Beyond Words https://nashvillearts.com Thu, 15 Nov 2018 22:14:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://nashvillearts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/cropped-NashArtsLogoIcon-1-32x32.jpg Beyond Words https://nashvillearts.com 32 32 The Magic of Magnolias https://nashvillearts.com/2018/08/the-magic-of-magnolias/ Wed, 01 Aug 2018 13:24:48 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=76253 August 2018 by Marshall Chapman The magnolia is my favorite flower. Every spring, its white, majestic blooms appear miraculously across the South, making my spirits soar. I love flowers in general. Peonies, gardenias, and roses are among my favorites. But grand as they are, they just don’t have the gravitas of the magnolia. Perfumers have […]

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You can’t make this up … https://nashvillearts.com/2018/07/you-cant-make-this-up/ Tue, 03 Jul 2018 12:52:43 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=75714 July 2018 By Marshall Chapman I’ve always sought out local mom-and-pop places when it comes to restaurants, hardware stores, etc. My latest adventure with one of these involved Powder Tech Services (P.T.S.) on 6th Avenue South near the old City Cemetery. A painter friend had recommended them when I was looking to have an old […]

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The Art of Lying … https://nashvillearts.com/2018/05/the-art-of-lying/ Wed, 30 May 2018 12:25:37 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=75175 June 2018 By Marshall Chapman I’ve never been a good liar. And believe me, there’ve been times it would have served me well. But it was just never in the cards for me to lie. My older sister, Mary, on the other hand, could lie like a rug. Mary was so good at lying, it […]

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Finding comfort where you can … https://nashvillearts.com/2018/05/finding-comfort-where-you-can/ Tue, 01 May 2018 12:35:59 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=74639 May 2018 by Marshall Chapman Some people don’t like to be touched. I am not one of them. Back in the day when I was playing rock & roll across the American landscape, my first order of business upon arriving in any new city was to find a good masseuse or masseur. But back to […]

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Between the lightning bug and the lightning … https://nashvillearts.com/2018/04/between-the-lightning-bug-and-the-lightning/ Mon, 02 Apr 2018 12:35:34 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=74170 April 2018 by Marshall Chapman Mark Twain once said, “The difference between the almost-right word and the right word is really a large matter —’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” He was referring to writing, of course. But the same can be said about food. Or even bedding, as I recently […]

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Farewell to the Elvis Chair … https://nashvillearts.com/2018/02/farewell-elvis-chair/ Wed, 28 Feb 2018 13:35:50 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=73678 March 2018 By Marshall Chapman Last week, three men in a large, white van from the Jean and Alexander Heard Library [Vanderbilt] came to my house and hauled away just about everything I once deemed important—letters, postcards, journals, early recordings, manuscripts, press, music videos, VHS tapes of TV appearances, demo cassettes, legal pads filled with […]

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It all begins with a name … https://nashvillearts.com/2018/01/it-all-begins-with-a-name/ Wed, 31 Jan 2018 13:32:28 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=73162 February 2018 by Marshall Chapman In my family, there was always a right or proper way of doing things. And this included naming babies. A firstborn female child was always named after her maternal grandmother; the second-born after her paternal grandmother, and so on. So when my older sister Mary was born, she was named […]

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New and improved … https://nashvillearts.com/2018/01/new-and-improved/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 14:45:04 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=72981 January 2018 by Marshall Chapman Have you ever gone shopping for a favorite item—something personal like underwear or toothpaste—only to discover it’d been discontinued? Or even worse, upgraded to “new and improved,” which usually means of inferior quality and more expensive? I have been buying the same brand of toothpaste for as long as I […]

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Living in the weather … https://nashvillearts.com/2017/11/living-in-the-weather/ Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:35:13 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=71454 December 2017 By Marshall Chapman For twenty years—from 1977 until 1997—I lived on the top floors of two mid-town high-rises. The first ten were at the Americana Apartments. And yes, I could write a book. (Several volumes, in fact.) At one point, my boyfriend, the art critic Dave Hickey, and my band (Jaded Virgin) lived […]

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Blessed are the persistent… https://nashvillearts.com/2017/11/blessed-are-the-persistent/ Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:35:51 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=70880 November 2017 by Marshall Chapman One of my pet peeves is light pollution. When my former husband and I moved into our house twenty years ago, the street lights drove me crazy. Especially the one on the pole in front of our house. The light from that fixture shined directly into our upstairs bedroom window. […]

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