In some ways, it may have been luck... in the right place at the right time; being hired just out of art school as the staff photographer for what was, at that time, United Artist Records, and beginning my post-Art Center professional career by flying out to Nashville and Memphis, with their electrifying and tangled harmony of history, blues, and soul. Unforgettable.
It was always on my list to revisit Memphis and Nashville, locations from my past with a considerable impact. Fortunately, life cycled around again, and we took the opportunity to return and appreciate the iconic places with more seasoned eyes. The experience was nostalgic, enjoyable, and provided much on which to reflect.
Landmarks like Beale St., Gibson Guitar Factory, Sun Records, and Graceland -- if you ever get a chance to visit these musical meccas, you will savor the magic of these American Institutions.
The closure of this trip was intense, encapsulated in the experience of standing outside the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.The preservation of the site brings it home, and it is difficult to express how time seemed to stop, stilled by the tragedy to which the scene bore witness. It was a powerful moment, standing in tribute to a man who paid the ultimate price to bring us a dream and a message of unity, equality, and hope.