An Open Letter to Those Who Disappear

Dear ________,

Historically, I’m not a very trusting person. It takes a lot for me to get there. To REALLY be who I am with you. To REALLY be ok with who you are. I’ve been through things, but we all have. I guess my difference is that I adapted in such a way that it’s harder for me to open up than most. Once I get to that point though, I’m maximally faithful. I will do whatever’s in my power to make you happy. I feel very deeply and thoughtfully. That being said, people change, people grow, and people aren’t always who you thought they were. It happens. Life happens, and that’s ok. What’s not ok is to write someone you were once close with off as if they never existed, as if they never mattered, without so much as a conversation. If I let you in, you matter. Even if we enviably part ways and never speak again, you mattered, and you’ll know that, but without a conversation, I never will. The age of texting and bailing is a coward’s way out, an easy way to avoid the difficult and move on to what’s easy, for now. Words are important. REAL words. REAL conversations. I thought so when you were pouring your heart out to me about something that mattered to you, I thought so on the good days, and the bad days, and the days when we didn’t have to say many words at all. So I will not apologize for wanting a conversation now. I will not apologize for thinking you owe me that courtesy. The easy way out will only haunt me for a moment, but it may forever haunt your conscious. Don’t be a pussy.

Bukowski Brain

I spend a lot of time trying to fill voids. The problem with said void filling is they are all temporary. A new handsome face, enough vodka to drown a horse, a crowded bar, a new pair of shoes.

Yet the next day feels so empty. My new shoes are scuffed, the vodka high is gone, and none of those handsome brunettes ever want to stick around for a sober conversation.

So here I lay, hungover, tired, hungry, anxious, empty. I’m convinced love’s a cruel joke…but it happens to be one I miss terribly.

Live On the Green – a green concert series – B.Real Mag

Nashville’s premiere environmentally friendly concert series is returning August 8th through September 12th! Check out the article below which I wrote last year and was featured in B. Real Magazine!

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Local concert series is back and greener than ever.

September 6 marks the kickoff of the fourth season of Nashville’s leading environmentally conscious six-week concert series, Live On the Green. This year’s event is sure to please offering one of the most exciting lineups to date. Best of all, the series is free to the public. Yes, free.

Musical acts such as Alabama Shakes, Dr. John, North Mississippi Allstars, Trampled By Turtles, The Wallflowers, and Moon Taxi will grace the stage, along with numerous others. Concerts will begin around 5 p.m. on Thursday evenings though October 11, and will be held in Public Square Park adjacent to the Metro Court House.

“Live On the Green has grown into an incredibly popular concert series with thousands of people looking forward to it each year,” Mayor Karl Dean says of the event. “Highly-talented singers, songwriters, and musicians playing a variety of different genres is what Nashville is all about.”

In addition to live entertainment, this year’s Live On the Green will feature a craft beer garden, a Green Thumb Zone for families, an expanded food court, and a VIP area for your pooch. Yes, even your leashed furry friends are welcome!

Live On the Green is noticeably doing its part to offset its own carbon footprint and to promote green living in Nashville. The series is involved in a number of efforts including the use of energy-efficient sound and lighting, offering high quality organic merchandising, and even requiring participating vendors to use only recyclable and biodegradable materials. Vendors are also instructed to prepare just enough food expected to sell. Any remaining portions must be donated or composted.

In an attempt to prevent pollution caused by travel, out of town performers are asked to agree to use the most environmentally friendly means of transportation available. A free bike check will also be offered for locals. Three dollar parking is available in the garage directly below the grounds for those who choose to drive.

The 2.25 acre lot where the event is located known as the “Green Roof,” sits atop a five story parking garage and acts as a rainwater collection system. The roof gathers over 50,000 gallons of rainwater each year which is treated and used to irrigate more than 40 different species of foliage located in and around the grounds.

With the website boasting the motto “Keep it free. Keep it local. Keep it green,” Live On the Green contributors say they are dedicated to remain Nashville’s leading eco-friendly concert series. Partnership with local organizations such as Second Harvest Food Bank and Walk/Bike Nashville help them to achieve this goal.

Second Harvest Food Bank positions volunteers at each recycling bin throughout the event to answer any recycling questions guests might have. Metro Water will also be on site providing tap water. Attendees are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles in order to decrease waste.

At the close of each evening everyone is asked to pick up just one piece of trash in order to keep the grounds beautiful and to help promote community pride. With any luck this year concertgoers will prove to be overachievers and make it two!

Live On the Green is presented by Lighting 100 and produced by Tuned In Broadcasting, Inc. in conjunction with the Nashville Mayor’s Office. For a complete artist lineup and more information including details on VIP upgrades visit liveonthegreen.net.

I hope to see you all on the Green!