Regarding "A Tale of Two Coaches" (Dec. 12): You've lost your mind! Barry Trotz is glued to his "defense first" style to the point he could suck the offensive life out of Sidney Crosby. He ruined many top offensive prospects because he knows nothing about offense. You've got to score to win, and Trotz teams never score enough to overcome the bad defensive/bad goalkeeping nights that always occur. He is out of touch and produces teams that are boring to watch and make the fan base run away. Give him another couple of years and the team will leave for Hamilton!
Charles J. Robinson
Regarding "A Tale of Two Coaches" (Dec. 12): I think the best thing that could happen to the Titans is for the team to move to Memphis. Change the name of the team to the Tennessee River Rats. Get an entirely new coaching staff and clean out the team from top to bottom. Get some black uniforms with a red design of a river rat on the sleeve, like the arm bands the Germans had in World War II, only make them river rats — make them look as scary and foreboding as possible. Spend money on an SEC quarterback, or one from Texas A&M, or somewhere else. And start from scratch. Maybe get a bunch of ex-cons.
Sorry, Scene, I love your publication, but you did a disservice with the article "Kids Do the Darndest Things" (Dec. 5), which I found not funny but crass.
As a fairly frequent traveler on long trips, I have the following suggestion for Ms. House:
1. Your snot encrusted children are special only to you.
2. I paid for my space and your children should stay in theirs.
3. If you know you are going to be a nightmare to everyone — why do you insist on being one on a plane? Drive your car.
And most importantly: When are you going to teach your children manners? Why do you insist on being a negligent parent?
It is striking to see U.S. children's lack of education and manners when compared to children in other countries.
Perhaps that is why they continue to rank low in all categories.
Ron Wynn's piece on the state of jazz in Jazzville ("2013 Year in Music," Dec. 5) is interesting for what it doesn't say about jazz. While everything he wrote has a ring of "truthiness," what's missing is the fact that there's not one student musician of the Nashville Jazz Workshop who has gone on to bigger and better things; if there is, who are they? Roger and Lori never use students in their professional work (their live performances or studio work never introduces student-artists), nobody ever makes it from the NJW to a session, and no student ever becomes a "jazz recording artist" after studying at the NJW. As for the rest of it, Nashville has no neighborhood jazz clubs for jazz musicians to perform; there's no avant-garde jazz community here, which is an embarrassment considering the vibrant alt-rock/alt-country/alt-punk/alt-new wave music scene competing with country music's stylish, conveyor-belt cookie-cutter recording artists. Compared with other cities, Nashville has very little jazz diversity to speak of, and no "activism." In particular, since Mr. Wynn brought it up, the NJW is less of a jump-starter for young jazz musicians and mostly a commercial business that looks like a private school which gets government education grants, tax subsidies and student tuition. And just like the Tennessee school system, the NJW has no product either.
Thanks so much for your thoughtful tribute to John Egerton ("The Head of the Table," Nov. 28).
Like you, I had the chance to spend some time with him, and was delighted to find what a warm and humble man he was. You did a great job of describing him as a person, along with honoring his value and skill as a writer.
I always look forward to the Scene's annual Best of Nashville issue (Oct. 10), but I wonder how many total entries are received. Next year, you should indicate how many votes each category winner received so readers can accurately determine if that winner is really worthy of the Best of Nashville award. I get the feeling that some of these category winners are only receiving a handful of votes.
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