We’re all new in town once, right?

This past weekend, my partner Karsten and I celebrated our three-year anniversary of having moved to Nashville with brunch at Cheekwood’s Pineapple Room. One of the things we’ve learned since coming to town is that everyone has advice, everywhere we go, whether we ask for it or not (and really, we never do).

One night, for example, about a year into our tenure here, I had just finished playing at a writers’ night and was getting ready to leave the bar. In walked a brash young would-be cowboy, and he strolled right up to me and asked if I was getting ready to play. No, I told him, I just got done. I don’t know what about that answer signified “please give me advice,” but it must have, because this guy launched into ten minutes of suggestions — not having heard me play, mind you — for how to succeed. The clincher was, he’d only been here two days.

Anyway, last night, we went to the “meet and greet” reception for the Harry Fox Agency. HFA is “increasing their presence” in Nashville, but that doesn’t mean they’re actually setting up an office here. Still, they reassured us all that their relationships in Nashville are very important to them. And hey, they threw a pretty good party, so I’d like to extend a hearty welcome.

But what Nashville greeting would be complete without some unsolicited advice? So HFA, my advice is this: DO set up an office here. Convince us you’re taking us seriously.

And keep throwing parties every so often, ’cause ya know. We songwriters can really swill the booze.

1 Comment so far

  1. Busy Mom (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 8:47 am

    Welcome aboard!

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