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Monday March 6, 2023


Monday morning in Nashville. Warming up again as the temperatures go up and down like a Duncan Yo-Yo. 77 for a high today.



Well we got through the storm. A big un’. With a lot of trees down and power outages in Nashville. 157,000 without power at one time including us. The power went out about 1 pm Friday, and finally came back on at about 2 AM Saturday. We have a couple of branches down, a patio table flipped over with chairs, but we got out lucky.


I was scheduled to write Friday morning but kept tracking the weather and myself, Wood Newton and Mark Houser decided to reschedule. Good thing. Wood sent me this picture a short while later of a house just two doors down from his. Again, we were lucky. No tree on the house, but we have some shingles from the roof scattered across our yard so a call to the insurance agent is in order today.



Big time rain rolled through at about noon Friday and then the sun popped out and I thought we were going to escape it completely. And then the wind started roaring…for hours. And then the power finally went too. Here’s to a much calmer week!



Confirmed now, our “Evening in the Round” show with Linda Davis, Lang Scott and myself will play Waynesville, Ohio at the “Keepin’ ItCountry Farm” on September 9, a Saturday night. Really cool looking venue owned by country singer Richard Lynch and his wife Donna. We will do 2 sets that evening and then Richard and his great band will close the show. Thank you Richard and Donna for having us. Compete details are on the calendar here on the website.




And two more Freedom Sings USA songwriter retreats have been firmed up. Myself and a group of songwriters will sit down with veterans and write their stories into songs in both Shiloh, Illinois on April 14 & 15 near St. Louis. And we’ll do the same in Memphis on June 2 & 3.



The song “Safe Haven” that Hillary Scott & The Scott Family recorded on their Grammy Award winning album “Love Remains” was written about the loss of Hillary’s Grandfather. I wrote with Jimmy Fortune, Sydni Perry, and Hillary and the song has been used as musical memorials many times for other’s who have suffered a loss like this. BUT…it’s also been used by line dance instructors!?  Several times in several countries in several languages.


Here's one example. This one in France I believe.  I’m just trying to figure out if they ever listened to the lyrics before they started dancing to it. File it under head scratching things.



The winter  COVID surge health officials feared never materialized. Oh it’s still out there, but not anywhere near the numbers they expected. They’re crediting that to a LOT of Americans now having some kind of immunity, natural or vaccinated.


Research is saying that colorectal cancer in younger people is surging and most are diagnosed with advanced stage. And they’re not sure why. For age 55 and under the cases have doubled from 1995 to 2019 or from 11% to 20%.


A new study suggests that a “Keto-like” diet may be linked to double the risk of cardiovascular events.



Get this. The Journal of Evolution and Human Behavior says that we spend one sixth of our lives trying to enhance our physical appearance. And I am guessing that percentage goes way up if you’re a Kardashian. And I’m pretty sure the percentage is greater for women on average than men. That’s where the idea came from for the song “Waiting On A Woman” that my funny friend Wynn Varble penned for Brad Paisley. Or as Jeff Foxworthy has pointed out, men do not go to their wives as ask, “This shoe…or THIS shoe.” Nope. T-shirt-ballcap-sweatpants…out the door.



There’s a cruise ship company called Life At Sea that offers up a tiny cabin on their ships for $30,000 a year. You have to sign up for three years and they set sail from Istanbul November 1 and they plan to hit 375 ports and 135 countries. So for 100 grand or so you can live on board the boat and see the world. Would not be a bad option for seniors and or young singles that want to see the world while they’re young. With all those big food spreads, the boat is going to sink lower and lower into the water during those three years.




USA Today Voters listed their favorite music museums in the country. A fair amount of those are right here in Nashville. In fact, their NUMBER ONE selection is the Johnny Cash museum which I’ve yet to see.



Here’s the rest of their list.


10        BB King Museum in Mississippi

9          Country Music Hall of Fame here in Nashville

8          Patsy Cline Museum in Nashville

7          Grammy Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi

6          Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol Virginia (Think Carter Family)

5          Motown Museum Detroit

4          Museum at Bethel Woods in Bethel NY. (Think Woodstock)

3          Grammy Museum in LA (Yes there are 2 Grammy museums. This one is high on my list to see.

2          Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland



I’ll be playing in the readers #9 selection. Steve Dean and I play at noon on March 18 at the Ford Theater inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It’s a songwriter 45-minute show with a Q&A answer session. Show is free with your museum ticket that day.




Nothing big on my calendar and when that happens my wife writes a “to do” list for me. So I’ll be scratching things off the list one at a time today.


Have a great Monday!




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