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I feel very cultured right now.

This weekend was both the Americana Music Festival and the Southern Festival of Books, two Nashville traditions I love partaking of. In the past, though, they have not been on the same weekend. Americana used to be held in September; I don't know the reason for the move.

I won't describe all the awesome sights and sounds. You can follow the links to see the lineup for Americana - I pretty much camped out at the Cannery, though the Mercy Lounge is just upstairs from that and I saw some things up there, too. Saw some great music that I've appreciated for awhile, but never had the opportunity to see live - the Jayhawks, James McMurtry, Blind Boys of Alabama. Some new artists that I appreciate - Carrie Rodriguez, Tim Easton, Matrimony, Deadman. And, of course, some old favorites who I've seen before and look forward to every time - Buddy Miller, Bobby Keys, Jim Lauderdale.

So it was late nights of great music and days of hearing authors read and talk about that walk. In some ways, I guess it was my vision of Heaven. One of the highlights of the Southern Festival of Books was rosepurr again getting to see one of our favorite poets, Ed Madden. He was at the festival a couple of years ago and we fell in love with his poems, bought his book. His second book just came out and he was kind enough to sign that for us (he had signed the earlier one at the earlier festival).

As if that wasn't enough, this weekend I also ran a 10K. I'm very proud of rosepurr for walking her second 5K, this one under much more race-like circumstances. We both met our goals so it was a satisfying experience.

A full weekend, which coming off the Cancun trip (which I still need to write about here), was good times. Now I just need to get back into the groove (or whatever it is) of work.


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Oct. 25th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
Yea! sounds like so much fun!
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