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BLUEGRASS AWARDS...CHANGE...EDUCATED COUGARS

 Thursday morning and it’s cloudy. Some rumbling in the skies woke me a couple of times last night and it looks like we could have some spotty thunderstorms here today.

YESTERDAY

Boy it heated up yesterday. My songwriting appointment was not until noon yesterday with my friend  Jerry Salley  and we finished up about 3 pm. When I got in my car the dash temperature gauge for outside was locked on 103. Yikes. Good thing we got a start on a cool tune! Jerry also passed along some good news.

The second round of ballots are in for the big bluegrass awards, the IBMA’s that will convene with a big awards show in Raleigh in late September early October. Jerry is nominated in multiple categories and the old gospel song "Sweet Bye and Bye" that he produced on  Dolly Parton  is nominated. Jerry sings on this with his friends  Larry Cordle ,  Carl Jackson  and  Bradley Walker.  If you've not heard it,  take a listen . So good. 

Jerry also shared with me that two of my songs I’m a co-writer on are still up for “Song of the Year.” Those two are “ Person of the Year”  by  Kristy Cox  that I co-wrote with Jerry as well as the song “ Grand Ole Circle ” from  Darin & Brooke Aldridge ” that I co-wrote with Darin & Brooke. That kind of made my Wednesday. The final ballot will roll in after a few weeks, so I’ve got fingers crossed that the songs will also be there on the final ballot too. We’ll see.

NEW LOOK COMING

There will be a completely new look to this website coming in a few weeks as an overhaul is being done. Hopefully you’ll like the new look and new features that will be added. Just wanted to give you a heads up for when you pull up billwhytecomedy.com and go “whoa”. I’m a guy who has to fight against not adapting to change. I get comfortable with what I’ve got and then dread having to learn new ways to do things I’ve done for a long time the same way every day. But I’ve learned to adapt better through the years.

When I was doing radio full time, I started by playing 45 rpm vinyl records. I hated when one day we started playing music on tape cartridges. Then I remember thinking I would never learn how to us a danged CD player. And about the time the digital age hit, I remember thinking that if I don’t adapt and embrace technological change, I would become a dinosaur. So, I opened my mind to it. And the thing I’ve found is that every time there’s an advance in technology it speeds up and makes better what I’m doing.

I will say it’s a great thing to have a friend like  Lang Scott  who’s helped me numerous times adapting to change and helping me learn how to do this or that on a danged computer. So, I’m looking forward to the change coming here on the website. Seriously.

THIS JUST IN

We can now go on with our lives. The  Johnny Depp-Amber Heard  “Desperate Lawsuits of Los Angeles” case is over. Start shooting Pirates of the Caribbean 47. I must have a boring life. I never watched a minute of it and somehow feel I’m better for it.

VIRUS NOTES

More and more vaccinated folks are getting COVID. In fact, the Washington Post reported that in January and February 42% of those vaccinated died from COVID, and the numbers have grown since then.

Here in Tennessee the latest report says the city is in the “moderate” level right now for COVID cases.

The WHO is saying COVID is likely getting worse and not better despite what Korean officials are saying.

Meanwhile the CDC added three islands to the “high risk” category for COVID. Those would be Anguilla, Jamaica, the Turks and Caicos. Check your cruise ship routing folks.

SO ONE DAY…

A mountain lion just strolls into school. For real. A cougar walked into a school in Northern California and got trapped in a classroom until the cougar folks came and removed him. Hard to concentrate on Algebra with a cougar in the room.

THE ECONOMY

A new statistic reveals that 25% of Americans have decided to delay their retirement because of inflation. More seniors than ever are still punching in as opposed to  playing pickleball  in Florida. With EVERYTHING going up and up, it makes sense.

ECONOMIC JOKE

And then there’s this joke about how hard it is for employers to find folks who want to show up and work.

First man: “I hear the First National Bank is looking for a new teller.”

Second man: “I thought they just hired a new teller last week.”

First man: “Right, that’s the one they’re looking for.”

TODAY

I’m writing with my buddy  Steve Dean  this morning who just got back from a 10-day trip to Cabo with his wife as they celebrated a big ole anniversary. Can’t wait to hear those Mexico stories.

Have a great Thursday!

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