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Tuesday March 28, 2023


Tuesday morning in Nashville and it’s turned cooler here at the end of March. Just 60 for the high today with a low dipping down to 36 tonight.



It was a morning of re-writing with my talented friends Josh Shilling and Andrea Pearson. A few months ago we wrote a song we all loved but it didn’t feel completely finished. Josh caught that, as did my publisher. So yesterday we sat down and did a re-write of this faith-based song and added a new verse and changed the title. Pretty sure we took something good and turned it into something better. Andrea recorded a version and Josh will do the same so the song can be pitched either female, male or duo acts looking for songs with this kind of content in the lyrics. 




Josh and Andrea are both incredible singers. Andrea is in high demand singing background vocals on a ton of hit records and Josh is the leader of the incredible group Mountain Heart and also is recording and playing road dates some these days with Wynonna. So for me?  It’s just a pleasure to sit there and hear the two of them singing this new song. Good stuff.




Our session ended with a lot of talking about the school shooting incident, another senseless one that happened here in Nashville about 20 minutes from where I live.  Kids. 9-year-old kids and adults killed. Both Josh and Andrea have younger kids so it hit them hard and we shut everything down and just shook our heads and tried to figure out like the rest of the world how stuff like this happens and continues to happen with no real answers in sight to make things better. I just know if you keep doing the same, you get the same results.


We all agreed that more and more parents will home school in the future. Josh is thinking of doing that right away, as his one girl is in private school right now. Andrea lives on a farm with her little girl so for her there’s some comfort knowing she’s out away from things a bit. Josh wants that kind of lifestyle as well for his kids


Me? I’m not nearly smart enough to have an answer either. I just know what we’re doing isn’t working. I simply cannot imagine the grief of those parents who sent their kids to school yesterday…a private school…and then get that kind of call. May God Bless them and hold them in his arms.



Here’s a peek at a few upcoming shows.


This Saturday April 1 in Stephens City, Virginia with Linda Davis & Lang Scott. Only a few tickets left for this one.


April 14 & 15 Shiloh, Illinois for a Freedom Sings USA writers retreat with veterans along with songwriters Steve Dean, Bobby Tomberlin and Don Goodman



April 20 in Morgan City, Louisiana with “Hits & Grins” alongside Steve Dean & Victoria Venier.


April 22 in Pampa, Texas with “Hits & Grins”.



For a look at the full schedule just click on the TOUR tab on my website here.



A Danish study of 1 million citizens  65 and over shows that men are more likely to die within 1 year after their spouse dies specifically men in the lower part of that age group 65-69.


A leading neurologist put together a list of brain exercises for memory improvement. His #1 suggestion is to exercise as it increased blood flow to the brain. Other suggestion include socializing with other folks, doing puzzles, learning a new language, doing math (uh oh), and playing an instrument. So I’ve to that last one going for me.


B12 is a recommended supplement from many nutrition experts. What does it do? The say it aids  in the production of DNA, contributes to energy, mood cognitive function and health. Wow. Maybe I’ll take one today.



If I read this sign a hundred times I still don’t think I’d understand how they managed to do this.




My favorite time of the year. Opening Day. This Thursday!  Baseball is back. And I still love the game as much as I did when I grew up watching the Cardinals in Missouri. I’ve got a partial season ticket deal to see several of our Nashville Sounds games this season. All I need now is a discount package on hot dogs and cold beer and I’ll be good to go.



A Harvard research team suggests not saying that anymore to our friends…and I almost always do. “How ya doing”?  They say it’s better to say things like, “What excites you now”? Or “What are you looking forward to”? Maybe just me, but if I ask some of my friends “What excites you now” as they come through the door I’m pretty sure I’d get some REALLY interesting responses.


Even better. I think I’ll get a T-Shirt that reads “How Are You” so that I don’t have to ask the question and upset those researchers.



My grandfather has the heart of a lion and a lifetime ban at the zoo.


Off day today, catch up, get to the gym kind of day. And I’m prepping for a long trip to Virginia for an “Evening in the Round” show with Linda Davis and Lang Scott this Friday morning for a show Saturday evening.


Have a great Tuesday!


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