Once again this blog finds us driving through Tennessee and Virginia and surfing the internet at the same time with the cool USB internet thingy. Excellent! 🙂 We thought we’d wrap up our series with some final thoughts from the week.
I was really impressed by the high quality of Barbershop singing we heard all week long, especially in the quartet contest. I think it was great how well all of the quartets represented their home regions. Every one from 1st to 52nd place had every reason to be proud of their performances. With any luck, you’ll see Lustre up there sometime (hopefully soon!).
I LOVED the town of Nashville. Having never been there before, I found it to be welcoming, easy to have fun in, and with lots of character (and characters!). Loved the downtown “honky tonk” area, where we found ourselves pretty much every evening this week! Unlike some cities, I really felt that the town welcomed tourists, and I never felt out of place in any of the restaurants or clubs we visited. I really enjoyed the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, maybe more than I thought I would. I found stuff in there that reminded me of the music I grew up with: my dad’s love of singers like Willie, Waylon, and Roger Miller, and my mom’s love of the singers like Reba and the Judds. Lots of history there, and it was a treat to visit it.
Of course we had a ton of fun with our Sweet Adelines sisters, all 8,000 of them that took over the town. We shopped, we ate, we shopped some more, and we ate some more. We sang a little, we laughed a lot, and came home full of harmony.
Oh! can’t forget – we scoped out some really good music for potential new songs for Lustre. We have about 25 new songs coming to us via mail when we get home, and we are sure that some of these will find a home in our repertoire. Listen for new tunes soon!
As we finish the long but beautiful drive home, we have some random observations and statistics:
- Virginia is STILL one humongo state!
- We love that the truck drivers honked at us every time we asked them today. 🙂
- There were only 3 state troopers spotted today, luckily none of them flashing their lights behind us!
- We will have driven about 1,400 miles on this trip, and we never got bored of being in the car! That USB thingy combined with a well-filled iPod really made a great difference!
OK, so, back to the real world tomorrow. Thanks for following our adventures this week. Look for more Lustre news and info coming soon!
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