Thursday May 18, 2023
Thursday morning arises in Music City. Sunshine and a high of 80 on tap today. I’ll take it.
I had Wednesday off for the most part, but yesterday evening I was part of a wonderful song-pull (as we call it in Nashville) with my friends Linda Davis & Lang Scott. Lang works for a company that invited two investors from the UK to come over and check out Nashville. Both of them believe it or not are named Andrew. And both were extremely nice. They enjoyed the “Hot Chicken” that this town is famous for, checked out some of the Nashville highlights and the two of them fired a gun for the very first time. We saw video highlights that made the room full of invited guests laugh. For the record, a handgun CAN have a little KICK to it.
I had a great time singing a few songs for our new friends from the UK and then getting to hear Lang and Linda and their daughter Riley Jean sing the title song of their Grammy winning album “Love Remains” in that intimate living room gathering as well as getting to hear our hosts Paul and Paula McCullough have fun singing as well as a young man named Ethan who is a songwriter-singer who moved here from North Georgia, and Ethan does some graphic work as well for Paul’s company that my friend Lang works with.
We saw video and pictures of one of the Andrew’s estates in England along with his English gardens and the immense library in his home. Complete with the ladder to climb up and get books. His wife is a well-known author in England and other parts of the world, so of course they’d have a library. Beautiful pictures. And I was proud of Lang for telling the two Andrews that we would be available to do what we did last night at his estate in England! C’mon Andrew…say “yes”!
It was truly a wonderful evening with friends and new friends last night.
GRAND OLE CIRCLE
It was nice seeing my friends Darin & Brooke Aldridge post these words on Facebook yesterday.
For dreamers just like us to stand in.
Grand Ole Circle- We’ll always be proud of this original tune we co-wrote with our friend Bill Whyte honoring the grandest of all stages the Grand Ole Opry. See the official video on our Darin and Brooke Aldridge YouTube page.
I’m proud to be their co-writer on this song and video that the Opry helped produce that I believe will stand the test of time for them and me as well. It never gets old hearing them sing THIS SONG as they have done multiple times on the Opry. There’s a lot of history tucked into the official VIDEO for sure. “God bless that Grand Ole Circle, for all the years it’s been, for dreamers just like us to stand in.”
State and national health officials have issued a warning to Americans to cancel surgeries in Metamora, Mexico which is across the border from Brownsville, Texas after meningitis cases and 1 death have been reported.
The WHO has officially ended the global Monkeypox emergency after 10 months.
A new Gallup poll says that depression rates are surging for women and young adults. It’s the highest it’s been since Gallup started measuring in 2015.
SIGN OF THE TIMES WE LIVE IN
Just put the phone down and get out of there!
Montana has become the first state to outlaw TikTok. No more tiking, no more toking starting in January of next year in that beautiful state. Makes me wonder if the real Governor of Montana passed that legislation or if it was Governor Dutton from the Yellowstone series.
I was sorry to read that actress Kirstie Alley passed at the young age of 71. Of all the roles, she was the best in the TV series “Cheers” that’s one of my all-time favorite comedy sitcoms. She played her role opposite of Sam the bartender played by Ted Danson brilliantly. And she made me laugh many times. If you’ve forgotten…check out this little highlight clip. RIP.
BEACH IT UP
If you’ve ever wanted to buy a place on the beach that’s affordable Realtor.com may be of help as they just listed the most affordable places to buy on the beach. Here’s their top 5.
Corpus Christi, Texas, Grand Isle, Louisiana, New London, Connecticut, Newport News, Virginia (where my sister lives) and number one most affordable is:
No towns listed in North or South Carolina, an only one in Florida which is Navarre which is in Pensacola.
CHARGE IT UP
13,000 hotels are getting ready to be equipped with EV charging stations for those who are driving an electric vehicle. That’s a lot of new stations. And it may certainly make a difference for “electric” travelers who are choosing which hotels to book on their trips. I’m kind of thinking we’re not going to back away from AI or electric cars.
In fact last night I witnessed the host at our songwriter evening use an app that cued his grand piano to play along with the group Lady A! So, you’re hearing them sing their record, while you’re watching and HEARING the piano accompany them! Blew my little mind. I wonder if it will play along while I’m singing “If You’re Not Careful, My Wife’s Gonna Leave You?”
SPEAKING OF FILLING UP
They won’t be gassing up the ole Wienermobile in the future. Why? Because Oscar Mayer is changing its name to “Frankmobiles”. For 87 years it’s been a Wiener, now it will be a Frank. The drivers used to be called “Hotdoggers”. In the new vehicle they will be referred to as Frankfurters. Can’t make that stuff up folks. I have no idea if we’ll soon get an electric Frankmobile. Stay tuned.
I love the ole Wienermobile. When I did the morning radio show at WMIL in Milwaukee we hooked up with the Wienermobile folks in Wisconsin and we did a contest where one young school kid won a trip to school one day in it. Our producer rode along and provided “live” coverage of the event. The kid was thrilled to be riding inside the wiener and it created a little talk for my radio show that morning. It’s hard to miss that thing when it’s rolling down the road.
Nothing big on the calendar today. That probably means I’ll get a “honey do” list from my wife a mile long. <sigh>
Have a great Thursday!
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