Renowned jazz artist Dave Brubeck said it was the rhythm of Istanbul that inspired his groundbreaking composition ‘‘Blue Rondo à la Turk’’ in the late 1950s. I’m no music expert. I didn’t pay much attention in music class. And I certainly can’t read sheet music. But I know what I like, and I know when I hear a melody that captures the essence of a place. ‘‘Blue Rondo à la Turk’’ does just that.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
In the 1989 film Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner hears a voice whisper, “If you build it, he will come,” and he proceeds to build a baseball diamond in the middle of his vast Iowa cornfield, attracting thousands of curious tourists and the ghosts of baseball players past.