Many songwriters and artists have come through the doors for an audition or open mike session. During one of the audition dates on June 6, 1987 a young man by the name of Garth Brooks walked through the door for an addition for a Writer's Night an A&R representative at Capitol Records, saw Brooks. Brooks was signed to Capitol the very next day.
In 2002 that The Bluebird Cafe received an Academy of Country Music Award for Night Club of the Year.
At fifteen years old, another young singer/songwriter was also discovered at the Bluebird Cafe by music executive Scott Borchetta. You might recognize her name, Taylor Swift. The Bluebird is definitely a mainstay of Nashville and Country Music.
We didn't wait to go inside and ( http://bluebirdcafe.com/ ) generally reservations are required, except on Sunday and Monday nights, but it certainly sounds like a fun place to soak up the atmosphere. But our time in Nashville had come to an end and we were headed out.....
to Memphis....to see Graceland.
Elvis Presley died at the estate on August 16, 1977. Presley, along with his parents Gladys and Vernon Presley, and his grandmother, are buried there in what is called the Meditation Garden. A memorial gravestone for Presley's stillborn twin brother, Jesse Garon, is also at the site.
We were allowed to walk up the long driveway surrounding Graceland to the side of the house where the meditation Garden is. It is has beautiful gardens and the lighting makes it look surreal.
I have never been in the White house, but there were life size rooms that give a glimpse of the grandeur of the white house. It was easy to imagine the people in high powered meetings in the White House.
Since we are from Washington State we are familiar with The Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in the Seattle Center, so we recognized this piece and recognized this gift in the Library immediately as made by Dale Chihuly.
The Memorial honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were affected by the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. The memorial is located in the downtown area on the former site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which was destroyed in the 1995 bombing.
- The inscription around the inside of the deck wall around the Survivor Tree reads:
Unlike many of the Memorials we have witnessed, the power of the memorial was not the details or or our understanding what happened, but rather in our witnessing the sheer raw power of the visual presentation. It was so powerful in fact, that we decided to forgo the Museum and let the searing power of the Memorial speak to our hearts and souls.
In the face of senseless tragedy, how can we ever be the same.
The resolve of the people of Oklahoma City was remarkable. They were (are) determined that the events of April 19, 1995 would not crush them.
The Memorial was dedicated five years to the day later, so that all would remember.
It has been two months since we visited this solemn place and our world faces yet another tragedy
in our world. In all the efforts in the last twenty years, the war on terrorism seems to have made little progress.