I did weave last week, but other things kind of took over this week for the blog.
I was sitting at my loom on Thursday afternoon, being good and weaving. I look out of our french door windows across the driveway to the woods as I weave. Suddenly, there was a flurry of wings as something settled on the edge of the driveway. Took me a second to realize it was a big owl!! At first, it was looking right at me with huge eyes. I was scared to move, afraid it would fly away and my camera was in the other room. I'd have to pass in front of the window to get it!! Gradually his head moved and he looked at the azalea bushes in front of the house so I quickly snuck to the studio to get the camera. Was I in luck!!
See how its eyes seem to penetrate right through you!! This is how it looked at first and then gradually he turned his head back to me after I got the camera. Most amazing thing in the world, I thought.
I didn't get pictures of the craft fair at Centennial Park that TACA puts on. I didn't have time. I was given about an hour to walk around the show. It's an outside show, well juried, that I did for about 20 years before I decided I had done enough outside shows. Plus, they don't have a tent of booths anymore. This show always was either hot, cold, rainy, stormy, windy, hot, windy....you get the idea. I barely got around in the hour but did get to say hi to friends I hadn't seen since I'd last done it 4 years ago.
The reason I only had so much time was because DH wanted to go to this shop that sells the things that the American Pickers? get that they show on the history channel. I haven't watched the show but apparently alot of people do because there were alot of people there!!
The reason we went to Nashville was to go to the Country Music Hall of Fame. There is an exhibit until July 15 featuring Chet Atkins. As part of it, they were having a concert featuring the music of Jerry Reed. Chet and Jerry influenced each other and played together a lot. Did you know that Jerry Reed wrote over 400 pieces? Some of them he'd write, Chet heard and played and by the next week or so Jerry had forgotten he'd written it. Some of those are instrumentals that are played by finger style guitar players the world over now. He was so much more than the good actor he was. His true legacy is the music.
So they had 7 guitar players each playing a couple of his pieces. All 7 of them are guys we know that play at our CAAS convention. Friends came from all over to attend the concert as well.
The music was great and I didn't have to do any registration for this one!! Just sat back and enjoyed it.
First up was John Knowles who taught at Belmont for years and wrote books on Chet and Jerry's music.
They had a surprise guest. Jerry's daughter Seidina Reed came up to sing with the band. It was a real treat to hear her and later meet her. She's talented as well. I suspect we'll hear more from her in the years to come.
Craig Dobbins on the far left, Mark Thornton hiding behind Darrel Toney who was singing a Reed song, Richard Smith in the middle playing his guitar (he learnt to play at 5 and has always been pretty incredible!) and Thom Bresh on the right, Merle Travis's son who's a wild man but a heart of gold.
So, it was cinco de Mayo and we did go with some of these musicians to a mexican restaurant but we went at 5pm before the big rush!! I guess we're all getting older and maybe a bit wiser!!
Downtown Nashville was a zoo and people were still flooding in as we left for our hotel room. It had been a long day and I took a nap before going to bed!!
So it's back to my studio today. I'll be weaving purple and hope to get some other work done this week as well. Weaving is just a part of it. All the sewing and serging adds time to the process. Good thing I like to do all of it!!
Until next week, keep being creative!!