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Thank you’s all around

I want to say thank you to everyone who came out to my benefit last Saturday night (The Spin, Jan. 11). I was so moved by everyone’s generosity and well wishes. I can’t even begin to tell you how much this touched my heart and lifted my spirits. I can’t say thank you enough to Autumn Button for putting it all together and Mike Raber for making room on the calendar. I want to give a big old hug and kiss to Craig Smith, Steve “Statesman,” the Latchlifters and Mr. Dave Cloud & the Gospel of Power for giving your time and incessant energy to make my benefit one of the most memorable times of my life.

I want to give a special thanks to the Scene (Jim Ridley) and to The Rage (Dave Paulson and Kristin Whittlesey), not only for the great press coverage but also for the wonderful things you said about me. Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank my old friend Terry Cantrell, and the Springwater, for still being there to provide a stage for such wonderfully talented artists. You are truly one of the last great rock clubs, and I thank you for continuing on in what can sometimes be a thankless business. Believe me when I tell you, people really do appreciate you, even though it may not always feel this way.

Now to everyone who could not make it out to the show but who sent emails, get well ecards and left donations: you are no less appreciated. All of this has meant so much to me, and has done so much to lift my spirits during this very trying time in my life.

I also want to thank the wonderful folks at MusiCares. These guys came to my rescue and helped me when I was in my darkest hour. I truly don’t know where I would be right now without them. They are all angels, and I will never forget what they did for me. If you’re a musician or you’re in the music industry, you may already be familiar with these wonderful people. They have helped countless individuals and bands over the years. There is a benefit for this wonderful organization here in Nashville on Jan. 25 at The Basement. (See details in Critics’ Picks, which begin on p. 27.) Please try to make it out. You never know when you or someone you love may need their help.

I will never forget this time in my life—the wreck, the surgeries—but now, thanks to all of you, I will have some wonderful memories to look back on. Bless you all.

Kara Nickskaranoid03@yahoo.com (Nashville)

Whine tastes

Why is it that your reporter Lindsay Ferrier always uses poor language in her “reporting.” There is no need for phrases like “What. The hell. Happened.” (Suburban Turmoil, June 8)—which is not punctuated correctly—or last week’s “cheap-ass” comment (Suburban Turmoil, Jan. 11). I wonder: have you lost advertising with this? Your publication has certainly lost class with this.

I was a reporter for years, a columnist too, and I never used such unprofessional language. There was no need and I am too classy to do so. I find her offensive and ignorant, and find you even more so for paying her. Maybe that is what you are wanting—a Howard Stern, if you will. Well, my wine tastes do not like your stale, cheap-beer reporter/ing and lack of respectable copy-editing. I look forward to your next trashy article from Ms. Ferrier, as my cat needs something to catch his urinated litter granules as he exits his cat box, or, as Ms. Ferrier would call it, his shitter.

Henrietta Percy sirharrypercy@hotmail.com (Nashville)


Last week’s Off Limits item, “A Sick Joke or a Really Bad Typo?,” incorrectly said that Bob Clement lost to Lamar Alexander for the U.S. Senate two years ago. It was, of course, four years ago. Time flies when Clement’s not in office.


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