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Tuesday March 7, 2023


Tuesday in Music City. 65 the high today.



Sunshine and the mercury shot up to 81 degrees  here yesterday so if felt good to get out and cross off a few things on my wife’s “honey-do” list. I noticed that when she asks me, “what’s your schedule like tomorrow” and I say “I’ve got nothing” to do…then just like that I have something to do. Sigh.


It was that whole “honey do list” thing that inspired me, Lisa Shaffer and Phil Barton to write a song titled  Honey DON’T Do List” that I recorded on my “Leave Em’ Laughing” CD several years ago. It flips the table upside down on that old saying.




Great seeing our little “Mercy of a Train” song recorded by Lori King and Junction 63 climbing the bluegrass charts. Up to #7 this week on the Mountain Bluegrass Chart. So glad that Becky Buller invited me to help write this idea she had last year, and then Becky got it to Lori who fell in love with it. Here’s hoping it choo choos all the way to the top of this mountain chart. 




My friend Steve Dean called me yesterday and let me know that we’re doing another Freedom Sings USA retreat where he and I and some other songwriters will sit down and write with veterans. This one is right away too as it will be held on March 20 & 21 in Murfreesboro, TN which is about 40 minutes or so from me. And this one will be a little different as each songwriter will be sitting with a nurse who’s served and writing their stories into songs. A lot of these nurses worked through COVID so there will be some incredible stories turning into tunes over those two days.


Songwriters Minnie Murphy, Steve Dean, Irene Kelley, and Bobby Tomberlin will all be writing songs with these veterans.

 Monday March 20 we’ll have a meet and greet with our veterans. Then Saturday morning we’ll write the songs that will be performed in concert with the veterans sitting right alongside the songwriter who penned their songs. Always a moving experience. The concert is free and open to the public. I’ll share the venue here as soon as I get it.




Something to put a smile on your face. My beach pal Brent Burns came to Nashville several months ago to record some songs and while he was here he made an appearance on the syndicated “Big D & Bubba” show. I went along with him and watched him make the hosts laugh while singing one of our songs “ExerciseMakes Me Look Good Naked…But So Does Beer”. Click on the link and you can watch and listen to the fun that went down when Brent sang it alongside Brent’s producer Dave Francis who’s also playing guitar.




1 in every 4 parents admit they lied about their child’s health status to get around restrictions during the COVID pandemic.


In New York Mayor Adams now wants New Yorkers to remove their COVID masks when entering Big Apple businesses in an effort to reduce thefts.


20,000 people may have been exposed to measles during a religious gathering in Kentucky according to the CDC.



At Sirius. Sirius-XM is firing 8% of its work force. Subscriptions apparently are down. Working in commercial radio for a long time I remember hearing about satellite radio coming and I predicted it would never work. Why would anyone PAY for radio?  Now I subscribe…and listen a lot. Shows you what I don’t know. But now for some reason they’ve had a loss in the subscribers.



Rumors are flying again. This one mostly from Rich Eisen of ESPN who threw out that Tom Brady may be talking to the Miami Dolphins about coming out of retirement a second time to QB for them. He wouldn’t do that would he?  FOX Sports has given him a kazillion dollars to do their football broadcasts. What must they be thinking? Stay tuned on this one.



Never have dinner with a chess player. It takes them 2 hours to pass the salt.



I’m writing with Brady Seals this morning. One time member of Little Texas, Hot Apple Pie and he’s had a great solo career as well. He also plays in a Tom Petty cover band “The Petty Junkies” that just rock. And he’s half of the duo Seals & Crofts 2 alongside Lua Croft who is the daughter of the late Dash Crofts. The two of them are recording an album together that will include a song Brady and I wrote. Can’t wait to hear how that project is going.



Have a great Tuesday!




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