In the past I've encouraged folks to contribute to relief efforts for natural disasters in New Orleans & Haiti. Now, we find our hometown another victim. Although the Nashville flood of 2010 is dwarfed in scale by New Orleans, there are thousands who have lost their homes, without flood insurance. Homes - gone with no recompense.
Portions of our neighborhood & many others have been wiped out by apparently total losses. Historic & important cultural sites are damaged. The Grand Ole Opry House, the Opryland Hotel, the gorgeous Schermerhorn Symphony Center - all damaged by flooding. And we shouldn't forget that dozens already have lost their lives & the numbers are expected to rise as waters recede. It's heartbreaking. And what's even more surreal is the fact that not only is this story being masked by other national news, but there are even parts of Nashville that are seemingly unphased.
I've always found myself bored with other flooding disaster news stories with the aerial footage of sandbagging efforts along the Mississippi in remote parts of the country's midbelly, but this time it's in our back yard - literally. I expect that in the future I will empathize a little more & sigh a little less when I read of yet another rising river in some town I've only driven through.
Please consider digging the news stories a little deeper & be aware of relief efforts & funds that may be set up in the coming weeks to help mitigate the massive individual losses that thousands have now accrued. How many of you have flood insurance? Most don't. Now imagine that your house is totally destroyed in the most damaging flood in your town's history. Then realize that there are thousands of our neighbors in that very position sleeping on cots in the high school gym up the road.
Here's a link to our personal videos of our street & downtown Nashville.
I know many of you have already provided some financial help to organizations trying to provide aid to Haitian earthquake victims. After a few days it seems logistics is still a major problem, so money to contract supplies of water, food, & medical stores is the swiftest most effective assistance at the current stage.
Again, I don't have anything moving to say; there's nothing TO say. But I will be very happy to again provide FREE Jerry Hager music to those who have given support in any amount to the Red Cross Haitian Relief Fund. All you need to do is to forward your receipt from the Red Cross as in-line text [deleting the amounts & any banking info] to me at email@example.com [be sure to include your mailing address], & I'll send you a small stack of great Jerry Hager music, including unreleased new stuff!
I know that while so many are in such dire need it's difficult to 'get down' but CDs keep well for when you're ready start boogie-ing again.
Usually, people fall asleep listening to stories about other people's pets. But, then again, not that many pet credentials include 'National Recording Artist'. BB really was a session musician. His work can be heard on Tom Mason's Where Shadows Fall & the upcoming Joe Nolan album Blue Turns Black. I dog-shit you not.
Unfortunately, his last work will be released posthumously. Yesterday, we had to have him put down. He was a great friend over the last 12 years. He loved being buried in leaves & snow, having a shop-vac run over his fur, & eating walnuts. I took to him because he didn't mind the smell of my cigar. In his declining years, he was perhaps a little less affectionate, but still, the most patient dog I've ever known.
I never got him that male-symbol ID tag, but I think he had a little more class than that.
For those of you who knew him, I thought you'd like to know. For those of you who didn't, here are a few pictures of him in the studio.