Friday Letters

Dear Mr. Skaggs, thank you for putting on a great final show for the Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman last night.  We greatly enjoyed your music and all of your special guests.  It was a perfect end to a wonderful series.  Oh- and thank you for bringing Barry Gibb out on stage, that was super awesome.  Only in Nashville!

Dear Joshua, had a great time listening to Ricky Skaggs with you last night.  Thank you for getting the caramel corn, it hit the spot!  Loved our low key, laid back anniversary evening.  Also, brownies a la mode are pretty amazing.  Glad we indulged last night.  Love you to the moon and back.

Dear weekend, I’m looking for a little rest after this busy week.  Please allow me to sleep in on Saturday and enjoy a semi-lazy day.  Looking forward to painting a kennel with the family and Friday night dinner at the Pharmacy!

Dear girlfriends, only 7 more sleeps until I get to hug your necks!!  Can’t wait for our weekend getaway to the lake!  It’s going to be the best.

Soul Soothing Music

Last night Joshua and I were able to attend the first of the summer series “Bluegrass Nights” at the Ryman.  Have you ever been to the Ryman?  There is virtually not a bad seat in the place…well, unless you get stuck behind a pillar on the main floor.  We were in the balcony, about 4 rows up and I honestly think this is a pretty great spot.

There are just some tunes that are good for your soul…and bluegrass is definitely among those.  The picking of the banjo, with the deep bellows of the upright bass, and the beautiful sweet chords of a fiddle and mandolin combine to create something so special.  Throw in the beautiful voices of Sarah Jarosz and Vince Gill and you have last night’s performance.  We also got a lot of good stories to go along with the songs Vince played, which was really great and created a wonderful, personal atmosphere.

One of my favorite things he talked about was about the composition of bluegrass music.  He said it’s not about any one person in the group, it’s the combination of all the parts, every instrument or voice is as important as the others and the songs he played showcased that beautifully.  Each instrument had a bit of a solo during every song…and the pickin’ those artists’ can do is simply incredible and they make it look so easy!

Here’s a little taste of Sarah’s music – absolutely beautiful.

Thanks, Ryman and Springer Mountain Farms, for putting on this great series for the summer!