“Future Break” offers beautiful intimations of Nashville’s future

by Dave Carew

Before moving into a critical life transition—childbirth, college, first job, marriage, retirement—individuals often reflect on their circumstances and pray for the blessings of wisdom and hope as they move forward. I thought about this as I took in Saturday’s illuminating, profoundly moving presentation of Future Break at The Frist Center.

Future Break is a series of performances by Nashville writers, poets, musicians, essayists, and other artists, bestowing the blessings of their art upon the audience through performance of special works, even as those works—in the same moment—invite art to paint and color and bless a brighter future. The values expressed in each of the disparate works reflect the deepest of human yearnings: acceptance of individuality, love of self and others, peaceful resolution of conflict, tolerance borne of a courageous, proactive desire to understand the other.

As one listened to the performances—each offering a singular vision of what its creator hoped Nashville’s future would look and feel like—one was struck by how universal our desires are.  Poets and essayists and musicians and visual artists colorfully spoke of a world not governed by a sense of how you and I are not alike, but by a profound and courageous embrace of compassion and acceptance for all people of good will. As artists and thinkers, they reached out their hands in a helpful, hopeful way to fellow travelers in a painful, confusing world, offering healing and hope seeded by their diverse art forms. No one could leave Saturday’s Future Break without feeling more hopeful about Nashville’s future.  It is not utopian to speak of a more loving, more tolerant, more compassionate future . . . when you’re already witnessing it at Future Break.

For a complete list of upcoming Future Break performances, please see “Future Break to ‘paint Nashville’s future’ below.

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/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, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.

Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org.  Please also consider coming to ParkLife, the benefit concert for Lambscroft, to be held in Sevier Park in 12South on a Saturday in August or September (date TBA soon). Thank you.


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, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”


Dave Carew


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