But maybe the strangest part of the whole thing was the revelation that the bomber played Petula Clark’s 1960 hit “Downtown” through the RV speakers prior to the explosion.
Clark issued a statement expressing her shock and disbelief at the bombing, as well as the fact that her song is now an inextricable part of the story.
And Clark also asks the question that we’re all wondering, but may never get an answer to: Why this song?
“I feel the need to express my shock and disbelief at the Christmas Day explosion in our beloved Music City. I love Nashville and its people. Why this violent act – leaving behind it such devastation?
A few hours later – I was told that the music in the background of that strange announcement – was me – singing “Downtown”! Of all the thousands of songs – why this one?
Of course, the opening lyric is “When you’re alone and life is making you lonely you can always go Downtown”. But millions of people all over the world have been uplifted by this joyful song. Perhaps you can read something else into these words – depending on your state of mind. It’s possible.
I would like to wrap my arms around Nashville – give you all a hug – and wish you Love, a Happy and Healthy New Year – and, as we sometimes say in the U.K., steady the Buffs! (Look it up!)