In this episode of the podcast, I share the story of the first time I went to Nashville to visit the Grand Ole Opry.
It was October 2007 and It had been a long time coming. I had wanted to visit Nashville since I was a kid after watching the movie Thing Called Love. Nashville seemed like a mystical, magical place and I wanted to be like the folks in that movie making music living in Nashville.
We were going for the Opry's birthday bash and our entire itinerary was centered around our visit to the Opry, everything else would have to play second fiddle. When we got to the Opry house I was like a kid at Disneyland for the first time and I was SO excited. When the usher guided us to our seats, I remember looking around me from my seat and having this overwhelming feeling of being home.
As a kid, we moved around a lot. So I never had one place that I could consider home. Instead I had this mosaic of places that made up my childhood. So when my friends would go home for the summer and they'd have their childhood rooms still intact, I could only imagine how that felt because I never had my own experience with it. But that night in the Grand Ole Opry House, I felt it. I was home.
The line up for the night was incredible, it included Bill Anderson, Terri Clark, Connie Smith, Riders in the Sky, Little Jimmy Dickens, Ricky Skaggs and the Whites, Dierks Bentley and Keith Anderson. When the curtain lifted and I saw the circle on the stage for the first time, I was starstruck! I mean completely mesmerized. If you've ever been to the Opry then you likely know what I'm talking about and if not, trust me, when you go for the first time you'll see what I mean. The circle is as big a star as anyone who has ever walked across that stage and there is so much history in that 6 foot circle of wood. You can read all about the circle here.
Now, I had been over the moon to see Bill Anderson and as he took the stage and began his portion of the show, I was preoccupied writing a new song and I honestly couldn't tell you what he sang that night. But this song came pouring out of my heart at such a rapid speed that I was just trying to keep up and catch it while I could. The words "I'll know I've made it when I'm standing in the circle on the floor of that ole stage" kept running through my head.
That phrase became the hook of my song Circle on the Floor, the title track on my debut album and I finished the song on the taxi ride back to the hotel. So in a way I guess you could say I wrote that tune with Whisperin' Bill. That song became my anthem and sitting in the Opry house that night, I knew that I would do whatever I had to do to make it to that stage. Even if it took my entire life to get there, I knew in that moment that someday, I would be standing in that circle.
I went home with a new fire in my belly and I started taking massive action toward my dream. In this episode I talked about my imperfect journey and shared some examples of times that I took imperfect action. I also shared my song, Circle on the Floor. Tune in to hear the rest of the story.
Thanks for Reading and I'll see you at the Opry!
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