My Fangirl Story is a regular feature in which members of our team share our fangirl origin stories. Our journeys have similarities and differences, but they all result in us becoming the people we are today. We’ve had a few instalments already, including my own original boyband story, All In On the Backstreet Boys. Today I’ll be telling you about my love affair with Nashville.
I am heading to Nashville next week. The city, that is, not the show. As a result, I am catching up on the half-season that I’m behind on ABC’s Nashville. This is a bittersweet process, since I know that the show has been cancelled, and it is unlikely to wrap up in the best possible way. That being said, I’ll watch it anyways. Because I love Nashville, the city. And I love Nashville, the show.
Throughout the course of the four seasons that the show has been on the air, I’ve visited Nashville twice (soon to be three times as of next week). I had an interest in visiting long before I started seeing Nashville on TV each week, but this spurred me to plan a trip sooner rather than later. And despite having an idea of what Nashville had to offer, I didn’t know what to expect.
I had watched the characters on Nashville flit from bar to bar, and I started to see how robust and tight-knit the music industry in the city seems to be. I’ve always been very passionate about music but only a little bit musical. This look inside what the music industry is all about was beyond fascinating for someone like me. And, while watching the show, the city just called to me.
The first trip was absolute magic. I mean, it started with missing a flight connection, sleeping on an airport floor, and Kris being stuck in Denver for a few extra days. But all of that is now just a funny story that prefaced a beautiful experience. We stayed in a hostel, met a British friend who we’re still penpals with to this day, saw Eric Church play the Opry, and explored every piece of the city that we could. Throughout the course of the week that I was there, this sneaky feeling took hold inside of me. It was a very specific and sure feeling telling me that I belong in Nashville.
That feeling has kept hold to this day. I visited again last year, this time alone. I was actually worried that I would arrive and not feel the same way as the year before, but I was in tears when it was time to leave (I should mention here that I went to meet Kris and Justine in Orlando right from there for our Living in a Theme Park trip, so those tears didn’t last long – it’s hard to be sad at Disney World!). I had spent the four days experiencing Nashville like a local, making friends and exploring more than just the surface of the city. I left even more sure that this was where I wanted to live.
Since last February, my main connection with Nashville has been watching the show each week on TV, and I love doing so! I’ve grown to love the characters, of course… but even more than that, I love seeing the places they are visiting and thinking about the times I’ve spent there. I constantly delve into making plans for the next time I visit my favourite city – or researching ways that a Canadian can move to the US. Spoiler alert: it’s not all that easy.
But next week I’ll be heading to Nashville during CMAfest, which has been a goal of mine since the first time I visited two years ago. Following all my favourite country acts on social media and seeing the way the city is abuzz during this festival made it something I really wanted to do.
This part of My Fangirl Story is one that is still in the making, because I truly feel that Nashville is a place that I belong. And it all started with a show. So regardless of what happens with ABC’s Nashville – I know there’s been some talk of it being picked up by other networks – I’ll forever remember it as spurring me to visit what has become my favourite city.
I can’t wait to tell you all about my adventures at CMAfest next week! The country music fangirl in me is beyond excited.