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TWO NEW SONGS...A LINE DANCE...GOD BLESS THE USA

 Happy Memorial Day to all. Feels like Memorial Day too with sunshine and high near 90 in Nashville today.

THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Mine started Friday morning writing with one of my “Hits & Grins” partners in crime,  Victoria Venier  at my publishing company. We tour and play music, but we don’t spend enough time writing together and Friday we made up for that by writing not one but two songs. And one is really fun that Victoria brought to the table with help from her husband Matt from a true-life experience they heard about from some friends. I’m thinking this could be one we work up and add to our “Hits & Grins” show in the future.

BARN DOOR LINE DANCE

I got a great little video gift from my friend  Jerry Salley  who was the guy who loved the song “Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya” enough to pitch it to American Idol star Alex Miller and then record the song as one of those that landed on Alex first album “Miller Time” that’s out now on Billy Jam Records. I wrote this tune with  Paul Bogart  and  Dan Wilson  one day down on the Music Row and Alex just cut the heck out of it. A great videoof the song was produced too that’s very fun to watch that you can see by clicking on the link above.

Well, Jerry sends me a little video of a big line dance group from somewhere who had found our song and they’ve worked up a full-blown line dance on this tune! So cool. Someone in the group I guess sent it to Alex who sent it to Jerry who then sent it to me.

I’ve been blessed to have had that happen one other time when some groups built a dance around the  Brady Seals  hit, I helped write “Been There, Drunk That.” In fact, one those originated in France! It’s just proof again that when you write a song, you never know where it might go or what folks will do with it.

TRAVELING

Despite record high gas prices folks traveled big time again over Memorial Day weekend. Some of those who flew struggled getting home. On Saturday there were 1200 cancelled flights and numerous delays. And yesterday hundreds more were delayed or cancelled. Delta alone had 9% of their flights cancelled. No wonder some choose to pay 4.50 a gallon and drive.

VIRUS NOTES

Shanghai and Beijing China are relaxing some of their COVID rules finally. They’ve been shut down tight for quite a while.

The numbers show that there are 30.6 daily cases for every 100,000 of us that were reported last week, a 35% increase. The state with the largest number of cases last week per 100,000 was tiny Rhode Island.

And on top of all the CDC suggestions with COVID, they now suggest that medical workers get vaccinated for monkeypox.

FUNNY PARENTAL “TWEET”

A Father tweeted this one. “Have kids so you can always have someone to tell you that your nose hair needs trimming while standing in a checkout line.”

TOP GUN

As expected, the new  Top Gun Maverick  movie starring  Tom Cruise  had folks headed to the movie theater in huge numbers. Over 150 million dollars’ worth of ticket sold so far and today should add a big old pile of more money on top of that figure. My daughter and son in law (who’s a pilot) gave it a big “thumbs up”. I’m hoping maybe tomorrow I can go catch it on a big ole IMAX screen.

ECONOMY

Some folks apparently are rushing to sell their homes now to try and get top market price as some folks in the know, like chief economist for Moody’s Investment who says we have already moved from a housing boom to a housing correction. New statistics show that home sales have now fallen to their lowest level since April of 2020. What goes up do eventually go down.

And while that report is out, a report here in Nashville shows that the MEDIAN price of a home here has now been raised to over $450,000. Overall transactions are down 4.9% for the year, but those who are buying homes are paying top price for it here in Music City.

WALMART

They are all set to begin drone deliveries now in 6 states. Those of you living in Texas, Florida, Arkansas, Arizona, Utah, and Virginia will be the first to see a danged drone drop off some stuff at your front door. Every duck season here I hear shotguns being fired from blinds by hunters on Old Hickory Lake where we live. Might want to keep the drones away from that area.

MUSEUM OF THE FUTURE

What would that look like? A “Museum of the Future”. They’ve got one in very futuristic looking building in Dubai. I don’t ever see me being in Dubai, but if I were, this might be worth the nickel tour.

HEADLINE OF THE DAY

“Man Who Got Blown Away Holding a Giant Umbrella Announces Plan to Become Astronaut”. Let's name him " John Wind Glenn ".

TODAY

It’s Memorial Day, a holiday and we’ve got no big plans. It’s almost like it’s a day off or something. I do want to share this interesting interview that  Bart Herbison , the head of the Nashville Songwriters Association just did with  Lee Greenwood  who talks about the song he wrote all by himself “God Bless the USA” that’s become the “go to” patriotic song for every occasion that is patriotic. I played the record when it was first released on WUBE radio in Cincinnati. It came in the form of a 45-rpm record on the MCA label. We played it of course, but I don’t think anyone thought at the time the reach this song would have. Not even Lee.

With that in mind, Happy Memorial Day, God Bless our veterans and families and those who gave all, and God Bless the USA.

Have a great Monday!

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