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Bluegrass Trio...Key West Change...Black Coffee


Tuesday September 20, 2022


Hello Tuesday morning. I’m turning the AC up for you today. 95 and sunny here today.



My Monday morning had me on the computer with Rick Lang in Maryland and Troy Engle in Pennsylvania writing a new bluegrass up-tempo tune with the two of them born from an idea Rick had that he sent the two of us. I dug into early on my end and had a couple of verses attached to a chorus idea Rick had e-mailed, and then Troy jumped in with some great thoughts on the last verse and tweaked the melody just a tad. Troy is one of those guys who plays every doggone instrument you can name…and well!  So it’s a pleasure writing with such a great idea guy like Rick, and such a great musical guy like Troy.  Both Troy and Rick will be busy at the International Bluegrass Music Association festival and awards show coming up in a few weeks in Raleigh. Rick is on the board and puts a lot of the panels together, and he chose Troy to talk about the late great Tom T. Hall who Troy was very close to and played music with for a few years. I wish I could be there JUST to attend that class and hear the stories he’s sure to tell. Maybe next year I’m hoping.



I’ll be in Key West November 1-5 this year for the “Meetingof the Minds” (MOTM) which is the largest event for Parrotheads and Trop Rock Music lovers every year, complete with the Trop Rock Awards Show that weekend. This year they chose me to be the emcee for the entire event which should be fun, but I’m also going to be playing some shows. These are the two shows for now, and the time slot and day changed for the one.


Friday November 5 I’ll be a “funny” cruise with Brent Burns and funny guy Stoney Gabel on a VIP boat. That’s a private event. 


 Saturday November 6 I’ll be part of Kelly McGuire’s songwriter series at 12:20 pm outside the beautiful Casa Marina Hotel, the home for the MOTM gathering. The stage the songwriters perform on sits right on the beach with the water behind our backs. It’s beautiful setting for sure. 



Dr. Fauci is now saying “not so fast” to President’s Biden’s declaration that the pandemic is over. He urges Americans to still be cautious.


I saw my next-door neighbor yesterday out walking her dog. I thought I’d not seen her or her husband for a bit and there was a reason. They both came down with COVID for the first time and did not have the easiest of times recovering. All better now, but it wasn’t fun for them.  Proof that it’s still with us for sure.


And to lighten the mood, here’s what one husband said about his marriage during the pandemic.


Me: Staying inside all day and seeing no one because we are in quarantine.


Wife: Is that what you are going to wear?



Man, it is hot. And it’s hot for a lot of the country again. Then you have Fiona doing its thing on Puerto Rico and then the Dominican Republic doing severe damage. Now the storm is gathering strength again and headed for the Turks and Caicos.


Alaska is having ridiculous flooding while all that’s going on.


And now some forecasters are saying earth may hit a “critical heat warning” threshold before 2026. I’m not sure what that means exactly, but I’m servicing my AC units because I think it means it’s going to get hotter than ever. It’s the kind of stuff that keeps Jim Cantore in business. Which is why me and Brent Burns wrote that song about him that he was not particularly amused by when his Weather Channel friends surprised him with it during a broadcast a few years ago.



My husband is at Lowe’s, unsupervised. There’s $500 I’ll never get back.



There’s good and there’s bad about drinking black coffee. And it seems to change all the time. I’m not sure how I’d survive without it.


The good?

It keeps things moving if you know what I mean.

It helps prevent some diseases.

It aids with mental health.


The bad?

High blood pressure




Noted. And I’m on the way to refill my cup right now.



I’ve been conscious that we have some very odd names for cities across the country. I’ve been aware of places like Big Bone, Kentucky, Intercourse, PA, and Truth or Consequences, New Mexico for a long while. But here’s list of some new one’s I just found out about.


Whynot, North Carolina

Cut and Shoot Texas

Colon, Michigan

China, Texas

And…Popejoy, Iowa


Now I’ll be trying to figure out how to put those into songs.



To Jimmy Buffett. His Margaritaville Cruise Line is going to offer a free 3-day cruise for veterans, active military, first responders etc. Those who serve can take advantage of that from now until December 29 of 2023. Another reason to like the head of all things beach. Very cool Mr. Buffett.



“Doctors Remove 55 Batteries From Woman Stomach.” Word is that she’s still going and going and going…



I’m writing with my Aussie friend Angus Gill this evening online. We’ll be tweaking a funny Christmas song that will go in his Christmas album and then we’ll be tackling an idea for an English music artist that address the passing of the Queen of England. Not a funny song. So that should be interesting, and a challenge. Looking forward to taking that on.


Have a great Tuesday!









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