I live in Nashville, a cool town with a laid back, creative vibe. A place where I've seen dreams actually come true and ideas materialize into reality. Just as quickly, I've seen those same dreams and ideas vaporize for many. What makes the difference? Faith, talent, timing, planetary alignment...a combination of the Universal Hunger that makes some folks seek stardom and others content just being themselves, whoever that might be. I moved here 19 years ago with a few dreams of my own; scratching out a life in Music City, starting a family, and becoming part of the fabric of one of the most comfortable and talked-about cities in the Southeast. That said, I am constantly amazed at the juxtapositions in my life. From the mundane to the fantastic, often in the space of a few hours. I'll be scooping the cat box, and then find myself here for instance, at the front of a great show, with 65,000 screaming country fans behind me as Lady Antebellum and Sugarland take the stage in 100 degree heat at LP Field in Nashville TN for a CMA Music Festival concert. Fortunate? Yes. Do I take this stuff for granted? No.
Back in high school, when we were figuring out ourselves, what we wanted out of life, who we loved and that Love Hurt, what we thought and felt about everything from the Iranian Hostage Situation to Van Halen's first album, my mother liked to refer to my group of friends as the Motley Crew. I was new to the mix of kids on the block, long before there were any boy bands of a similar name. I was kind of shy, changing from a girl to a FOX, according to local teen here-say, and moving from pop to rock. I get a bittersweet pang in my stomach when I think of those sweet growing-up days and my Motley Crew peeps. I like to think of it as an echo back to a simpler time that really wasn't so simple. We're still friends to this day, we still talk, text, raise kids and now celebrate births, deaths, the good, prickly and painful. This past 4th of July weekend, I couldn't be with my Motley Crew - this was as close as I was going to get to MOTLEY CRUE.