Archive for August, 2010

The Rev gets it right

August 28, 2010

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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Middle Tennessee was devastated by flooding in May from which it will take months—in some cases, years—to recover. Please join the recovery effort by contacting Hands on Nashville at Hon.org or by calling (in Nashville) 211. Otherwise, please call 800-318-9355. You can also support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts by going to Salarmy-Nashville.com of calling 800-725-2769.  Thank you.

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The Rev gets it right

By Dave Carew

Kudos to Rev. Clay Stauffer for his “Message of the Week” in this morning’s Tennessean.  Normally, quoting a minister in Underground Nashville is about the last thing I’d be interested in doing. (I’m interested in the spiritual messages of Jesus, not in the way they’ve been polluted by ministers and “religion.”) But I’ll make an exception here. Although Rev. Stauffer is only thirty years old, he shares, in his column, a litany of spiritual/life insights that generally don’t come until a much older age—if at all. If I suddenly got beamed into a Shaft re-make, I’d be shouting “Right on!” after several of his assertions, including:

* “God is at work in this world in ways that we cannot even begin to understand . . . . God is a mystery and cannot be put in a box.”

* “Materialism and a false sense of self-sufficiency are the greatest threats to Christianity in North America . . . . [Jesus] was right when he said, ‘Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ Notice the order. Money makes a great servant but a terrible master.”

* “Technology is a blessing, but it will run and even ruin our lives if we let it. Facebook and Twitter are great ways to connect but can lead to narcissism . . . . helping others is the best way to fight our selfish inclinations.”

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and copywriter.

Lynda Lucas records 13-track demo in Dublin

August 20, 2010

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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Middle Tennessee was devastated in May by flooding from which it will take months—in some cases years—to recover. Please join the recovery effort by contacting Hands on Nashville at Hon.org or by calling (in Nashville) 211. Otherwise, please call 800-318-9355. You can also support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts by going to Salarmy-Nashville.com of calling 800-725-2769.  Thank you.

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Lynda Lucas records 13-track demo in Dublin

By Dave Carew

It’s not every day I receive a package from Dublin, Ireland, but that’s exactly what happened a few days ago.  When I opened it, I discovered, to my delight, it was the new 13-song demo CD from Lynda Lucas, the Irish singer-songwriter who dazzled at last year’s Gram Parsons Tribute Concert in Nashville. Lynda was kind enough to include me on the mailing list to receive her new work.

To me, the mark of a truly great singer is someone whose voice is so completely compelling it doesn’t NEED much instrumental backing . . . so compelling you’re barely AWARE there is no band supporting the vocal. That’s exactly the experience you have when you listen to Lynda’s newly recorded covers and original tunes.

I’ll have lots of additional thoughts about Lynda’s new demo next week in “Underground Nashville.”  Until then, do yourself a favor and go to YouTube, then enter “Lynda Lucas — Image of Me” in the search engine. “Image of Me” was written by Gram Parsons and was featured on Burrito Deluxe, the last of The Flying Burrito Brothers albums featuring Gram.  This version by Lynda Lucas is, to me, the finest, most heart-felt version of this song ever recorded.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and copywriter.

Margaret Morford reveals “The Hidden Language of Business”

August 14, 2010

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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Middle Tennessee was devastated in May by flooding from which it will take months—in some cases years—to recover. Please join the recovery effort by contacting Hands on Nashville at Hon.org or by calling (in Nashville) 211. Otherwise, please call 800-318-9355. You can also support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts by going to Salarmy-Nashville.com of calling 800-725-2769.  Thank you.

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Margaret Morford reveals “The Hidden Language of Business”

By Dave Carew

I recently had the honor of editing Margaret Morford’s new book, The Hidden Language of Business, and also of writing the dust-jacket copy for it. To cap things off, I’ll soon be handling publicity for the book.

Margaret is easily one of my favorite people, and her savvy-yet-ethical work as a management consultant is something I really admire. Margaret’s new book carries on her important work: In 10 eye-opening chapters (as we copywriters would say), Margaret reveals the REAL secret of advancing your career . . . and how to avoid the all-too-common mistakes that keep you from fully realizing your career potential.

What, according to Margaret, is this secret?  “It is understanding and applying ‘the hidden language of business’ . . . by which I mean positive office politics . . . the kind that let you keep your soul intact,” she says.  “Knowing this hidden language allows you to operate with peak effectiveness in the workplace. And not knowing it—not possessing this crucial intelligence—easily can doom your career.”

To learn more about Margaret’s new book and/or to order a copy, visit:

coldriverstudio.com/Hidden_Language_of_Business.html

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and copywriter.