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Tuesday April 18, 2023


And now it’s Tuesday morning and I’m seeing the sun starting to sneak up again over Old Hickory Lake outside my blogging window this morning. A good way to start the day. It’s cool early this morning but we’ll hit 80 later today.



I had an “off” day for me on Monday. But I got a guitar repair done that was needed, picked up a new set of strings along with a new guitar tuner as I’m getting ready to get on an early plane Thursday morning for a couple of shows with Steve Dean & Victoria Venier with our “Hits & Grins” trio. 



How’s this schedule look.


Early bird flight out of Nashville Thursday morning to New Orleans where we will grab a rental car and drive north to Morgan City, Louisiana for a show Thursday night at 7 pm at the Schreier Theater inside their Municipal Auditorium.



Friday morning we drive back to New Orleans, jump a plane and fly to Dallas then Amarillo and then a rental car will take us to Pampa, Texas where have an off night before a 7 pm show at the M.K. Brown Municipal Auditorium on Saturday night. 



And finally Sunday we drive back to Amarillo and jet home through Dallas, then Houston and finally Nashville.


Kind of “Planes Trains & Guitars” kind of weekend ahead.



I also sold an old RAV 4 yesterday that I drove the wheels off of. Great vehicle…lots of road stories in the RAV. And it went to a nice guy who bought it for his sister in Costa Rica. He’s actually going to ship the car to her in Costa Rica because he told me it’s cheaper to buy a car here in the states and ship it as opposed to buying a car in Costa Rica which apparently is very expensive. Who knew. And since Costa Rica is not a huge island, she won’t drive it a ton of miles so it should run forever for her as it did for me.



I also found out yesterday that the songs written with veterans in Shiloh, Illinois with Freedom Sings USA will be recorded later this year, so that means I get to honor the Airman I wrote with Ben Wocken who’s pictured here. His song is called the “The Sand of Afghanistan” which is about the time he served there that brought him home with lungs that have never been right from the burn pits they were near over there and other issues he’s had to deal with. He brought his story in written form on paper that was fairly easy to turn into his song. Ben is a very intelligent guy and now works in video production and helps out Freedom Sings USA with some of their projects. So I’m really glad his song is going to be recorded.




According to Nature Medicine 14 million cases of diabetes is caused by a poor diet. Diets that lacked whole grain or had too much refined rice are the culprits.


Meanwhile the Mayor of New York City told some hospital patients to eat more veggies to help save the planet. Emissions…that kind of thing. More plant-based meats…less emission is the thought. Geez…I’m in such trouble.


I like this study better. The one that came out that says music helps prevent cognitive decline. (I’m listening to Chris Stapleton and eating a burger right now)



It is Tax Day today. Last day to file your taxes.  More than once when I was doing radio when we do a “Dunk The IRS”. We’d put a guy in a suit with a briefcase that looked like a tax guy and then let listeners pay for a chance to dunk the guy “live” on the radio. All the proceeds went to charity. It was a fun way to release the stress of taxes and the challenge of filling out tax forms.


What sort of sense of humor do accountants have?  Self-depreciating.



It looks to be official now. The hit series Yellowstone will end after 5 seasons. The word is that star Kevin Costner and Taylor Sheridan the originator of the series are having issues. Maybe in the last issue Kevin Costner’s character will tell Rip to take the originator at the “Train Station”. 




The Governor here wants “paid” traffic lanes for those who want to get out of traffic backups. I have no idea how much that would cost, but if you’ve ever driven or tried to drive to downtown Nashville these days at almost ANY time of the day?  I can see a lot of Music City folks laying down their money to get in that lane. And as I’m typing this…I can’t get THIS SONG out of my head.



Food inflation is now at 17.2%. I don’t even look at the price at the grocery store. I just stack stuff into a cart and then wait to have my heart attack at the checkout counter.


Gas too is going up. Almost 4 bucks a gallon again in lots of places. The guy who bought my old RAV yesterday told me he has two trucks. One is a Toyota Tundra, the other is a loaded Dodge Ram. It cost him $130 to fill the Ram, and 70 something dollars to fill the Toyota. Guess which truck mostly sits in his driveway?


It’s at the point that I’m going to launch a Go Fund Me Campaign so I can fill up my car. Consider giving. Thank you.



In North Carolina they had to rescue a kid who climbed into one of those Claw Machines trying to steal a danged toy. I’m sure that must have seemed like a killer idea to him at the time. The judge should sentence him to a week in the Claw Machine.


Kids…jump into a ball pit at Chuck E Cheese…NOT the Claw Machine.




Survey says that guys with cats are DRASTICALLY less dateable than dog owners. Single guy and you own a cat instead of a dog?  I’m pretty sure that’s a MAN CARD violation.



I’ll be in the recording studio today to lay down my vocals for a song I wrote with Airman Christine Brooks a few weeks ago at a Freedom Sings USA Retreat in Murfreesboro. Her song is titled “Welcome Home” and it will be included on a Freedom Sings album coming out soon. All the songs were written with veterans.


Then this evening I’m going to hear some “live” music from the trio “Three Times a Lady” featuring my talented friend Lauren Mascitti and I’m looking forward to hearing this girl trio sing a song that I wrote with Lauren and our friend Kristen Bearfield



Have a great Tuesday!



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