What you should listen to if you adore the “A Star is Born” Soundtrack

The truth is that I often hate remakes, but I had to get over that fact because “A Star is Born” is on its fourth remake. Plus, Judy Garland was not the original female protagonist. I know I’m probably going to love this version the most because of the soundtrack. I knew I was going to love it because of the artists involved.

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While getting my hair done, my stylist, Lisa Wolfe, encouraged me to blog about music. She stated how it is evident that I love bands and I have an in-depth knowledge of trivia.  I introduced her to Lukas Nelson last week when she was working her magic on my hair.

My hope is that at some point and time, the songwriters will perform the songs together. I would like to hear it with their emotions. Although Gaga had involvement in writing the songs, there were two female songwriters involved in the soundtrack. Natalie Hemby, who wrote “Pontoon” for Little Big Town. Also, Lorri McKenna, who wrote the hit Tim McGraw song “Humble and Kind.” I adore their voices and work. Like me, Hemby has roots in Southeast Missouri. Also, Lorri McKenna was just a mom who wrote bedtime songs for her five children. Although these women are not fairly known, they should be recognized.

However, some artists that I adore and I have proudly seen live, had involvement in this. “Maybe It’s Time” was written by Jason Isbell. He has a band called the 400 Unit. Their song “If we were Vampires” was featured on This is Us. His wife, Amanda Shires, is the band’s fiddle player. They have amazing chemistry on stage, but I live for their Instagram Stories. My personal favorite shenanigan of them was when Jason read Amanda US Weekly.

Bradley Cooper hired Lukas Nelson as his character guide for the film. Nelson happens to be the son of everyone’s favorite musician from Austin, Willie Nelson. In my opinion, Lukas Nelson’s music is much more soulful than his dad’s music. In fact, Lady Gaga collaborated with on “Find Yourself” on Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real’s self-titled album in 2017. The soundtrack has a merge of songs with an indie feel and pop music. Toward the end of the soundtrack, the guitars were replaced with beats.

I feel as though all female protagonists in the latest 3 movies had established careers. Barbara had already starred in “Funny Girl,” it had been 18 years since Judy Garland starred in ‘The Wizard of Oz,” and Lady Gaga hit the scene with “Just Dance” during Christmas break of my junior year of high school.  I thought it was fitting how Gaga played ode to Judy with “Somewhere over the Rainbow.”

The guitar solo in “Out of Time” had Lukas Nelson vibes. My personal favorite song on the soundtrack for Gaga’s abilities was “Always Remember Us This Way.” “Look What I found” had more pop songwriters on board. The feel was different from “Shallows.” I’ve come a long way from hating Lady Gaga with her weird outfits to recognizing her talents.

My friend Johnathan Pushkar actually saw the film two weeks ago at an early viewing in Franklin, TN. His face just expresses enthusiasm when talking about. I believe him that this soundtrack will win awards. Plus, he has the envy of every girl because he was in the same room as Bradley Cooper. I cannot wait to see the film. However, I will have to view the film after my sister’s wedding weekend. Great moments are ahead this weekend. I will definitely sing this soundtrack on my way to Memphis.

A Night at the Americana Honors and Awards

How I got to go

My luck for winning random things, I guess you could say began when I won a VHS of Hook in 4th Grade. I want to lie and say I shouted “RUFIO!” when I won. However, I was speechless when my request for Margo Price’s song “A Little Pain,” was the winning request for tickets to the Americana Honors and Awards. Thank you Lightning 100’s Noon Request Lunch Hour. Trust me this station has introduced me to many new artists. Before moving to Nashville, I heard Sheryl Crow endorse the station.

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What I wore

My first thought was “what do I even wear to an award show?” I had never been to one at all. So I Googled photos from the past AHAs. The search results were: Margo Price had on an awesome dress, my girl Emmylou Harris was wearing a blouse and slacks (okay she can do whatever), and Alynda of Hurray for the Riff Raff well she had on a suit that looked like it was designed by Manuel. I know that most artists wear clothes you would be surprised by the price tags even if it looks simple. I didn’t want to spend money so I decided to go through my closet. If you do happen to go and you have a pair of jeans with a top that looks like Free People, you are good. After all, Don Was wore flip-flops with a cowboy hat and a suit.

When I found a cream Gunne Sax by Jessica McClintock dress in the back of my mom’s bedroom closet at my grandparent’s house in middle school, I wanted it. It was what Emmylou Harris would wear in the 70s. My mom wore it to a dance. Personally, I wanted to wear it to a dance or have it in senior pictures. It was obvious it wouldn’t look right. However, Americana Fest, yes it could work. With the thrift stores in East Nashville, the dress had to work. IMG_4138.JPG

I paired it with a pair of Madden Girl heels, tassel black earrings by Valerie Blanche, a Kendra Scott bracelet, a barrette my mom had in the 80s, and my mother’s Onyx ring, which has an awesome story for another day. Also because the dress would show everything, I had to get a slip. I ordered a Kate Kasin cami dress on Amazon. It is the same one I wore to the art crawl this weekend. It did make me feel like Carrie Bradshaw on the Sex and The City Intro.

Trust me I enjoyed getting ready. I used this night as training for awesome make-up on myself for my sister’s wedding next week. However, I rarely wear red lipstick on top of winged eyeliner, which that will be absent at her wedding. I freaked out when the queen, Margo Price had her hair up in a half updo like me. IMG_4129.jpeg

The Show

Now let’s talk about the event. If you ever go to AHA, try to attend the event early. There were people still going through security when we were seated and the show started. When I walked in, I noticed Alejandro Escovedo. I was in shock and I politely introduced myself to him. I then took a picture with him. It wasn’t the greatest with the lighting, but you cannot be picky when running into an artist.

IMG_4141.jpeg My seats were on the main floor. Even though the Ryman is an impressive venue for the 1800s, you have to remember the engineering back then. There are posts that support the balcony, which can obstruct the view at times at the bottom when the artists move around. The one thing I was shocked by was the constant movement. The announcers are on the left side of the stage, then the stagehands are moving equipment around for the next performers. Also, the artists were leaving their seats and coming back constantly to present or perform.

It was really awesome to see how the awards were tailored to each artist. Buddy Guy’s award had polka dots. I really wish I could have seen the awards up close since I love looking at art to inspire me when drawing.

However, for all of these years, I did not appreciate the Milk Carton Kids, the hosts, enough. They created a comedic environment while presenting. It truly showed when the PA system went bonkers and they had to tell the audience that they would reboot the system so an honoree, Irma Todd could sing again.

Everyone knows that I love going to shows. This may not be Dave Ramsey approved, but I told myself while moving here, just try to go to one show a month, it can be free or you can pay it. My one show a month trick has helped me contain myself. I went from living in a small town to Music City. My list of artist that I want to see is crazy. Last night I can say that I finally got to see Anderson East, Don Was, Brandi Carlile, Lukas Nelson & the Promise of Real, John Prine, and Nathaniel Rateliffe and the Night Sweats. Plus, the Ryman amplifies a good artist’s abilities. The show was truly like getting a buffet for all of the artists. I have missed Lukas Nelson everytime he has been in town so I was just gracious to hear only “Forget about Georgia.”

I saw a cute little girl in a green striped dress with pink earmuffs on when I realized this cutie was Mercy Isbell. I have so many expectations for that little girl since she is the child of Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. I nudged my friend, Margaret, and said there’s Mercy. We were both in awe because we frequently share Jason and Amanda’s IG stories to each other. Yes, I expect kids to be curious, but that girl seemed to be fairly well behaved from a distance. It was precious seeing her point to her mom’s nose.

I felt conflicted cheering for all of the artists. I mean when you have Jason Isbell, Margo, and Brandi up for an award, who would you cheer for? However, it helped me enjoy the event more. Jason Isbell won 3 out of 4 awards, but lost to John Prine for Artist of the Year. Now I feel as though I’m great about finding great artists. However, I feel like I have missed a hidden gem. Courtney Marie Andrews is like a mixture of Joni Mitchell with Jenny Lewis. She sang back up for a few songs on Jimmy Eat World’s album Invented. She had a pretty awesome jumpsuit.

I’m still floored by my experience from last night. Also, let’s say I might have danced like Elaine on Seinfeld in my seat. The ending number was an Aretha Franklin Tribute with “Chain of Fools,” which was appropriate to end the night. This will be a night that I certainly will not forget. Americana Fest is still ongoing so

Americana Fest is still ongoing so there are more events everywhere. Margo Price will have a Meet and Greet at Third Man on 9/13 at 6 pm. Also, Emmylou is hosting Woofstock on 9/16, which has a pretty awesome lineup.