In search of a song…
Special to the Sky-Hi News
Songwriter Trish Leone was raised in Grand County and has been writing songs since age 16. For six years, the 1982 Middle Park graduate played bass and acoustic guitar with local band Third Time Lucky. Leone moved to Nashville a year ago to pursue a song-writing career. She released her first solo album, “Perfect Strangers,” last July. The following is a narrative about her first year living in Nashville.
“Honey, we have a saying here in Tennessee, We’re just gonna wait and see what happens.”
That was one of my first introductions to the laid-back ways of the south in a conversation with two women I met while listening to friend and former Grand County favorite Ronnie Fruge pick his guitar as snowflakes fell outside that December evening.
I guess those words have proved to be true in some ways, but certainly not all.
For instance, I found out that they are not going to “wait and see” as far as the grocery store is concerned. At the first forecast of snow, the shelves in the grocery store were suddenly vacant of all bread, milk, eggs and anything else I thought I wanted.
Banks closed early and the city shut down. Except for the honkey-tonks on Broadway, which is just something to keep in mind.
Having been raised in Grand County, I didn’t think much about it but continued on my way. Weather has always been a topic of conversation no matter where you live and here has been no exception. So, in four seasons, I have experienced record snowfall, record rain, a devastating flood, record heat and now … “What do I do with all these leaves?”
Enough about the weather, what has been an amazing year has to do with the music. I am sure my coworkers are tired of hearing me say: “That was the best show I’ve ever seen.”
I started a list of “The Best of Nashville” last year which has turned into pages, so I am just going to pick out 10 things, not in any particular order.
1. Watching Sheryl Crow shoot a music video in the park.
2. Meeting Emmy Lou Harris at the store where I work.
3. Seeing Chrissy Hynde in a small club with maybe 40 people.
4. Sitting in a room with John Hiatt listening to his daughter Lily play a club with 19 of us there. (yes I counted)
5. Jack Pearson, Last Train Home, Matt Urmy, Georgia Middleman, Don Williams, Lyle Lovett, Peter Frampton, Scarlett Begonia, Rock Block Guitars … the list goes on, each a detailed story itself.
6. A wonderful conversation with a man I found out later was Ray Stevens, when he excused himself to take the stage.
7. All the visitors from Grand County! Very cool. Including two mini-reunions with my mom and sisters.
8. Seeing my handmade quitar straps being used around town.
9. A surprise birthday party, “Mickey style”. Live music, food, drink, need I say more?
10. “Sandora’s Box” A boutique guitar amp designed and built by Mickey, truly magical.
So as you can see, I have spent a lot of my time here “out on the town” listening, watching, learning and contributing songs alongside those I had previously admired from a distance.
Most importantly, I have seen that writing songs and making music are considered a natural outflow of living. It’s just what is done around here.
This week I come back to Grand County to reunite with some very close friends and family, share a few songs, and lay my dad’s ashes to rest in the Colorado mountains he loved so dearly. This great big world gets smaller everyday.
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