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Reba's Place...Snow Stuff...The Blimp Ride

BILL BLOG Thursday November 30, 2023 Thursday morning be here. And we’ll hit 62 for a high today. I’ll take that for the end of November.   YESTERDAY Another lazy day around the Whyte House. I’ve had a few of those since Thanksgiving. Feels a bit like I never quite got out of Thanksgiving mode. But it’s a calm before a storm of activity so I’m trying to take advantage of that. And yesterday was pretty much the last totally open day on my calendar until near Christmas.   And there are 4 shows in December. Three in or near Nashville…the 4 th will be another songwriter retreat weekend with Freedoms Sings USA.     So yep…calm before the storm.   REBA’S PLACE I just got this poster for the songwriter show I’ll be doing at Reba’s old place which is near me. She sold the estate and now it’s an event center and we’ll be playing in the Grand Ole Barn as you can see. I’ll be with my “Hits & Grins” buddy Steve Dean and my American Idol friend Lauren Masc

First Time Co-Write...Christmas Tunes...Suntans In Strange Places

BILL BLOG Wednesday November 29, 2023   Here it is the last Hump Day of November…Wednesday. It’s just 25 degrees right now as I’m working on today’s blog…but up to 60 for high today.   YESTERDAY I had the pleasure of writing with hit writer Danny Wells for the first time at my publishing company. We’ve been threatening to get together for a long while and finally made that happen.   Danny has had multiple cuts by George Strait , Rascal Flatts and many others so it was fun to sit and get a start on an idea I brought to the table. He loved the “hook” or the title   and we took our time and pounded away at it for several ideas.   I’ve learned through a lot of years of writing now that each writer attacks the craft a little differently. In Danny’s case, and he told me this before we started that he was slow and methodical. He forgot to mention he was good at what he does. I’m the opposite…I’m a pretty fast writer but have no problem adapting to a co-writer wh

Honey Don't Do...Rockstar...Slow Chase

BILL BLOG Tuesday November 28, 2023   Tuesday morning and it’s back to a busier schedule after the long Turkey break. Cooler in Nashville today for sure. A high of just 42 and it dips down to 23 tonight!   YESTERDAY It was a pretty lazy Monday with no appointments on the book so I did a little catching up work as well as working on some things that are coming up on the calendar. I had a couple “Honey Do” things that were added to my day. Is it just me or whenever you leave the house guys go you get a “hey…while you’re out can you…”?   Oh yea.   That may have been the inspiration for the song “ Honey DON’T Do List ” that I recorded on my “Leave Em’ Laughin’” Album that I wrote with Phil Barton and Lisa Shaffer several years ago.   But…it did give me something to do yesterday.   FREEDOM SINGS I have a couple of Freedom Sings USA songwriter retreats coming up where myself and other songwriters from Nashville will sit with some of our veterans and wri

Turkey Weekend...The Opry...Word of the Year

BILL BLOG Monday November 27, 2023 Monday morning arises and believe it or not it’s the last week of November. And the end of the month is bringing in cooler temperatures as well with a high of just 44 in Nashville today.   THE WEEKEND Pretty lazy around the Whyte House over Thanksgiving Day weekend.   I did get to hear my friends Darin and Brooke Aldridge sing our song “Grand Ole Circle” on WSM Radio as they were standing on that 6 foot wooden circle Friday night when they sang it. It’s kind of surreal. We write a song about the Grand Ole Opry and how many dream to stand on that circle in the middle of the stage and get to sing their songs. Darin and Brooke have now had that privilege over 50 times and they’ve sung the “Grand Ole Circle” a few times on the Opry stage. The Grand Ole Opry staff worked with them and gave them a ton of archival Opry footage that they used in this GREAT VIDEO of our song that makes it even more special.   MISSION IMPOSSIBLE


BILL BLOG Friday November 24, 2023   Friday morning the day after Thanksgiving. I’m calling this “Don’t Step On The Scales Day”. 59 will be our post-Thanksgiving high today in Music City.   YESTERDAY We had a quiet Thanksgiving here at the Whyte House. Just the wife and me and some Facetime with our daughter and son in law stationed in Germany. Heather and Casey had a pretty big traditional turkey day dinner as they had friends over on the Army base their stationed at and Casey’s Mom flew over from the states to be with them and help out as well. So we were glad to see their Turkey Day went so well.   Caught some of the football games and was glad to see the Packers who I still root for after living 6 years in Wisconsin during the Brett Favre years win their game. And then Dolly Parton showed why at the age of 77 she’s a rock star as she got out with the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders in one of their outfits and put on quite the halftime show. They should hav

Three Times A Lady...Dollywood Dates...Thankful

BILL BLOG Thursday November 23, 2023   And a Happy Thanksgiving to all! Looking out through my blogging window all I see is HEAVY fog that’s so thick I can’t see Old Hickory Lake this morning like I normally do. It will burn off and we’ll have some sun with a high of 60 today.   YESTERDAY I got out and caught some great “live” music last night at a club called 3 rd & Lindsley where my friend Lauren Mascitti was holding court with her female trio Three Times A Lady .   They are just SO good. Wonderful harmonies…wonderful songs including one I wrote with Lauren and Kristen Bearfield that they performed last night “ Come Back To Me ”. Backed by an All Star band of musicians, with special guests like Dean Sams of Lonestar who got up and did a great version of one of my favorite all time songs “ Walking In Memphis ”. It made for a perfect Thanksgiving Eve.     My thanks to my friend & co-writer Adam Pope who had an extra ticket that offered up to

Writing With A Couple of Popes...Two For One Song...Big Boy Buck

BILL BLOG Wednesday November 22, 2023   Happy Thanksgiving Eve this Wednesday! Little cooler today with a high of just 53 in Nashville today.   YESTERDAY I had the pleasure of sitting and writing with husband and wife duo Adam and Amy Pope . My last write until after Thanksgiving. The two of them have a couple of kids so Amy always has to run down her Mom or a babysitter in order to sit down and rhyme and I’m glad she was able to do that yesterday. Two of the nicest and most in love folks you’ve ever met. They home-school their two growing kids, and the kids go on their road adventures with them traveling all over the country when the two of them are out touring. Quite the education they’re getting from their talented Mom and Dad.     So yesterday we tweaked a gospel song we had written earlier and made it stronger and then we tackled a very fun and VERY up-tempo song where the chorus reminds you of that old “Auctioneer” song made famous by fellow Missouria