Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"The Show must go on!"

Floodwater is still high here in Nashville, but it's going down noticeably, having crested Monday evening. Thank God for that!

This morning I read a great statement in the Tennessean that was posted on Facebook Tuesday. "Glad to see the only thing rising in Nashville now is love and support for one another (and from our friends in other places." --attributed to Joe Burchfield.

And Tuesday evening, the "Tuesday Nite Opry" show, which couldn't take place in the flooded Grand Ole Opry House, relocated to War Memorial Auditorium near the state Capitol and went on as scheduled. Opry cast member Jeannie Seely, who lost her home in the flood, performed during this historic show (historic because War Memorial is a former home of the Opry). Before singing, Jeannie commented that somebody had expressed surprise that she would be performing that evening. And her response had been, "well, it's not like I can stay home and watch TV. You can laugh about it or cry, and I don't want to cry."

Good for you, Jeannie Seely!

Also, US Senator and former Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander was at the show with the State's other US Senator, who were in town to survey the damage and support the request for federal disaster declaration. And Sen. Alexander, known for some musical talent, obliged a request, sat down at the piano and played one of our State Songs, "The Tennessee Waltz."

It was an "Opry Moment" for sure!

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