Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Peabody Hotel

The Blues Challenge is over. We made the finals, and Matt Kelley, our young wunderkind guitar player won the top guitarist award (see Memphis blog Memphis Blues Again for the whole story), and now we can get on with making music and growing as a band.

We stayed across the street from the venerable landmark Peabody Hotel, the one with the ducks, and I took a short break and popped over and made these pics.

A quick observation: Memphis is a far- from- happening town. It's numerous glory days are very much in the past, and the recent death of music genius Willie Mitchell seemed to confirm this in a definitive way. Buildings are boarded up and Beale Street is a sanitized semi- reminder of the beauty of the music once made there.

Oddly enough, the Peabody Hotel, which should seem more museum- like than ever, is strikingly vital, grand and stately. It was a pleasure to stroll through the lobby and make these pictures.



SueWho said...

What? no pictures of the mens' rooms? Just joking of course. Beautiful pictures, by the way.

Bret Littlehales said...

I thought about it, but I don't want to be typecast as the men's room photog. Kinda creepy.

SueWho said...

yeah, I thought about that when I wrote that comment. That's why I threw the part about joking in there :) But it looks like the kind of place where they would have nice restrooms.