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GREAT DAY IN STUDIO...A NEW CUT...WILD SPINACH

 Wednesday morning bleary eyed in Nashville. 88 for a high as day 2 in the recording studio approaches.

YESTERDAY

I spent a long and productive day in  Marv Treutel’s  recording studio with my friend  Brent Burns . Marv owns a terrific studio we use all the time for Brent’s recordings and he’s a great engineer for us on all these projects and it’s always a pleasure working with him and  Dave Frances  our bass player and producer. We laid down 5 new songs, three of those were songs Brent and I co-wrote. A couple of funny songs and one very commercial country tune that was probably my favorite of the entire session. My thanks to Marv for the great engineering, Dave Frances for producing and playing bass,  Pat McGrath  on acoustic,  Jon Conlee  on lead,  Dane Bryant  on keys and  Nick Buda  on drums and percussion. We could not have had a better group to work with. 

GOOD NEWS

I got some great news from my friend  Rick Lang  out in Maryland letting me know that bluegrass artist  Joe Mullens and the Radio Ramblers  just recorded a song we wrote “Oh Shepherd Boy” for his upcoming Christmas album that will be released during the Christmas season. Can’t wait to hear what they’ve done with our song. Thank you, Joe, for loving it, and recording it. Joe Mullins, I found out is a radio station owner, so we’ve got radio in common. And I know that he also has a sense of humor from this song and video he recorded “ Bacon In My Beans ”. We’ll have lots to talk about when we finally meet.

SOME NICE WORDS

Skyline Records is the label for a very talented bluegrass artist named  Nick Dumas.  Nick chose a song I wrote with my friends  Becky Buller  &  Tim Stafford  titled “ Details ” to be his first single off his upcoming album to be released later this year. Yesterday the label wrote these really nice words about our song. “The lyrics on Details are relatable, moving, and thought worthy.” And then it quoted a few lines from the chorus of our song, “It’s all about the real stuff. It’s about the ones that you love and telling them while you can.” If you’ve not heard the song yet just click the link above to listen. And thank you to Nick for recording our song!

VIRUS NOTES

I can personally see how folks have changed what they’re doing as far as COVID is concerned. A year ago I was in studio, as I am now with Brent Burns, and every person in the studio, all the musicians wore masks. Yesterday out of the 7 of us 1 wore a mask.

The CDC has now stopped warning folks not to take a cruise. Folks still get COVID on a cruise, but somehow it feels safer.

Meanwhile the FDA approved the Pfizer booster shot from kids 5-11.

Eric Clapton  who called vaccine efforts a “mass psychosis” now has COVID.

THE MAN IN BLACK IS PEEING

Somebody had fun with the silhouette of Johnny Cash on a water tower in John’s birthplace of Kingsland, Arkansas. Officials aren’t sure how exactly, but a hole showed up in a strategic place that  makes it looks like Johnny is watering a Sunday morning sidewalk , or the flowers, or the whatever. Somebody had too much time on their hands. But I’ll be the Man in Black would have chuckled.

STOCKS

If you’re in the stock market you’re probably trying not to look at it a lot right now as it’s been volatile and mostly down, although it rebounded a little yesterday. It could be worse. You could be part of the Walmart  Walton  family. They lost a BILLION dollars yesterday after announcing its profit outlook had been slashed. That will have you reaching for the gallon size bottle of Pepto. (If I were the city? I'd leave it as is. Tourists will show up and spend money)

WEIRD COMMENT

A dentist said this to a patient. “Your oral cavity is so nice to work with. It’s so spacious.” Uh…thanks…I think.

OLD-REALY-OLD

The oldest living person just turned 128.  Johanna Muzi Buko  lives in South Africa. Her key to life? She eats wild spinach and drinks fresh milk. You couldn’t make me eat spinach. I have no chance of making it to 128. And I’m okay with that if I don’t have to ever go Popeye.

SPEAKING OF OLD

The Beatles song from  Paul McCartney  “Let It Be” is 52 years old. Geez. And the song is still relevant as is most of the Beatle’s catalog today.

There’s a great scene in the Beatle’s documentary series  “Get Back”  around that song that you get to see a young McCartney start working on from scratch. There’s a great studio shot of McCartney behind the piano while  Yoko Ono  and Paul’s then wife  Linda  sitting in front of the black grand piano he’s playing while he’s singing a few words of “Let It Be.” The two girls are yakking away in the foreground oblivious to the fact that one of the greatest songs of all time is being constructed right behind them. Great documentary.

SPEAKING OF MUSIC

The new inductees for our Country Music Hall of Fame were announced yesterday.  Joe Galante  who made RCA dominant when he was the head of the company, the “Killer”  Jerry Lee Lewis  and the late  Keith Whitley  will all have their plaques hanging in the Hall soon. All extremely deserving. Congratulations.

DID YOU KNOW?

When you see a lot of actors these days smoking on screen? Most of those are herbal cigarettes that contain lettuce or tea leaves but no tobacco. Now you know.

MAKES SENSE

Researchers claim that parents aged 6.2 years if they have more than TWO kids. Anyone disagree with that? 5 kids in my family. I thought my Mom and Dad looked a little older than they really were!

Someone correctly observed, “You know you have a large family when you think the mini-van is just too small to be a practical family car, but you wish they’d make a shopping cart about that size.”

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

For the baseball geeks like me. What are the odds that a person could catch TWO home run balls in the SAME inning? It happened last night in a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros. I’ve been seemingly to a million baseball games and have NEVER gotten a ball from the game. I’ve had one hit my hands then bounce off and go to another fan but that’s as close as I’ve gotten. And then  THIS GUY  gets two!

TODAY

Back to the recording studio. Last night Brent Burns laid down vocals for two of the five songs we recorded. Today he’ll sing the last three songs including the very angry tourist song we wrote called “Get Off My Beach”! Then I’ll drop him at the airport for his return trip home to Gulf Shores. It’s been a fun couple of days hanging with my buddy.

Have a great Wednesday!

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