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HUNTER GIRL...MO MO...STAYCATIONS

Monday…all day.

THE WEEKEND

It twas a very hot weekend in Nashville with temps over the 90’s although it felt comfortable Friday night at the Nashville Sounds baseball game that I went to. Some rain moved through here Saturday night and cooled things off a bit. In fact, the high here today is only 72 degrees!

IDOL

My wife and I did watch the finale of American Idol last night. Although I’m disappointed my friend  Hunter Girl  did not win, 2 nd  place with all the exposure she’s had will surely give her a career she never would have dreamed of before the show. It was great to see them put the spotlight on her writing songs with our veterans with the organization Freedom Sings USA which is where I got to know her. Both of us have written with veterans at retreats in Little Rock and Montrose, Colorado and the veterans just love her. So happy for her. And I do love the young man who won the competition as well  Noah Thompson  who has a great country voice and should have some hits on the radio. Man, there are a lot of talented young kids out there!

And with "Hunter-GIRL having so much success? I'm thinking of changing my name to "Bill-BOY".

MO MO

The Louisiana, Missouri newspaper printed a nice article about me coming there July 1 on the 50 th  anniversary of Mo Mo and the record I recorded that was part of that Big Foot phenomenon that lives on. Instead of me trying to explain all that again, here’s the link to the article that will tell you more. Tickets are just $5, so to all my Show Me friends, get a ticket early as it could sell out.

JOE GILCHRIST

I’m thinking of  Joe Gilchrist  this morning who’s is the man who put together the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival in Gulf Shores that I’ve played for years and years and years. He’s in the hospital now in a medical induced coma and a lot of songwriters and friends are praying for him. Such a nice man who’s one of the greatest friends to songwriters ever. It’s just an honor to play at the festival he created all those years ago on the beach. And he is just the kindest man to everyone.

VIRUS NOTES

Broadway shows in New York have decided to continue the requirement of having to wear a mask at least through the end of June.

A study shows that 1.6 million people lost their sense of smell when they had COVID.

Meanwhile, articles came out this week quoting some “experts” saying that if we don’t take proper precautions, good mask, vaccine, that we can expect to catch COVID once a year, once every year if we do wear an “approved” mask. (Heck, I’m wondering how often I might catch monkeypox now)

3 cadets from the Air Force Academy out in Colorado received a bachelor’s degree upon graduation but were not commissioned because they refused to get the vaccine.

ON ANOTHER HEALTH NOTE

It’s nice to see the President saying we won’t have to quarantine if we get monkey pox. Where the heck did that one come from? Could we just have one pandemic at a time please?

SPEAKING OF GRADUATION

Comedian  Adam Sandler  gave a very funny commencement speech for the NYU graduates. He himself graduated from the school of arts. Parent who fund 4-year tuition for their kids to become dancers, actors, singers, etc. surely worry if their kids will succeed or will have to get a real job, or both. Part of the deal if you go down that path. Adam laid that out in a very funny-positive way. Watch the video but know that Adam is a comedian and drops a few choice words within his speech.

STAYCATIONS AGAIN

Just about the time some of us feel a little safer about COVID and decide to fly to vacations after being cooped up comes high inflation and with that comes more “staycations” again. Staying close to home to save on gas and other expenses. If you live in a large city like Nashville, there’s a ton of entertainment options so it’s not a bad choice to take in some of that right now. But if you grow up in a small-town miles away from a big city like I did, then a “staycation” is more like visiting family, fishing, and cow tipping. Okay maybe not a lot of “cow-tipping” but you get the point. It’s a different kind of “staycation.”

DOG-CAT?

Love this. Someone put out that “dogs prepare you for babies.” Meanwhile, “Cats prepare you for teenagers.”

AMISH DUI

An Amish man in Ohio was the subject of a low-speed police chase while he was driving his horse and buggy but was all over the road. Police found him asleep with a Bud Light can sitting next to the man who was completely passed out. And you wonder where the inspiration for some of my songs come from? I’m going to have to add another line or two to my song “I’ll Join The Amish” after this.

SIGNS

I do like funny signs that I spot on the road sometimes. Here’s a couple some other folks saw. On a sign outside a Mexican restaurant the sign reads, “Treat your Mom to a margarita. You’re probably the reason she drinks”.

INFLATION

How’d you like to be an independent truck driver these days? Geez. The price of diesel fuel has leaped 75% in one year. I’d be closing my eyes at the pump when I fill up my Peterbilt for sure.

And how would you like to be a family of four wanting to take a trip to Disney World? A family of four who recently did that mentioned that Disney did away with the Magical Express bus that would take you to your Disney park for free. I just rode that last year myself. With it being gone it cost them $200 for private transportation. They stayed 5 days. Their park hopper tickets cost $2,550 and the on-site resort they stayed at cost another $3,780. They also paid $950 for sit down meals and another $700 on snacks and souvenirs. With the airfare they paid their 5-day Disney trip cost almost $10,000.

Did I mention that “Staycations” are getting popular again?

HEADLINE OF THE DAY

“I Want to Be the Kind of Woman Who Throws Snakes at Pursuers.” There ya go. Well aspire to do something meaningful in life.

TODAY

My songwriting appointment cancelled this morning, so I have a free day to catch up on stuff and maybe get to the gym if I don’t talk myself out of it. Which could easily happen.

Have a great Monday!

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