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Australia Rhymes...A New Website Look...A Pilot In The Family


Thursday June 30, 2022


Thursday morning, the last day of June, and the wheels are getting ready to roll to Missouri. A warm 93 degree high today here in Nashville.



I had a writing appointment at 5 pm last evening with Angus Gill online. He was in Australia where it was like 9 AM. He’s on his first cup of java, and I’m at almost dinner time which is always weird. Angus is a busy young man, an in-demand producer working with several notable acts down under. The song we wrote together for TC Cassidy, a female artist in Australia will be released tomorrow so we’re both looking forward to that as we think it has a chance to do well on the country charts there. And we did get a new song written to add to our growing stack of tunes we’ve co-written. So a fun evening.



Sometime today this website will have a brand-new look. The blog will still be here along with the calendar and other features. Look around, check it out, and let me know what you think. I’m still on a bit of a learning curve as far as how to input on it, but I do love the new look, and hope you will too.



I’m happy to announce that I’ll be going back to Little Rock with Freedom Sings USA, the organization that pairs Nashville songwriters with veterans to write their stories into songs August 25 and 26. This trip got cancelled a month ago or so because of COVID issues, but it’s back on again. Looking forward to having the opportunity of sitting with another veteran and hearing his personal story and then converting that into a song.



That would be to my son in law Casey Peterson who graduates today. He gets his wings from the Army and will officially become a fixed wing pilot. So proud of him. My wife is there for the graduation, but I have to be in Missouri for a concert tomorrow night. But I am so thinking of him and my daughter and his family today who will witness that moment, and then my wife will get to ride in a Huey helicopter afterwards!  So jealous. Congrats Casey! I’m so sorry I’m missing this wonderful moment today.



Not the best news in Nashville. COVID cases here jumped 17% over the last week, and hospitalizations in Tennessee leaped 30% over the week. 2,223 cases per day is the average here right now.


Shanghai has finally seen COVID decline. Enough so that they are finally easing some of their lockdown restrictions they’ve been living under.


And in New York, the MTA there has ended the testing requirement for transit workers who are not vaccinated.



We continue to have those. Lots of things missing in grocery stores. Most notably right now the items are baby formula, kiwi, siracha, wine AND coffee. Okay, this is getting serious now. I was fine until they got to coffee. I’ve never hit the streets with a sign to protest anything, including the Viet Nam war when that was popular during the college years. But a coffee shortage?! C’mon!



We do have our differences. For instance, I found out today that if one has a benign tumor in America, it will cost you $17,000 to remove it AFTER insurance. In Sweden? $30. And they don’t have a coffee shortage I’ll bet!



A patient dealing with weight issues tells his doctor that he tends to gain weigh in certain places and asks what the doctor would recommend? The doctors says, “stay out of those places.” And “that will be $100.”



And it’s a word that really works to describe what’s going on with all the flight cancellations and delays that are going on. My fingers are severely crossed I don’t have to deal with a “flightmare” next Tuesday when I have to fly to Colorado. Too expensive to drive too as gas just reached an all-time high this month averaging $5 a gallon. I’m starting to think that the Amish that I poked a bit of fun at in this song I wrote have the answer after all with their horses and buggies.



Off to Missouri. I’ll be rolling by the St. Louis Gateway Arch before you know it and then bedding down with Dodge Raymer who’s like family to me. Then tomorrow night it’s the big Mo Mo Anniversary show in Louisiana to celebrate that big ole harry monster that’s still roaming round there according to some folks. Looking very forward to this.


Have a great Thursday!


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