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Thursday April 6, 2023

Thursday morning in Music City USA. We’ve got rain after a big windstorm pushed through last night once again knocking out our power for about 30 minutes this time. We were luckier than folks in my home state of Missouri where a tornado ripped through the southern part of the state and claimed at least 5 lives. March and April are storm season, but it seems like we’ve had more than our share of those this year.


And with the rain and wind, it’s cooled things off. A high of just 60 on tap today.



I had a day free of anything big to do with the exception of a dentist appointment and allowing a new person to reach into my mouth with a metal instrument. Always a fun adventure for me. I never went to a dentist until my wife, who was once a dental assistant called her old Dentist boss and told him she was sending a baby in for the first time. And he got me through my first dental appointment without too much whimpering. But I’ll confess, I’ve never gotten totally comfortable with the process. In fact, if you’ve sat in a dental chair and noticed fingernail marks in the leather? They’re probably mine. I got through another one yesterday.



I jumped on my computer and wrote with my young Aussie friend Angus Gill who’s preparing to move to the states full time come this September. It’s going to be great writing in person with him for a change when he finally gets here. Angus is a bit of a musical force in Australia. He’s had several number one records, plays several instruments, is a heck of a writer AND producer. And he’s still young!  



Angus brought a title with him last night that I liked, so we jumped all over that and wrote a little mid-tempo country love song that should be highly pitchable to some of the artists he produces.



I also got a completely mixed copy of a new song I wrote and recorded with Andrea Pearson and Josh Shilling that sounds so doggone good even if I do say so myself. One of the fun things about songwriting is getting to hear the finished product after it’s recorded. They’re like musical gifts that show up in my e-mail inbox. It’s safe to say that all three of us are very hopeful that this new Contemporary Christian song might find a great home someday.   




The CDC issued a warning for a multi-state outbreak of salmonella that they say is linked to flour.


Now they’re saying we have a rapidly spreading new “Arcturus COVID strain that’s been detected in20 states.


How much do you need to walk to lose weight? The President of the American Council on Exercising (yea…I didn’t know that office existed either) says 45 minutes should be the goal.



A South African Pilot feels something weird, or senses it under his flight seat. Turned out to be a danged Cape Cobra Snake!  I would have died of a heart attack right there. The pilot calmly alerted his passengers as to why he was making an emergency landing. They did, the snake didn’t bite and all were good. But this kind of snake they say could kill a person within one hour if they bit. Geez. Have I mentioned how much I truly HATE snakes!?



Sneaking up…this Sunday. Doesn’t seem possible. Whenever I think “Easter” I always think about that one Easter Egg I went on in the backyard with my siblings when we were all kids. I found an Easter egg up in a willow tree branch. To this day I cannot figure out how in the world the Easter Bunny climbed that tree to lay that egg I found.



Not mine, but I like this.


“Companies have been bragging about making plants taste like meat. Cows have been doing that forever.”



And the greatest golf tournament in the world falls over Easter weekend. The first round in Augusta is today. I had a chance to go see a round a few years ago and was SO excited. Tickets are impossible to get but I have a friend who came up with an extra and he was going to take me.  Turns out it was COVID year. Uh huh. No fans allowed. Sigh.


With that in mind, I’m going to share what I think is the all-time greatest and FUN golf song of all time. From the late John Denver I give you this parody of the old Tennessee Ernie Ford smash hit “16 Tons” that John turned into “18 Holes.  If you’re a golfer…you’ll laugh.



Did you see this?  Yesterday at the Master’s par 3 round, Seamus Power made BACK TO BACK hole in ones!  I could play 100 years and never get close to ONE hole in ONE much less back to backers. Wow Watch THIS.



The Oakland A’s for whatever reason have not been able to draw fans for a long while. And it’s getting worse. Lots of empty seats on their Opening Day. And yesterday?  Only 3,407 fans were in the seats at that big ballpark. Rumors keep flying that they’ll be sold and maybe move to Vegas. If the baseball Gods are listening please send them to Nashville as we too are trying hard to land a Major League baseball team. I love Nashville already, but a major league baseball team in my backyard would only increase my love of this town. Come on with it!




“I’m Still Dancing The Tush Push At 100”. (That hurts me just thinking about it)



I’m writing with American Idol favorite Alex Miller today with my buddy Josh Shilling. Josh and I have a song on the 2nd Alex Miller album that’s about to be released and we’re excited about that. Alex is a big ole young Kentucky boy who’s as country as they come and doesn’t apologize for it. Always fun to be in a room with him and I know today will be no exception.



Have a great Thursday!


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