The Nashville Fringe Festival exists to celebrate the diversity of Nashville artists, and to honor the legends among us who enrich our city and inspire our lives.
That inspiration comes in many forms. For some, it is found in art, while for others it is derived from the words and messages we share with one another. This month we are focused, along with many across the country, on the message of the Black Lives Matter movement, and for the June 8 edition of the Fringe Radio Show, host E.T. reflected on the past by playing speeches by Barack Obama and Martin Luther King Jr. Strength. Solidarity. And Support.
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Looking ahead, we hope to better hold space for the diverse range of the city's artists. As Fringe Radio Show co-host E.T. adds each time he opens the program, the Fringe exists to celebrate music, dance, crafts, spoken word, film, and performing art of all varieties, and today we would like to open the Nashville Fringe Festival's website up to the city's performers and creators.
If you have upcoming artistic events, live streams, releases, projects, or performances - we want to hear from you.
Think of this as the pegboard at your neighborhood coffee shop, or the front window at the local record store. Please click the below link (or reply to this email) to send us information on your work and we will add it to the newly added Community Bulletin Board on our website.
One of the goals of the Fringe Radio Show has been to open the platform to musical artists in our city whose voices aren't regularly amplified and uplifted. Due to the ongoing safer-at-home measures, the show has not recently featured guests live in the studio, but has instead been focused on sharing music from artists within the Nashville community. We encourage you to explore these recent broadcasts, and hopefully you'll discover music from within our community that will enrich your life as it has ours:
As a closing reflection, take a trip with us back to Woodstock, with Jimi Hendrix on stage, using his guitar to speak in ways that words never could. As this article notes, his rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" "mimics explosions, machine gunfire and a wailing emergency siren – musical images of horror.
But these departures from the traditional melody don’t dismantle the anthem. Instead, he plays notes that intone the words 'bombs bursting in air' and 'rockets red glare.' He depicts, rather than destroys, the song.
Hendrix then plays the 'Taps' melody, a tune traditionally performed at military funerals to honor the sacrifice of service.
Finally, he returns to the traditional anthem melody, offering a full and faithful conclusion to the song. He lingers on several words, extending the note sounding the word 'free' for six full seconds. His musical conclusion seems to echo the optimistic, if not triumphant, themes of the festival."
Much as Hendrix used his instrument to depict the true nature of the song's lyrics, we are being presented with the realities of our shared experience through the sounds of the world around us, the protests crying out for change and the many stories from our oppressed citizens contrasting the values we claim to hold. Despite the pain and despair of our time, hope remains strong. Once again: Strength. Solidarity. And Support.