WARREN: It appeared that the water had come in and had just swirled around because we found things that should have been in the bedroom in the kitchen.
WARKENTIN: Oh my goodness.
WARREN: And it just swirled around. The absolute most amazing thing, though, when we’re sitting there looking at it, just completely overwhelmed and friends that we hadn’t seen in years showed up at eight o’clock in the morning and just walked in and started hauling stuff out.
WARKENTIN: That’s wonderful, that’s wonderful.
WARREN: And just especially the Nashville, the music community, just responded so dramatically. It was just amazing.
WARKENTIN: Tell us more a little more about the band that you’re in and where you were at the time when you were on stage, and then how you got back from that point to wherever you were to your home?
WARREN: Well, my husband and I have a duo and we just go by Carol and Dale and we are, we perform, as with most Nashville musicians, much more other places than we do here. [Laughing] But my husband used to be part of Clint Black’s band and so we’ve known a lot of musicians all over the city for many years.
And it just, probably one of the first stories and my favorite story that I like to share, is of a neighbor who lives right up the road from us and is a guitar player. His name is Rick Vito and I call Rick my angel because his wife was after him, after him, just saying, you know, “Go down and check on Carol and Dale.”
And he happened to come down the road just at the time that another friend of ours was opening the house to see what everything looked at and so Rick walks in and he immediately walks into the music room. He sees the guitars and the other instruments laying there. He takes all of them, he takes them all out of their cases, he carries everything back to his house, even my daughter’s auto harp. Everything went back to his house. And he put it in a climate controlled environment. He and his daughter painstakingly took the strings off, dried everything at the right pace. And out of 9 guitars we, well actually we didn’t lose any, because we’re getting the last one, we’re probably getting it repaired, we’re going to be able to get it repaired as well. So I mean, they were completely submerged, you know.
WARKENTIN: And he was able to make them survive?
WARREN: And he was able to make them survive. We, a number have had to have some serious work done to them, but no warping, no, I mean, I just can’t even begin to express. [Laughing]
WARKENTIN: These were pretty special instruments, they weren’t just things you could replace easily?
WARREN: Oh, exactly, absolutely. We had our very best instruments with us, but, you know, the ones we play most of the time, but each one of these instruments had its own story in its own right. Some of them had been in my family for 50 years and just all kinds of connections to me.
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