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Sleepy Co-Write...Safe Haven Surprise...Obituary


Tuesday May 9, 2023

Tuesday morning arises in Music City. Got a little noisy early this morning with thunder and rain but that will give away to sunshine today with a high of 84.



After waking up with just a couple of hours of sleep after getting home at 4:45 AM the morning before on a delayed and re-delayed flight from Virginia to Nashville because of heavy Nashville storms that shut down our airport for hours, I downed multiple cups of coffee so that I’d be awake for my songwriting appointment with Emily Ann Roberts yesterday at my publishing company. I had started to cancel our write considering what was going on trying to get home but at the last second decided not to…and gosh I’m glad of that as we got a very creative songwriter type song finished that she loves, and I do as well.


 Emily took 2nd place one year on “The Voice”…one of Blake’s girls and she now managed by Starstruck Entertainment owned by Reba and company. And this new video “He Set Her Off” is so fun and good!  We talked some about the local beauty parlor she found, and how she found some firemen in the town of Madison, Tennessee to help her burn down a home that you see in the video. The fire department there made her an honorary fireman so it was a no brainer. Emily is just so much fun and wears the love of country music on her sleeve, so it’s always a pleasure to create something with her.



My friend Linda Davis was kind enough to send me, Jimmy Fortune and Sydni Perry this picture that you see below. A friend of Linda’s who is close like family sent the picture. Their daughter Maggie used “Safe Haven”...the song that Jimmy, Sydni, Hillary Scott and I wrote for her graded school project in her middle school. And this little note is just a reminder of why folks like me love to write songs. 

You just never know when a song might touch a heart like this one touched Maggie. Hillary sings the lead on this song about her grandfather of died of cancer that’s part of the “Love Remains” album that won two Grammy Awards for Hillary Scott & The Scott Family. Since that recording happened, we’ve heard lots of stories about how folks have used our song to honor a loved one of theirs. That never gets old. And it never ceases to touch my heart.




We leave tomorrow morning, Linda her husband Lang Scott and me for Thursday night show in Bucyrus Ohio at the Elementary School Auditorium that we’re looking for. Bucyrus is a bit north of Cincinnati where I lived and worked a lot of year, so Cincy folks?  Make the drive up and come see our “Evening in the Round” show!




A study suggests that heavy cannabis use leads to schizophrenia in young men.


AI apps are coming that will design a workout program for you that will help shorten that workout to 20 minutes and they claim it will have more benefits than longer workout programs. These will be designed differently for each individual.


An expert says we should all ask 3 questions before we pay a medical bill.


Can I see an itemized bill?


Has my insurance been billed properly?


How much will it cost?


I’d ask this fourth one. Do you have smelling salt to help awake me after I pass out after seeing your medical bill?




These came from Warren Buffet who talked about avoiding making mistakes in our lives. “Write your own obituary and then try to figure out how to live up to it.”


I did that. Mine is “Here lies Bill. He loves macaroni and cheese”. I’ve pretty much lived up to that one bowl at a time.



The obituary that Emily Phillips, a retired teacher wrote when she found out she had cancer is epic. Her obituary read, “I was born; I blinked: and it was over”. Amen.


A lesson to truly LIVE your live while you’re still blinking. I know I’m trying to that myself.



You could read a list of best all time movies and every list would be different. That’s because it’s just individual opinion. With that in mind the Movie Web folks just listed their top 20.


Here’s the top 5 in that list…and I’m betting nobody reading this would agree.



5          Citizen Kane on almost every list.


4           Pierret le Fou. (Uh huh. Anyone ever seen this?)


3          Vertigo


2          Stalker (what?)


And their number one choice is “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray.




Since the pandemic went away, theme parks have been busy again. Six Flags stock price has shot up 20% after the posted record revenues. Lot of folks on roller coasters. I’d bet their stock price will jump up again if their parks ever decide to add the human cannonball or diving mules to their attractions.




“Hilton Hotel Manager Arrested For Sucking Guest Toes In Nashville”. Yikes. Bet the customer sues the socks off of them. Or as my friend Lang Scott texted “Or at least put his foot down.” Quite the addition to their “turn down” services at the hotel for sure.



I’m writing with the former Statler Brother Jimmy Fortune which is always a treat. And today his next-door neighbor and friend and hit writer Dave Clark is going to join us. His songs have been recorded by Glen Campbell, Rascal Flatts, Sandi Patty, CeCe Winans and on and on and on. And the amount of Christian hits he’s written and produced is staggering. So once again I’ll be in way over my head in songwriting room today with two “greats”. My whole mission today is to not suck.


 Have a great Tuesday!


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