Friday October 21, 2022
Good morning from beautiful Port St. Joe, Florida home of “Blast on the Bay” Songwriters Festival. 43 degrees as I begin today’s blog. It will be 73 for a high with sunshine here on the beach today.
My “Hits & Grins” trio with Steve Dean and Victoria Venier left Nashville at about 6 am our time and hit 65 south for the long drive here to Port St. Joe. But there’s as much fun in the car as there is on the stage lots of time and that helps make the miles roll by faster.
We hit the small town of Port St. Joe about 4 pm their time, found the house the festival provided us (thank you!) then headed to the Port Inn to register, sign some posters and a guitar for the festival and grab our credentials. The old Port inn got blown away by a hurricane a few years ago, but it’s mostly up and running again with the same great front porch that has a view of the water.
When that was done, we headed for the VIP party where everyone gathered for a low-country boil that featured sausage, potatoes, shrimp, and corn on the cob all dumped into a big aluminum bin. Yummy. It’s one of the great traditions of this festival. We saw a lot of old friends and enjoyed some of the music from the great “live” band that features some of our friends like Tim Buppert and Ron Wallace.
Ron Wallace sang the jingle that Steve Dean and I wrote several years ago for R&S Wood Flooring that’s been running for 5 years or so now on TV and radio in Nashville. Here’s that jingle. All three of us agreed we didn’t make a great deal for what we got for that commercial. We had no idea they would use it so much. Lesson learned. But I do sing the danged thing in almost every show I’m part of, and the story and the jingle always makes folks laugh…so I did get that.
It was cool by the water, so we got back to the house fairly early and hit the pillows to get ready for our performing schedule today. More on that at the end of today’s blog.
SOME REALLY GOOD NEWS
I got a call from California on my phone from an old friend Tanvi Patel last evening that made my week and month. Tanvi worked as an intern for me on my morning radio show when I was at WUBE in Cincinnati. She attended Xavier University and part time she tutored a couple of their star basketball players. I knew she was smart and would do well. She has. She now works with movie studios helping place music out in LA. She was calling to tell me that she landed a song I’m a writer on with Ryan Hydro that I had written YEARS ago (and had forgotten about) on the new TV show “Monarch” on Fox that stars Susan Sarandon and Trace Adkins! It looks like the song “Hanging Out” will air on next week’s episode! I’ll share more details as I get them, but how danged cool is that? Thank you Tanvi for getting the song to them. You just never know where songs might land.
The CDC now says we should make COVID vaccines a regular thing, yearly, with all the other yearly shot we get. Sort of what most folks figured would happen.
With a new wave of COVID arriving this Fall, Amazon has listed a bunch of “bulk” deals on COVID masks. For those who choose to go back to wearing those.
Meanwhile in Florida, Governor DeSantis says his state will not require children to be vaccinated.
SIGNS OF CHRISTMAS
We have not gotten through Halloween, nor Thanksgiving, but signs of the Christmas season are starting to pop up everywhere.
First, thank you to Australian “country” artist Angus Gill for recording the song we wrote together “Cheapskate Christmas” for his first ever Christmas album out this season. The album is title “The Gilly Season” and will be released worldwide in early November.
And new Christmas movies are on the way. Besides the flood
of Hallmark movies, there will be some new movies in theaters including one
starring Tom Hanks as the grumpiest man on earth titled “Man Called Otto”.
Though it’s not a flat-out Christmas movie, it will be release right around
Christmas, and the Tom Hanks lovers like me, and Christmas folks will probably
want to see THIS ONE. Shades of "Scrooge" for sure.
And Taylor Swift dropped her newest album at midnight last night titled “Midnights”. How popular is she? So many folks tried to download it that Spotify crashed for a while. Sigh. The Christmas classic I wrote with Hall of Famer Jim McBride titled, “Ho Ho Ho From The Po Po Pokey” did not crash Spotify.
Elon Musk did make a deal for like 44 BILLION to buy Twitter and it looks like one of the first things he’ll do is get rid of 75% of the social network jobs there to cut costs. Wonder if he’ll tweet the names of those he’s letting go in 280 characters or less?
And add to that Microsoft is laying off 1,000 of their folks too.
See…I told you we were getting close to Christmas.
Scientists are saying they found something that destroys even the worst kinds of cancer in their lab mice. Hopefully, a breakthrough that might help save a lot of human lives in the future. Fingers firmly crossed for that to be the case.
HEADLINE OF THE DAY
“Florida Woman Hand Fishing With A Hot Dog Gets Whole Hand Swallowed”. There’s a reason Bill Dance uses a fishing pole.
It’s the first official day of performing here at the Blast on the Bay songwriters festival. My schedule today is a 1 pm show with “Hits & Grins” at the Krazyfish Grille right on the main drag here in Port St. Joe. Great seafood there, so I think we’ll grab some seafood when we get done warbling.
Then I have a 6 pm show with my friend and co-writer Jerry Salley and Lauren Spring at the Scallop Republic.
Then one show tomorrow, one show Sunday before returning home to Nashville Sunday evening.
Tough work, but somebody got to do it.
Have a great weekend.