I have expected from Nashville though, right? After the show we ended up at Cafe Coco, a pretty sweet 24 hour hangout that I would have had no idea about if it weren’t for our savvy host. All in all, a very productive day.
Yesterday was our showcase with Word Records, the main reason we came down south. We weren’t really sure what to think going into it, but it ended up being a pretty cool event. All 11 bands had won talent searches for local festivals and ended up in this larger “talent search” with a possibility of winning an artist development deal with Word… whatever that may mean. There was definitely a lot of talent packed in that room on Sunday. Unfortunately we didn’t take the prize, but a very worthy competitor named Jeremiah Garcia did. This guy had some mad guitar chops and was doing some innovative things. Keep an eye on him as I’m sure he’ll be going places.
After the showcase we attended The Anchor Church. I really enjoyed the evening there. Being a musician, I usually get more caught up in the worship bands and their gear more than I do in the worship. It’s a habit I’ve been trying hard to break, and for the first time tonight I succeeded. There was a guest speaker at the church tonight that started talking about the Tabernacle that was constructed after Moses received the 10 commandments from God. The Tabernacle was a place that God could dwell among his people. Prior to this, people could only view God from afar. Back in the Old Testament, because Jesus had not yet died for our sins, there were steps that people had to take before they could have this divine encounter. These steps can be found in the beginning of Leviticus and needed to be carried out exactly as God had commanded, but essentially they included admitting to sin, repenting for sin, and then leaving behind that sin, or those idols in ones life before entering into worship with God. Lucky for us, this process is not nearly as difficult as it once was. However, it still needs to be done in order enter into true worship with the Lord. We cannot say that we are Christians on Sunday only to go out and give in to our vices and idols the other days of the week. God clearly sees us when we have sex out of wedlock on a Tuesday, become consumed by drugs and alcohol on a Thursday, when we look at pornography on Friday, or lie, cheat, and steal on a Saturday. In this there is good news though; Our God is merciful. He sees that these things are getting between us and Him. He wants to forgive us so the relationship can be strengthened, but it is up to us to remove these obstacles from our lives so that this can take place. What an awesome God we serve!
After church we hit up the Hard Rock Cafe. I had never been to one before, but have seen many in my travels. It was a little on the cheesy side, but I’m glad I made it to at least one. They were playing all the old songs that I inherited a love for from my parents. Downtown Nashville was alive with street performers and live bands as well. I believe at any hour of the day, you can always find someone making music in this city.
Well, I hope that will give you enough to chew over until the next post.
God bless you all,