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Thanks Were Given During Pre-Holiday Concert at at Glencliff UMC in Nashville

by Rich and Laura Lynch

Music is everywhere in Nashville, Tennessee and on November 19, 2022 we found ourselves at an intimate concert at Glencliff UMC. The event was hosted by the United Cigar Box Band who supported their guest artists. First up was Jeremy Dean. In the course of his set he shared that some of his songs had been cut and based on the quality of tunes like "Ain't God Good" it was clear why. He also sang about each day getting better - a much needed hopeful message to end his showcase.

Jeremy Dean, Tom Mason, Melody Guy and Bronson Herrmuth at Glencliff UMC.

Melody Guy-Ketcham played originals and a rocking Bonnie Raitt cover but her best was a moving ode called "What Do They Do With Mistakes Like Me". Melody mentioned that she and her son are in the spectrum of autism so this piece was a powerful look at the struggles and negative perspectives that someone with autism faces.

Melody who is often on tour tells tales of love, loss and independent triumph of the spirit. Various artists have covered her songs and she has shared the stage with Keith Urban, The Avett Brothers, Leon Russell and Tanya Tucker - where Melody earned a standing ovation at the famed Ryman Auditorium.

Next was Tom Mason who is sort of a local celebrity. "Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers are a wild band of Nashville musicians who dress like pirates and play a rollicking mix of piratical sing-alongs, rousing historical rave-ups, afro-cuban tinged ballads, Cajun sea shanties, and bluesy Irish jigs, transforming big festivals, performing arts centers, and urban nightclubs into bustling seaside taverns at the turn of the seventeenth century."

Tom's set was quite diverse. He opened with a visually pleasing piece call "Out of the Blue" countered by the perhaps too true "The World Is Drunk" on piano that would have been right at home in a seedy pub. Mason switched to a dobro and presented the personal "I Thought I Heard A Train" a song that he had performed at both his parent's funerals. Moving into pirate mode he sang about going down with the ship but finished his set with the idea of love carrying him through some tough times.

The United Cigar Box Band with invitees presented "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad". It is believed that this song was first recorded in 1923 and it has been covered by many artists including the Grateful Dead. The house band also did an uplifting version of the classic "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" to conclude the concert.

Based on the prayer towards the end of the show, it sounds like Glencliff UMC is an open community where all are welcomed. Their meeting place is an older more traditional church where there are still hymnals in the pews rather than big screens. Glencliff is part of the United Methodist Church denomination with a goal of reaching and transforming their community.

Related Links: For more information on GLENCLIFF UMC and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - Glencliff UMC | Tom Mason | Melody Guy | Jeremy Dean


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