2021 literally started on with a bang in my city. The haunting sound of a computerized female voice broadcasting over a public address system: “All buildings in this area must be evacuated now. If you can hear this message, evacuate now.” An RV parked outside the AT&T transmission building in downtown Nashville exploded at 1:22 am on December 25, 2020. It looked like the start of a beautiful day with Santa coming and going safely. He clearly must have had his own special cellular carrier because everyone’s signals were gone that cold Christmas morning.
We couldn’t call friends or loved ones to wish them a Merry Christmas. The internet was down here everywhere and all the stores were closed because of the pandemic or still suffering from the aftermath of the Nashville 2020 tornados. 2020 was strange enough, but on December 25th, we were able to add insult to injury just one more time here in Nashville Tennessee. I wondered what the new year would bring.
I think about the police that day walking into complete danger to clear the area in just a few minutes. The number of firefighters working within the Los Angeles fires to the Nashville bombing. The first responders & EMTs in Hermitage TN worked overtime for weeks helping make sense of the worst tornados we’ve seen in years. Visions of cuts and now scars on the faces of our medical professionals worldwide are burned into the inside of my eyelids. There have been just too many pictures that hurt our hearts to see.
I complain about wearing a mask when I’m out yet many of our Doctors and nurses wear a double mask, a shield, and sometimes a full hazmat suit. This year served as a surreal nightmare for many people who were in the thick of it all. If you did alright last year, good for you. There is no jealousy here, just reflection on so many people’s lives that truly needed a reboot in 2021.
I’ve always turned to music and creating it when I needed a “do-over” or a start to healing. I think many people find comfort in art and in music. We hear a song and it can transport us to a nostalgic time or a place where we were happy. My band, The Goldy lockS Band, did a cover of “Brave” by Sara Bareilles. We went back to the quiet, desolate, and depleted area the bomb went off at 4 am through an alleyway. The sound of silence could be heard as our guitarist Serge Droban joined me as we shot footage of “Brave” on the streets of 2nd Avenue. Shortly after, at 5 am drummer Rod Saylor set up a stripped-down drum kit in front of the “Nashville Strong” mural that stoically graces the Boston Commons building at 5 Points. “We drive by that sign and feel some inspiration for the new year and what it will bring so often. The band knew we needed to do a quick cameo in front of it to pay a tribute” – Serge Droban (Guitarist for the Goldy lockS Band). “I read the owner Matt Charette had the vision for the sign at 3:30 am, so we figured we’d rock out keeping with the middle of the night theme. Even though my hands were frozen solid the video turned out perfectly. We are getting an overwhelmingly positive response from it. – Rod Saylor (Drummer for the Goldy lockS Band).
Brave is dedicated to everyone who saw us safely through 2020. We see, appreciate and honor each and everyone one of you. We and our record label MC1 Nashville, honor the Nashville community and its choice to rise above and come together through all that challenged us this last year. The Goldy lockS Band sends the most strong, powerful, and healing prayers to every single person who felt confusion and hardship last year. We see you, appreciate you, and love you.
We are asking anyone reading this article to go to the following link and leave a YouTube comment listing someone they know to be “Brave.” Leave their name as a tribute. We thank our supporters and incredible Patreon Patrons for co-creating and funding this video. This art is also dedicated to you.
We thank Moe Rock and Dr. Natalie Forest of the Los Angeles Tribune for premiering our new video during the Quantum Leap Forum this past February. If you are looking for some inspiration for 2021 I suggest you watch the two action-packed days offered to you free from the LA Tribune. It stars some of the world’s top speakers and pop culture icons as they do a deep dive into how to take quantum leaps financially, mentally, relationally, spiritually, and physically. Available worldwide on ROKU TV and all syndicate partners.
The 2/21-22 Los Angeles Tribune’s Quantum Leap Forum can also be seen below.
Our video also premieres on Feb 20 the second half here:
Day one first half here:
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