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James Taylor Guitar...#1 Song...Road Trip To Ohio


Wednesday May 10, 2023


Wednesday morning…and it’s another “hit the road” day. More on that at the end of this blog today.


87 for a high today but only 74 for high in Bucyrus, Ohio which is where I’m headed today.



It was a blessing to sit and write with my buddy Jimmy Fortune for the first time since he had bypass surgery several months ago. And it was so good seeing him look SO good and healthy. So much so that he’s back on the road again big-time doing shows as he should be. We were joined by his next-door neighbor and hit writer Dave Clark so it was the first time the three of us sat down to write together.

We tackled an idea that I brought yesterday and combined it with a great thought Dave brought to the table and I think we created something special together that addresses a lot of bad news we keep hearing about in the news. We’re going to take this one to the studio quickly to get a recording of it that we can pitch around.


Before we started our co-write a couple of things happened. Dave shared with me some of the audio from a children’s narrated video-play that he wrote and produced that features my voice as “Ed” the engineer. Like engineer of a train. My voice interacts with the children in this wonderful, animated story about the Bible and Jesus. I’m so glad Dave asked me to be the narrator of this several months ago. It’s something a lot of kids are going to hear in the near future.



And Jimmy knocked my socks off when he showed me a vintage guitar he now owns that James Taylor played, and then autographed it inside the sound hole of this amazing guitar. Jimmy has a houseful of guitars now, but this one is certainly extra special. No wonder the song turned out so well yesterday!




I got out to the ballpark to see our Nashville Sounds put a whoopin’ on the Braves Triple A minor league team on a beautiful evening in Music City. Hard to beat sitting in the stands and watching Reba, Dolly, George Jones, and Johnny Cash walk by you down the aisle…sort of. 




Lori King and Junction 63 recorded a song that I wrote with Becky Buller titled “Mercy of a Train”. The song has certainly done well on this chart that you see.



It’s been number one on Dave’s chart now for two weeks in a row!  Congrats to Lori and my co-writer Becky. Love it.




They’re saying that allergy season is getting longer…not shorter. That’s nothing to sneeze about is it?


Here’s a list of some of the foods cardiologist warn against eating. And I’m in BIG trouble if this is true. Avoid processed meats, hot dogs (oh no!) rotisserie chicken, BBQ sauce, salt, and ketchup to name a few. (Well at least I don’t eat ketchup)


U.S health officials have approved an additional COVID vaccine booster for most adults and especially people with weak immune systems.



Not only is this a funny sign…it’s also pretty true me thinks.




They put Dolly Parton in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame last year. She refused at first because she did not think she had “earned” being in a “Rock” Hall of Fame. But she was finally convinced. And guess what she just did?  She recorded a rock album with a “who’s who” list of rockers joining her on songs. Sting, Kid Rock, Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr, Peter Frampton, Pink, Miley Cyrus and on and on. She is the musical gift that just keeps on giving.



DAD DeNiro

Robert DeNiro just became a Dad for the 7th time…on purpose. It was planned pregnancy. He’s 79. I guess he really is the “Raging Bull”.



The Southern Baptist Convention was just held. Their membership they report has declined now for 16 straight years, with this year having the steepest decline ever. A sign of the times. I would think that would kill the stock price of Tupperware as well since I saw lots of Tupperware Bowls at the Baptist Church I attended in Missouri growing up. Every time there was a feed after church services, you’d see a long line of bowls that needed burping.



Meanwhile Airbnb is reporting fewer bookings and predict we’ll see lower rental prices coming as folks are feeling safe to vacation again post COVID and they’re looking for bargains.


Shares of Airbnb slumped over 11% recently so prices should be adjusting in our favor for those of us who want to rent a place to stay on vacation.  And if they don’t? Tom Bodet will be happy to leave a light on for you.



Don’t forget this weekend. It’s Mother’s Day this coming Sunday. We shouldn’t have to be reminded but one expert reminds us not to give Mom:


Diet or fitness products, wrinkle cream or something that’s really for you. Nope. I’d choose something clever to give Mom. Like this.




I’m off to jump in the car with Linda Davis and Lang Scott as we head to Bucyrus, Ohio that’s north of Cincinnati for a show tomorrow night at the Elementary School Auditorium. And as always with these two, the road trip is just as entertaining as our shows.



Have a great Wednesday!













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