On Lindsay Bowman’s first trip to Nashville, a band that was playing at a Broadway honky-tonk invited her to come up on stage and join them for a song. The 25-year-old sang Walking After Midnight by Patsy Cline. By the end of the night, Lindsay knew she had to move to Nashville. “It was just the feeling of camaraderie, everybody’s out here doing the same thing, trying to make it.” Within five months, Lindsay quit her job in Danville, Virginia and moved to Music City, with the
“The most aggravating thing to me is when people get in front of me and walk or drive slow. I don’t consider myself to be an impatient person unless I’m on a mission to get somewhere and someone who has nothing else to do gets in my way.” This is the reply Belmont University student Paige Johnson gave me when I asked her about the one thing in this world that makes her angrier than anything else. But what does being angrier than anything else have to do with the roots of up
Anyone who has ever taken a risk – or been afraid to – will relate to the new album by pop rock artist Roger Jaeger. Written over a two-year period, the 11 tracks have a recurring theme of taking chances in life and love. “I think a lot of people can connect with risk, the idea of not knowing what’s on the other side,” says Roger. The title track Fall Off The Earth was co-written with Mikei Grey one day as the two musicians were discussing the ancient belief that the earth wa
Well, I’ve been waiting awhile, but here we are. The next segment in the series. The first one was legendary, setting new heights for the industry, a true game changer for all to witness. And now this week, the story that has captivated the entire globe continues. Of course, I am talking about “Infinity War,” the third Avengers movie. I saw it last night, and I was blown away. The visual effects were amazing, and the way they were able to include all the characters they did w
Essential oils. Do they really live up to the attention they have received the past few years? I have always been someone drawn to natural remedies before taking over the counter medications, so when I started hearing about essential oils, my interest was piqued. I heard about them through friends and then at work and everyone I talked to was so passionate about the products they had been using, so I decided to do some research and ended up ordering a few...I was instantly ho
If you are in Nashville, you know the drill…sunny day, rainy day, cold day, warm day, tornado warning, perfect day, random snow and frost, high pollen count, more rain, and so on and so forth. So the weather is a little unpredictable here, but the sunny and warm days are absolutely amazing! Have you noticed you feel happier in spring and summer? This is because sunlight triggers an increased release of serotonin, which in turn makes you feel happier. Serotonin is a neurotrans
Most people would be surprised to learn that the Pop/R & B artist known as i.am.james is actually a sweet female songstress, whose real name is Sierra Cassidy. When she moved to Nashville last fall, the 21-year-old singer wanted a stage name that was different – a short word that wasn’t too trendy or artsy. After searching through a book of baby names, she chose “James.” But since there could be trademark issues with a 90’s rock band from England with that name, her mom sugge
“I cherish having an imagination and I really love reality, reality is what we all have to leave someday, so I try to respect it even though it can be very uninteresting and frustrating.” The above quote is one of the key tenets to the philosophy of “Experimental Folk” artist Dale J. His music, with lyrics rich in the art of creative storytelling and innovative music produced with studio techniques that can create a whole new reality for the listener, is still steeped in the
Lately I have noticed that my vegetable intake has been low. I think it's for a couple of reasons - 1 that veggies don't always taste great (I prefer mine smothered in butter and cheese) and 2 that veggies are not all that convenient.
So I've been trying to figure out ways to sneak veggies into food I already eat to see if I can trick myself into eating more. If you also struggle with eating your greens then pay close attention.
The easiest way is to add greens in throug
If you are into eating healthy, you know how tricky shopping can be. There are new “miracle” products what seems like every single week and grocery stores are overwhelmingly full of choices. While I have so many new favorites, here are my current top 5. Looking at the list below, the products seem random, but I use each of them daily. Hope y’all enjoy! 1. Vital Proteins, Collagen Peptides I stumbled across Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides this summer and was honestly unsure i
On many weekends, I drive for UBER. I have spent countless hours navigating the traffic on Broadway between 1st and 6th avenue, or the “belly of the beast” as I like to call it. You know those bachelorette parties, right? The ones who are turned up to eleven and setting the pedal taverns ablaze all night with their Shania Twain belting shenanigans? Well, eventually those parties need a ride back to their Airbnb, to recharge their batteries before they strengthen our tourist e
What happens when you combine a passionate home brewer, a family of light beer drinkers, and a weekend in the Smokies? For Chris Going, the result was a successful microbrewery in Nolensville, Tennessee that is building a strong following with their unique take on craft beer and their commitment to their community. The music program at Belmont University brought Chris to Nashville from his native St. Louis. Like many graduates, he chose to stay in Music City and found himself
Since one of the things on Amanda's list last week was motivating yourself with new workout gear I thought I would highlight some of my favorite local shops for athletic apparel! $ Tjmaxx - great for all workout gear, I especially like to get leggings, sports bras and yoga mats (they are like $12!).
$$ Volunteer traditions - does not just have cute UT gear but they also carry Harper Knit which makes very cute and comfortable workout gear. They also have amazing sales! In
On any given night, Nashville drummer Bobby Mertz can be found backing an aspiring artist at a local showcase, recording tracks in his home studio for a song demo, or touring the country as part of jazz superstar Kenny G’s entourage. But there was a time when Bobby marched to the beat of a different drum. Right after high school, the Pennsylvania native joined the US Marine Corps just prior to Operation Desert Shield/Storm. For four years, Bobby flew all over the world in a p
Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion basically states that an object either remains at rest or continues to move at constant velocity in a straight line, unless it is compelled to change its state by the action of an external force. Isaac Stinson has written a Fourth Law of Motion, which says that “my state of complacency or motion is rarely compelled to change by outside forces.” In other words, he is “usually motivated to do things, and whether for better or worse it’s unlike
Imagine what the combination of Demi Lovato and Aretha Franklin would sound like, and you will have a pretty good idea of 13-year-old Taylor Gayle’s style of soul pop music. Living in Texas at the time, Taylor was seven years old when she attended an art show with her mom and some of their friends in Dallas. Perhaps inspired by live musicians who were performing at the event, Taylor began to approach complete strangers and belt out impromptu bluesy songs. That’s when Brandy B
As expressed in previous posts, I am not one for cardio, especially running. However, I have found that rowing is a great cardio activity that I surprisingly enjoy and I thought you might too! Using a rowing machine works your upper and lower body while promoting your stamina and kicking up fat burning. It is also lower impact on your knees and other joints than running.
Additionally rowing machines can be purchased and easily used at home for maximum convenience (so no exc
Hayley Prosser has never seen Ghostbusters. Her bandmate, Sara Zebley, “literally had no idea that there were different Ghostbusters.” Frankly, I didn’t know what to do when I heard these statements. I was prepared for an amusing discussion on Gatekeepers, Slimer and whatever happened to Rick Moranis when I was stopped by a generational gap pop culture brick wall. Before I could stop and contemplate how long I had spent on this earth, they redeemed themselves quite well. Bu
Type ‘entrepreneur’ into any search engine and next to the definition should be a picture of Andi Whiskey. When asked what is her favorite thing about being an entrepreneur she says, “is being able to create things in a world of endless possibilities. I love new experiences and stories and feelings, and everything I do with business is to create those for others.” Skin care products. Soaps and beard oils. Candles. A barbershop. She has taken an amalgam of seemingly separate b
It is speculated that 80% of New Year's resolutions fail before February (Business Insider). If your wellness resolutions are fading fast this ones for you! The way to "cheat" resolution goals in your workout is to incorporate supersets! What are supersets you may ask? They are the practice of doing two or more workout sets together with out rest between them. They can be done focusing on the same muscle group (think bench press and pushups) or different (think bench press a