In September, my sisters, Sandra and Joy and I went to Hendersonville, Tennessee for the first recording of two of my original songs. To say it was a blessing would be a total understatement. It was prayer answered, so in that it was definitely a blessing.
There were so many good moments there. Of course, recording the two songs at TMC studios was a memorable life experience. The staff there was very kind, overlooking my newness to the process. Fortunately though, all the time wasn’t business. There was vacation time too. TMC studios is apart of the Trinity Broadcasting Network property. My sisters and I got the opportunity to tour some of the property, including Conway Twitty’s home. A couple of pictures from his home are below. Isn’t the blue and gold absolutely elegant!!
Then there was the Grand Ole Opry – where we went right after we landed. It was a great way to start off our time. It was too early for us to go into the building but it didn’t matter. Getting to see the gorgeous grounds was enough. Looking back, I should have taken more pictures there. When we got to the Grand Ole Opry, I knew then – this trip is going to be good!!
Also on the first day, while still in Nashville, we got the chance to have lunch with a friend Wanda who now lives in that area. The restaurant is totally unique. The dining tables surround a massive aquarium; thus the name Aquarium Restaurant. What a great place it was! We even got a wave from the lady who was inside cleaning the tank. Oh yeah – and the food was good too.
After the music was done, based on a recommendation given by a friend from work, we made the drive to Gatlinburg. What a great suggestion it was. The town was nicer than I even expected. Charming and absolutely scenic. Who would’ve thought a place could be so beautiful without a beach? Then again, mountains have a way of commanding attention.
Thanks to my sister Sandra for making that four hour drive from Hendersonville. Especially since our Gatlinburg hotel was up on a hill (or was that a mountain). When we were deciding whether to go, Sandra was totally in – as long as there were no heights involved. But thank the Lord, this drive wasn’t as bad as when we went to Utah years ago. So she was ok, even though it was dark by the time we arrived.
The views were so splendid I thought I was a photographer. I just couldn’t take enough pictures. Get a load of those clouds.
Here are couple of comical pictures too. The one to the left is from a restaurant where we had a nice lunch. The second picture below is outside one of the many shops. What do you think of their Lily Tomlin chair? We just couldn’t pass it up.