Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Nashville floods -- how you can help

Nashville is a homeplace, a heartbeat, a crossroads of music.

Many of the artists you travel with here along the music road, American, Canadian, Irish, and Scottish, have spent time in Nashville at one point or another, played their music there, made their homes there. In these last few days, middle Tennessee has been hit by major flooding. The sun is out now, but the rivers are still rising, and help is needed.

here is a story about ways to help

another way

sending our good thoughts out to all in Music City, and especially to the Nashville based artists we've crossed paths with along the way on the music road.

The Schermerhorn, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Opry complex, and The Opryland Hotel are among those places affected by the floodwaters...

here's a bit of what that's like
in a fine story from the Tennessean's (Nashville newspaper) Peter Cooper, himself a musician. thanks, Peter.

you may also wish to see

another time, another flood, a different song -- but the same hurt

Music Road: Hands Across the Water

Music Road: Bluebird Cafe: a story

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The flooding there is just devastating. Thanks for isolating how to help.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Gretchen Peters said...

Thanks Kerry,

It's hard to describe what it's like here. A beautiful, sunny spring day, and utter devastation all around. Nashville is reeling. All efforts to bring this situation to the attention of folks who don't live here is much appreciated - the media coverage has been very disappointing and we badly need relief funds, clothing, water and volunteers. And that, of course, depends on people knowing about it. Thanks for spreading the word.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Anjuli said...

Thank you for making us more aware of what is happening there in Nashville- but also thank you even more for giving tangible ways of how to help.

2:52 AM  
Blogger Christine - Origami Mommy said...

Thank you so much - the tangible ways to help are really useful to know.

7:16 AM  
Blogger Alexandra Grabbe said...

I saw the images on television last night and could not believe my eyes. Thanks for getting the word out.

7:17 AM  
Blogger Sheryl Kraft said...

This post really highlights the devastation, which I didn't realize the extent of, until I read the links you provided. Thanks for bringing attention to this and pointing out how to help.

8:25 AM  
Anonymous sarah henry said...

Good for you for using the power of the internet to reach out for help.

So sorry to hear & read about the flooding devastation.

I hope folks in Nashville get the help they need -- and soon.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Susan Johnston said...

Kerry, thanks for reminding us about what's going on in TN! Nashville has such a central place in the history of American music, and it's sad to see what's happening there. Reminds me a bit of what happened in New Orleans several years ago. :(

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Alisa Bowman said...

I was just in Nashville not too many months ago. It's hard to believe that where I stayed is underwater. My heart goes out to everyone who is affected.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous kris bordessa said...

Thanks for sharing this. I just discovered this tonight: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Do-the-Write-Thing-for-Nashville/118857448143357

I'll donate some of my books to the cause. Maybe some of your musician friends would be interested in doing same?

3:12 AM  
Blogger kerry dexter said...

thanks for that link, and for donating your books.

I know there are several benefits and on line auctions in the works to help raise funds. I believe the second link, above, to the Red Cross site, will lead to information on some of those.

As well, several musicians including Reba McEntire, Amy Grant, and Vince Gill already have made generous donations of money, talent, and time to the relief efforts. It's a big situation, though, with many people displaced, and much damage. The need for help will be ongoing for a while.

thanks to all who've read about it here and are helping get the word out. thanks for your comments too.

4:42 PM  

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