We continued to wander the streets for a bit, and did enjoy some of the old music stores. I was hoping for more record stores, rather than CDs, but nonetheless, the variety in the selection was awesome.
After roaming the streets for a few hours, we decided to try our luck at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The cost of admission was $20 per person. Now, the memorabilia inside was pretty cool, but I’m really not sure it was worth $40.
I was really impressed with the HUGE wall of gold and platinum records on display. The photo above is only a minimal portion of the records on display.
One of the coolest rooms in the Hall of Fame, to me, was a room lined with hand-written manuscripts and song lyrics by some of the greats of country music. The manuscript above was written by Merle Haggard. It is the lyrics to “Today I Started Loving You Again”. Seriously cool. There were also letters written by both Johnny and June Carter Cash, among others.
Finally, our tour of the Hall of Fame ended in the circular room that houses all of the Hall of Fame awards. Every member of the Hall of Fame fills these walls, from Willie Nelson to Elvis Presley to Hank Williams to more recent stars such as Garth Brooks. The ceiling was the most impressive part to me, and the words to that beautiful hymn, “Will the Circle be Unbroken”.
I’d love to tell you we had a fabulous dinner and heard awesome live music, but I ended up spending our Saturday night in the hotel…sick. Joy. My husband spoiled me rotten, though. He didn’t mind a bit. We hopped the first flight back to Atlanta the next morning.
Spending less than 24 hours in Nashville was fun, I’ll admit that, but I don’t think we’ll visit again any time soon. It was really cool to just escape for the weekend, just the two of us, and go somewhere we’ve never been. It was even fun going the wrong way down a one-way street, me clenching the passenger seat screaming, “NO RIGHT TURN! NO RIGHT TURN!” while Mark tries to turn into the first parking lot he could get to before the oncoming traffic got to us. Then laughing hysterically in that parking lot at the ridiculousness of it all.
I want to know:
- Have you ever been to Nashville, TN?
- What did you think of the city?
- What’s your most interesting vacation memory?