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Saturday, April 25, 2009

backstage at the Grand Ole Opry!

Last night was amazing! My friend Mathilde (an exchange student from France) is doing her masters thesis on how country music has shaped Nashville's economy. In addition to our buying tickets to attend a night at the Opry, she was able to get in touch with some of the head honchos and set up an appointment including a backstage tour before the show.

The show didn't start til 7, but we showed up at 5 for the tour. Steve Gibson, the director of Creative Services, spent an hour and a half giving us a tour, and then an additional 45 mins in his office supplying us with all the information Mathilde might ever need for her paper. I was so impressed with the kindness and eagerness of all the employees to share the legacy of the Opry with everyone who came through the doors. NOBODY was the least bit pretentious, and we were walking around the guys 2nd and 3rd in command in the whole company!

Steve gave us full access to green room, refreshment area, sound booth, video booth, light booth, advertising booth, even the stage itself (!) for the entire evening.
There were a few seats on stage behind the performers that we helped ourselves to, and even though the sound really wasn't that good...it was incredible just to be there. And to meet Marty Stewart, the Cherryholmes...some really big names.

Near the end of the show Steve came out on the stage and brought Mathilde a book he had purchased for her in the gift store; one he thought would give her some more good material. Then he arranged for her to meet with his boss, the CEO and Chairman, next week. I just can't say enough about his generosity! He went completely out of his way to make sure we were taken care of.

(And I might just have snagged myself a paid internship in the Marketing Department next year!) :)

Friday, April 10, 2009

this little girl has stolen my heart

Little seven year-old Emma Resmini is a force to be reckoned with in the world of floutists.
This is one of my favorites.....

And here's a little encore....

Friday, April 03, 2009


oh my
it is so late. 1am, and I have yet to do anything truly productive today. I spent a good part of the afternoon in the eye of a wanna-be tornado. I live on the very top floor of the only building on campus which was struck by lightning, thus my roommates and I spent the better part of three hours trying to endure the built-in warning siren/fire alarm in our living room which was apparently damaged in the lightning strike and would not turn off. One word to describe that: exhausting.

So I spent three hours in hysterics - watching the tv and the storm while being serenaded by sirens - instead of doing my Stats homework and researching for various papers and projects. I even had to cancel my dinner plans because there was flash flooding everywhere downtown, even after the big storm moved a bit north.

The funny thing is that it was over 70 degrees today! Apparently it's something about the cold fronts and warm fronts meeting that causes these kind of crazy weather anomalies......a new concern for me since the west coast is virtually free of natural disasters like this.
Actually, let me rephrase that: We have natural disasters, like earth quakes, forest fires, and snow storms, but I feel like there is more notice before those things happen. People aren't suddenly, unexpectedly engulfed in a torrential downpour and 100 mph winds, like we were today.

But I'm alive. And ready for tomorrow's tornado watch. Yeehaw! After all the excitement today I think I want to go out and chase tornados with those professional "Stormchasers." Now that would be an adrenaline rush.

(Just kidding Mom and Dad) :)
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