Monday, December 17, 2007

Nashville Skyline

The Mother Church of Country Music, The Ryman Auditorium (original location of the Grand Ole Opry)

On the outskirts of Brentwood

So many churches, and so much football.

Upon entering Percy Warner Park.

I can remember being dropped off here for day care.

Took a bus downtown. Headed straight for the Cumberland River to get my bearings. I noticed this empty building up on the river's bank, over town.

Nashville's very own Parthenon.

Monday, December 10, 2007

God Over Green Hills

Riding in a plane to Nashville. I don't have a seat mate. I'm glad because maybe I can catch some sleep this stretch.
On my first flight, from Portland to Oakland, I was weary, and wanted to sleep, but was sitting next to an intelligent young guy with a desperate American life. Nice kid starting a record label.

Just Dipped Below the billowy sea, sea of clouds, falling down to Nashville. Below is another sea. a low lying cloud layer. And below that, the imperfect world. Can't help but think that's how a pilot might see it.
Up above that top layer, pale blue sky bleeds into orange highlights, against a purple field. Over the turbulent sea. A foamy sea. The sun gone. Sailboats gone. Airship. In the imagined future. A dream of a sailor. But I can't see any angels up here. Can only anticipate the chaos below.
And now I'm contacting the surface. Orange spotted circuit board. And dreams are gone.

Yesterday, as I was driving down into Green Hills, a suburb of Nashville I grew up in, I noticed a church being built up on the horizon. It looked to be a massive church built of stone, dark against the only strip of sky that wasn't grey.
I pointed out my observation to my brother Johnny, in the passengers seat. He exclaimed "Now that is God over Green Hills...Jesus!"
There is whole lot of religion down here.

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