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Monday August 8, 2022


New week.  A busy Monday morning coming up in Nashville.



Fairly quiet over the weekend, although I did get a fun new drinking song written with Gerald Smith this past Friday morning at my publishing company. Gerald has had a few #1 songs in his career along with a George Jones song, as well as songs recorded by Johnny Rodriguez, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley and even this song that the great George Strait recorded. At one point in his career Gerald pitched songs for George Strait’s publishing company and he was the “Georgia Quacker” on Hee Haw for several seasons doing his “duck” thing. And yea, he has a “funny” side too. So it’s always fun to hear some of his great stories and create something new together.



I watched the Amazon Prime movie “13 Lives” last night produced by Ron Howard and starring Colin Farrell and Viggo Mortensen. Based on the true-life story of some very brave cave divers rescuing 13 young boys in Thailand who got trapped in a cave after it flooded. It was an almost 3-week ordeal to get those boys out of that cave when no-one, not even the divers themselves thought it could be done without losing some of the boys. The movie is a wonderful reminder of all the “good” in the world as volunteers came from everywhere to try and help save these boys. Thumbs up for me.



Next Thursday I’ll be in the beautiful Smoky Mountains for the Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival for three days. Right now I’m scheduled to do two “group” writes with my buddy Brady Seals, where we sit with some folks that have signed up to help them write a song or two. And I have two shows so far this year, one with “Hits & Grins”.  This is always such a fun time, and it’s certainly something I would recommend as a little three- or four-day getaway where you can come and hear some Nashville songwriters and soak up the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. All the info is on their main website




UK officials are saying monkeypox may have peaked for them.


President Biden finally tested negative for COVID after having it, and then having it again on a rebound of COVID. Geez. Fully vaccinated, boosted, and ya get it back-to-back. Pretty much confirming again that getting vaccinated will not stop one from catching COVID as some once touted when the vaccine rolled out.


Not many folks wearing those masks these days. But the jokes are still there. One woman joked, “According to my bathroom scale, my COVID mask weighs about 7 pounds.”



In London you can now get ketchup and or mayo ice cream. I’m not a condiment guy so I’ll pass. And someone just rolled out a “mustard” donut too. Nope. I’ll take my hot dog without condiments, slightly burned on a grill, and my donuts glazed like they’re supposed to be. In the words of Earl Pitts, “Wake Up Amuricha”! 



Last week I blogged about how gators are attacking people more and more. And then I noticed an article talking about how some of those gigantic snakes in Florida are eating the gators. Geez. So, there’s a snake hunting competition going on now in the Sunshine State to try and thin out the herd of those HUGE highly invasive Burmese Pythons. 800 competitors have gathered to do so. Since the year 2,000, over 17,000 of those creatures have been removed, and there’s still so many they must organize a snake hunt for money. Man I hate snakes. I think I’ll hold off on buying any Florida property for a while. 





So I ran across a headline this morning that reads, “Embrace Doing Nothing”. I decided not to read the article because if I did read it then I’d be guilty of “doing something” and would never be able to embrace “doing nothing”. Ya can’t have it both ways!



The most popular baby names for the 21st century have been revealed. Here’s the complete list if you’re interested, but for now, here’s the Top 5.


For boys from 5 to 1.


5          Matthew

4          Ethan

3          William (my favorite)

2          Michael


And the #1 name for baby boys in the 21st Century is, Jacob.


For girls 5 to 1.


5          Sophia

4          Isabella

3          Olivia

2          Emily


And the #1 name for baby girls in the 21st Century is, Emma.



“In an effort to drink more water, I started taking a sip of water every time one of my kids yelled MOM. So far, I’m at 7 gallons.”



Is it just me or have they rolled out the articles promoting Halloween even earlier this year? Jumping on that Jack O Lantern train are the folks that sell “pumpkin” flavored everything. Already Oreo, Coffee Mate and Toll House cookies are offering up pumpkin spiced cookies, coffee creamer and more. And we are still in early August. It’s got me wondering how many shopping days are left until Christmas. Geez.




Lumber prices have dropped 62%. Might be time to start building that house, or deck, or tree stand in the backyard because of all the deer. Oh wait, my wife won’t let me do that.



“Father Invents Flame Thrower For Kids To Play With”. (Yep…an attention getter for sure. But no worries. The flames the Father rigged up are actually colored ribbons) I’m guessing every young kid will want one if they see this bad boy. 




It should be a long fun day on Music Row as I’m getting together with funny man Cledus T. Judd and my co-writer friend Mark Houser to write some funny parody songs and more possibly for a new album Cledus is putting together for a new record label run by Jay DeMarcus who is the piano player member of the group Rascal Flatts. Cledus has already decided to record an “original” funny song that Mark, and I wrote together a few months ago that has something to do with Brad Paisley, who’s a friend of Cledus. THAT should be a fun song AND video when it’s done. I’ll let you know how much laughing went on tomorrow.


Have a great Monday!




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