How Camping Turned Into The Grand Ole Opry Best Date Ever!

FullSizeRender 2My husband and I had plans to go camping this weekend, but when we checked the weather report, we realized we would have to adjust our plans.

I’ve always wanted to see Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. Since my husband’s two sisters would be there, Jon asked me if I wanted to go there instead. Now when you ask a woman if she wants to do something she’s wanted to do since she was a little girl, the answer will usually be an emphatic “YES!”

As we arrived in Nashville, I wondered why I hadn’t put this on my bucket list. I also wondered if I’d know any musicians that played. I’m not a country music lover, but that didn’t seem to matter to me.

The Parthenon

Our first stop was Centennial Park off of West End Avenue. What began as a temporary structure, built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, the Parthenon in Nashville is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece. A most amazing structure with incredible detail, surrounded by lovely views. It wasn’t what I expected to see in Nashville, but it was worth seeing.


The Oddest Vehicle

Have you ever seen, or heard of, a floating bar? While waiting for our dinner on Saturday night, we saw this Pedal Tavern. If you look by the bottom of the bar stools, you can see actual pedals they use to move the vehicle up and down main street. These ladies were working hard for their drinks I might add.


B.B. King’s Blues Club & Restaurant

Next, we went down town to visit BB King’s Blues Club Restaurant. What an experience! I could barely sit still while eating. Music, particularly the blues, moves me. Watching master’s at their craft, the BB King Blues Band members were outstanding. They kept us fully engaged the entire time we ate. We even got to dance a song or two. SaxaphoneThere was a 15-year-old boy who asked if he could play drums with the band for one song. To our amazement they let him, and he was outstanding. The crowd went wild of course. They gave him a standing ovation. What confidence it took to do that, and to receive such applause made him feel absolutely great. You could tell by the huge smile he went back to his seat with. BW guitar

The Opryland Hotel

On Saturday we visited the Opryland Hotel to see what the inside looked like after the flood in 2010. To our surprise, it was more beautiful than we had remembered. So stunning were the millions of plants that came from all over the world. To fill this canal you see below, they brought water in from over 1,700 sources. I cannot imagine how long that must have taken. We couldn’t help but wonder if the flood contributed to removing most of what was brought in, or contributed even more water from all over the earth. I’m so thankful for the resilient spirits of men and women who persevere.


The Grand Ole Opry

Suffice it to say I was most excited about this part of our journey through Nashville. Let me just say, I was not disappointed. I didn’t realize it was a radio program first off. Nor did I realize that we’d be seeing 16 award winning artists all in one night. But there was one artist who stood out more than any of the others. Her name was Violet. This lady (seen below) is 100 years old. Violet made the fiddle in her hands sing! She also made that violin in her hands when she was just 17 years old. She made 74 consecutive violins after that! Amazing right? I will never forget how inspired I felt after listening to her talk and play. Simply a fabulous musician. 

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Back Stage Dressing Rooms

That’s right! I got to go back stage! I was super excited about this because when we left on our journey I had no idea this was even possible. This is one of the most famous star’s dressing room of the Grand Ole Opry. Depending on when you were born, you may notice a photo of Mini Pearl on the wall. “Cousin Mini” as the door sign fondly remembers her, is still hanging proudly on the door.  Other guests use the room too. There were several modern rooms as well, like this one below, but they reserve the right to keep ‘oldies but goodies’ in tact.



The Grand Finally

So I’d have to say that the highlight of my entire trip was being able to stand on the stage in this majestic building of musical talents, and look out over the audience seats. I imagined myself standing there, singing without a care in the world. Just to feel what it might feel like to sing in a place that had immense acoustics, and a sound that traveled for what seems like miles. Wow. Greats have stood on that stage where I stood. Right there on that same spot that Carry Underwood, Blake Shelton and others have stood.

What bubbled up for me is that I secretly wanted to try. I knew it wasn’t going to make friends of those walking near me, or the 50 other people in our tour group. But I just had to try. I wanted see how it felt to sing whatever came out from my soul in that moment.

Although my debut was an uninvited impromptu, I actually did it. Not real loud, but I did it.  I can now say I got to sing on the stage at the Grand Ole Opry. “No wonder so many people enjoy this” I thought, as people glared at me walking by. All I felt was joy inside.

As a side note; if management ever invites me to return so I can sing (again), I just might consider it. 😉IMG_7327 2

Best Date Ever

All-in-all this trip was one of the best dates ever because it was so memorable for me. Going home felt very satisfying.

As I write this I laugh at the thought of my ‘debut’, but I’m so happy I did it.

What about you? Do you have a dream you’ve yet to accomplish? Some goal you’ve had since you were little? Why hold back? Chance are, you’ll never see the people you’re with again unless you know them. It didn’t break any rule or hurt anyone – well not that I know of anyhow.

The thing is, if you don’t do it now, you may never do it.

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Kellie (and Jon)