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Wednesday September 28, 2022


Last Hump Day of the month be here. A pleasant 75 degree high here today in Nashville.



It was studio time on Tuesday with Andrea Pearson. Gosh, we had so much fun recording the first 2 songs we’ve written together at Daywind Studios which is part of the publishing company Billy Blue who I’m a songwriter for. My thanks to our great engineer Justin for doing such a great job at the control room board adding some magic to those songs. He’ll mix these songs, and then those 2 tunes will be ready to send out any artist that they might fit. 


One of the two songs is a very simple melodic “artsy” thought about Michelangelo, Van Gogh, and others. The other is a rockin’ “revival” hand clapping kind of song that could fit several artists. Andrea can really “wail” as they say, and her vocals were incredibly fun to listen to as she laid those down. Just a pleasure to be part of the creative process yesterday here in Nashville.



And I did get to the ballpark one last time last night to catch our minor league baseball team the Sounds. First game I took a light jacket too all year as it has cooled off a bunch over the past few days. The team did win their division, so I might get to see a playoff game if I’m lucky. But it’s kind of sad for a baseball fan like me to know the lights are going out on our iconic Guitar Scoreboard until next May. After all these years it’s still my favorite pastime. 



Thinking about all my friends in the eye of that hurricane this morning. The Hurricane Center’s latest guess is 155 mph winds and that would be just 2 mph short of a Category 5. Inland is affected too. Disney World, Universal all the parks are closed. Disney World encouraged the remaining hotel guests to shelter in place and eat before the storm because of not knowing what will be available after it passes through. The water, flooding, surges could be unreal. Cuba after getting hit is completely in the dark. We’re going to see a lot of Jim Cantore on our TV sets I’m afraid.


I do have a show in Sarasota on October 28. A huge 2-day Parrot Head deal. Sarasota is right in the middle of Iona so all we can do is hope that if it does hit, the facility will be up and running in time to still hold the event. Stay tuned. 



Some climatologists are predicting a heat belt by the year 2053 that could bring temperatures to a third of the country to as high as 125 degrees on some days. It would stretch they say from Mississippi to Texas and as far north as Indiana.



Lego sales are through the roof. When the pandemic began, folks started playing board games again, and with toys apparently. Lego sales just shot up another 17% as sales have not fallen off since that surge of buying Legos began. Never got into Legos. More of a Lincoln Log man myself.


Those who suffer from long COVID? A new study suggests about 75% of those folks take a year to recover on average.


I hardly see a mask anymore. Saw one last night at the baseball game. But I do have a doctor’s appointment and they sent a note telling me to wear a mask. Where did I put that Halloween Zorro mask?



A Dad tweeted this. “My wife telling me how happy she is that the baby like her food, so I pointed out that he also likes to eat envelopes and now she’s mad at me for some reason.” Uh huh.



Check out this bad boy being built for Sea World in Orlando. A Catapult Roller Coaster Water Ride. Think log flume on steroids. There’s already a Catapult Falls in SeaWorld San Antonio. Here’s what it looks like.  Somebody gonna get very wet.



You know you’ve got a big TV hit when they give you your own Monopoly game. The Kevin Costner series “Yellowstone” is getting one. If you follow the Paramount series, you’ll know not to collect $200 and don’t pass the Train Station. 



Yes, there are people working who call themselves “Cuddle Therapists”. They will cuddle you for money if you need a cuddle. Sessions can last from one hour to 14 hours. They can charge as much as $2,000 to cuddle up with you.


A dog, a teddy bear, a pillow all will save you a lot of money.



Jenny Tolman and her husband Dave Brainard and I were scheduled to write this morning. But Dave got a last second call to play guitar on a Lee Brice recording. So it’s just her and me, and I’ve made a note to talk to Lee’s bass player who lives next door to me to tell him to tell Lee to knock it off!  LOL. Can’t turn down those kinds of opportunities so Jenny and I will try to rhyme without him this morning, and I’ll get to see how much that baby the two of them are having around Christmas time has grown in her tummy.


Have a great Wednesday!


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