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Friday March 3, 2023

First weekend of March is here…and it’s Friday!  All the warm weather has caught up with us and we’re under a very high windstorm warning for most of today. Power outages, down trees, possible tornado activity. All that bad stuff. It’s sweeping through the south with tornadoes already hitting Louisiana and Texas. 100,000 without power in the Lone Star State as I’m typing this. I’m hoping we get lucky here.



I got together with my long-time buddy Steve Dean and the very Irish Clare Cunningham song yesterday and sat down and re-wrote a faith-based song we had mostly finished the last time we sat down to write. Songwriter’s often say it’s not the “write”…it’s the “re-write”. Meaning the magic in writing songs happens often times when you look at a song, hold it upside down, pick it apart, and work to make it a better song. That’s for sure what happened yesterday. And when Clare sat behind the piano and sang the new lyrics, all of us knew how much more powerful this song is that she’s going to record later this year. Time well spent.



We then turned our attention to a Celtic tune idea Clare had about her Irish Daddy’s advice he passed down often to her. The great news here is that not only is Clare recording a “faith based” project this year, but she is also going to do a very Celtic EP as well. And this new song should be on that. I love Celtic-Irish music so for me it was a blast writing something like that.



We married my daughter on the Irish Coast several years ago and fell in love with the Emerald Isle. So when I get the chance to write with someone from Ireland like Clare, I get to ask all my questions about that beautiful country.



And Steve and I took time to congratulate Clare as she gets to sing on the Grand Ole Opry over St. Patrick’s Day weekend…a dream come true. And we are surely happy for her. Should be quite the moment for her.



That’s the title of a song that will be released by Adam and Amy Pope on Good Friday that I helped them write. A contemporary gospel tune that kind of rocks. They put up this little tease of the song on their socials yesterday. Can’t think of a better song to release on Good Friday. And our mutual friend Darin Aldridge produced the heck out of this track so thank you to Darin for his great work as well.




An RSV vaccine reportedly could arrive sooner than expected as the FDA gave Pfizer and GSK the green light to produce and roll it out targeting those 60 and over.


The Health Organization is predicting that half of the world will be obese by the year 2035. (As soon as they get health food to taste great we’ll cure that problem)


A plastic surgeon says that long distance running accelerates aging. If that’s the case, I should live forever. They MADE me run cross country once at Elsberry High in Missouri once. That ended badly. Back of the pack, and I needed a bucket later. Nope. No more long distance running



Apple wasn’t lying about their phones being waterproof. A young man lost his in a lake in Brazil. They pulled it up a week later and it works just fine. They may want to steal that old Timex Watch slogan, “Takes A Lickin’and Keeps on Tickin’”. For those old enough to remember Timex…and for those old enough to remember wrist watches.




 Bout time we cleaned up those on Social Security right?



There’s an image site that uses AI that allows you to upload a photo and then it will search for every photo of you that’s on the internet somewhere. Yikes. Right now there are a lot of pictures that pop up of other folks that look sort of like you but are not. But with time it could be ridiculous the amount of pictures they find of folks on the internet they wished they would have deleted. So we may need a website built that will let you share your picture and then delete every picture of you on the interne that you want deleted. There’s a picture of me with an Afro somewhere out there that might be my first choice.




Wife: “Do you want dinner”?


Husband: “Sure, what are my choices?”


Wife: “Yes and no.”



I’ll be in Dollywood next Friday and Saturday with Steve Dean & Victoria Venier and our Hit’s and Grins trio for a songwriter series that will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Dolly’s smash “I Will Always Love You”. Hard to believe that 50 years ago Dolly sat down and wrote that song AND also wrote Jolene on the same day. Amazing. We will play 3 shows on Friday and 3 more on Saturday at the Palace Theater inside the park. Show time are 10 Noon and 2 pm. Shows are free with your park admission. So come to Pigeon Forge, ride a roller coaster, and come see our show.




I’m headed downtown to write on Music Row at what was once the old RCA building with my friends Wood Newton of “Riding with PrivateMalone” and Mark Houser. The two of them share an office space in that old historic building where Chet Atkins and others produced smash hits for years and years.



You can actually feel some of those ghosts, at least I do, when I sit in their office space writing songs. Looking forward to that.



Have a great weekend!


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