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||Night at the Opry....
A Night at the Opry
other night I went to the Grand Ole Opry and took my grandson. I feel that
children need to be exposed to performing arts in real life, not just on
television. Of course, the first thing he did when found out the Opry was live
on television was to call his dad and tell him to look for him in the audience.
So much for the importance of reality to an eight-year-old.
What made me think about going to the Opry was an email I
received from an elderly gentleman who was mad because he read a magazine
article that said management of the Opry didn't want any gray hair in the show.
The gentleman, whom I presume has gray hair, declared he is going to tell all
his friends and they will never come to the Opry again.
I suppose that if you only see the Grand Ole Opry on TV, you might get the
impression that all the older stars are gone. They are not. Most of the show is
still made up of the same guitar-twanging folks that make it as much a
historical event as an entertainment spectacular --at least the older stars that
are still alive.
Don't worry, there is plenty of gray hair at the Opry along with the rhinestones
and sequins. Much of the show is still centered on stars that have been at the
Opry for a lifetime. However, when the TV cameras are on, the newer entertainers
are in front of them, as they are the ones with the big hit records. Pretty
young blondes who are as talented as they are pretty can quickly steal the show.
Personally, I like both the old timers and the young'uns. If you don't bring in
new talent, the show will eventually die. But, I can see where it would be hard
to step back and watch others receive all the adoration and airtime after
spending an entire lifetime helping to make the show a success.
Don't raise your hand now, but I wonder how many people are like me and don't go
to the Opry very much, if at all. We really should go more. It is the best
professional entertainment value around. With two and a half hours of continuous
entertainment, you certainly get your money's worth. People come from all over
the country to see the Opry, but because we live close and can go anytime we
want, we never do.
Some people say that they grew up on a steady diet of the Grand
Ole Opry and love country music. Others claim they hate it. I think it sort of
grows on you after you listen to it for a while. When you go to see the Opry,
you have to get into the spirit of the music and tap your toe or clap your
hands, in other words, give it a chance. Remember, it's folk music, the music of
us common folks.
We might as well face it. The newer stars will probably continue to steal the
show. Now while their careers are burning bright, they are awed by success and
glamour. Some day, however, their limelight too will fade. We hope they will
receive the respect they deserve and not feel they have to resort to lawsuits
and negative publicity to have an opportunity to continue to perform.
My grandson had a really good time. I don't know if it was the fiddle playing
and singing, seeing a live broadcast, or if he thought going to the Opry was a
cool thing to do. Of course, it might simply be that a child likes going almost
any place as long as it involves eating popcorn or hotdogs or both.
Copyright 2007 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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