Taylor Swift opens $4 million music education center in Nashville
I think Georgia is a good one. So how would I define Kentucky music? Well I really don’t know. We like it a lot. I think a lot of it was born out of a lot of small towns in Kentucky. A lot of music becomes a part of a culture because it’s part of how we entertain ourselves. I think that for me, that’s what I did growing up was to play music. We had all kinds of distractions, but music to me was what I did. On Sundays, we would sing hymnals in church and expanded from there. If I had to define it, I guess it would be a lot of small town kind of stuff that creates a lot of it. You have introduced a way for fans to meet you via their beards. What would be your best beard grooming tip? I don’t groom mine to be very honest with you.
It might as well be Taylor Swift weekend in Music City. The pop star opened her $4 million Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday morning, and will accept her record sixth songwriter-artist of the year award from Nashville Songwriters Association International on Sunday. RELATED: TAYLOR SWIFT SETS SONGWRITING RECORD Mark Humphrey/AP Swift posed with fans at the center. The facility will have classrooms, instrument rooms, and education opportunities for kids. Swift cut the ribbon on the new education center she donated to the museum as part of its expansion campaign and showed reporters and area high school students the new classroom and exhibit space before the museum opened. “I’m really excited about this music education center and the fact that right now they have three different classes going on today,” Swift said in an interview after the ceremony. “It’s really exciting that we can be here on a day when they’re not only unveiling it, but they’re starting to actively use it today.” RELATED: TAYLOR SWIFT MAKES 7-YEAR-OLD GRACE MARKELS DREAM COME TRUE AFTER YOUNG FAN WAS HIT BY SPEEDING MOTORIST Mark Humphrey/AP Swift cut the ribbon on the new education center she donated to the museum as part of its expansion campaign. The center will have classroom space, a hands-on instrument room and ongoing education opportunities. Museum officials say the new center will increase educational opportunities sevenfold going forward. And who knows? Maybe users will find the 23-year-old Swift hanging around some day. RELATED: READY FOR HER CLOSEUP!
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People don’t expect blind people to have color in their lives. People don’t expect blind people to have lots of things in their lives. I do have color in my life. I have love in my life. I have all of these wonderful rich things in my life that you would associate with just being normal.’ The poem asks the title question four times, and Rubin provides four different answers. First, it’s how I put on make up and have this career, she said. Second, it’s about how I make jewelry and how I see color; third, I’m talking to a child [who explains] what color is to me, something that has happened in real life, Rubin said. The fourth verse answers the skepticism that some people have had toward my career we can’t put you on stage,’ you can’t compete with a sighted person.’ This allows me to say that there are a lot of things you don’t think I can do, and if I can prove to you that I do all these things, maybe you can see how I can fit on stage. And it allows me to then ask other people if they are bound by limitations, Rubin added. Sighted people see color, but do they allow themselves to dream and achieve those dreams? It all came out in the poem, she said. The structure of the poem, Adolphe said, feels like four scenes from a mini opera.