Thursday February 9, 2023
Thursday morning is rolling in. We’ve got some wind this morning. So much so that they issued a “wind advisory”. Which means I’ll need to put a strap under my chin to keep my ballcap from blowing away today.
It had been awhile since I used my old radio-voice over skills. I had fun knocking the rust off when I went to Daywind Studios and narrated a children’s Christian musical and played the part of “Ed” the engineer of a train that takes the kids to different stations where they hear different Bible stories. And along the route there are six-songs that are played. All of it was written by two friends in different states. And I met both on a computer who had been listening in while I was behind a microphone laying my parts down. They seemed very happy, and that of course pleased me.
A friend Dave Smith who’s a hit Christian songwriter was producing it, and it was he who asked if I would narrate this little musical gem-play. Happy to do it. This will all be produced and churches who need a musical can buy it. All the music tracks, lyric sheets, charts, and the audio is sent to them. Kind of cool.
After we wrapped I found out through our engineer that Dave Smith is a HUGE baseball fan like I am, and like our studio engineer Justin Kropf is. Justin is a Dodgers fan, I’m a Reds fan, and Dave who grew up in Michigan is a Tiger fan. I grew up in Missouri and was a BIG Cardinal fan so Dave and I reminisced about when the Tigers came from behind 3-1 in the World Series and broke my heart by beating Bob Gibson and the Cards. Geez.
And I also found out that Dave, who is a next-door neighbor to my buddy Jimmy Fortune has just about finished a book about Jimmy, the ex-Statler Brother. And he told me some funny stories about Jimmy I had not yet heard. Like the time he wound up in the bathroom standing next to both Frank Sinatra AND Jimmy Stewart at a show for Nancy Reagan.
So as you can see, I had a lot of fun hanging in the studio talking in a radio voice yesterday.
A NEW CUT
A song I wrote with Josh Shilling “Deeper in Love” is the brand-new single for a young artist named Carley Arrowood…a great fiddle player…and young! The song is not officially out for another week, but yesterday the publication Bluegrass Today did a feature article on our song and put a link to it so you can listen if you’d like. So good. One of the things I do love about bluegrass is how GREAT the musicians are. Listen for the great instrumental break on this song that features at least 4 separate instruments…all of them blazing. I’m excited to follow this song. And thank you Carley for recording it.
What’s a Grammy win worth? A bunch sometimes. Bonnie Raitt unexpectedly won “Song of the Year” at the Grammy’s Sunday night for her song “JustLike That”. Her sales since then have jumped 12,900%. Cool. And for those who never heard of Bonnie and her great music? Here’s your chance to discover a great artist.
VIRUS AND HEALTH NOTES
The house voted to kill the CDC’s requirement for foreign travelers entering the US.
The Biden administration is set to release a new road map to deal with COVID. No idea if they’ll use a GPS or not.
Experts say that older adults who play golf can get physical and mental health benefits from doing so. Of course if you’re game is like mine you’ll have to take anger management classes.
GAINS & LOSSES
Disney, Google, Zoom all laying off employees. Things look brighter for Uber who just reported RECORD revenue. Must be because I’ve finally taken an Uber ride after all this time. And yes, there are already a lot of Uber jokes. Like the one from a guy who’s Uber driver told him, “I love my job, I’m my own boss. Nobody tells me what to do.”
Then then I said, “turn left”.
And McDonald’s ain’t laying off many folks either. This year they will open 1,900 new Golden Arches. That’s a whole bunch of “ya want fries with that?”
MADE ME LAUGH
Today going through my Flipboard, which is an app that gathers news all in one place, under the category of COMEDY…the first story was about the State of the Union address. I would think Saturday Night Live is going to be all about that as well this weekend. Thank you politicians for the gift of laughter.
SIGN OF THE TIMES
John Deere is rolling out their all electric zero-turn lawn mowers. Wonder if their logo will change to: “Nothing Runs As Quietly As A Deere”?
My doctor has been on me about my health so I bought a dog and named him 5 Miles. So I can tell my Doc I walk 5 Miles every morning.
HALL OF FAME
Saturday February 18 I get to play in the Ford Theater tucked inside our Country Music Hall of Fame here in Nashville alongside my buddy Steve Dean. It’s a songwriter show that lasts 45 minutes, and we also do a question-and-answer session with the audience. I think this is the 4th time I’ve had the pleasure of doing this. The show is at Noon, so if you’re in Nashville come by, tour the museum, and catch our show. The show is free with your museum admittance.
HEADLINE OF THE DAY
Woman Spots The Face Of William Shakespeare In Her Ceiling Light. Uh huh. And I’m pretty sure she sees the face of Captain Morgan on her rum bottle as well.
I’m off to write with my buddy Nathan Woodard this morning. Been a bit. Then this evening I’m going to my friend Irene Kelley’s album release party at the world-famous Station Inn here in Nashville. Proud to have a song on this great new album that we wrote together “Satan Get Behind Me” that she and a full band will perform “live” tonight. Looking forward to that!
Have a great Thursday!
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