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Thursday March 2, 2023


Tuesday in Music City. 69 is the high today. We had heavy rain last night and more of it is on the way.



I had a busy first day of March that started with a writing session at my publishing company Billy Blue with the husband-and-wife team of Amy and Adam Pope. It had a been a bit since I had written with both of them so we took some time to catch up on their careers and busy life. They travel a lot, take the kids, and play all over the country. And I love listening to them sing together.


So yesterday I brought a couple of ideas and we settled on a beach song since they don’t have one of those in their catalog of tunes. And that turned out to be very fun, and I’m sure it’s one they’ll be recording somewhere soon as it will be one they can sing “live” anytime they’re near a beach. Heck, they’ll be in Florida all of next week singing!


They also gave me some good news. They’re going to release a song we wrote together last year as a new single very soon titled “All I Need Is You”. Cool.




Darin Aldridge of Darin & Brooke Aldridge produces Adam and Amy Pope and he and his wife Brooke were in the building recording some new songs in our Daywind Studios with a bunch of great session players. 


After I finished writing I stuck my head in and hugged Brooke who took her headphones off and told me they were recording a song she and I and Darin had written. I had no idea. So it was a March 1st that was full of some good music news.




I got home and had a package and looked what was inside when I opened it up. Another nice little surprise. And for the record, I’m happy to be part of this musical family and publishing company that has so many talented folks attached to it. Who couldn’t use a gift with a goat on it?




I also saw that the song “Mercy of A Train” that I wrote with Becky Buller and recorded by Lori King & Junction 63 up in Iowa got some nice recognition. Nice to see the song getting that kind of attention for Lori. 




And then last evening I had dinner with Jim Stanton and his friend Ellen. Jim was the General Manager who changed my life in the radio world by helping me land my first morning radio show in Cincinnati at WUBE all those years ago along with the Program Director he hired, the late Mike Chapman. Jim ran radio stations for years and now lives in Fort Worth so it was a wonderful chance to catch up and remember some great times we had together while in Cincinnati. And he talked about how that parody song I wrote called “Seven Newport Angels”, a parody of Seven Spanish Angels by Ray Charles and Willie Nelson convinced he and Mike to put me into a new morning show they wanted to build. 



That little song was about seven prostitutes in Newport Kentucky who were fleeced out of their money in Home State Savings Bank, who took a lot of folks money in the early 90’s. It was fictitious of course, but I wrote it and the morning guy at the time and I recorded it on a cartridge tape and then that former morning host played it on his show. That night the Mayor of Newport is on TV calling our radio station every name of the book and I was sure I was going to be fired as a part timer. Just the opposite happened. Because of all the press it created (free publicity) they added me to a 7-person morning zoo program. And that started my major market radio career. I’ll forever be grateful for that moment in time. So great catching up last night over dinner.



The British Journal of Medicine says 11 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity helps lower the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and prevents early death.


And a new study also says that stem cell therapy may reduce risk of heart attack and stroke in certain heart failure patients.


Those who know about healthy food say we should stock up on beans. Good for us in a lot of ways apparently, good sources of fiber and now they offer up iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. (Makes sense. Just remember to eat them upwind.). Thank you.



“I love you,” she said.


“Is that you talking,” I asked, “Or the wine”?


“It’s me talking to the wine.”



You can download apps that can help you determine how much a bottle of wine gifted to you is worth. I hate that because I’m going to have stop sending bottle of Boone’s Farm. Geez.



One of those travel magazines just released their list of what they consider to be the Top 10 Most Beautiful Cities in the World.


In reverse order 10-1.


Rome, Sydney, Australia, Cape Town, South Africa , Barcelona, Spain, Vancouver, Canada, Venice, Italy, London, New York, and number one as no surprise is Paris


I’ve seen only 3 of them. I’ve got to get out more!



The man knows how to be self-deprecating. His face was burned from a fire while he was working on one of his cars and they had to redo his face. And what Jay now claims is that he is the “new face of comedy”.  A lesson in how to masterfully handle tough things like that.




Family Raises 250 Pound Dog For 2 Years Then Realizes It’s A Bear. (Might be time for the family to use those coupons for Lasik surgery.)



I’m back writing at Billy Blue this morning. This time with Steve Dean and Ireland’s own Clare Cunningham. Clare is making her Grand Ole Opry debut over St. Pat’s weekend that’s coming up. She’s a little excited…and we’re excited for her. So we’ll have fun writing something new for her and we’ll find a little time to celebrate that Opry appearance.



Have a great Tuesday!


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