Saturday, September 20, 2014

So I Wrote The President A Letter



A developer wants to tear down RCA Studios in Nashville.  The list of musicians who recorded there is beyond legendary.  From Johnny Cash to Elvis and Willie Nelson, RCA Studio's walls have seen it all.  It's worth spreading the word on saving this historic site.  I decided to write the President.  It goes like this...

Dear Mr. President,

There are a lot things in this country that we need to fix.  Shocker.  I feel like you do the best you can.  I don't have any suggestions for those problems.  They are a right mess way above my education level.

However, our country is full of valuable things.  One of those things is our musical heritage.  We, American musicians, have changed the world with our talents.  Even though we constantly innovate musical genres and create new music for the world to hear, we need to make sure that we protect it's heritage and history.

Maybe you know, or maybe you don't, but there are plans to tear down the legendary RCA studios in Nashville.  I don't see how this is right.  I understand that it is property and it can be bought and sold, but what was created inside of this building's walls is a priceless part of American history.  The list of people who recorded there, at least in my world, is just as heavy as the list of people who signed the Declaration.  I feel like it needs to stand as a landmark of American imagination and creativity.  I don't know what could be done, but we mourn the loss of great buildings all of the time.  Maybe it isn't the Library of Alexandria, but we would regret it.  They didn't tear down Edison's workshop, and this building shouldn't come down either.

The City of Nashville needs to keep this building from being torn down under developer's bulldozer.  You can build commercial and residential buildings just about anywhere, why don't we keep something that can't really be replaced?  RCA Studios are hallowed ground and should be treated in such a manner.

Here’s a link to some information about the situation:
http://theboot.com/historic-rca-studio-a-preservation/

Sincerely,

Ian Gerber

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