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Waffle House Ink...Oldest Person...Road Trip


Friday January 6, 2023


Friday morning getting ready for the weekend and a road trip that starts Sunday. 54 the high here today in Twang Town. And we have more rain on the way for the weekend…like we need that.



Irene Kelley and I sat down and wrote a “cheatin” song for a girl at my publishing company. I think in Nashville if you’re a country songwriter that you’re required to write a few of those kind of songs every year. So we done did that yesterday. We did our part.


Irene’s new CD is out and doing well that has the song “Satan Get Behind Me” we wrote that’s on it. Here in a couple of week she and her band will do a “live” album premier at the world-famous Station Inn here in town performing every song off the new album, and I plan on being there for that. 




On the way to my writing appointment yesterday I stopped at Waffle House for breakfast. There’s another law for country performers and songwriters that require X amount of Waffle House visits per year as well. So I stopped. And if I ever have a music duo I’m going to call us “Scattered & Smothered”.


Anyway, while I’m eating breakfast one of the servers, a young lady starts talking to another server about tattoos wondering how many the other girl might have. Then she started asking everyone how many?  Every server and every cook gave her a count. And that’s when I realized for the first time that I’m an Albino in a purple world. Who knew? I was laughing on the inside while I was eating my scrambled eggs, bacon, and crispy hash browns.


And that brings me to this Waffle House classic I wrote with Brent Burns, “Midnight at the Waffle House.”



And man it was good turning on ESPN yesterday evening and hearing that Damar Hamlin has shown significant improvement. The exact kind of word everyone was hoping and praying to hear. He wakes up and asks the nurse, “Did we win?” And the nurse gave the greatest answer, “Yes Damar, you won. You won the game of life”. And it looks like he has. Really great to hear.



Since I was talking about writing with Irene Kelley I thought I’d share this song that Irene recorded on a previous album of hers titled “Walk With Me Today" that’s a gospel bluegrass song. Irene had the idea the day we sat down at her kitchen table to write. At that time it was only the second song we had written together. I love the simple melody of this song and the general peaceful vibe of it. And those great harmonies are those of my friends Darin and Brooke Aldridge. One leading bluegrass writer wrote that the song should be a classic. We could only hope that’s true. 

 “Walk with Me Today,” the album’s closing track, featuring harmony vocals by  Brooke and Darin Aldridge, weaves in notes from the old gospel standard “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” as the singer praises and petitions God to be close to her; it’s destined to become a classic of bluegrass gospel.



Wonder if Kevin McCarthy will be starring in the sequel to “Groundhog Day”?



That was Bessie Hendricks of Iowa who just passed at age 115! The oldest person in the U.S. until her passing. 3 kids, 9 grandkids, 28 great grandkids and 42 great great grandkids!  Her husband passed in 1995 one month shy of them celebrating 65 years together as husband and wife. Significant since Bessie was quoted as saying “A strong love will keep you going.” One of her grandkids confessed that she loved sweets too. So, eat the chocolate and love on your spouse and live long. RIP Bessie.



Staying in shape is supposed to help one live a longer life as well. Of course, buying exercise equipment and the latest exercise fad equipment is like buying a motorhome or boat. The value starts to plummet the minute you purchase it. Treadmills turn into places to hang clothes sometime. 

The Consumer Electronic Show out in Vegas showed off a new stationary bike that allows you to charge your computer while you peddle. Interesting. Not for me, but if they come up with one that lets you paddle and turn a blender for making margaritas?  I might be all in.



At 57 Shania Twain is finally about to release a new album. And if this first single “Giddy Up” is any indication? We might be bobbing our heads to her music again on the drive in to work. Listen and tell me this isn’t catchy.



There’s a new drinking game that kind of caught on because it went viral on Tik danged Tok. Find a pool table and some buddies. Everyone puts a $20 bill on the green felt and then you take turns shooting with a pool stick. If your ball comes to rest on a $20 bill, you pocket it. If I play, I wonder if my friends will let me lay down Crypto Currency?



Sometime this year the Magic Kingdom at Disney World will add one of their fastest coasters ever with the Tron experience. And yes, it’s like you straddle…well you do straddle a “Tron” like device from the movie. It looks to be so fun and will be located in Tomorrow Land. I need an E ticket…for you old school Disney World fans who remember. 





87 people were asked about their worst investments of all time. Here’s three that caught my attention…all of these responses from individuals who made these investments.


Wasting money on cigarettes for 41 years.


Buying a mobile home. Their value doesn’t increase.


And one son told on his Dad saying his Father bought a bunch of Star Trek dishes thinking they would accrue value. Uh…no they didn’t.


FYI…I’ve got a bunch of Beanie Babies that I’m just sure are going to make me rich. Some day.



I’ve got a double header for songwriting today. This morning I’m online with Brady Seals who’s on the road busy these days playing solo gigs, playing with the Petty Junkies (a Tom Petty tribute band) and with his duo “Seals & Crofts 2” featuring him and Lua Crofts…the daughter of the late Dash Crofts. They are so good together, and they are recording their first album which will have a song on it that Brady and I wrote several years ago. Tickled about that.


Then this evening Angus Gill will pop up on my computer from Australia. He’s producing two new acts down there, one “Elvis” kind of act and he’s working on an album for a traditional girl singer. So I’m sure we’re going to try and write something that might fit one of his two artists.




Tomorrow I’ll be packing and getting ready to hit the road Sunday morning with Linda Davis and Lang Scott as our “Evening In The Round Show” plays in Morton, Illinois. Looking very forward to that. So Monday’s blog will be coming at you from the Illini state.



Have a great weekend!











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