I’m still getting settled in my new place, so blogging will be light for a couple days.
The place is great. It’s in an old hotel that has been converted into lofts. It’s right on Music Row, so it’s where the big acts would stay in the 1950s and 60s when they were in town to record a new record. The building’s maintenance man is a retired long-time roadie for Kenny Rogers. My loft is apparently the suite where Jerry Lee Lewis usually stayed. So I am of course teaching myself “Great Balls of Fire” on the piano.
Daisy isn’t crazy about the hardwood floors, so I guess I’ll be getting some rugs. We’ll have to scope out some dog parks this weekend, too. The building includes a wonderfully ostentatious guitar-shaped swimming pool designed by honky tonk legend Webb Pierce. The first floor includes the old hotel room service kitchen. There’s a baker who uses the facility each morning to make bread for restaurants across the city. I am told if you’re nice to him he’ll give you a loaf. So that’s pretty great.
The location is really nice, too. I’m surrounded by studios, so it’s quiet. But it’s also just a few blocks (“stumbling distance,” you might say) from some great bars, restaurants, and live music.
I really had no particular reason for choosing Nashville, other than I’m a music lover and I’ve heard great things about the city. It was just time to get out of D.C. Nice thing about having a portable job. But so far, I’m pretty happy with the choice. I’m thinking about starting a little side blog about the town and my process of discovering it. The general content would be a mix of photos, interviews, reviews, and a little digging into interesting stories around the city. So here’s a list of blegs for Nasvhillians, current and former: Suggestions on what to call the blog? People I should interview? Places to visit and write up? Must-do, but not as well known events in the city?
Should be back to regular blogging in a couple days.