So what's wrong with Dave Green wanting his staffers to answer the phone politely ("Memo From Dave Green," Jan. 6)? I don't know the guy, and as a lifelong reader, I certainly mourn the decline of The Tennessean, but treating your customers with respect and courtesy is the proper way to do business. I hope the new guy will do the same.
Yet another Dave defender
In regard to "Memo From Dave Green" (Jan. 6), I don't know Dave Green from Adam. But I don't like to be "barked at" either.
He's got rhythm
Hats off to the Nashville Scene and Josh Tinley for recognizing Nashville's hidden sports gemthe Nashville Rhythm. Overall, an excellent article. Some observations:
Josh mentioned the 3-D rule, which gives a team an extra point for a basket made after a backcourt steal; what was not mentioned was that a team in ball possession gets only seven seconds (instead of the usual 10) to cross midcourt. The combination of these two rules creates a fast-paced game with lots of full-court pressure defense, and there is no walking the ball casually upcourt. As a result, game scores are usually in triple digits for both teams, and overcoming 20- and 25-point second-half deficits is not uncommon in the ABA.
Ashley McElhiney has done a great job of permanently burying the idea that woman can't coach the men's game. Basketball is basketball; the same concepts that make a women's team successful can bring success to a men's team as well. The Rhythm are now 12-3.
I don't know much about the overseas leagues, but there are currently five minor league pro basketball leagues in the United States. You could make a good case that Dontae Jones is the most dominant player in any U.S. minor league.
The Rhythm are currently averaging about 1,200 fans per home game. (Allen Arena at Lipscomb, where the Rhythm play home games, seats about 5,000.) Anyone who sees the Rhythm usually wants to come back, and they had the best crowd since the opener at their last game at Allen (about 1,500). The games are very entertaining to watch, and tickets are cheap ($13 courtside, $7 general admission). The next home games are Jan. 13 and 15. For more information, visit www.nashvillerhythm.com or call (615) 279-6666.
Come check out Nashville's championship-contending pro basketball team. You'll be glad you did.
Shedding light on Rosco
I would like to thank the Scene and Chris Neal for the supremely inspired and insightful review of No Dark in America by the late, great Rosco Gordon ("Only in America," Jan. 6). It is rare indeed when a record finds a reviewer with the dedication to discern its spirit and the craft to get that spirit onto the page. On behalf of everyone who worked on this record, I am eternally grateful, and have a feeling that our first review will also be our best.
I would like to gently correct a few points of fact in the review: Rosco actually recorded for Sam Phillips before Phillips adopted the "Sun" name for his recording studio. Also, some Caribbean deejays with whom I've spoken insist that Rosco was not just an influence on ska, but was in fact the seed for ska, rock steady and reggae.
Lij and I met Rosco years before his 2000 comeback effort with Stony Plain Records. (Lij is my partner in the field-recording project Hoobellatoo, which produced No Dark in America.) Rosco always said we started his revitalization. In fact, Rosco signed with Stony Plain after recording some tracks with us because Lij was hired to produce a record for the Living Things, which consumed all of his timeand paid his bills, which Hoobellatoo or recording Rosco on spec could never have done.
As a journalist myself, I know that every published piece cuts corners to make the word count. So let me make it very clear: this is a review to cherish, and our only regret is that Rosco is not alive to read it and respond with some positive and feisty remark that would be impossible to imagine until it came out of his mouth.
email@example.com (St. Louis, Mo.)
What a wonderful surprise to see Damian Lewis make Nashville Scene's best performances of 2004 list ("Reeling in 2004," Jan. 6). Hopefully, because of all of the support critics nationwide have demonstrated for Keane and its superb lead actor, the film will eventually find a distributor so the rest of us moviegoers can see Lewis' talent expand even beyond Band of Brothers and The Forsyte Saga.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Lexington, Ky.)
I was reading your Annual Manual 2005 (Dec. 30) because I'm new in the area and I want to know more about the Nashville area. It was great! Next year, though, perhaps you could put in a map of downtown. Not anything overly detailed illustrating every little nook, just the general street layout for those of us who want to get a general layout. You could label the places you list in your various directories.
I could offer a few other suggestions as well, but listing them off to you would just be annoying. So I'll just say, "Keep up the good work."
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