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Tuesday September 26, 2023

Hello Tuesday morning. It’s getting darker sooner, which I really hate. But it’s still warm like summer. 89 the high today.



I wrote with The Voice 2020 winner Todd Tilghman for the second time yesterday. Todd’s been busy out on the road is getting ready to open a show for Josh Turner which is a great pairing. Todd has been a preacher, but these days because of the success he had on “The Voice” he’s doing a lot of singing dates, traveling, and writing songs.


So it was kind of cool to write a new song with him called “Preacher Man” which has part of his personal life in it. Fits him pretty well to say the least.


It’s great writing with kids from American Idol and The Voice because I get to hear their stories about their experiences on the show. Todd chose Blake Shelton for his coach after a 4 turn chair but told me he almost changed his mind and picked Kelly Clarkson who loved him. His audition was in Atlanta and he waited behind hundreds and hundreds of other contestants for his 30 seconds to sing before one pre-judge. Worked out pretty well for him I’d say. It was fun being in the room with him again yesterday.




This week has been like the lull before the show storm. Starting next week the calendar gets pretty busy with travel dates and shows and festivals. Here’s a look.


October 2nd …a showcase in Maryville, Tennessee with Linda Davis & Lang Scott and our “Evening in the Round” show.



October 7… Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant in Franklin, TN with “Hits & Grins” with Steve Dean & Victoria Venier.



October 18… a private event fundraiser songwriter event with Linda Davis, Lang Scott, Bobby Tomberlin and Lauren Mascitti.


October 20-23…Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival Port. St. Joe, Florida



October 24-29…MOTM “Meeting of the Minds” Gulf Shores, Alabama.



November 9-11…Frank Brown Songwriters Festival Gulf Shores. 



See you on the road somewhere…I hope.



To my co-writer friend Jordan Rainer who got a 4-chair turnlast night on “The Voice” which was no surprise to me. She’s going to do well on the show. Last night’s audition didn’t even show off her guitar skills which are pretty great. And she made a gutsy move by choosing to sing the Reba hit "Fancy" in front of Reba.  I’ll be rooting for her this season for sure. 




A new study says the blue light from phones, tablets and TV sets may induce early puberty.


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A cardiologist says if you want a heathier heart to avoid these two dinner foods. Hot dogs and canned soups. (I think I’m in trouble as I like to slice a hot dog and put the slices into my canned soup!)



The publication “Stasher” put together what they say are the WORST tourist attractions in the world. Their top 4 are Busch Gardens in Florida, the Taj Mahal, the Great Bazaar in Turkey and at number one is the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


I might have selected the Mustard Museum in Wisconsin to be on the list as well. How in the world can a condiment be an attraction?




Apparently New Yorkers are going back to the office. It’s been a slow reluctant return since COVID 2020. But the New York subway folks say there are a lot more riders every day…going to offices.



At auction some tickets for the play where Lincoln was assassinated fetched $262,000. Even if I win the Powerball this week which is now worth 835 million bucks, I don’t ever see me paying money for Lincoln assassination tickets. Nope. Just shoot ME if I even think about that.




Middle of summer early Fall I can’t imagine being in a mascot outfit at a sporting event. Nor can I imagine how hot those football helmets must be in hot weather. LSU decided to do something about that and the kids there now have air conditioned helmets. Why did that take so long to come around? 


One of my favorite comedy sitcoms may be coming back as there is a lot of talk now about a reboot for “The Office” TV show. So funny. The bad news is that Steve Carrell and John Krasinski won’t return, but some of the cast probably will. Replacing Carrell will be a tall order but we’ll see. And would Dwight be coming back with his beet farm?  



Now if I can get them to reboot Cheers, Seinfeld, and M*A*S*H?  I’d be a happy TV camper for sure.



I’m pretty sure this sign is not getting the point across.



I’m writing with my longtime Missouri pal Wil Nance today out at his place that has chickens, and a pond and cats and dogs and a new house he just built on it. We may have to wet a line before we rhyme.


Have a great Tuesday!




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