Hi y'all! (just thought I'd say 'y'all' cause I'm in Nashville). So after 23 hours of airplanes, airports and way too heavy luggage, I finally made it to Nashville. It was about 5 degrees celsius when I arrived so it was quite a shock from sunny Melbourne. One of my friend's dad's friend (hi Rosie and James) picked me up from the airport. Her names Anne McCue, she's an awesome musician (look her up), and she drove me to my homestay house. The couple living here are so lovely and the house is beautiful, decorated with christmas lights and trees inside. After de-airplaning, my taxi arrived to go to the Bluebird Cafe. If I haven't spoken to you recently or you don't know what the Bluebird Cafe is, it's this awesome little music club kinda thing in green Hills Nashville. Heaps and heaps of famous performers and writers have played there, and it's a well known spot for getting discovered by labels and publishers (Taylor Swift, Faith Hill and Garth Brooks were all discovered at the Bluebird).
Anyway, once I arrived at about 10pm, the New Year's Eve show was starting that I was thankful to get a seat at, thanks to the president of the Bluebird, Erika Wollam-Nichols who's helped me with my whole Nashville dream thing. The show was absolutely amazing with legendary songwriters Thom Schuyler, Fred Knobloch and Tony Arata playing along with award-winning harmonica extaordinaire, Jelly Roll Johnson. They played fantastic original songs that had the room nearly crying at times of both heart-felt emotion and laughter.
Today I decided to go for a walk to this awesome cafe called the Frothy Monkey. With a caramel latte in one hand and an iPhone with Google Maps open in the other, I walked down 12th Avenue South and made my way to Hillsboro Village which has all these amazing shops. Unfortunately, being New Years Day, hardly any were open, however I did get to see the famous Pancake Pantry (known for making Taylor Swift's favourite pancake). After walking past and admiring the beauty of Vanderbilt University, I decided to hop on a bus and head home at about 5pm (as it gets dark here at around 5:30pm). So although I actually got on the wrong bus and the driver had to tell me to get the bus that went the opposite direction, I had a fantastic first night and day in Nashville.
I can't wait to see what happens here in this amazing town. I think I'll head downtown tomorrow and I'll be sure to keep you posted as to what I'm up to, (as long as you come back to the Jasmin Now section of jasminbadeboon.com). Hopefully tomorrow I'll get the right bus...