Music is my life, but when I think of ‘music’ and its various locations, I always seem to overlook Nashville, Tennessee. Last April, my high school band and choir got a chance to truly understand where some of music’s roots are.
The original purpose for coming to Nashville was to be critiqued on our musical performances, but before all the stress though, we got to have some fun. Sure, I was disappointed that we weren’t going to a place like Florida, but in the end I learned what it takes to have one remarkable traveling experience.
I never heard of the Grand Old Opry until this trip. Little did I know it was a humongous concert hall and we would get to see many old and new country stars perform live. I will admit, I knew almost none of performers except the recently famous pop-country singer Trace Adkins, but that didn’t stop my friends and I from dancing in our seats and singing with the stars. Later at night when we were leaving, I took a glance back at the Grand Old Opry and saw how beautifully lit every window was with the subtle glow of musical history.
I’m a music fan, not necessarily a country music fan. It’s not that I didn’t like the genre, it’s that I was never educated on it. So, the group of us went to The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Level upon level of the warehouse-like building filled our heads with knowledge of past idols and legends. So many faces seemed familiar there. After I walked down the steps to the street I could put a face with a name, song, and life now.
I learned more than I could even imagine there! I wish I could have spend more time in the hall of fame, but our band and choir was off to the best place Nashville offered. The historic RCA Studio B was the last, and most meaningful, stop of our Nashville journey. The studio became famous in the 1960s for being a part of what many refer to as the ‘Nashville Sound.’ However, it is most famous for someone who recorded in it: Elvis Presley. The tour guide told us that many other country singers recorded there and that we were getting a chance to do that same thing that day.
Can you believe it? Not only did my friends and I get to stand exactly where Elvis stood, but we recorded three of our songs on the exact same materals, in the exact same place, as Elvis did! I have bragging rights now.
When I heard about a year ago that the band and choir was going to fundraise to go on a trip to Nashville, I was disappointed. I judged a place on absolutely nothing and I regret doing that. My trip to Nashville was amazing and extremely educational, too. Now that I know what Nashville, Tennesse is really about — I’d give up a trip to Flordia anyday.
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