After days of CRS networking and showcases – now what? What can we take away, think about, be encouraged by? If there is one thing that was a thread throughout conversations this past week it was an endless love for music, an enduring spirit to see dreams fulfilled, and everyone shares an indescribable, driving passion. Most people who make it in Nashville are able to survive the criticism and conquer the personal demons holding them back form success. CRS gives everyone a chance to check in once a year – see where you are, where you came from, and decide what will be different the next year.
I chose to end my musical week with a Saturday matinée of Crazy Heart with Jeff Bridges. Not sure I was ready for this movie after four days of being sleep deprived and emotionally drained.
Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who’s had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. ~ Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures
To watch as this man gets everything wrong as he struggles to get his music right was gut wrenching. I know what it feels like to pursue something so tenaciously that you lose yourself. The theme song written specifically for the movie lyrically describes the haunting life this man battles in hopes of coming out on top. The theme throughout the song is, “This ain’t no place for the weary kind.” Jeff took a timeless story of a person trying to get life right and draws the audience in with worry, love, fear, and shear captivation. This desperate story can encourage anyone to pick up their crazy heart and give it one more try!
Ryan Bingham – The Weary Kind (chorus)
And this ain’t no place for the weary kind
And this ain’t no place to lose your mind
And this ain’t no place to fall behind
Pick up your crazy heart and give it one more try