Only In Nashville

Songwriter Gary Nicholson has written more hits for more superstars than most of today’s young whippersnappers could ever hope to write (you can check out his songwriting resume here). He also lives in my neighborhood, and last week showed up at a Metro Planning Commission meeting to voice opposition to a truly ridiculous subdivision that had been proposed — a teensy tiny lot big enough for a magnolia tree and some idiot wants to put a dang house on it. That’s such a Nashville thing these days. I like to say I pick up my dog poop on our daily walks because if I don’t some idiot developer will plant a 3-story condo on it.

Anyhoo, Nicholson voiced his opposition in song form, and it’s truly an “only in Nashville” moment:


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7 responses to “Only In Nashville

  1. ThresherK

    Don’t know the name. Don’t know many of the songs. Haven’t listened to much new country music in the last couple decades in the Elite Northeast, where our radio stations aren’t so varied for country sounds. (There are twelve different station formats which will play John Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane”, just to name one song I hear enough. Is it better in Nashville?)

    But, boy howdy, simply on the list of artists alone, by variety and timespan, I’m awestruck. In a world where people still say the words “Diane Warren” and “master songwriter” in the same breath, this man gives me hope.

    I’ve long held that someone should be threatened with uninduction from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for too many bad albums. Who can we boot out to get him in there?

  2. Fun song, and I love protest songs.

    “I live right next door” and “That little bitty lot just don’t make sense” and “Don’t let ’em squeeze it in” and “Please save our neighborhood” sounds like a general argument against increased density in the suburbs. Am I reading it right? I know there’ve been fights here over in-fill developments, and that’s what this sounds like to me.

    • It’s not the suburbs, we’re in town but yes, it’s infill … property owner wanted to basically shave off their sideyard and build a house on it and needed to subdivide the lot to do it.

  3. “in the Elite Northeast, where our radio stations aren’t so varied for country sounds.”

    Up here in North Redneckistan (aka, Central New York) there are at least as many “Country” stations as there are various forms of rock’n’roll and Wholly Babble stations. There is, afaia, no decent jazz that I can pick up without the internetztoobs for “rabbit ears”.

    AFAIA, “Country” died around the same time as Hank Sr.

    Not to say I don’t enjoy a lot of music by people like McClinton, Emmylou and others who are considered to be “Country” by a lot of folks.

  4. That dewd rules. Nice town hall meeting. I’m thinking that you guys will win this.

    The box problem reminds me of Butt Chimney’s proposed La Jolla beach house. Of course, no construction or demolition has occurred since Obama whupped his ass proper in 2008. But a lot of people still talk about the car elevator garage. (Never happened.) What was way worse was his plan for his ninth house.

    La Jolla was the first city in the southland to adopt a thirty-foot height limit near the coast in the 1970s in response to a couple of high-rise condominiums and a hotel that was built in the 1960s. Romney published his plan for some unknown reason. The idea was to build out the entire property like a thirty-foot high box conforming to the shape of the lot, with little or no sideyards or any type of backyard whatsoever. Just the maximum volume of cubic yards possible under the law, with a basement to boot! Every other private mansion on the beach from Point Loma to La Jolla Shores and north of Del Mar is a beautiful single-family dwelling that anyone would love to look at or photograph.