City Inspirations: Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee:  Color, Music & Life Within A City
Nashville, Tennessee: Color, Music & Life Within A City

Nashville. The capital of Tennessee located on the Cumberland River in the north central part of the state. On a recent trip to this Southern city my camera and I were never apart. With downtown streets lined with vibrant color and visual delights, the sidewalks were filled with musicians competing with the music streaming from the open bar doorways. Each venue beckoning the entrance of the passerby. Choices. Paired with the architecture that lured my lens, I was mesmerized by the flair and Southern charm that layered the downtown city of Nashville. A musical city with a colorful and loud energy that took over the streets. Amidst the swarms of people that took to the streets over a few days of untypical weather that brought forth cooler temperatures, I walked the course of the famous downtown Broadway Street and the side streets of color and life. Pansies and daffodils were in bloom along with flowering, budding trees from the sidewalk’s parkway. Springs arrival to the great city of Nashville was apparent.

Although the common gray sky of the Midwest and Chicago area seemed to travel with me, the lack of sunshine (and desperately needed warmer weather) could not thwart me. Perhaps, being in the musical realm of Nashville, it was the lyrics of Nancy Sinatra’s song that would appropriately come to my mind, “These Boots Are Made For Walking” (And that’s just what they’ll do…)…And that is just what my boots did. Albeit, they were not cowboy boots on my feet but rather long, tall black leather boots that more often hit the pavement of Chicago than Southern cities. Yet those boots of mine took to the streets with a fervor of excitement. Exploration. Discovery. A city I had never seen before that I had arrived within with a two-fold purpose: business travel and of course, the appreciation of a city before me…

Architectural  & Visual Interest Within The "Music City" Of  Nashville'
Architectural & Visual Interest Within The “Music City” Of Nashville’

The architecture of Nashville was full of embellished buildings of great character. Colorful painted details and iconic architectural forms graced the facades of historic Nashville. Image upon image was captured from behind my lens. An endless photographic opportunity and journey through colorful, lively streets. Of course, beyond the appreciation of the city’s details and musical culture and twang of guitars that filled the air, the people and their charm and graciousness was also evident. Southern style, indeed. And yes, I will certainly accept the greeting “Ma’am”

The Original Grand Ole Opry:  Nashville's Ryman Theatre
The Original “Grand Ole Opry”: Nashville’s Ryman Theatre

Known to be a city of the music industry, Nashville appropriately earned the nickname “Music City” and is said to have grown “from a foundation built on music”. Nashville’s “common thread in connecting the life and soul of the city and its people” brings visitors from near and far to experience the music that has historically and continually brings forth icons in the world of music. Of course, the historic Grand Ole Opry, now referred to as the Ryman Theatre, nestled within the downtown, stands as an icon to the world of Country music

Country Superstar:  Reba McIntrye
Country Superstar: Reba McIntrye

And a highlight experienced within this city of music? A performance by Tennessee’s country superstar, Reba McIntyre. The infectious smile and twinkle in the eyes of this larger than life woman certainly added to my experience. Having viewed this private performance from the ground floor at the edge of the stage, my camera was certainly at an advantage. From behind my lens, I had hoped to capture how this petite, famous red-haired woman with the wide, pleasing and sincere smile was an example of the joy of life and the appreciation of the art of country music personified. Thank you, Reba, for sharing your passion and energy!

And, of course…a return to the streets of downtown Nashville. Camera in hand…

Street Views:  The Colorful Signage Of Nashville, Tennessee
Street Views: The Colorful Signage Of Nashville, Tennessee
Music City & The Colorful World Of Nashville, Tennessee
Music City & The Colorful World Of Nashville, Tennessee
Visual Interest Along The Streets Of Downtown Nashville
Visual Interest Along The Streets Of Downtown Nashville
Vivid Color & Interest Filled:  The Streets Of Nashville
Vivid Color & Interest Filled: The Streets Of Nashville
Music City Paired With Culinary Delights & Countless  "Boots"
Music City Paired With Culinary Delights & Countless “Boots”
Visual Interest In The Vibrant, Southern City Of Nashville
Visual Interest In The Vibrant, Southern City Of Nashville
Architectural Interest & Beauty Within Nashville
Architectural Interest & Beauty Within Nashville
Nashville:  Architecture Off The Cumberland Riverfront
Nashville: Architecture Off The Cumberland Riverfront
The "Eyes" Of Nashville From Behind My Lens
The “Eyes” Of Nashville From Behind My Lens

Consider with appreciation the Southern city of Nashville, Tennessee. Colorful and vibrant, musical and full of life. A city that provides musical inspiration, hopes and dreams of possibilities. It is a city that “Lives Loud”. It is a city that welcomes visitors, who initially become spectators, to a city that actively participates in the energy and color of life. One certainly can’t help but be energized by Nashville. After all, a visit to Nashville turns you quickly from a spectator to a participant. No matter if one’s feet are covering the territory in Western “Cowboy” boots or footwear of various fashionable styles, Nashville will “get you walking”…

Kristin

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