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Ben Franklin

Fall in Franklin2

After traveling around the county over the years for various productions there are a few cities and towns that I find special—Franklin, Tennessee is one of those places. Located just south of Nashville the town was founded in 1799 and named after Ben Franklin. I took the photo of the late fall leaves yesterday when I had the opportunity to walk around the shops in the historic downtown area.

If you’ve never heard of Franklin you may be surprised to learn of some the people who have (or had) homes in and around the Franklin area; Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman and her Grammy-winning country star husband Keith Urban, five-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Brad Paisley (who had two songs on the Cars soundtrack) and his actress wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Father of the Bride, Nashville), actress Ashely Judd (Heat) and her champion race car driving husband Dario Franchitti, and Carrie Underwood and her pro hockey husband Mike Fisher have 400 acres there with plans to build.

If that sounds like neighbors you’d like to have (and there are 60,000 or so regular folks living there as well), the uber talented couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are selling their 753 acres (complete with four houses and once owed by Hank Williams Sr.) in Franklin for $20 million.  (They bulit a new house betwen Franklin and downtown Nashville.)

McGraw has not only had more than 30 number one songs, but has popped up as an actor in Friday Night Lights and The Blind Side.  Earlier this month McGraw’s latest single Southern Girl (written by Jaren Johnston, Rodney Clawson, and Lee Thomas Miller) became a #1 hit. Even if you don’t like county music, perhaps you can appreciate the geography covered in the song.

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Scott W. Smith

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We live in an age where it’s common to regularly check emails and text messages and where everywhere we turn there seems to be a computer or TV screen staring at us. This morning on NPR I heard an interview with Scott Simon and The Judds, Naomi and Wynonna, that touched on a common theme I’ve found since starting this blog.

“Solitude is creativity’s best friend, and solitude is refreshment for our souls. I don’t think we spend enough time in reflection and introspection. We don’t know who we are as individuals in this culture anymore.””
Naomi Judd

I don’t know if anyone has done a scientific study of solitude and creativity  but there seems to be a common connection with people like Walt Disney growing up in small towns and on farms that leads to healthy imaginations. Of course, these days even life on the farm can be pretty high-tech so solitude is something you have to fight for no matter where you live these days.

Before The Judds made 14 number one songs and sold in the neighborhood of 20 million albums, life was a little more down to earth.

“In the beginning, I started playing just out of the fact that we didn’t have TV or telephone. We did have radio. I do remember listening to the Opry and NPR with my dad when I was small, but I just started playing out of boredom. You know, at that age, it’s such a social age for a young girl, that all I had were my animals and my guitar. I think it was a natural progression of Mom hearing my voice and humming along.”
Wynonna Judd

All that boredom without TV or telephone didn’t seem to hurt Wynonna’s sister either. Ashely Judd is coming up on the twentieth year of her career as an actress.

Scott W. Smith

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