Nashville: It Ain’t Yours To Throw Away

Nashville retursn for season 3 on September 24 and now it’s the perfect time to start thinking about some of the things we learned at the end of last season. We start their journey with thoughts about Scarlett, Gunnar and one of the most beautiful ( and almost poetic) scenes in the finale- them harmonizing at the Bluebird cafe.

The final episode of Nashville season 2 was packed with drama and emotional highs and lows.

Interestingly enough, most of it skipped the one character that spent most of the season on the verge of a nervous breakdown and not so long ago even spent time in the psych ward – Scarlett O’Connor.

The Scarlett we meet in the finale is miles away from pills, hospital gowns, passive-aggressive behavior and on-stage breakdowns. She’s calm, level headed, gentle, and supportive.

It’s the ‘old Scarlett’, the one we missed and, to be honest, almost forgot existed. But it’s also a ‘new’ Scarlett, a less naive one that just learned some harsh life lessons about the consequences of attempting to live a life that doesn’t suit her just to please others.

A lot of that change in her state of mind can be attributed to her decision to go back to School and leave Nashville, as well as the music business, behind.

Scarlett made that decision as part of her attempt to “reboot” her life. She tried to trace back her steps and find the last point in her life where she was happy and made decisions solely for herself.

When we see her in the final episode it’s already after that decision has been made and therefore she spent a large portion of the hour in packing and saying goodbye .

The last person on her list was Gunnar Scott her ex-boyfriend/ ex-musical partner and so just between Juliette’s heartbreaking confession and Deacon’s heartfelt (epic) proposal, Scarlett walked into the Bluebird Cafe, maybe for the last time.

Unlike their recent encounters, this was a friendly one. Gunnar was attentive and Scarlett came in peace. She could even offer comforting words to Gunnar to ease his guilty conscience:

“You never made me do anything, you just believed in me…Even loved me for a little while. I loved you too.”

It was truthful, straightforward, kind and concise.

It was Scarlett at her best.

Gunnar’s reply was the song; a chilling ballade about the struggles of artists and their complicated relationship with their art. In real life it was written by Pam Tillis but in the Nashville universe it was written by Gunnar and was inspired by Scarlett’s breakdown:

 

“That same road that brought you here


Will sure as hell take you home


The life you left behind will have you back


You’re tired of paying dues in worn out shoes


and Broadway blues


And any fool will tell you


the damn ol’ deck is stacked

What if you’re just a vessel
and God gave you something special

It ain’t yours to throw away

Every time you open up your mouth


Diamonds come rolling out…”

 

The haunting lyrics of the song touched Scarlett’s heart and so she gradually joined the singing.

During the second verse she even sang some lines that describe Gunnar’s journey to find recognition as an artist and a performer:

“… You drew the last slot


you thought it was your shot


but now it’s just one more chance blown“



It was an beautiful moment that also echoed to the pilot episode and to Gunnar and Scarlett’s first performance together.

Once again it was night, once again it was the Bluebird café and once again their voices blended together in perfect harmony.

Also, once again it was magical.

But it was a different kind of magic because a lot have happened since then.

That special moment at the Bluebird in an open mic night caught Scarlett, Gunnar and anyone who watched it by surprise and launched their journeys.

The difference in the ‘magic’ between the two scenes is that in the pilot the magic came out of a sense of discovery and in the season 2 finale it came out of love.

When Scarlett and Gunnar sang ‘If I didn’t know better’ it was pretty clear that what we are witnessing is something special.

It was the song, the setting, their voices, the chemistry and one other thing – the sense of discovery, we the viewers felt while watching and listening to the music that lured us in.

At that moment we were filled with a sense of discovery. We discovered Scarlett, Gunnar and Nashville.

Fast forward to two years later and to Gunnar and Scarlett harmonizing again after a long time apart and it’s still extraordinary but we also already know them and their journey. So when they sing we don’t just admire the music, but we’re also emotionally connected and so are they.

Music lured them both in during that performance at the Bluebird in an open mic night and launched their journeys.

For both of them it wasn’t a smooth sail.

For Scarlett music was a way for her to immerse herself in something bigger than her that was also just hers. It was her sanctuary.

For her, sharing that place with others, in the name of owning her talent made her lose herself until all that was left of her was an empty vessel.

It was particularly evident after her breakdown when all the core characters reacted and each reaction revealed that their concept of Scarlett was a projection of themselves but that without that projection there is no Scarlett.

Meaning, we realized that Scarlett reduced herself, in an attempt to please other and not break under pressure, to a place where we only knew her through the eyes of others. We didn’t know anymore what she really wanted and why…because she didn’t know it herself.

In Gunnars case it was his struggle to be seen as what he perceives of himself, a performer, but all he got in return was a respect for his songwriting skills that in many ways he felt like he owed to Scarlett that “pulled the good music” out of him.

Both places are frustrating and difficult – Scarlett feeling like an empty vessel and Gunnar, invisible.

But their journeys weren’t in vain because they thought them some valuable lessons.

At some point during this season, Gunnar said to Scarlett (referring to their meeting with Kelly Clarkson) that all he felt with her was the music. Scarlett seized to speak to him after that.

That’s because for her THAT music was her savior, and for Gunnar it took a little longer to realize how hard it is to get JUST music across. The music is so many things and it bigger than them and it owns them in a way.

So when they met at the end of their part of the journey it was like two old war comrades exchanging war wounds and acknowledging that in the heart of everything there is an undeniable truth that ALL they have is the music, but it’s everything, because it’s not who they are or what they do but it’s a gift.

That moment where they sang ‘it ain’t yours to throw away’ was a moment of surrendering to music and creation in its purest form.

At that moment, it was no longer an experiment or a game like in the pilot episode, it was a declaration of love for the thing that brought them together and launched them to their journeys and almost destroyed them. It was an ode to muse and music.

This moment was music.

And all they and we, the viewers, could do, is surrender….and what a beautiful surrender it was.


So when Gunnar said to Scarlett he doesn’t think she should leave, it was him surrendering to music.

But is music just music? No, as they know now, it’s also love and friendship, and struggle and beauty and freedom….its life. So what Gunnar said was: Don’t give up on life in its fullest and don’t leave mine because I want to live to the fullest as well.

It was him acknowledging the rarity of their musical bond and the importance of it in his life. Scarlett emotional response imply that she feels the same.

The question is of course how they’ll choose to react to this discovery. Whatever they’ll choose, once they surrendered and accepted the gift, they can’t run for long.

It became their destiny and that’s something that is ain’t theirs to throw away.

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Nashville‘s Rayna and Juliette Face the Future in New Season 3 Poster

Shira:

Rayna and Juliette on a journey, looking ahead with clear eyes (and hopefully full hearts). No longer two women fighting to stay on top in a men’s world like in season 1 or exploring the field like in season 2. No, now it’s their world and they are even on the same side.
Not many TV show dare to put only their female leading characters at the front like this, but Nashville is not like any other show and despite having a great ensemble and despite the beautiful love stories, even in season 3 Nashville remind us that it’s first and foremost a show about two women on a journey.
We are certainly in for the ride. September 24, HERE WE COME!!

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It’s not often that Nashville‘s Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes agree on much of anything. So we’re taking the fact that they’re at least gazing in the same direction in a new poster as a good omen for the show’s upcoming third season.

RELATED DWTS Vet Derek Hough Joins Nashville Season 3 for Multi-Episode Arc

Below, get your first look at series leads Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, shown in profile on the drama’s Season 3 poster. Will upcoming episodes find the Highway 65 artists working together in a true partnership? Or are we witnessing merely a brief moment of peace before Juliette’s next diva fit?

Nashville returns to ABC on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 10/9c. In the meantime, hit the comments with your thoughts on the art and predictions about the upcoming season!

Nashville Season 3 Key Art Poster Hayden Panettiere Connie Britton

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Join Nashville Summer Binge Watch: It Only Gets Better

Nashville super fans are awesome. They’re invested in the show, watch it live as much as they can (maybe even live tweet, make fan videos or write fan fictions), root for the cast and crew, debate over characters and storylines, listen to the soundtracks on repeat and look at the music industry through brand new eyes. They show special interest in the city itself (maybe even visit it) admire the talent of the cast and go watch them perform live whenever they can and maybe even make friends with other fans from all around the globe.

Super fans protests against misguided people that consider cancelling their show (NEVER!!!), becomes Nielsen ratings experts and most importantly use the summer to introduce the show to new people by encouraging them to binge watch it on Hulu so that more people will be part of the Nashville experience.

Super fans know Nashville IS important: The city, the beautiful music that tells a story, complex characters, the spotlight on songwriters and musicians in general, the epic love stories (by the way #TeamDeacon), the variety of rich full realized female characters, the depth, the humanity and intelligence, the humor and the love and passion that all the people involved in this huge production share for this special ‘one of a kind’ thing called Nashville that comes across IN EVERY SINGLE SHOT and transforms it to the show with the biggest heart on TV….ALL of it (and more) makes Nashville for more than “Just” another TV show.

thing is once you go Nashville you never go back. Meaning, once you’ve become a Nashville fan, summer hiatus can become quite difficult. That’s because a sad well known fact is that fans are never on hiatus. So while the productions of our beloved Nashville go on a (well deserved) vacation to gather their strength before diving back into the madness and ruin our mental stability for another year (full 22 episodes. Hooray!!) , the loyal fans are not going anywhere. There’s no vacation in the world that can take away entirely our pining for everything Nashville, even if we have a great time (Just for the record: despite popular belief we do have lives). All it takes is one tiny piece of information, one tweet from the writers’ room, to derail us.

So what’s our “coping mechanism”?

Well, shooting at empty bottles or sleeping with Luke Wheeler is probably not it, but acceptance and intensive re-watch is.

First, we accept it as a necessary evil; the kind that gives us a well needed perspective on our…hmmm…Addiction…and helps us NOT cross that thin line that separates a passionate super-fan from a crazy creepy one.

Second, we rewatch. We go back to old episodes (best to share it with new fans), get reminded of great moments, forgotten characters and storylines, enjoy all the things we enjoyed the first time and notice all the things we might have missed before.

Since the ones writing these lines know and shares your pain, we offer our support with weekly rewatch of pivotal Nashville episodes. Some of you already know about it and join us every Wednesday during Nashville’s regular timeslot. For the rest, this is an open invitation:

We welcome you with open arms to follow us on twitter, join the live tweet, and share your thoughts (and pain) so that we will get through this summer together without turning into Deacon “On the road”. Instead, use us as your personal support group. It’s the responsible thing to do…and it’s also so much more fun this way.

So here’s the list of episode we plan to watch until September:

June 25 – Episode 1X14 “Dear Brother”

July 9 – Episode 1X18 “Take These Chains from My Heart”

July 16 – Episode 1X19 “Why Don’t You Love Me”

July 23 – Episode 2X21 “I’ll Never Get out of This World alive” (season 1 finale)

July 30 – Episode 2X01 ” I Fall to Pieces”

July 31 – Episode 2X02 “Never No More”

August 6 – Episode 2X04 “You’re No Angel Yourself”

August 13 – Episode 2X07 “She’s Got You”

August 20 – Episode 2×12 “Just For What I Am”

August 27 – Episode 2X13 “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right”

September 3 – Episode 2X19 “Crazy”

September 10 – Episode 2X20 “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad”

September 17 – Episode 2 X22 “On the Other Hand” (season 2 epic season finale)

 

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Nashville: The Delicate Balance of Lowbrow and Brilliant

Nashville groundbreaking and unique combination between the “High” and the “Low” in culture change the genre of “late nigh soap”, and create something fresh, smart, subversive at times and completely original. 

Multilayered characters, self-awareness, strong complicated (and even groundbreaking) female characters, music that tells a story in various ways and a city that serve as another character.

Yes, Nashville is a genre of its own and it only took 2 seasonsfor the american critics to start to understand they underrated this special show.

Read this article from Indiewire that shed a light on the way Nashville change TV :

Nashville: The Delicate Balance of Lowbrow and Brilliant

Then think about how great it is you already knew it?

Follow us on twitter @Nashville_S3 tomorrow Wednesday 10/9 for live tweet of rewatch of the Pilot episode to help ease your summer withdrawls.

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Nashville: On The Edge

Originally posted on "I'M ALL EARS" MUSIC BLOG:

Every year around this time most of the TV watchers are out there being put at the edge of their seat with cliffhangers from some of their favorite shows. But what if your show is on the so called “Bubble” that TV networks classify as shows that have a possibility of being cancelled? Do you curl up into a ball on the bathroom floor like Izzie did when Denny died in the Season 2 finale of Grey’s Anatomy? Or do you tough it out and find another show that might catch your new acquired interest? 

Well for me I like to fight for what I want and apparently so do other Nashville lovers out there. Currently the hit ABC show Nashville is on the “Bubble” of not returning for a 3rd season and my fellow Nashville lovers have begun a movement via a WordPress blog to tell the execs over at ABC…

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How you can help Nashville ABC be renewed for a 3rd season:

At this time no decision has been made as to whether NASHVILLE will be renewed or canceled. We want to show ABC how much the fans love the show and want it to be renewed for a 3rd season, so we need to take action, and we need your help! 
 
We’re organising a campaign to contact Paul Lee, ABC Entertainment President, who will be making the scheduling decisions for the Fall 2014 season, to tell him we want a 3rd season of NASHVILLE. 
 
There are 3 ways you can help, and you can do all 3 for maximum impact:
 
Mail
Mail is the most effective means of communication for our purpose. Letters – typed or handwritten, with signature – or postcards should be sent to:
 
Mr. Paul Lee
ABC Entertainment Group 
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-4588
 
Email
Send your email to:
paul.lee@abc.com 
 
Please note that all emails will be filtered and monitored. 
 
Phone Calls
Contact the ABC Burbank office at 1-818-560-1000 and ask for Paul Lee’s voicemail to leave him a brief (no more than 30 seconds) recorded message. 
  
Tips for your communication to Paul Lee and ABC
 
DO mention that you want NASHVILLE to be renewed for a 3rd season and why 
 
DO include your demographic information (age, gender, living location) so they see NASHVILLE’s fanbase 
 
DO keep your messages respectful and polite, as well as brief and to the point
 
DO mention if you watch the show by any legal means other than live, such as: DVR, ABC.com, Hulu, iTunes
 
DO NOT threaten to boycott ABC as that has no impact on NASHVILLE’s renewal status 
 
DO NOT complain about any NASHVILLE characters, storylines, etc 
 
DO NOT bring up any negatives about the show, such as ratings 
 
DO NOT complain about or mention any other shows in your communication 
 
Template Letter/Email Text (you can copy and paste or use as a guideline)
Dear Mr. Lee, 
 
I am writing to you in regards to the primetime drama NASHVILLE. 
 
I am a (your age) year old (your gender) who lives in (city, state/country). In addition to watching NASHVILLE live, I watch the show back via DVR. I also purchase the singles and albums of music from the show which are released on iTunes. 
 
My reason for writing is to express my interest in the show NASHVILLE being renewed for additional seasons. This show provides a look into the world of country artists and the city through wonderful acting, writing, and importantly through music. 
 
I hope that you, along with everyone else at ABC, will strongly consider renewing NASHVILLE for its third season during the 2014-2015 year. 
 
Thank you for your time. 
 
Respectfully yours, 
(your name) 
(your address) 
 
Template Voicemail
This message is for Paul Lee. My name is (your name). I am (your age) years old and live in (city, state/country). I am calling to express my interest in the show NASHVILLE being renewed for additional seasons. I watch this show live, as well as purchase the singles and albums on iTunes. I greatly enjoy the acting and singing on the show and hope to see more next year! Thank you.

 

You can write/email/call as many times as you’re able – it all helps. Don’t forget to spread the word to your friends, family and anyone else who can help!  

Good luck Nashville fans,- let’s get season 3!!!