Letter to the Editor

Monday, January 3, 2011 at 10:05pm

As I read it, the proposed law [targeting street preachers] would prevent street musicians from performing in Music City.

 

I play the sax on the street when the weather is right and I’m in the mood. To be sure, a saxophone is a mechanical device that produces and amplifies sound. Would saxophone playing in public be illegal under this law? Apparently so.

The phrase “musical instrument” is included in this [bill’s] draft. If this law goes into effect, then Nashville should hand over the title of “Music City” to New Orleans — or some other deserving city that has a little more tolerance and a lot more cool.

These obnoxious street preachers should be considered an undeveloped tourist attraction; squeeze it and make lemonade. Don’t ban street musicians in Music City.

Posted by “loner”

 

 

26 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 1/4/11 at 4:32

Attempts to turn the downtown area into a "Disneyland" for the
tourist by our councilmembers will be truly a sight to behold!
Expect next resolution to be No Dirty or Low Cut Jeans allowed!

By: dargent7 on 1/4/11 at 5:30

Never saw one sax player on the corners of downtown Nashville in 4 years.
All play guitars, some with small amplifiers.
Most are really horrible.
The days of Willie Nelson, The Everly Bros., and Kris Kristofferson sleeping and playing behind Tootsie's is long gone.

By: Loner on 1/4/11 at 7:14

Good morning, Nashville!

I am flattered, honored and gratified to have a post selected for elevation to the LTE status. How many do you need in order to get the free meal, Darge?

What!? No saxophones on the streets of Music City? Has anyone alerted Boots Randolph about this lack of sax? Boots was and remains my inspiration for playing the sax. On July 3, 2007, Randolph died at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Boots was 80 years old.

As a backgrounder, Boots performed the famous Yakkety Sax tune...the trademark music for Benny Hill. Boots also did the wonderful tenor sax solo on the Brenda Lee Christmas classic, "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree". Boots only had a few minutes to compose a solo for the piece, after hearing the demo tape with the vocals. He nailed it..

Boots Randolph worked as a studio musician in Nashville for years. His powerful tenor sax can be heard on dozens of albums, many in the C&W genre. Boots once owned a nightclub in Nashville, TN.

Isn't it time that Nashville declared a Boots Randolph Appreciation Day?

By: Captain Nemo on 1/4/11 at 7:22

Good morning

http://fransonchiropractic.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/sunrise1.jpg

By: Captain Nemo on 1/4/11 at 7:22

If we have no preachers with megaphones on the streets of Nashville then we can’t have Loner and his sax. I vote for Loner and his sax and the megaphones be taken away form the preachers.

By: dargent7 on 1/4/11 at 7:23

Loner: No woodwinds, either. I don't think "Country" music favors a sax, oboe, flutes, or clairenet.
All guitars, electric violins, drums, and piano.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/4/11 at 7:28

Have fun Loner

http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/yakety-sax/ac493b79f248d6cc5c0eac493b79f248d6cc5c0e-309217592741?q=boots+randolph+yakety+sax&FROM=LKVR5&GT1=LKVR5&FORM=LKVR4

By: yogiman on 1/4/11 at 7:42

What's the ultimate differences between preaching and musical instruments? They just simply make different sounds.

Now, let's place politicians in that sound box by not allowing them to speak on the street. They can't stop and tell their political agendas or beliefs.

Next, let's stop parents from correcting their children on the streets. To get right down to it, when you are on the street: KEEP QUIET!

By: serr8d on 1/4/11 at 8:03

I enjoy the street musicians here; and always try to toss a bit or two in their proffered coffers.

Here's a photo of one of ours; a post-game street performer, taken after the Titans loss to the Redskins on Nov. 21, the game where VY had his final meltdown.

Don't think that's you, Loner, the horn isn't big enough. )

http://goo.gl/lgm4U

By: Captain Nemo on 1/4/11 at 8:06

It is so easy for people to talk about free speech as long as that free speech is what they want to hear. Just let that free speech be about Islam or talk against Israel’s policy, then it become a different matter. Free speech is only the right of others when they say what you want to hear.

By: serr8d on 1/4/11 at 8:21

There's an interesting essay in today's NYT about 'internet anonymity and free speech', written by Stanley Fish, a professor who thinks we should shut down our internet and become more like the Chinese.

The Chinese (and Hugo Chavez) promptly nominated Prof. Fish for the Nobel Peace Prize.

http://nyti.ms/hUSZ0L

Read down in the comments too. Some of that applies to the good folks here I think...

Taking away anonymity would only leave the first couple of pages of commentors [sic] who generally do sign their names. They are usually senior citizens without much in the way of outside life from which to fear reprisals, but also without much new and interesting to say. If you want fresh views from younger people, you absoultely [sic] need to have guaranteed anonymity

Go get 'em, seniors~!

By: budlight on 1/4/11 at 10:49

serr8d on 1/4/11 at 8:21
There's an interesting essay in today's NYT about 'internet anonymity and free speech', written by Stanley Fish, a professor who thinks we should shut down our internet and become more like the Chinese.

No thanks. I'd rather we not liken ourselves to the Chinese. But Obama will try, I'm sure of it. He's confused. Can't tell if he's Kenyan or Chinese.

By: AmyLiorate on 1/4/11 at 12:54

Boots Randolph Appreciation Day. aka B.R.A.D. sounds like a good idea. Loner should submit that to the chamber of commerce. You can line up a bunch of your fellow sax players and rent out the new MCC.

By: yogiman on 1/4/11 at 12:59

He's a Kenyan, budlight. According to his "Certification of Live Birth" his father's race as an African and his mother's race as a Caucasian. I'm still trying to figure out when African became a race.

I doubt China would want him unless they wanted to bankrupt their nation the way he's bankrupting the USA.

By: AmyLiorate on 1/4/11 at 1:18

Amen to Nemo at 8:06! Can I get an amplified Hallelujah!?

Well well, what a surprise, Fox news has a piece with a favorable angle on Eleanor Roosevelt:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/04/nations-capital-welcoming-place-just-door/?test=latestnews

Overall its very dystopian but also I think it's a proper picture of 2011 in the "Land of the Free".

By: AmyLiorate on 1/4/11 at 1:20

Look out you pensioners, this type of stuff is contagious!
http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/01/europe-starts-confiscating-private-pension-funds

By: Loner on 1/4/11 at 2:05

Back from my morning errands.

Thank you for the suggestions. It would have been nice to honor Boots while he was still alive; a day of recognition is the least Nashville can do, IMO.

As for the street preachers, the best thing to do is ignore them.

By: Loner on 1/4/11 at 2:22

By: dargent7 on 1/4/11 at 7:23

Loner: No woodwinds, either. I don't think "Country" music favors a sax, oboe, flutes, or clairenet.
All guitars, electric violins, drums, and piano.

Well, Darge, a sax is technically a wood wind, but it's no wood wimp. The oboe and clarinet are not well-suited to C&W music, but Marshall Tucker used a flute on their classic, "Can''t you see?"

Go to this link and click on the video:

http://www.last.fm/music/The+Marshall+Tucker+Band/_/Can%27t+You+See

A sax works nicely with some old ballads, IMO.

By: bfra on 1/4/11 at 3:42

Wish we did have more street music in the entertainment sections of Nashville. Some of the best music heard in New Orleans, is on the streets. Of course, Nashville doesn't have the old recessed store fronts any more like NO.

By: dargent7 on 1/4/11 at 4:01

Loner: I kinda thought a sax was a 'woodwind", if only for the reed. I played clarinet in 4th and 5th grade. 10 players. Only two sax guys.
But, Marshall Tucker's, "Heard it in a Love Song" is their best.
gD: weigh in, please.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/4/11 at 4:20

I seem to remember a few street musicians playing in and near the Arcade when I was younger.

This reminds me when I first took my youngest daughter to the Arcade. I told her this use to be our Mall. lol

By: bfra on 1/4/11 at 4:40

Nemo - I remember coming to Nashville with my Mom and always had to see the Peanut man in the Arcade.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/4/11 at 4:47

Me too bfra I thought Mr. Peanut was the greatest. It has been a few years since I was in the Arcade, but I still can remember the smell of roasted peanuts. Heavenly!! lol

By: Captain Nemo on 1/4/11 at 4:48

I wonder if the peanut store is still there.

By: bnakat on 1/4/11 at 9:04

By: Captain Nemo on 1/4/11 at 7:22 "...I vote for Loner and his sax and the megaphones be taken away form (sic) the preachers."
By: Captain Nemo on 1/4/11 at 8:06 "It is so easy for people to talk about free speech as long as that free speech is what they want to hear."

Consistency, thou art a jewel.

By: AmyLiorate on 1/5/11 at 8:28

There used to be a peanut shop just outside the Arcade. I think it is/was on Church.