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Thursday January 26, 2023


And now it’s Thursday morning coming up here in Twang Town. With a high of just 38 today!



It was a trio songwriting affair yesterday with Jerry Salley & Victoria Venier, the first time the three of us sat down together to rhyme. As per usual at a lot of songwriting sessions, there was a lot of conversation before we ever turned our attention to writing. And yesterday Jerry’s heart was on his sleeve as he lost a dear friend, his neighbor whom he did not know was as sick as he was. His friend kept it to himself and then was seemingly gone in an instant. And through that conversation, Jerry had no idea he was writing a song…in at least my mind. When I drew that to his attention he and Victoria both knew there was a powerful song to be written. And that’s exactly what we chased yesterday. There’s still a bit of work left on this one, but this is going to be a really powerful song that’s going to move a lot of folks while reminding them that we need to visit those we love a little more often, while we can. I’m so proud to be part of this song, and it’s not even finished completely. I’m glad Jerry opened up his heart to the two of us yesterday.



On February 17 and 18 I’ll be back in Little Rock with some songwriter friends to sit with another veteran and do my best to tell that veteran’s story in a song. It’s always an honor to do this. Saturday night the concert where each songwriter performs his veteran’s song is open to the public. If you’re anywhere near, come by and help us salute those who have served our country so bravely.




Today I’m featuring a parody song from Cledus T. Judd that I’m a writer on. This one was an idea Cledus had about his and a lot of other golfers heroes…Tiger Woods. He wanted to turn the big Little Big Town hit “Girl Crush” into “Man Crush”. So I sent him a few lyrics, and he included some of them in this funny song that turned into this funny VIDEO. If you’re golfer or a fan of golfing, this should make you laugh. 




Not only are some saying the COVID emergency is over, but more info is also coming in claiming that many COVID hospitalizations were not COVID-19 after all. Many were admitted to hospitals for other reasons than COVID, even though they were labeled COVID patients.


More good numbers. That Tripledemic? The numbers are trending down nationally for flu, COVID and RSV.


FDA’s vaccine advisers are to meet up to consider the future of Covid-19 vaccination in the US. Stay tuned.



Sneaking up. What to get your Valentine? I dunno either. I did read an article listing the best Valentine gifts to give that cost 50 dollars or less. A Belgium waffle maker, a pickleball paddle AND Crocs lined Clogs. Nothing says love like giving your sweetheart a pair of Crocs. 



And I can’t suggest getting your sweetie a Belgium waffle maker. My wife hated it. Might have had something to do with me asking her to make me some waffles right after she opened it.



A guy shared this one: I asked my boss for a raise. He said what for? I told him 3 different companies were after me. He asked which ones?  I said: Gas, Water & Electric.



Trip Savvy just listed their top 18 beaches to visit in the U.S. Here’s their top 5.


5…Lincoln City, Oregon

4…Sunset Beach NC

3…Long Beach NY

2…Dafuskie Island SC


And their number one beach, that I totally agree with is Gulf Shores, Alabama.


It’s been my “go to” beach for a long time. Wide sandy beaches, great weather, awesome seafood, loads of clubs with entertainment, free Blue Angel fly byes over the ocean and yet it still feels like a small town in many ways. Easy to get around, although there is LOTS of traffic in the summer. Go October through March and you’ll feel like you own the place. The city logo is now “Small Town Big Beach” which my friend Brent Burns (who’s lived there forever) and I wrote into a song.




My wife packed my bags and told me to leave. As I was headed out the door, she said, “I hope you live a long and lonely life!” I replied, “So now you want me to stay?”



An asteroid the size of a delivery truck  is going to fly by earth tonight. It will be one of the closest approaches ever. Estimated fly by time is 7:30 this evening. I think I’ll practice my ducking technique today just in case.



I had a cancellation today so no songwriting. So I’ll catch up on some stuff that needs catching up on.


Have a great Thursday!




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