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Re: “Love/Hate Mail, June 26, 2014

Jim Ridley wrote in 1989: "The state of film reviewing these days is sad indeed, and I appreciate any attempt to change it."

Of course, things have gotten much worse since then, if you want to be paid to write about movies. Entertainment Weekly's sacking of Owen Gleiberman was more bad news.

http://www.rogerebert.com/mzs/for-the-love-of-it-notes-on-the-decline-of-entertainment-weekly-the-firing-of-owen-gleiberman-and-the-ongoing-end-of-an-era

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Posted by Mark on 06/27/2014 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail

To Makeme sick. You are an idiot! If you have never been sexually abused or raped ypu have no idea what this poor woman went through in her past.

Posted by Candice on 06/05/2014 at 11:37 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, May 1, 2014

My daughter and her 2 friends went down to Nashville for the concert this week. They saved their money all year. My daughter works 2 part time jobs, babysits and goes to school fulltime, she has worked very hard saving her money and besides that making a car payment. Well the Hotel their staying in housekeeping came in while they were out for breakfast and when the girls came back they realized their jewelry and expensive make up were stolen and the hotel is not doing anything. They filed a police report, but we know nothing will be returned. When they woke up this morning their door was open, they do not feel safe in this Hotel anymore and I also don’t feel they are safe because they filed a report against the hotel and housekeeping. This was the only Hotel they could afford, since the nights of the concert the Hotel room rates go up very high, we are looking to move them. We don’t know if there are any Hotel rooms out there and how much they are, but I wanted to let you know their story since this is their first trip away and they are very upset and worried. Just wanted to let everyone know don't leave any expensive things in your hotel room.

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Posted by wheezy on 06/05/2014 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, May 1, 2014

Just wanted to know if Ms. Britt Byrd was avaiable for a date? I will gladly take her on a picnic
lunch she will remember for the rest of her life. Have her go to downtown library, and ask for
Doc Wood.

Posted by John Wood on 05/16/2014 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, April 10, 2014

Love that last one! It was April Fools, gimme a break!

Posted by Shawn on 04/10/2014 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Jan. 16, 2014

I am writing this response as an extension to the Scene’s March 20-26 “This Modern World”, which stated women who use birth control are normal healthy people enjoying having sex. All people, male and female, should use birth control while having a healthy happy sex life. Most of us just disagree with the government’s use of our money to pay for birth control while not also providing us with a bottle of wine and a box of dark chocolate every week. Both items have been documented as providing a healthy enjoyable life.

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Posted by Mike on 03/21/2014 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Jan. 16, 2014

My 18 year old daughter is a student at NJW. She was invited to play with the Evan Cobb quintet at Jazzmania, as were several other NJW students, and they all took a solo in that performance.

Her involvement there has benefited her greatly in her jazz studies. My daughter is only able to be involved in the lessons, classes and camps at NJW because she auditioned for and received scholarships to do so. Her band director and trombone instructor both encourage her and her fellow bandmates to participate in activities at NJW. My child has never been turned away from participating because I am unable to afford it, rather she has been encouraged to keep coming back and to keep doing more.

This was the Silver Jazz Midstate performance last year when my daughter was still a junior:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YTIZPFX7Jc&fb_action_ids=4927312455812&fb_action_types=yt-fb-app%3Aupload&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B124254254412612%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22yt-fb-app%3Aupload%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D&fb_collection_id=10151485200974306&ref=profile

This is how my child spent her 18th birthday, performing with her jazz combo at school.

http://elephantpatrickgoudeau.bandcamp.com/album/sjb

This combo has played at conventions, etc. It is through her school band department, but let me tell you a little secret, there are more NJW summer camp students her combo. In, fact in the first video of the Midstate performance, there are students who do not attend her school, that have participated in summer camps at NJW as well.

My child has come home excited because not only did she get to meet and have a workshop with Duffy Jackson. She came home more excited months later, when she was allowed to attend his performance at NJW as a volunteer, and he greeted her by name and remembered she played trombone. That is an opportunity she will never forget and there have been several other well known jazz artist in the Nashville jazz community that she has come home excited to have had the opportunity to meet and chat with.

Because the classes are of varying degrees of experience, she is normally the only school age student in the small ensembles. She often plays in an ensemble along with adults who have played in bands they go out and perform. She has a much larger network of musical contacts than she would ever have acquired otherwise.

Whether my daughter becomes a paid performer or recording artist in her future, her experiences have built her skill, given her confidence, made her more marketable to colleges and given her more opportunities for college scholarships. Whatever her future holds, she has benefited.

Whether my daughter or any of these NJW students become paid performers, recording artists or just lifelong jazz lovers, THEY will be the generation that will bring jazz to Nashville. They and the city of Nashville will benefit from the influence of Roger and Lori. And they, I am certain, will beg to differ with your opinion of Nashville Jazz Workshop!

Respectfully,
Sarah Welty's Mom

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Posted by Kathy Hemrich Welty on 01/28/2014 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Jan. 16, 2014

Those who want to help advance the cause of jazz shows/clubs in Nashville can start by attending tonight's Jon Batiste show at Great Performances at Vanderbilt:

http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/pi…

and next week's Marcus Roberts Trio show at the Schermerhorn:

http://www.nashvillesymphony.org/tickets/c…

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Posted by mr. pink on 01/26/2014 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Jan. 16, 2014

There are so many things to say in response to the initial letter ("not too jazzed," Dec. 19), that diatribe so clearly written out of a bitter grudge. The Nashville Jazz Workshop did not make Mr. Hirsch a star. Nor was he ever invited to perform in one of the concert series, which feature musicians of a caliber on par with the finest on Earth. Alas, I too have taken many, many classes at the jazz workshop and they haven't made me a star either. I don't remember ever being told that they would.

What the Nashville Jazz Workshop HAS done is teach me everything I know about jazz, which is now a considerable amount, and a whole lot more. It has turned into a lifelong passion. The presence of the workshop literally kept me in Nashville, when I intended to leave. I have now been a student of the NJW for almost as long as it has existed (actually, for longer than its present form). Along the way, I have taken classes with several musicians who are now studio pros (yes) and performing stars (yes) in their own right (see above letters). They are exceptions - not the rule. Just as successful recording artists coming out of Berklee, North Texas, or any other music school are the exceptions. One thing all those people have in common is that they worked their asses off to get where they are. Hirsch is right about one thing only - The Nashville Jazz Workshop did not make those exceptional people successful - they made themselves successful. They all know something you clearly do not.

Despite my lack of personal fame, when I take a class at NJW, something really amazing happens at the end of 6 weeks - Student performance week occurs and I, a vocalist and saxophonist, take the same stage that players like Kenny Barron, Pete Christlieb, Ed Thigpen, Houston Person, Tierney Sutton, Jeff Coffin and an ever-growing list of jazz luminaries have taken - and I play for a room full of people in a world class music venue. And anyone else can do the same thing. It's what makes it a special place.

So yes, the NJW has a "product," Mr. Hirsch. I, personally, am very much a product of the Nashville Jazz Workshop, just as I and millions of others are "products" of the Tennessee school system. I am proud of being both.


Graham Gerdeman

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Posted by Graham Gerdeman on 01/16/2014 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Jan. 16, 2014

In defense of the efforts of the Nashville Jazz Workshop and others who support Jazz and " Any " other musical endeavors in this city I think it might be worth a moments time to consider how informed this discussion is in relation to Nashville's musical history.

Paul Broome and Clay Tucker's: " The Other Music City - The Dance Bands and Jazz Musicians
1920 to 1970 " was written in 1990 and later republished by the Nashville Musicians Union; although now long out of print. The Nashville Public Library has a few copies available.

You have to start " here " to really begin to understand what you are talking about concerning this subject.

The truely " heroic " efforts to nurture this environment is carried on by these folks and others of like mind; and it is because of them that it endures. I know because I grew up here and have had the privilege of working with many of these great musicians for over 4 decades. ( Do the homework first then have the debate. )

Jamie Nichol

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Posted by Jamie Nichol on 01/16/2014 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Dec. 19, 2013

Scott Joyce, I think some of the frustration about misbehaving kids is not the behavior but the response from the parent(s). Many parents underestimate the ability of children to dramatically change behavior if shown that it brings about non-positive responses from others, especially the parent. Beyond infancy, children really do want to please those they deem as deserving of it, and the acting out that frustrates so many adults is the child not really knowing what is positive or negative behavior. If the adult always responds with an "Aw, shucks", the child has no gauge. The author, whether intended or not, portrayed a child-like approach by not passing judgments on behavior and simply assigning them as natural. Of course they are natural to that child... it is what has been fostered. She has the baseline kindness correct, but guidance, which has to be stern at times, is another level that moves to truly caring.

No, I am not a child psychologist, but I was trained as a teacher and lasted 2 years, despite my pedigree of teachers and principals in the family. Trying to re-work not just a handful, but many, school age children after such an upbringing is not worth the money, so I went into management, immediately doubled my income, and cut my stress in half. In this environment, a room of 12 such students and a salary of $80,000 would put me back in the classroom. Short of that, someone else can deal with "expressive" children that receive only kindness at home, not caring. If you want to know why young men who are willing to teach elementary and middle school children are few and far between, this is it.

Posted by Kelly on 01/10/2014 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Dec. 19, 2013

I get it, you only want to fly with quiet, mature, controllable people. No mentally challenged people, no deaf people that talk too loud, no smelly seeing eye dogs, no overweight people that push into your space and no crying babies. All of these kind of people should stay home and demand their families come to visit them so they don't bother you. Who's being selfish here?

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Posted by Scott Joyce on 01/05/2014 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Dec. 19, 2013

Does it ever occur to new parents to STAY HOME until their child is controllable, or let the family come to you? Bringing kids on an airplane then allowing them to make everyone around you miserable is just selfish idiocy; public transportation does not imply a lack of everyones else rights over yours, Mommy Dearest!
Bringing a kid to a bar should be an act of criminal negligence. Oh wait it is, unless you're a local celebrity, then we look the other way!
Then there are all you Mommys and Daddys who think it's appropriate to bring your children in the locker rooms of the opposite sex at every Gym in the world. They gave you nurseries, separate family areas, private changing rooms, but no you still feel compelled to bring a child into an adult locker room. Nudity as a natural process taking cloths off and on, and seeing it in a locker room setting with strangers around are two different things. Adults have rights to, or at least, used to.

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Posted by Done on 01/05/2014 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Dec. 19, 2013

Flying coach in an airplane is public transportation, not a place designated an "escape for adults". It's no different than a bus in that respect. My argument was that bringing a child on an airplane is okay. It doesn't make me negligent, incompetent or abusive. In many cases it's kinder to the child than a 15 hour car ride (Even though it may irritate a few adults like Ms. Shaw). Your argument is weather or not it's poor judgement of parents to bring children to a restaurant, a dinner theatre and a concert venue. Those things are all entertainment oriented, not transportation oriented. In most of those cases I'd agree that it's better to leave the children at home. If you are going to judge me as a bad parent, at least engage me in the current argument I am making rather than extrapolating my views into new arguments I have not made.

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Posted by Scott Joyce on 12/28/2013 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Dec. 19, 2013

Ms Scott Joyce your retort only proves the arrogance of todays average parent. You feel you have a right to invade every space and place once designated an escape for adults, as well as allow your child to engage in inappropriate behaviors that show you to be a negligent, incompetent, even abusive parent. Perhaps you'd like to join the ranks of new younger parents dragging their infants and toddlers everywhere, to adult oriented restaurants, bars and concerts around town, often until very late. My evening out the other night was ruined by one such couple who apparently felt it was ok to bring a screaming infant to a class supper music club. I still can't get the visual of a local musician showing up at a gig in one of Nashville loudest trashiest bars with his 2 year old toddler in tow, or the women in the VIP section of an extremely loud arena concert with a newborn. You are raising another generation of self entitled brats. If I didn't personally know some decent disciplined hard working young people in their teens and 20s, I'd have long lost hope for humanity.

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Posted by HadIt on 12/27/2013 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Dec. 19, 2013

Sorry Ms. Shaw, I love that you have a point of view, but you insulted a noble cause when you responded to "Kids do the darndest things", which I found revealing.
Regarding your suggestions:
1. My snot-encrusted children are not here to please you. They are here to learn how to be a grown-up and care about others. (Did you learn this?)
2. You paid for a plane ride to your destination. That's all you are promised. Not silence. Not that anyone won't touch you or invade your personal space. Get over it.
3. Me and my loud kids don't want to take the car and we have the option of flying. If we want to fly, it's none of your business.
4. We are doing the best we can with regard to manners. Children don't have all the tools available to them you do to control behavior. This is learned over time.
5. Finally, if you are truly irritated by children on a plane, tell the flight attendant. Maybe they'll move you, or bring you some warm milk and a blanky.
It's obvious…. you don't have kids. Have some and maybe you'll re-think your positions. Or don't and go on in blissful ignorance to the hard work good parents are doing.

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Posted by Scott Joyce on 12/23/2013 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Dec. 19, 2013

In regards to Rhio Hirsch's response "Not too jazzed" I have to speak up as a student of The Nashville Jazz Workshop. As a direct result of NJW and Lori Mechem in particular, I have gone on to bigger and better things. Being a better jazz musician means being a better musician in general and as a result of the education and confidence I got from NJW I went on to play piano for Kenny Chesney, Jo Dee Messina, Laura Bell Bundy, Andy Griggs, Chad Brock, and Steve Holy. I was also band-leader for "The Conway Twitty Musical" and Blake Shelton. I played on master recordings"The Dukes of Hazzard 2" and "Blake Shelton's Barn and Grill". I've played jazz at Sambuca, Fontanella Cafe', what used to be Cafe' 1,2,3. I've played rock and alternative music at all the clubs on Broadway. I could go on but is that enough success to call myself a professional musician? I have a Bachelor of Music degree from Belmont University that did not prepare me as well to be a pro musician as NJW did. Thanks to Lori and Roger and their school I am the musician I am. In regards to Mr Hirsch's assertion that NJW never uses their students in their professional work I have to say that's wrong too. They have referred me on many gigs, jazz and otherwise. They also hire me on occasion to accompany vocal students at NJW. I would say NJW is more than a "jump-starter for young jazz musicians". It's ALSO a place where a musician of intermediate to advanced levels can become better. Being a better musician means more opportunities. Mr. Rhio also said that, just like the Tennessee school system, NJW has no product. I am their product! Are these really your enemies? Neither is more of an enemy than Mr. Rhio's real battle with his own ignorance.

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Posted by Scott Joyce on 12/21/2013 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Dec. 19, 2013

This is a tip for Pith in the Wind. Check out the Volokh libertarian legal blog re: Randy McNally's stupid bill.

http://www.volokh.com/2013/12/19/crime-annoying-local-governments-offensively-repetitious-threats-litigation/

Even the libertarians think it is stupid.

This is only a tip.

Posted by Psychic Octopus on 12/19/2013 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Oct. 10, 2013

Re : The Harpes , Fredrick Stump was from Nashville , his house still stands on Buena Vista Road in Whites Creek, there is a historic marker in front , his son was killed by the Harpes in KY , some say by the Barren River I think it was the barrens and he was killed near the Red river by Adairville , as they killed others near there.All in all they are fascinating , and well worth doing more research on . Cave in Rock Il is a quick trip from Nashville you can take a very small ferry across the Ohio and stay at the state park over looking a bend in the river , if you watch the sunrise , you might see the river turn blood red and be very happy that you and yours are safe.

Posted by Jay Eklond on 11/06/2013 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Oct. 10, 2013

I'm pissed at the Tennessean.
The Tennessean Sunday's paper no longer has TV listings for Nashville. Now you have to pay a fee for Weekly TV.
I pay good money for daily newspapers and now the Tennessean isn't listing television shows in Nashville. Lebanon and JACKSON post in daily papers the daily shows.

TV Weekly replaces The Tennessean's television section that was published on Sundays. The new magazine -- which contains expanded channel guides, puzzles, movie and live sports listings and more features than the old section offered -- will be delivered only to those who subscribe. Tennessean home-delivery customers will receive the lowest rates available for TV Weekly. To subscribe, go to www.iwantmytvmagazine.com/middletn or call 888-959-6989.

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Posted by mANDY on 10/31/2013 at 9:56 AM

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