Okay, I was born in Nashville, TN. I was raised right in the heart of Davidson County (Nashville). I have heard a lot and seen a lot related to Western and Country Music and the whole lifestyle of it.
Now let me say this before I start my story… My parents were both loving and supportive and generous, providing me lessons in a variety of athletics, art and music.
Let’s just say that my parents didn’t exactly raise me to appreciate the finer points of being a “cowgirl” in the “big city” and, while they did love that I excelled at my classical piano lessons, they definitely didn’t support my deep, deep love of music when it came to wanting to “be a star and sing/play piano on stage”.
In fact, my parents went out of their way to drive me down Music Row and Demonbreun just to show me the “starving artists” with nothing but their boots, Wranglers and cowboy hats on. Then they took me to the pawn shops to show me how the musicians had to pawn their instruments so as to have a little money.
It took them until I was about 18 years old to come to terms with the fact that music was in my heart and I was going to get a degree in it whether they liked it or not.
My parents did support my love of horses, too, and I was fortunate enough to have a couple of horses. My sisters and I enjoyed riding and started out riding Western style, then switched to English. I have ALWAYS loved horses. I have even been to a wedding that was entirely on horseback, god love ’em!
They didn’t want me to speak with a Southern accent, because they didn’t feel it was “refined” enough. I still run into people who gawk at me when I say that I am a Nashville native because I lack a true Southern accent!
But I have always loved Nashville! The beautiful hills, the moderate climate, the smallness of the city, and the relatively low cost of living. So I decided to continue to live here when I finished college.
I was fortunate enough to have a couple of horses, though. My sisters and I enjoyed riding and started out riding Western style, then switched to English. I have ALWAYS loved horses. I have even been to a wedding that was entirely on horseback, god love ’em!
Enough background! Onto the story!
So a friend of mine says he has PBR tickets. I am thinking “Pabst Blue Ribbon puts on a show?” But no! He announces that there is ANOTHER PBR! The Professional Bull Riders! Well, needless to say, I didn’t really care to go, but decided to have an open mind.
It turned out to be a lot of fun and I am really glad that I went!
I was really impressed with how long these guys were riding the bulls! And also learned that the term “Rodeo Clown” really does apply to a person who runs around and acts like a clown at a rodeo!
If you have never been, you might want to try it! This Nashville native learned a thing or two!
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