Thursday July 28, 2022
Good Thursday morning to you from beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama.
I made the 7 hour or so trip from Nashville to Gulf Shores. I’ll be here until Monday morning writing some songs with Brent Burns and then doing two shows. I've been coming here for a lot of years now, and always enjoy the chance to come back and spend a few days.
The Saturday show will be poolside for the Concerts on Canal series hosted by my friend Judd Williams and his wife. Bring a lawn chair, a cooler, your sunglasses, and flip flops. It could get a tad warm. We start playing at 4 pm Saturday around that pool.
Then Sunday I have a 6 pm show with comedienne Juanita Smith at the Peoples Listening Room in Mobile, our third show we’ve done together in this wonderful venue in downtown Mobile. Thank you, owner Jim Pennington, for having us again!
I also spent some time yesterday texting parody song ideas to Cledus T. Judd and my co-writer Mark Houser as Cledus, who’s known for his comedy parody songs is working on a new project. Some funny parody ideas for sure. Besides having 3 original funny songs of mine recorded by Cledus, I have a hand in helping him write a couple of those parody-song-videos in the past including this tribute to golfer Tiger Woods. We turned “Girl Crush” from Little Big Town into “Man Crush”. Stupid fun folks. Stupid fun.
Seth Meyers, the host of “Late Night” must cancel a few shows as he had COVID for the second time in one year despite being fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, President Biden tested negative yesterday after his bout with COVID.
A survey revealed that 4 of every 10 parents say they will not vaccinate their kids from 6 months to 4 years of age. Reasons given were, side effect worries, the feeling the vaccine is too new, and some feel it’s not needed period.
SLEEPY HEALTH NEWS
The American Heart Association says they believe frequent napping increases your chance of having high blood pressure by 12% and your risk of having a stroke by 24%. And all this time I thought it was good for you. I think I may have increased my chances of dying in my sleep. Geez.
How about this news. In 1980 a share of Apple stock would have cost you $22. If you had invested just $3,000 you would now have 30,464 shares that would have split 5 times. That would make your $3,000 investment worth 4.69 MILLION today. Holy moly. I’ve never been a brave investor of individual stocks. My biggest regret was when I did not buy enough Microsoft stock back in the day after attending a morning radio seminar in Dallas when the host Kidd Kraddick, a nationally syndicated radio personality told the rest of us to go home and buy stock in Microsoft. This came after he showed most of us the internet for the first time on a gigantic screen behind him. I got brave and bought a whopping 10 shares. Too nervous to buy more. It split 3 times before I sold it. I never asked, but I bet Kidd bought more than 10 shares.
Anyone else feel like part of their childhood black and white TV memories were erased when you heard the news that Tony Dow who played Wally on the TV show “Leave It To Beaver” died? He and the show were certainly part of my childhood growing up. I interviewed Jerry Mathers, “The Beaver” once for my radio show in Cincinnati. He could not have been a nicer man. And I remember talking with him about that cast and him mentioning what a nice guy Tony Dow was, as opposed to the character Tony played that always seemed to be harassing “The Beaver”. RIP.
A guy rigs his bike with an electric shock mechanism on the handlebars and sets it out to see if anyone tries to steal it. Someone did try to steal it and quickly let go when he got a few volts. Bikes are regularly stolen. A little shocking mechanism on the handlebars might not be a bad idea.
I want an app that would allow me to send an electric bolt to every spam caller or text spam sender. Tell me folks wouldn’t download that app right now.
I know several musician friends of mine that have cancelled some shows they booked months or a year ago because of the cost of flying right now. It’s EXPENSIVE. My recent Colorado trip was 800 bucks per ticket. A flight to Spokane for another friend was $1,250. He cancelled that trip. The good news is, supposedly, air fares are going to significantly drop this Fall. So, book your trips accordingly. My friend I’m staying with here in Gulf Shores flies a LOT, and some of it overseas. Even he is shaking his head trying to find a deal now online for flying.
SPEAKING OF TRAVELING
An online travel article this morning told me that there are only 3 cruise ships that will allow you to sunbathe topless. Dang. I guess I’ll have to leave my shirt on now when I’m on the Lido deck. And don’t think I can’t hear you silently thinking, “Thank God!”.
HEADLINE OF THE DAY
“Family Thinks They Captured An Alien On Camera”. And I bet they got ET to pose for a “selfie” with them too.
A writing day starting this morning with Brent Burns here in Gulf Shores, and then I’m making a trip to Pensacola to write with my friend Jessie Ritter. So a double header of songwriting today on the Gulf Coast.
Then if it does not rain tonight, I’m going to go watch a Pensacola Blue Wahoo baseball game in their beautiful single A baseball park that has a view of the Gulf right over the outfield wall. I know. Lucky to do what I get to do.
Have a great Thursday!