20140527-230853-83333024.jpg “Lady, I’m your knight in shinning armour and I love you. You have made me what I am, and I am yours. My love, there’s so many ways I want to say I love you, let me hold you in my arms forever more. You have gone and made me such a fool, I’m so lost in your love”… Oh Kenny Rogers! Do you remember his song ‘Lady’?

As a child two types of songs were allowed in my house- country music and classical music. And I loved both! I loved how the chords in a classical piece seemed to actually tug at my heart-strings, and I loved the beautiful storytelling that you found in country music, I loved the vulnerability too, how they shared their hearts and said things you wouldn’t dare say out loud in song.   So imagine my great joy, when I found myself at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. I was really like a kid in a candy store. Addictive candy. I ran, hopped, skipped, asked if I could take pictures (and was allowed to, on the condition that I didn’t use a flash). If I were to describe my 3 hours spent there in words, I will say “pure joy”. I loved it and wanted to share some of my favourite pictures and people with you.

 

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Webb Pierce poses with his almost-as-famous customised car!
Webb Pierce poses with his almost-as-famous customised car!
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Look at those horns! Doesn’t get more cowboy than that does it?
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Notice the saddle? And the door handles customised to look like hand guns…

 

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Elvis Presley’s Cadillac, some parts of it were made with real gold and diamond dust (see picture above this one). Wow! These guys sure loved their cars.

 

Taylor Swift "sponsors" an education centre in the Country Music Hall of Fame. She is still loved there, didn't feel much love for lil Ms. Cyrus there though.
Taylor Swift “sponsors” an education centre in the Country Music Hall of Fame. She is still loved there, didn’t feel much love for lil Ms. Cyrus there though.
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I really wanted to read what was on the post-its… Still couldn’t see though. Argument for a better camera…
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Taylor’s blinged-out guitar


I stopped by this wall to enjoy the music, a lot of the records has buttons you could press and listen to songs from the albums displayed.
I stopped by this wall to enjoy the music, a lot of the records has buttons you could press and listen to songs from the albums displayed.
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Enjoyed some Johnny Cash.
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When I got in front of this space dedicated to Kenny Rogers, I stopped and performed a few songs of his, much to the amusement of my companions. This was awesome for me- you know those times when you are so happy, you cry! This was one of those and I didn’t even see him in person.

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What is it with men and their cars?
What is it with men and their cars?
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Reba McEntire was being celebrated the week I visited.

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Reba’s wardrobe for some famous performances.

 

I really enjoyed my time at the Country Music Hall of Fame, but I don’t want to share just pictures with you, enjoy some remarkable songs, relax and tap into your inner romantic, inner storyteller or even inner fighter with these links:

Lady by Kenny Rogers-  here

Webb Pierce- Jailhouse Now
here

Gambler- Kenny Rogers-
here

You’re my best Friend- Don Williams- here

I will always love you- Dolly Parton (no, Whitney, didn’t sing the original version)- here

 

Okay, that’s just me sharing my love with you. I hope you enjoyed it and enjoy the songs. My current favourite country music artist is Wynn Varble- I love, love his sense of humour. If you find a CD of his buy it. You will laugh a lot. Thank you for allowing me share. Have a beautiful week and be awesome. Be present too- when you are at play, play hard but responsibly, when you are at work, work hard. Let excellence be your hallmark.

 

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