This Week’s Writing Prompt


That’s how many honkytonks are packed into just one block of Nashville, Tennessee’s iconic Honky Tonk Highway. Better known as Broadway, it’s a major thoroughfare in the downtown area of Nashville which includes Lower Broadway, an entertainment district renowned for honkytonks and live country music.  

Some honkytonks are three and four stories tall, each story with its own band. Music pours out of every open window and door. On a recent visit to Music City, USA, Bob and I stayed just a couple of blocks off of Broadway. Even in our hotel room, we could hear the nearby music, cranking late into the night. Music is everywhere in this town. 

While we were there, we dropped into a few joints to enjoy some local groups. Then, we took in more music at a show at the Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry radio show.  

I like music. It’s not something I seek out regularly, but when you’re in Nashville, you do as Nashvillians do. I had a great stint of two-stepping and doing the Cotton-Eyed Joe during my Urban Cowboy days in the early 1980s, and I love piano and cello, Motown and disco. Figure that one out. I honked my way through one summer of clarinet lessons, and my musical ambitions ended there. 

What about you? 

  • How important has music been in your life?
  • What kind of music are you drawn to?
  • Do you currently, or did you at one time play an instrument, sing, or otherwise perform musically?

Share a memory written in scene that demonstrates the role of music at a certain point in your life. Post your responses in the comments section below. 

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