I’ve been told that Nashville is kind of Mecca for some celebrities (and not just country music stars) who don’t want to be constantly disturbed by the paparazzi or unruly fans. Apparently, all of the concentrated midwestern/southern hospitality, common sense approach to living and general immunity to being overly star struck that comprises most of the population here makes for a warm and inviting city; a city free of the depredations, constant scrutiny and overexposed Kardashians of say a New York or an L.A.
Stories of celeb sightings by my friends abound; Keith and Nicole seems to be pretty common along with Ben Folds, Taylor Swift, Ashley Judd, Jack White and Zooey Deschanel to name a few…
…Give me a second to wipe the Zooey #nerdcrush drool off my chin. #HateYouSoMuchBenGibbard
UPDATE: Apparently they’ve separated! #SoYoureSayingTheresAChance #ThatWasInappropriate #SorryZooey #CallMe
Unfortunately, I only know about these sightings secondhand as in the 5 and 1/2 years I’ve lived here, I have yet to see even one single celebrity; unless you count Christian recording artists Derek Webb and his wife, Sandra McCracken who I saw at the mall once. But other than Mr. Webb being a personal songwriting hero of mine, he’s not exactly a huge star.
I did once meet Nicole Kidman’s personal assistant at a free outdoor concert last summer and if I remember correctly, I think I gave her a hug at the end of the show. At the very least we shook hands at one point in the evening. So in a way, assuming she’s hugged and/or shaken hands with Nicole, I’m totally on 2-degrees-of-separation hugging terms with Ms. Kidman. We’re practically BFFs.
I don’t know why I haven’t seen any celebrities. I’m not the most social butterfly in the world, but I’m not exactly a crazy old hermit who never leaves his cave either.
I have a sneaking suspicion that one of these days, I’m going to walk into a restaurant or a bar and all of the celebs I’ve missed seeing will jump out and surprise me and be like, “Sorry Matt. We weren’t intentionally avoiding you; we just wanted your first Nashville celebrity sighting to be extra special because you’re such a swell guy!”.
…And then Zooey Deschanel will ask me to make out with her.
…Yeah…that’s the ticket…
Gaaaahhhh!!! What the…?!?! Stop destroying my dreams, Ben Folds!
Who’s the most famous person you’ve seen or met?
Were they cool or were they total douchenozzles?