As I hurried down 12 South to split a pitcher of margaritas with friends, I saw this man sitting on the bench. Anyone—I mean anyone—with a guitar, in public, has my undivided attention. Sure, this is NASHVILLE, the city where 7 out of 10 people are carrying an instrument the same way I schlep my purse around. Nonetheless, I am swept away with this romanticized notion of people creating beauty within music on the streets. 

Meet Bobby. 

Hometown: Liberty, SC

How long have you been playing guitar: 40 years. 

What does creativity mean to you: I create something to improve someone’s life. To better your life. I don’t think you can label creativity in an artistic standpoint. But it comes in all facets, like a diamond. 

What inspires you: God. It’s not like I’m a saint, but He inspires me.

When was a moment that you felt the most creative: As a street performer, I’ve made more money. I’ve had people crying. I say “Am I really that BAD?”. But they tell me that I need to record that song in a studio.  

This woman is exotic. Intoxicating. And svelte.

Incredibly, svelte.

She is a friend to all in need. Creative to the core.

And a rarity amongst us all.  Especially with that hair.

Meet Amara GIVELOVE Hall:

Where is your hometown: Why be less when you can B-MORE? (Baltimore) 

How long have you been in Nashville: 1 year. 

What is your first memory of creating: In the car. Cruising down the street and making up my own lyrics to popular songs. 

What inspires you: Crazy love. 

When do you feel you can be most creative: When my free spirit is flowing.

What has been your most joyful moment creating: When I was sitting in my uncle’s studio. In the basement. Losing track of time and daylight. Writing songs to make myself feel better. 

I ran into Danny today and immediately found myself under some mysterious enchantment evoked by his tattoo. 

Once again, I found myself asking questions. 

Meet DL Rossi: 

Where are you from: Metro Detriot 

How long have you been in Nashville: November 2012 

What is your most creative moment: It’s a cycle. I have to take in enough life. I love. I experience stuff. And then it can come out. Everything I write is grounded in my own reality. 

What inspires you: Honesty and good friendship.  I like art that makes people think about pain and struggle. 

Tell me about this tattoo: It’s the Sinai icon. My mentor is an Episcipal Priest and it meant a lot to him. The original artist gave Jesus a disfigurement to show His humanity. Some people reflect in the divinity and the humanity of Jesus when they pray. 

http://www.dlrossi.com/

While meandering to downtown via the Shelby Street Pedestrian bridge, cautiously avoiding capricious cyclists, I pleasantly spotted Tevin. Writing in a notebook. Reading Huey P. Newton. I knew this one was creating.
 And, obviously, I was intrigued. 
Meet Tevin: 
Hometime: Nashville 
What Are You Writing Now: This is a sketch for one of my film classes at TSU. 
How did you choose film: I’ve always been a writer but I started out as a musician. I like giving people mental pictures. 
What inspires you: Society. God. Family. The world in general. Everyone has a story. 
Do you have any dreams as a filmmaker: My goal is to graduate from TSU in December. Then I want to get into NYU film school. 

While meandering to downtown via the Shelby Street Pedestrian bridge, cautiously avoiding capricious cyclists, I pleasantly spotted Tevin. Writing in a notebook. Reading Huey P. Newton. I knew this one was creating.
 And, obviously, I was intrigued. 
Meet Tevin: 
Hometime: Nashville 
What Are You Writing Now: This is a sketch for one of my film classes at TSU. 
How did you choose film: I’ve always been a writer but I started out as a musician. I like giving people mental pictures. 
What inspires you: Society. God. Family. The world in general. Everyone has a story. 
Do you have any dreams as a filmmaker: My goal is to graduate from TSU in December. Then I want to get into NYU film school. 

While meandering to downtown via the Shelby Street Pedestrian bridge, cautiously avoiding capricious cyclists, I pleasantly spotted Tevin. Writing in a notebook. Reading Huey P. Newton. I knew this one was creating.

 And, obviously, I was intrigued. 

Meet Tevin: 

Hometime: Nashville 

What Are You Writing Now: This is a sketch for one of my film classes at TSU. 

How did you choose film: I’ve always been a writer but I started out as a musician. I like giving people mental pictures. 

What inspires you: Society. God. Family. The world in general. Everyone has a story. 

Do you have any dreams as a filmmaker: My goal is to graduate from TSU in December. Then I want to get into NYU film school. 

I spotted Kyle at Marathon Village today. His sense of creative individuality flickered amongst a congregation of prosaic pedestrians. 

Meet Kyle Levy:

How Long have you been in Nashville: 4 months

Where are you from: Ft. Wayne, Indiana

How are you most creative: I’ve started my own drum company called Levy Drum Co where I create drums. 

Define Creativity: The ability and freedom to express yourself in your own way. 

What Inspires You?: I notice people that no one else notices. I like to help them. Ultimately, I do music to reach the masses.