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 And here comes Memorial Day weekend. Friday in Nashville. 77 is the high today and then it will start getting hotter each day over the weekend as should be expected for Memorial Day.


Nothing big yesterday but back to normal later today with a writing session. It’s a little lull in my calendar right now before things really start picking up come June with a lot of road trips ahead for shows. So I’m trying to take advantage of any day and just chill a bit, like yesterday. Grateful for those when they come along.


The actor died at the age of 67. Too young. Way too young. Always loved his work and especially love his role in my favorite all time film “Field of Dreams” where he played Shoeless Joe Jackson and was part of this unforgettable scene with Kevin Costner . “No Ray, it was you.” RIP


The stock market jumped almost 500 points yesterday. It’s been a volatile market time for sure. Which stocks to buy? I never know. But I wish I had bought a few shares in legalized pot in New Jersey. Get this. New Jersey sold 24 MILLION dollars’ worth of weed in the first month it legally went up for sale! Enough to make one say, “dude”!


The White House is saying they are trying to make the anti-COVID medicine Paxlovid more accessible with COVID numbers up some in New York and other states. Even with COVID songwriter-artist Brandy Clark’s words ring true in her song “Take A Little Pill”. There’s a pill for everything folks.

Which reminds me a story a southern gospel group shared with me and Linda Davis and Lang Scott recently when we worked a show with them in Virginia. The conversation was about what’s selling at the merchandise tables these days with less folks buying CD’S because of the digital era we now live in. One thing this gospel group sells quite a bit of is those medicine daily trays. The plastic box has the band name on top of it, and because they play to older crowds, they sell danged well. Made me laugh the minute they told us that. (I may start carrying “Depends” with my name on the back to sell at the merch table soon.)

Yes, you can go viral during the COVID era like the Boston Professor who was caught on camera wearing his COVID mask all alone in his office. His reasoning was that he shares the same “air” as the other nearby offices. And then that comment went viral too.


Wonder if single wide trailers like the one I once lived in are cheap with inflation going on? The median price for a home right now is $391,200. I wrote a song with Brent Burns titled “Trailer Park Sexy.” If the price of homes keep going up, we may see more “sexy” in more “trailers.”


Gas on average for Memorial Day weekend? $4.59 per gallon. And the demand for gas over the last 4 weeks dropped to its lowest level since 2013 except for 2020 and COVID. Folks are taking less trips and thinking about whether they really need to drive somewhere or not. With that one might think with less demand the price would drop, but not so far.


The new Obi Wan Kenobi series on Disney+ has started with Ewan McGregor in the title role. And it looks spectacular, especially if you’re Star Wars fan. I’ll be on the couch watching that some this weekend. Check out the TRAILER.

And then Top Gun is in movie theaters now. That’s on my list. And it will be the first movie I’ve seen in a theater since COVID. I don’t want to see all the spectacular flying scenes on anything but the biggest movie screen I can find. Looks to be a very big year for Tom Cruise with Top Gun out now, and this new Mission Impossible movie out later this year.


I think the folks who make Miller Lite were thinking about hairy legged grilling dudes when they came out with beer infused charcoal. Yep, just like it sounds. Makes the meat taste a bit like beer I suppose. Miller is based in Milwaukee where I once lived and discovered that folks soak brats in beer then grill them. Delicious. So maybe now they won’t even have to dip. Just throw them on the grill above the beer charcoal below.


A reminder, if you want to listen to me yak about a “Hits & Grins” show coming up next week in Crossville, Tennessee at the Grinder House, I’ll be on the radio with “Katie” on a Lite Rock radio station out of Cookeville, TN this Sunday morning at 8:45 AM. Listen online HERE.


Have a great Memorial Day weekend. And god bless those who serve and have served our country and the families who have given all for our freedom. We so appreciate you.


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