I personally know two families who lost everything in the flood. They’re not what you think of when you hear “lost everything”, probably, because they used to be upper middle class. Expensive houses filled with the things you collect when you both work good-paying jobs and have been married for awhile.
They weren’t supposed to be in a flood plain, but this was a freakish flood. So they didn’t have flood insurance. They couldn’t have bought it if they wanted to, though, because the insurance company will only sell to you if you’re in a flood plain. And like I said, they weren’t supposed to be. But tell that to them now, when the water was at their bedroom windows. On the second story.
And of course they were upside down on their houses, having bought in with those freak loans where you gamble on your home’s value going up. I don’t think that’ll happen, now that their “ground” floors are entirely swimmable.
So not only do they not have anything left, they owe tones of money on sodden piles of bricks and weepy sheetrock.
And still I have read like 18 news stories now about how people have lost lots of expensive guitars.
Yes, I AM sad about that. Because it sucks to lose something you’ve worked so hard for, something that was so well-crafted and essential to your work.
But the one thing I had hoped to have come out of this is for the rest of the country at least–if not the world–to get that Nashville is a major metropolitan city with three highly-valued non-music industries headquartered here. We are a major publishing center. Health care across the country is headquartered here. I can’t even count the number of institutes of higher education we’ve got, and I’m not even including all the diploma mills in that. Tourism and music are just a fraction of Nashville.
But all anyone wants to talk about are the flippin’ guitars.
It makes this tragedy seem remote to other parts of the country, less tragical because it was “just guitars.” Nobody wants to know that all of a sudden there have been THOUSANDS of middle and upper-middle class families who are, in the blink of an eye, impoverished.