"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1833

"live deep and suck out all the marrow of life"
- Henry David Thoreau, 1845

"Some guys, they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up,
And go racin' in the streets."
- Bruce Springsteen, 1977

"...to the heart, there's no time for you to waste.
You won't find your precious answers now
by staying in one place."
- Frank Turner, 2009

"The best things in life aren't things.
They're living and breathing."
- Michael Franti , 2011

"I owned every second that this world could give,
I saw so many places, the things that I did"
- Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, 2014

All written content and photos by Rob Fulfer unless otherwise indicated.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

O/A/R Now and the O/S/C/A/R/S Later

Friday, February 17, 2012:
We saw one of our favorite bands again tonight at the new Marathon Music Works in Nashville.  The guys from O/A/R were spot-on but unfortunately we were not impressed with the sound in the MMW.  The venue blamed the band's sound engineer, but I doubt that since this is our fourth time seeing them and they have always sounded great (including two outdoor shows).  It was their first sell-out in the new venue and we hope they improve the acoustics because it could be a nice addition to the Nashville live music scene.

The Marathon Music Works entry stamp couldn't be cuter.  Now, if they will only work as hard on their acoustics.  Before the show we had dinner with our friends, Mike and Pam, at J. Alexander's on West End.  We listened intently about their recent trip to Peru and quickly surmised that we wanted to do the same trip.  Sounds amazing!  We spent the night after the show at the Millennium Maxwell Hotel on the north end of downtown.  We got a great, cheap rate and the hotel was decent, but nothing to really endorse.
Saturday, February 18, 2012:

After a nice sleep-in, we checked out of our hotel this morning and headed over to the Belcourt Theatre to meet our friends, Danny and Brenda, for a showing of the Oscar-nominated short films of this past year.  We saw these last year here in preparation for Danny and Brenda's annual Oscar party and they were very enjoyable.  This year was no exception.  Both the animated and live entries were all great.  It's quite hard to pick a favorite in both categories.  All of them seem to have a great chance (and deserve) to win.  I think our ballots might all read differently at the Oscar party this year.  We all had dinner afterwards at a place that is quickly becoming one of our favorite restaurants in Nashville now, Whiskey Kitchen on 12th Avenue South.  The food was delicious and very affordable.
Monday, February 20, 2012:

Since it was a holiday (thanks, presidents), we decided to head back to Nashville to grab a mid-day meal at the always-great P.F. Changs on West End and then finish up the viewing of the Oscar Shorts at Belcourt with the documentaries category.  Again, all entries that we saw were very well done, but we will give a nod to The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, quite moving and beautifully shot.   Afterwards, we slipped over to Green Hills for a showing of one of this year's Best Picture nominees, The Descendants, starring Best Actor nominee, George Clooney.  Wow!  It's amazing how much with both absolutely HATED this movie.  Again, this blog is never intended to harp on the negative, but, folks, this movie is baaaaadd!  We were very surprised since it is getting rave reviews, and is from the director of one our favorite small-budget films of the last decade, Sideways.  But that's the great thing about art, one person's crappola is another person's treasure.

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