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Little Rock Veterans...Hot Peppers...Lawn Mower Demolition


Friday August 26, 2022


Good Friday morning from Little Rock.



It was a 5 and half hour trip from my house to Little Rock with songwriters Wood Newton and Bobby Tomberlin keeping me company on the ride over. Pretty good company to have and the miles flew because of the conversation and having a chance to catch up with each other. 


We got to our hotel at about 3 pm and had a couple of hours before we made our way over to the Military Museum for our meet and greet with our veterans and the Freedoms Sings USA staff and volunteers who set this weekend up for us to write songs with veterans. I got the chance to meet my veteran named “Doc” who’s in his 80’s now and served just one year in the service before health reasons took him out. He’s apparently a poet so I may not have much work to do when we sit down to write his story into a song later this morning. Looking forward to it.



Each of the 5 Nashville songwriters got up and did a couple of songs last night in front of our veteran group. It’s the first time I’ve been around Minnie Murphy who’s here with us. Girl has a powerhouse of a voice and is now working with women veterans as part of what she does now with Freedom Sings USA.


Wood Newton did this great patriotic song of his “Wave OnOld Glory” which is such a stirring patriotic song that he wrote with Jim Weatherly that Billy Dean sang the heck out of when they recorded it.


Bobby Tomberlin did a funny song, “Wherever She Is, I HopeShe Stays There”.


Steve Dean did his smash hit “Watching You” by Rodney Atkins.


And I sang “Lonely in the Lonestar” that Jenny Tolman sang and did this video of that became one of the most downloaded singles in America after Fox News did this story about the writing of this song that Jenny, her now husband Dave Brainard and I co-wrote.


It was a fun evening, and the five of us who were not ever in the military, all feel like it’s a small way that we can give back to the folks that mean so much to all of us…our veterans.




I logged in some dates early next month for my beach friend Brent Burns. He’ll be in town to lay down the final tracks for his newest CD we’ve been working on. Can’t help but be a beach classic when you consider songs like “Get Off Of My Beach!” will be on there.


Brent just got back from a Danube River Cruise that was interesting. I had read that the Danube is drying up, and he found that to be true as the ship was to sell out of Barcelona. He and his group toured the city, then the cruise line put them on a bus and drove an hour and a half to a spot where the Danube had enough water to float. It was too low in Barcelona to cruise.  So if you’re booking a Danube River Cruise trip…be advised.



Word is that students will have to be vaccinated to go to school in D.C. School starts August 29. COVID restrictions have largely rolled way across the country, but still hardcore in D.C. apparently.


Meanwhile, tennis great Novak Djokovic is out of the U.S. Open for refusing to get a shot, or two, or three, or four.


In Milwaukee, parents are outraged and protesting a mask mandate for K-12 schools when the reach a certain threshold with COVID cases.



A guy in California broke a record for eating the most ghost peppers in one minute. Gregory Foster ate 17 of those fireballs in just a minute. My guess is he then broke the record for downing the most bottles of cold water too.



On our trip to Little Rock with my other two songwriter friends, we pulled over and had lunch at a Cracker Barrel. The gift shop area is FULL of Christmas gifts already. Everywhere!  Geez. I was hoping they might have one of those danged golf tee games in red and green to buy…but no.



HBO Max has filmed a sequel to the Christmas Story. Will it be any good?  We’ll see. Will it increase interest in B.B. Guns, and lamps with stocking again?  We’ll see. Will other kids run out in the cold winter and put their tongue on an icy pole?  So many questions.



That would be this video of a woman who stormed into a McDonald’s and started stuffing hamburgers down into her bra. Just your average day at Mickey D’s. Since she was stealing them, or trying to, I’m going to call her the “Hamboobler”.



College football kicks off tomorrow. Where did summer go?  You won’t be able to reach anyone in the south on Saturdays. They’ll be at the games or on the couch watching. Try calling on a Monday maybe.


I really don’t have a team that I’m an over-the-top rooter for. In my “Hits & Grins” trio with Victoria Venier & Steve Dean?  It gets loud on road trip when their teams play. Victoria is a rabid Alabama fan; Steve is a crazy Arkansas Razorback fan. Everything shuts down when either of those teams are playing. And my alma mater the “Fighting Mules” of Central Missouri State are never on the TV. Sigh.



At the same time footballs are teeing up, fairs are going big time. Our Tennessee State Fair that’s been combined with the Wilson County Fair near where we live is going on now with great fair events like:


Lawn Mower Demolition Derby


Hypnotist Corrie J


And an Open Breeding Sheep Show.


I have no interest in watching sheep breed while I’m munching on a funnel cake, but I may try to get the hypnotist to convince me to enter my mower in the demolition derby. 




“Man Wins Lying Down Competition By Lying Down For 60 Hours Straight”.  Cool. Finally a competition I could win. Make it an Olympic Event so I can go for the gold.



This morning I’ll sit with my veteran “Doc” and write his story into a song, and then tonight all the songwriters here will be on stage to perform those new songs in front of, and with our veterans and their families and friends at the Douglas MacArthur Military Museum here in Little Rock. Looking forward to that.


 Then early tomorrow morning…back to Music City.


Have a great weekend!











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