Last night, early morning, I had the privilege of again experiencing the midnight showing of the late night, double feature picture show that is Rocky Horror at the historic Belcourt Theater in Nashville.
Nashville may be a blue dot in a sea of evangelical/fundamentalism, but damn that blueness was a welcome refuge last night, which speaks to the spirit of what makes Rocky so special.
An hour before the show opened, people were lined up outside the theater, many in costume, despite the unusually cold fall night.
Prior to the show, the lead actor read a statement from the shows organizer which essentially laid out what made/makes Rocky, in that the midnight shows were always a safe forum for people of all backgrounds: Gay, straight, trans, weirdos, freaks, geeks to be themeselves, without judgement. That sense of belonging and empowerment was, for some, first experienced at those midnight shows. That feeling of community was especially appreciated, at least for me, last night. To hear a theater full of folks cheer when the impromptu call out of Is Donal Trump a White Supremacist?...to which The Expert replied That is a fact, to overwhelming audience laughter....and Dr Frank N Furter was ask What do you think of President Trump, it was incredible to hear the roar of the crowd as Tim Curry glibly said I think we can do better.
As the show let out at nearly 2am, it felt like the end of a family reunion of long lost family members. Folks were hugging and laughing and cheering as we went back into the reality that is our daily lives. It was an irreligious, offensive, unrepentantly glorious gathering, yet the evening...err early morning, was a great inspiration and reminder that , even here in the Buckle of the Bible Belt, the home of the Southern Baptist Convention, and...hell, even a gathering of white supremacists that was shut down by protest earlier in the day....even here, the resistance is alive and thriving.
Will always love this song...the lyrics are just hauntingly beautiful!
We started Halloween early at our house! Now we have to replace a few pumpkins thanks to the unusually warm weather!
My best friend and I have know each other since we were elementary school age. We were a natural fit because we were both nerdy, both only children, and we both were farm kids in TN. Hes the only brother Ive ever know, and weve surely fought like siblings when we were teenagers, but weve never not been close. He is the godfather to my kids and Im the godfather to his daughter. He recently got back from a deployment with the Army and weve been catching up on our favorite pastime, going to concerts. Our wives tease us about us going on dates together, but its all in jest because they know we both have a passion for music and we both enjoy concerts and neither of them have that same degree of passion, so its a win win, especially on nights the girls coordinate to do something together while we go out.
Anyway, we both live in the Nashville area and this weekend was a unique event in that we went to concerts on back to back nights. Last night we saw Jason Isbell at the Ryman, which was an incredible show...his fiddle player and back up singer, who is also is also his wife, was his opening act...both were sensational. Tonight we saw Chris Stapleton at the Bridgestone, which was also amazing. So, cool thing from tonights show, Chris Stapleton called up on stage his buddy Chris Pratt to sing with him on his signature song Tennessee Whiskey and an extremely cool thing from last night...listen up liberal country fans...Jason Isbell had the local chapter of the ACLU inside the Ryman signing up volunteers as people came into the venue...(I dont usually mix politics and music but I thought that was incredible!)!!
So...these songs are to friendship, and an incredible weekend with my brother!
Ive noticed this multiple times today and its making me somewhat agitated because I know damn well how to use that punctuation mark and its making my posts look dumb!
So the RW is nuts...but you guys knew that. Heres a little insight into that madness from my own little world here in TN.
Backstory, for those that dont know, Im a physician in middle TN near Nashville, grew up here in this community and went away for several years and moved home about a year ago. The Nashville area is pretty purple, a blue dot in a sea of red, and the suburb I work in is now extremely red, wasnt always that way but I digress.
In our OR, we have a nurse who is a Navy vet. The guy likes to try to buddy up to me because Im also a Navy vet. The thing I cant stand is that this guy is like the boisterous vet in a bar that cant stop talking about his service and all the amazing things he participated in, in other words a bullshit artist. So this dude claims that he was in intelligence and he knows things that are top secret and most Americans dont know...cough, bullshit.
Yesterday, the guy was pontificating about the mass shooting in Vegas and he goes Clearly this Guy was a Manchurian Candidate. His brother was on the news saying how normal he was and how he got a phone call out of the blue and took off to Vegas. Ive seen that type of thing before. They probably were playing Mary Had a Little Lamb and triggered his training and the real question is who is behind this!
I heard this walking by the front desk of the or and stopped dead in my tracks. I said Whats so hard about accepting that this was a middle aged white dude that did this? If it was a POC or a Muslim would you be saying that crap?
His response, Im just saying...thats what the brother said and its just too convenient.
My response: Dude, you need to turn off the Alex Jones and watch some real news like CNN...cause that crap is frying your brain and I walked off.
That folks is the epitome of the RW mindset...thats why Trump was elected, and thats why Jesus Christ himself as a Democratic candidate wouldnt be able to convince these fools to vote for him!
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