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Funny Christmas Song...Gulf Shores Show...Flying Bikes


Friday September 16, 2022


Friday morning…ready for the weekend. Warm today with high of 88 on tap and MID-90’s by next Tuesday and Wednesday.



I was online writing with Tim Stafford who was over in Knoxville at his Mom’s house. Tim is one of the great acoustic guitar players in bluegrass, heck of a writer, book author and a member of the acclaimed bluegrass group “Blue Highway”. It was great seeing him healthy as both he and his mom had a recent bout with COVID and after a struggle, they’re both doing much better. That was great to hear. Tim and his wife have been staying at his Mom’s as they’ve been building a new house over there. The great news is, by the time we write our next song, he’ll be in his new place that will have a beautiful view of the Smokey Mountains.


Yesterday we wrote an idea we already had on our books from the last time we had written. The song took a bit of a John Prine turn, and since both of us are big Prine fans?  That just made the idea more fun to write together. 



I got a little musical Christmas gift in my e-mail yesterday. My Aussie friend Angus Gill just recorded “Cheapskate Christmas” that he’ll be releasing this Christmas season. I think it’s going to give a few folks a laugh when they hear it, especially in Australia because some of the lyrics are about items, I know nothing about that are a “thing” down under. I learn more and more of the Aussie “lingo” every time I write with Angus or the other folks I write with in Australia. Thanks for recording the song, Angus!



Looks like my friend Brent Burns and I will be doing a show Saturday October 8 at the Sunset Cork Room which will be prior to my show on Sunday October 9 with comedienne Juanita Smith at the Peoples Room in Mobile. 



The Sunset Cork Room is a great small restaurant in Gulf Shores that I play at most years at the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival. One of my favorite rooms there actually. Great food and wine!  Soon as I get all the details, I’ll post them here. It’s a small intimate room so it’s likely to sell out, so you’ll want to order tickets early if you plan on coming to catch our funny act. 



3.7 million are now riding the NYC subways. That’s the most since COVID broke out.


Another sign that we’re starting to normalize. The Cook Islands just off the coast of Australia, a beautiful vacation destination for some has lifted every COVID restriction it had in place. Normal again. 


Both the Marines and the Navy are now doing away with penalties for soldiers refusing to be vaccinated for religious reasons.



The world’s first flying bikes has made it’s U.S. debut. Kind of looks like a souped-up drone. All you need to fly-ride it is a normal driver’s license. It can fly for 40 minutes with a top speed of 60 mph right now. It will cost you $770,000 to buy one right now!  BUT…in 2 or 3 years they hope to have a smaller electric version for $50,000.


Looks like one of those flying things in some of the Star Wars movies I’ve seen. I’d so get on one and try it out if they’d let me. I’ve had the pleasure of flying in hot air balloons, experimental aircraft, and acrobatic small plane, and rode in an Indy car once. So yea, I would so do this. 



And now comes word of a new battery that can be charged in 3 minutes and will last 20 years. Some folks will always stick with gasoline cars if gas is available, but there is no holding back the electric car movement, especially once they overcome the battery hang up which they seem to be doing. If one can drive 500-to 1,000 miles with no worries you’re going to see a LOT of silent cars on the highways.



A Michael Jordan basketball jersey that he wore in game 1 of the NBA season referred to as “The Last Dance” just sold at auction for 10.1 MILLION dollars. That’s double what they estimated it might go for. Wow. FYI…the “Last Dance” ESPN special is great viewing. Especially if you’re a basketball or Michael Jordan fan.


I’m now looking for my Elsberry Indian basketball jersey that I once scored 7 points in a game in. I’ll be looking for opening bids soon.



People do some crazy things to try and save money. Some will sleep in airport if their flight is delayed or cancelled instead of getting a hotel room.


Others cut their own hair…or try to. One money advisor wrote, “Cutting your hair could save you money on a trip to the barber…but your hat budget is going to explode”.



“Man Who Married 53 Women In 43 Years Was Looking For Stability”. He’s from Saudi Arabia. How’d that work out for ya Prince?



I’m off to write with Steve Dean and Andrea Pearson. Steve just married his son over in Knoxville this past weekend and was the best man. Andrea was back home for a week in beautiful Vancouver, Canada and has done a few more dates with country singer Bryan White. So, both should have some fun stories to share before we start rhyming this morning.


It’s been a very busy creative week here in Music City, and I’m ready for the lazy Saturday and Sunday that stretches out in front me right now.


Have a great weekend.


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