Author Archives: Gary Voland

Growing Pains in Music City

A protester at Thursday’s rally yells at construction workers.

     Last Thursday a group of local union labor workers gathered to protest outside the construction site of the new downtown convention center. They are upset over the amount of contracts that have been awarded to out of state construction firms. These firms have shipped in workers from other states, angering local unions who point out the large number of unemployed in Davidson County. 
     The protesters marched from the Metro courthouse to the construction site of the almost 600 million dollar convention center. Once they reached the site, local police were forced to shut down a section of Franklin Street between 5th and 4th to accommodate the large crowd. The protesters marched around, some of them banging on 5 gallon paint buckets and all of them chanting, “Local jobs for local people!”.

Weekend Sky

     I made a trip up to Pleasant View this weekend to help my brother with some things around the house. It’s a drive I should make more often. There are some beautiful landscapes up there with plenty of barns, fields and sky. We had wrapped up our work and as I was loading up the truck I noticed the clouds. They had a look of brushstrokes and in my head popped an image of Bob Ross. I think he would have loved them. 
     Chalk up one more reason to always have a camera handy. I usually have a couple with me wherever I go. Most of the time I have my DSLR, but the truck is stocked with disposable film cameras in case I’m without. I miss having my Iphone since it went kaput for many reasons, but the camera it held is at the top of  the list. I’ve been rockin’ my old school Razr for a couple months now, but I’m not afraid to whip it out, either. A pixelated image is better than no image at all. Sometimes, it’s preferred. 
House on not-so-Haunted Hill
     On the road I listened to some new tunes from a duo called The Civil Wars. They make some beautiful music together. Haunting and subtle with serious intensity. Some of their vocals gave me chills.  After 10 tracks I was left with the same feeling I had when I first heard early Patty Griffin or Jeremy Lister, which is to say I wanted to hear more and I can’t wait to see where they go next. There’s a free download of a show they performed at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia available on their website. If you have trouble finding it, you can always just click here. It’s worth checking out. Enjoy.

Catching Up

The Holidays
     We’re already more than a week into the New Year and while 2010 seemed to come and go much too quickly, 2011 doesn’t appear to be slowing down either. I’ve noticed a byproduct of increasing age is that time becomes a precious commodity there never seems to be enough of. The same amount of sand is in the old hourglass but I believe the hole in the middle gets larger each year. I’m not meaning to be morbid here, there’s still 24 hours in a day, I just realize now more than ever their worth. 
Ola amigo
     The holidays were great this year. I appreciate spending time with my family more and more these days and it’s an amazing experience to witness our newest members filling out the family tree. There were a few lean years with just us adults that were special in their own right, but nothing can compare to a house full of kids on Christmas. We had 3 running around and exploring with 3 more on the way for next year including a set of twins. Good stuff. 
Farm in Guthrie
     I also had the pleasure of spending my first Christmas with my girlfriend Melissa’s family in good old Guthrie, Kentucky. I was invited to one of their family traditions, Christmas breakfast (pronounced brack-fast) and not only was the food amazing, which it always is up there, but they were incredibly gracious hosts. They’re wonderful people and I’m enjoying the new relationships we’re building. 
     It’s good to be around for the new year and I have so much to share about the new things happening in 2011. It looks to be jam packed and I’m ready for it. I’ll be posting updates here and on Facebook about some of the new developments on the horizon that I don’t think you’ll want to miss. It’s going to be a good year.