First Lady Dr. Jill Biden attended a candlelit vigil in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday evening. The event honored the lives of the six people, including three children, killed in the Monday morning elementary school shooting that stunned Music City. The evening featured performances from Sheryl Crow, Margo Price and Ketch. Secor from Old Crow Medicine Show
Among the keynote speakers of the event That doesn’t include First Lady, Nashville Mayor John Cooper, who called the tragedy “a tragedy.” “Worst day in town” and thanked President Joe Biden, who lowered the country’s flag to half-mast, also said police chief John Drake. Multi-year training for events such as Monday morning I was not shocked when I experienced the truth that caused him and the staff to shed tears. Religious leaders offer familiar and inevitably painful thoughts and prayers. But it was the show that made the biggest statement. Reflects and transcends the overall solemnity and atmosphere of grief that challenges language.
Crow, Price, and Secor appear respectively – each displaying an expression of post-traumatic resilience that matches many in the crowd of hundreds.
A crow sat at the keyboard mournfully chirping, “I will believe,” as people lit others with candles. Like a traveling whisper
If the crow wails in sorrow Price was faced with anger. almost as if following a cue The rush hour noises of the city surrounding Nashville’s central public square park seem to fade away as Price belts out a devastating a cappella performance of The Band’s classic “Tears of Rage.” Ordered the silence that screamed volume. Even the children, among whom there were many participants, were silent.
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shortly thereafter One of the children started playing the harmonica. He was accompanied by his father, Ketch Secor, who plucked and plucked the banjo while leading the Carter Family standard song “Can the Circle Be Unbroken (By and By)”, the Grand Ole Opry’s national anthem.
A similar moment of Opry style came when a large audience – most of them, in fact – lingered after a brief reunion, perhaps expecting a speech from the First Lady. Instead, they got Secor, Price and the crowd calling out “Amazing Grace” and “I’ll Fly Away” singing them off the mic with the crowd.