Hey guys! So, the actual topic for this post is “somewhere to move or visit” but instead of just having that as the title I figured I’d just include the place that I’d want to move or visit (again). I knew instantly I wanted to write about Nashville when I picked this post idea in preparation for this month because I love the city, and February’s theme was “what are you passionate about?” so it fit perfectly.
I visited Nashville for the first time in 2014 for my senior trip right after graduating high school; we literally left like the next day to make the 5.5 hour trip down to the beautiful city. I’d always been fascinated with Nashville because of my love and obsession with all things Country Music and had always wanted to go and visit all of the landmarks that everyone always talked about. I was super excited when the trip had finally been booked and started planning out all of the things that we’d do in the short 4-5 days that we were down there. I’d made a list of all of the things I had to visit while down there, booked the tours, and even mapped out our days so that it was planned out so that we weren’t zigzagging all over town all day instead of taking in the sights. Call me crazy or extra sentimental but I still have the papers that became our itinerary for the trip with all of the notes of which places we were going and where they were in the city.
The trip was a dream come true, and Nashville was just a pretty as I pictured it. The city screamed creativity and the influences of music at almost every corner; I was in heaven the whole trip. We stayed at the Drury Inn near the airport just outside the heart of Nashville and traveled in or around the city every day that we were there. We explored downtown Nashville, and I loved the fact that you could hear music playing all throughout the streets. We went to the Country Music Hall of Fame when Reba’s exhibit was there and one of the reasons that I wanted to make the trip at that time, the Opry, Opryland Hotel and Mills, the Ryman where I recorded my very first demo of an original song and the man said I was the best he’d heard all day. We stopped by the Bluebird Cafe but it wasn’t open at that time, and we weren’t able to make a show. We toured the Belle Meade Plantation which was pretty neat and historical and the Parthenon because of the Percy Jackson movie although I wasn’t really impressed with it. Lol. We attended a show at The Listening Room because I was big on the Song Suffragettes’ show back then because that’s where Daisy Mallory was playing, and still keep tabs on it today through Facebook. I also met some online friends for the first time down in Nashville as they had just relocated down there so that Jacqui could participate in a singing contest. That was during the time that I hadn’t told my parents about my online friends yet so I was really nervous to tell them, but they were okay with it after I told them, and we met at Mike’s Ice Cream in downtown Nashville. It was cool being able to meet them, but I didn’t really know what to say or talk about so I was pretty awkward. Lol.
I was super sad when we had to leave because it’d had been such a great trip and I knew I had to come back as often as I could. A year later in May of 2015 I went back to Nashville because I was finally going to see Reba in concert! She was playing a show at the Opry so I was able to mark two things off my Bucket List: see Reba in concert (even though it was only 30 minutes), and see a show at the Opry. I was still a new driver back then so I met up with my uncle at his house in St. Louis, and he drove the rest of the way down there in my car because I wasn’t comfortable driving that far yet. My parents had gone on a vacation down in Florida at the time so we met them in Nashville on their way back up to Missouri. It was a short little trip but it was worth every minute of it because I got to visit my favorite city again and see my favorite Country singer for the very first time. I bought my first pair of real boots from Boot Barn down at the Opry Mills, and also bought a lot of other souvenirs since I was down there and wasn’t sure when I’d be back.
I had wanted to make it a tradition to always make it back to Nashville every year in May or at least some time in the year but unfortunately with having a fairly new job last year I wasn’t able to take time off. This year I hope to make at least one trip down to Nashville, and I hope to relocate there one of these days. I can’t exactly explain why I want to move there except that it just feels like the state that feels like home, and the only state besides Missouri that I’ve considered moving to so far. Now that may change one day if I meet a guy who has a heart for moving somewhere else and I just knew in my heart that I would follow him there or anywhere, but my heart pretty much lives in Nashville. I love that it’s a city of hopefuls who are in the music business, want to get in the music business, and also who are just creative people and that’s where I want to be. Nashville calls to me even if I don’t have plans to go into the music business right now because it seems like the city for me. Every time I’ve visited it feels like a safe city, and it’s not that far away from St. Louis that I’d be comfortable enough to move to and still be close enough to visit home any time I wanted to. My goal is to be able to move there in the next five years hopefully if that’s what life has in store for me, but for now I’ll just visit there any chance that I get. I think it’s an amazing city, and I can’t wait to go back.