Dance Yourself Silly!

You make me feel like dancin’, I wanna dance the night away! Yippee! Valentine’s Day has come and gone, the sun is shining, can Spring be far behind? Not to mention, March Madness is just a couple of weeks away and then…..Baseball!!!!!!

Do you have an healthy heart? Do you like to move to the music? Well, Primrose School is holding nationwide Family Dance Off that anyone can enter. Primrose is based right here in Franklin and I talked to VP of Early Education Dr. Mary Zurn about how to motivate your kids to get some exercise. She has some great tips for working out family-style. Primrose’s contest is on now and families can submit videos of themselves dancing. Voting takes place online, and the winning family will raise some serious money for their fave local children’s hospital. Here in Nashville, Monroe Carrell Children’s Hospital will be the winning hospital. Check out Dr. Zurn’s interview to learn how you can enter, wherever you are in the country!
And, check out Dr. Zurn’s website for more parenting tips. Dr. Z & Friends

Tax season is also upon us and if you own a small business or file your own returns, it can get pretty dicey year to year to keep track of the changes to the tax law. But, there is help available and using a trusted tax preparer can actually save you in the long run. I talked to my friend Gail Childress, tax manager for Flood, Bumstead, Mcready & McCarthy about what’s new for the 2010 tax year. She’s great at explaining difficult and confusing details without making me feel dumb! And when it comes to numbers, that’s how I frequently feel (just ask my husband about my checkbook!) Listen to Gail’s great tips and information and if you still have questions, run to the nearest accountant!

That’s about it for this week. I hope you all enjoy a nice, relaxing President’s Day weekend. I heard the groundhog did not see his shadow, so I’m expecting an early Spring. Keep watching this blog for some great happenings and events coming up in Middle Tennessee. We have tons of talent and culture here! Cheers everyone!

Oh Booksellers, Where Art Thou?

Okay, so I’m on the snow watch! And a shout out to Carol Birdsong, the voice of Williamson County Schools, delivering the message all the kids want to hear: SNOW DAY!!!!!!! Too bad it’s not Stan Chambers with the local surf report…

This past week I had the pleasure of talking to one of my new friends, Saralee Woods, owner of Bookman/Bookwoman, the independent bookstore making its nest in Hillsboro Village. Saralee spins quite a tale herself, explaining how her husband’s need for storage led her to an amazing adventure. It’s so heartwarming to know that some of these locally owned gems can still keep their doors open, but it’s a challenge! Saralee has done a wonderful job turning her place into a community gathering spot and keeping the merchants of Hillsboro Village together as one big family. Listen to Saralee tell her story. For more information about book signings and other special events check out Bookman/Bookwoman’s website.

What do you do if you love music, but don’t play an instrument or read music? In the case of Peter Woolfolk, you produce! Peter has produced what promises to be a blockbuster collection of original jazz pieces from some of Nashville’s most prolific musicians. “Jazz of Music City…1” is becoming a hit around the world and Peter is hoping it will become a signature of Nashville’s music scene. I had a blast talking to Peter and learning about how he pulled this CD together using his own blood, sweat & tears. And at the end, listen to the first track on “Jazz of Music City…1”

That’s about it for this week. If you’re in the Middle Tennessee area, enjoy the white stuff falling out of the sky! And if you’re on the West Coast, say “hi” to the Pacific Ocean for me! And to Carol Birdsong, thanks for the memories…

Ketchup, Kidz ‘N Jazz

Hi everyone! I hope you all enjoyed a brief respite from winter this past weekend and enjoyed the sunshine and mild temps. At the moment the country is bracing for an historic snowstorm and Superbowl XLV. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

This past week, I had the pleasure of speaking to one of Nashville’s most talented musicians, Jim Williamson Musical Director of the Nashville Jazz Orchestra. We had a terrific chat about jazz and its unique history in America. the NJO will be performing this coming Friday, February 4th at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt. They’ll be joined by another locally grown group: 3rd Coast Vocals. If you don’t think Nashville has a vibrant jazz scene, think again! These folks are making some great music together and you don’t want to miss the chance to see some of your fave musicians perform all together. Listen to Jim and his velvet voice riffing on jazz! For more info or to get tickets to Friday’s NJO Concert, click here. Nashville Jazz Orchestra

Do you know what Ketchup and kids have in common? Put them together and you get some amazingly creative artwork! The Heinz Ketchup company is hosting its annual “Ketchup Kreativitiy” contest for kids in grades K-12. I talked to pop artist Burton Morris, who is also one of the judges, to learn more about the contest. If you’re a fan of the TV show “Friends” you’ve probably seen Burton’s work. It’s in the “Central Perk” coffeehouse where the gang hangs out! Listen to Burton’s lessons on creativity and kids.
If you want to check out Burton’s work, learn more about him or download contest info, click here Ketchup Kreativity

Well, that’s about it for now. Everyone be safe, keep warm and take care until next time.