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MISSISSIPPI WRITING...THE CAR BUYING FIASCO..."WILDFLOWER"

 Last Hump Day in May. We had some more storms move through last night, so temperatures remain a bit on the cool side. Cloudy and 83 here today.

YESTERDAY

I wrote for the first time with  Stephen Lee Veal  who lives with his wife in a small town in Mississippi near Mobile. Stephen reached out wanting to co-write an idea he had after we met in Mobile at a comedy show I played there last year with  Juanita Smith . FYI…we’re going to be doing that again July 31 of this year at the People’s Listening Room and I’m surely looking forward to working with stand-up comedienne Juanita again.

Steve had a half fun half gospel idea that we wound up writing in a bluegrass groove that turned out to be great fun. Stephen is also one of those songwriters that’s played the  Frank Brown Songwriters Festival  for a very long time as I have. So it was nice getting to know him better online when we wrote yesterday.

THE BALLAD OF TRYING TO BUY A CAR

Well, yesterday I wrote that a new car had finally arrived for me. One that I ordered back in September. And then it’s been the old October, December, February to “we’re not sure when it might be in.” So, they called and said it’s here come get it. Yesterday I had planned on doing that after my write with Stephen ended. But during our writing session the phone rang, and it was the salesman telling me that he got it wrong from his manager. The car was not there (again) it’s yet to be built! Now they’re saying 4-6 weeks. Again! If it weren’t frustrating, it would be a comedy. And there’s a danged good chance it could turn into a comedy song. You just can’t give people money to buy a car right now…at least not the kind I’m trying to buy apparently. Pretty sure my wife and I are going to be looking at a different brand today.

DARIN AND BROOKE

My friends  Darin & Brooke Aldridge  who over the course of the last couple of years have become bonafide Grand Ole Opry stars shared a little “tease” about what may be coming on their next album project. So I thought I’d share what they posted with y’all today. The three of us have some songs written I’m proud of and this is certainly one of those. The song is called “Wildflowers” and references the state they are proud to be from, North Carolina. Check it out.

THOM BRESH

I was sorry to hear of the passing of a great entertainer and guitar player  Thom Bresh  this week. Funny, talented, kind to everyone. And he could do voice impressions too. “Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette” was the first number one record for Capitol Records many smokes ago.  Tex Williams  was the artist. Thom who was the song of the legendary thumb picker-singer  Merle Travis  took that song and “twisted” it by doing a bunch of impersonations during the song. I saw him a bunch of different years at the  Frank Brown Songwriters Festival . I was very young when I played his first major hit on the radio “Homemade Love.” And of all things, I found out that Thom flew out to Williams, Arizona once to sing on the Grand Canyon Railway as I did a couple of times. Here’s the VIDEO of his experience and a really good look at what it looks like on the train ride to the Grand Canyon every day on the rails. He passed of cancer, and a lot of folks like me are saddened at that news. RIP Mr. Bresh.

VIRUS NOTES

Sweden just recommended a 5 th  dose of vaccine shot for anyone pregnant, anyone over 65 and anyone who is immunocompromised. (I think I’d just leave my sleeve rolled up if I lived there)

Meanwhile in New York COVID cases have dropped for a sixth straight day. Always good to see those numbers go down anywhere.

While over in Beijing the cases continue to rise and the “stay at home and work” mandate has been extended.

WEATHER FOLKS

They say 21 named storms as many as 18 hurricanes this year will be hitting a coastline somewhere. Yep. It’s hurricane season. And that means  Jim Cantore  will be busy once again. You see a hurricane you see Mr. Cantore. And that’s why  Brent Burns  and I wrote THIS SONG to honor the grim reaper of weather.

TEXAS

You can’t help but feel sad, maybe even angry over the news of yet another school massacre in Texas yesterday. Truly heartbreaking. I won’t go on about it because last night  Steve Kerr,  the head coach of the Golden State Warriors PASSIONATELY said what a lot of what must be thinking right before his team went out to play the Dallas Mavericks. So I’ll let him speak for me. Here’s what he said.

An interesting statistic did catch my eye. 70% of school shootings since 1999 have been at the hands of someone 18 years of age or younger.

ECONOMY

This is telling. The price of a gallon of gas is higher in California in places than the hourly minimum wage. Over 7 bucks a gallon and still going up in places. Father’s Day is not far off kids. Wanna know what to get Dad for this Father’s Day? Pay to fill his tank up a couple of times. Better than a tie or soap on a rope.

HEADLINE OF THE DAY

Australian woman wakes up with an Irish accent. (And suddenly, she likes Guinness)

TODAY

Speaking of Australia, I’ll be online with  Angus Gill  who will be at his home in Australia to write. It will be like 9 in the morning for him, 5 in the evening for me. Hopefully he won’t have an Irish accent when he pops up on my computer screen.

Have a great Wednesday!

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