Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Nashville - The Music City

Nasville is an amazing town with great live music, art and food. 

Blue Bird Cafe
A wooden plate above the door says 
"The best songwriters in the world pass through this door" 
We cannot argue against that.
Lunch at Edgeville

A surprised find, we were walking back from lunch and saw this shop music shop with music rooms for lessons in Edgeville
This beautiful banjo/guitar looking instrument is ornamented with mother of pearls at the back 

This string instrument is made out of a cigar box by a local craftsman

The Parthenon in Centennial Park
The replica was built in 1897 for Nashville's Centennial Exposition to celebrate the city's 100 years of statehood.  The people liked it so much that they wanted to keep the replica so it stood there in plaster for 23 years.  In wasn't until 1931 that the city reconstructed the Parthenon using permanent materials later, which now houses an art museum.  This is the only full-size replica of Parthenon in the world.
Like its predecessor in Greece, the Parthenon in Nashville faces east. In antiquity this would allow light to come into the building as the sun came up and the doors were opened.

Music Row

The July 4th fireworks started earlier to beat the storm that was heading east toward the city. During dinner, Chris was just saying that we might end up watching the fireworks from the restaurant because if it rains we have a place to run to for shelter. True enough, almost within seconds from the start of the fireworks, it starts pouring. This picture and video below are taken by Chris under an umbrella under a narrow shelter from the building where we just had our dinner. 
It was the most fun fireworks display I have seen mainly because of the chaos around us, people running about trying to find shelter, enjoying the rain, sirens, honks and thunder on top of the fireworks. you can see how strong the wind is that the fireworks were moving sideways! You can't beat nature. 

Mural outside Merchant, the restaurant we had dinner before the fireworks
This is a city with high rise among historic buildings and music related statues.  They have these boxes with speakers inside them at most of the crosswalks downtown so you can enjoy the songs playing from that box while you are walking on the street.
Country Music Hall of Fame
Treble clefs outside Schermerhorn Symphony Hall
A book store on Hillsboro Pike.  They have a wide variety of collection.  I picked up a travelogue and a historical and cultural book on Malaysia written in the 1940s here.