Budding song writer in our midst

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You just never know about folks who surprise you with talents you never dreamed they had.

Today my childhood friend, Bob Marshall (seated), presented us his new CD of tunes he wrote and, at least partially, performed.  My house was rockin’ and curious neighbors showed up for the show.

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Neil Diamond for president!

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Last evening, Katie Couric reported a story that  that warmed my heart and restored my faith in basic human goodness and generosity.

You may have seen it.

Seems that Hurricane Ike destroyed a tiny southern Texas town and singer Neil Diamond was in Houston for a concert about that time.  He drove down to see the destruction and attended an impromptu prayer meeting of the towns people who were sitting in the ruins of their local church, praying for a miracle to help them rebuild.

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Early Light: Greetings from Music City

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Most people come to Nashville for the music, but my family is more focused on food and shopping (we’re doing our part to stimulate the economy). We did get to SEE the Ryman though.

The spectacular auditorium was first opened as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892. It was built by Thomas Ryman (1843–1904), a riverboat captain and Nashville businessman who owned several saloons. After his death, the Tabernacle was renamed Ryman Auditorium in his honor.

A National Historic Landmark, the Ryman Auditorium served as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-74, and was completely renovated in 1994. The Ryman, voted one of the Top Ten “Best Live Music Venues” in the nation by Citysearch patrons, continues its more-than-100-year music tradition by offering the best in live entertainment.

For more information, visit www.ryman.com or www.gaylordentertainment.com.