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Audrey Williams...and New Gigs

BILL BLOG Tuesday December 9, 2014 How many shopping days til Christmas? I don't think I wanna know. YESTERDAY Monday was a day of catching up on stuff after being gone. Suitcases unpacked and put away and my wife lit up our Christmas tree in the living room. Our daughter is in Brazil today...but home tomorrow evening...so we're planning on getting some extra help from her to put the ornaments on and put the star on the top of our tree which has been our little family tradition for awhile. Christmas has certainly become quieter through the years with her growing up...but we always look forward to it....and then her birthday which follows closely behind on New Years Eve. Already digging out White Christmas, The Bishop's Wife and The Grinch movies to watch over the holidays. I'll get to hear plenty of Christmas tunes too as I'll be on the air some for 650 AM WSM. Looks like I could be in even at the end next week for sure. I'll let you know when that firms up. HANK WILLIAMS If you check my Facebook page timeline...look for a very cool picture I posted yesterday. A couple of years ago I was in a writing session with Bobby Tomberlin and Linda Davis. We had nothing to write about in particular so we just talked...and Bobby talked about being at the Hank Williams museum...and then conversation drifted to Hank's widow Audrey Williams. It was a history lesson...as Bobby is steeped in country tradition and loves that stuff as much as Linda and I do. One thing leads to another...and we wind up writing a ghost story about about Hank Willliams wandering into the same bar night after night telling the bartender, "I'm Looking For Audrey." The song turned out great...and Bobby has personally played it for some of Hank Jr's kids and grand-kids who are musical too. Little Jimmy Dickens flipped over it (not a big flip of course) according to Bobby when he played it for him. Though it has not found an artist home yet...it has found a physical home. Bobby was in Audrey's old A-Frame cabin in east Tennessee that she built a long while ago...and hung a picture in a frame of the lyrics to our song...along with an old black and white photo of Audrey...with the family's permission. It hangs there now. That gave me goosebumps when I saw the picture that Bobby had posted. Thanks to my Luverne, Alabama buddy for making that happen. Again...check my Facebook page to see the picture. I always talk about how you get paid for songwriting in other ways than money. That story is a splendid example of that. TODAY Getting together for my regular Tuesday get together with my "Hits and Grins" trio that includes Victoria Venier and Steve Dean. We'll be getting ready for a private corporate show in Huntsville this Friday night with our good friend Jim Parker. Tomorrow night I do a Christmas songwriter show with Linda Davis and others at Douglas Corner here in Nashville that starts at 6 pm. December 19 "Hits and Grins" plays Puckett's in downtown Nashville. And the following morning...Steve Dean and myself will play the songwriter show at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the Ford Theater starting at 11 AM. It's free with a paid museum ticket. We do three songs apiece...and field questions from the audience. Terrific event...come if you can. And oh yea...the President is in town today...so between the orange barrels and Secret Service folks blocking our roads...it could take awhile to get anywhere. Sigh. Have a great Tuesday!

BACK HOME

BILL BLOG Monday December 8, 2014 The ocean view has given away to a lake view this morning for the blog. Home from our stay in Gulf Shores this morning...and the leaves on the tree have disappeared here in middle Tennessee. The good news for us is...it opens our view of Old Hickory Lake which gets covered up a bit when the leaves are on the tree. So...once again staring at water this morning...it's just not the ocean. I will say we could not have dialed up a better last week of weather while on the beach. It was in the 70's every day sunshine and was that way when we put Gulf Shores in our rear view mirror yesterday morning. We made a stop at a Pecan store off I-65 yesterday that was packed! Who knew? Every flavor of anything you could stick on a pecan they did. I skipped the tofu-flavored-pecan. BEFORE LEAVING I did manage to finish one song with my friend Brent Burns and the former head of BMI Roger Sovine. It's always fun to sit with Roger and pick his brains as he knows everyone in the business. The new song may wind up on Brent's next CD which he's working on right now. Roger is also a writer...and has been an artist like his father was...Red Sovine. A pleasure for sure hanging with a guy who's done just about everything in the business...and won every award...and is not retired with his wife Shirley down in beautiful Gulf Shores. NEXT TRIP? Brent and I are looking to book a concert in Gulf Shores in February. Just the two of us which is always great fun. As always...check my calendar at billwhytecomedy.com for that info. I do have one added gig...it's this week. Wednesday night with Linda Davis, Lang Scott and other songwriters singing original Christmas songs. The event starts at 6 pm this Wednesday night at Douglas Corner here in Nashville. Linda has a small break in her Christmas tour with Kenny Rogers...and invited me to join the fun Wednesday night. Should be fun. WSM For those asking...yes...I'll be back on air...and I suspect quite a bit over the holiday period. They wanted me to work this Friday...but I have a show in Huntsville with "Hits and Grins" and had to pass. But after this week...you should be hearing me quite a bit between then and the first of the year. I'll let you know what days and when right here. McDONALD'S Apparently sales are slumping. So...they're getting ready to roll out computers that allow you to "Create Your Own Taste." Pick your burger...choice of cheese...sauces...toppings etc and your order goes in. Please don't stand their and pick your buns though. No-one needs to see that. TODAY Catch up time after being gone for so long. We've got a bare Christmas tree in our living room...so this could be a long day of untangling lights. Where's Clark Griswold when I need him? Have a great Monday.

The Judge and Christmas Palms

BILL BLOG Friday December 5, 2014 Final two days here on the beach in Gulf Shores...and once again I feel the sand getting heavy in my shoes. YESTERDAY Another perfect weather day here in paradise. We've caught quite the great weeks worth of weather. First week of December turned out be well beyond our expectations in that department. Although....I see the temps will be in the upper 60's back home in Nashville today. Hoping that holds up for our return on Sunday. Yesterday we caught the movie "The Judge" with Robert DeNiro and Robert Downey Jr. Good...but sadder than I expected from the previews. I think they could have edited 20 minutes out of it easily...but the performances from those two stars were worth the price of the tickets. When we came out of the movie at the Wharf in Orange Beach...a synchronized Christmas light show went off with Christmas music. All the palm trees changed colors many times...and a huge Christmas tree lit up. Pretty cool way to end a Thursday on the beach. WHAT I DON'T READ I go through a couple of papers every morning over coffee...pretty much devour both. The two sections I never read? The obituaries and horoscopes. Last time I read my horoscope it predicted I would be in an obituary some day. So...I've stopped reading both. I don't need the pressure. PETER PAN No...I didn't watch last night. "Sound of Music" last year..."Peter Pan" last night. Next year I'm hoping NBC will air "Dumb and Dumber" the musical. TODAY Off to write this morning...then some beach...and I'll probably watch some of the Oregon-Arizona championship game tonight on TV. I know...tough duty huh? Next blog from back home in Nashville on Monday. Have a great weekend!

More Beach and Granny Dancing

BILL BLOG Thursday December 4, 2014 Once again looking at the Gulf of Mexico outside my condo window this morning. Keeping my eyes peeled for dolphins and those Blue Angel jets. The "Salt Life" is pretty danged good. YESTERDAY Soaking up some morning sun before it gave away to pretty thick fog late yesterday afternoon into the night. I started a new book...a John Grisham novel "The Brethren"...took in a Happy Hour with my co-writer buddy Brent Burns while my wife did a little early beach Christmas shopping...had a little shrimp...and continued the re-charge for getting back to it starting next week. We've got the place to ourselves seemingly. So quiet this time of year. A lone runner on the beach or two...no traffic...quiet...and perfect. Could I do this full time? Probably not. I've finally figured out that I have to do something to keep me moving forward and stay excited about life. But...I can certainly do this in stretches for sure. WRITING I did work a little. I had to write a parody song about the upcoming Victoria Secret Fashion show that Taylor Swift will be part of. I used her hit "Shake It Off"...so you can imagine for yourself what the lyrics say. I love my wife...but I don't see myself buying her a $100,000 bra with diamonds and jewels adorning it. Fortunately she's never asked for one. I'm also pretty sure she won't say..."let's fix a bowl of popcorn and watch those half naked models strut their stuff tonight." Don't know why. 3-2-1...WAIT! The Orion spacecraft did not launch today. I had some friends who went over to Florida to see the launch so I know they are disappointed. Too windy to launch. This is the craft we are going to try to send to Mars one of these days. I love space stuff. I hope we don't stop exploring ever. The new Star Wars trailer almost broke the internet because so many people watched it...which indicates how that kind of stuff still holds our attention. Someday folks will buy a ticket for a flight to Jupiter or Mars or the Moon or wherever like we do on regular airlines. My hope is that Hans Solo will be the pilot on the one I'm on. GETTING TOGETHER AGAIN Pretty cool idea. Brooks and Dunn are getting back together again to do a residency in Las Vegas with their pal Reba McEntire. I would think that show would do well. Following Garth...and Shania...it makes sense. The new ICON record label in Nashville have both acts as artists. The label is launched for artists like them who no longer rule the top of the charts...but still have name recognition and popularity. Radio stations are going to be launched to support those acts. So...for those who continually gripe about what's "country" and what's not...you'll have an option. Ronnie Milsap...is also on the label...so is Alan Jackson. They will record new music to be played on this station. It's an interesting experiment...and for folks like me...I'm rooting for it's success. I KNOW LIFE IS SLOWER WHEN... The newspaper I read here on the beach is promoting the "Dancing Grannies" getting together in Pensacola...as well as the Elk Lodge bingo game. I'm completely torn as to which of the two I'm going to attend. So that's my big challenge for this Thursday. Have a great Thursday yourself.

The Gulf and A Good Fork

BILL BLOG Wednesday December 3, 2014 The third of December already. And no...I have not bought one thing for Christmas. I'm thinking dollar coupons from the Dollar General Store for everyone. I'm just waiting for their half off sale before buying them. YESTERDAY ON THE GULF It's the first week of the last month of the year...December...but the weather is like early summer. Temps in the 70's all week...not a cloud in the sky. My wife and I did a lot of nothin' yesterday...and did it well. We keep trying to catch a great picture of the Blue Angel jets that keep flying by our condo but they look like little black dots on the cell phone camera. Take my word...it's a spectacular free show every day from some of the finest pilots practicing their craft and maneuvers. Other than that...I had to do a little running and faced a terrible decision when I saw a Five Guys and a Whattaburger side by side in the same parking lot. I love both. Five Guys won out yesterday. THAT was my big decision for the day. Went back to the condo...sat out on the balcony all day...and finished the biography on Clint Eastwood which was entertaining and informing. I learned a lot about how he made his movies for sure. The last movie covered was "Bridges Of Madison County" that he starred in and directed with Meryl Streep as his co-star. Since then he's had several more movies that I've loved including "Monte Carlo" and "Million Dollar Baby." And I just read this morning that his latest movie he directed "Sniper" won a "Best Director" for him at a big film awards event. They'll need to write another book to cover all he's done for sure. I learned the critics hated his movies early in his career and were horrible towards him. It took years before some of them woke up to see how good he really was. Life works that way sometimes. You have to ignore your critics and believe in your talent. A life lesson. Then it was something cold in my right hand watching the big orange ball dip into the blue water to end another spectacular day here in Gulf Shores. Grateful for sure. NOT BUYING The huge chest full of silverware I saw in the paper today as a possible gift idea. I' pretty sure I've never bought silverware. Guy thing. I've never looked at a piece of flatware and thought...what a lovely piece of work. Will the weenie stick on the end of the fork? That's all I need to know. I've also figured out that I've always been happy whether I was using a plastic fork or some fancy utensil. Same way with living. Just as happy living in a trailer as I've been in a nicer home. The difference of course is...I don't want to go back to mobile home living. The point being...if you don't have a lifetime Starbucks card...or a fancy car or fancy home...or have acquired a lot...you don't even think about it. And a lot of times...your just as happy as the folks who live on the hill. Funny how that goes. You only get unhappy if you have to go backwards...at least for some. Here's to happiness for all of you...and a fork with a weenie on it. TODAY Nothing. Thanks for asking. Starting a new book...and looking for Blue Angels. That's pretty much my day. Have a great Wednesday.

Back To Normal I Hope

BILL BLOG Tuesday December 2, 2014 And the blog is back....nice to see you again. BETTER DAYS AHEAD It's been quite the month to say the least. I apologize for no blog for the past several days. A combination being sick and and my Father's death and subsequent funeral back in Missouri put life on serious hold for awhile. Today I am back in beautiful Gulf Shores where the temps are in the 70's and the ocean is blue and healing. And the good news is the weather will be like this every day for the rest of the week before we return home to Nashville on Sunday...and for that I am truly grateful. I will not get into a lot about my Father here except to say I was moved by how strong a family I have of siblings and extended family who showed their love for my Dad over the past several weeks. If there's a positive for such a thing...it's the fact that I did get to see my two brothers and two sisters who are scattered across this country come together and pull together during a tough time. And then there were friends and extended family...some who went out of their way to pay their respects to my Dad. Know how much our family appreciates you. My Dad...Don...was 84 at his passing. I was glad my daughter Heather was able to sing "The Old Rugged Cross" at his funeral...one of his favorite hymns. I was glad that I had enough strength to share a few memories "out loud" about my Father and share that with those who gathered. My brothers and sisters all have unique skill sets. We are united by blood...but have different strengths for sure. We used all of those I think over the past several weeks. And I am thankful to call Gary, Gene, Vickie and Rita my brothers and sisters for sure. I could brag about them all day and the job each of them did. I would also like to thank "The Raymers" and their wonderful family who showed in strength...and took my wife and myself in this past weekend. And a thank you to my friend Lang Scott who playing in my "Evening In The Round" music trio who got in in his truck in Nashville and drove up for the service. His wife Linda Davis...and our trio partner was on the road with Kenny Rogers or she would have been there too. We call that "above and beyond"....and my family appreciated the gesture and love for sure. I would mention other names...but I don't want to leave someone out. To each of you who have reached out and showed us your love...we appreciate you more than you know. And I certainly appreciate and love my wife Kathy who has been a rock this month considering everything that's been tossed our way. Life moves on...and my Dad's passing is a loud reminder that time doesn't last for any of us...and to make the most of each day given. RIP Dad. THIS WEEK Feet up...sun...and I will do a little songwriting with my friend Brent Burns down here. We're slotting a session with Roger Sovine. Roger pretty much used to run BMI in Nashville at one time...retired here with his wife Shirley several years ago. His father Red Sovine many of you will remember from his truck driving hits like "Phantom 309" and "Giddyup Go". Outside of that...just the wife and me re-charging on the beautiful Gulf Coast before getting back home and back to the real world. Where's my flip flops? Have a great Tuesday!

Hot Air Ballons and A Beach Weekend

BILL BLOG Friday November 21, 2014 Friday on the beach in Gulf Shores with the temps jumping to almost 70 today before heavy rain moves in over the rest of the weekend. Calling for high winds...and high surf which should be interesting to watch from our condo windows. Might be time for me to wax up a surfboard. Right. YESTERDAY Postcard perfect...Chamber of Commerce type stuff down here. I had to do a little parody song writing yesterday for New York which presented a challenge. They wanted a parody song about the American Music Awards (AMA) show that airs this Sunday night...something radio shows could use Monday morning AFTER the fact. There's a challenge for ya. I have no idea who's going to win...what's going to happen...and the challenge is to write something that can be used. I got a little help from my guy in NYC who suggested that there would be a lot of girls shaking their booty during the show...J-Lo...Iggy...Niki....Meghan Trainor (All Bout That Bass) and more. So...that's the direction the song went...using the Luke Bryan hit "Shake It For Me". This morning I heard the finished product. Funny. Mission accomplished. It is fascinating how the whole thing works. I'm assigned a topic to write a song about...or suggest one myself...then I have to find a suitable song to parody. I submit the lyrics with the song idea to New York...they ship it back to a studio in Nashville where they call in singers and musicians to record the song...and the next day it's in digital boxes at radio stations all over the country to be used if the morning hosts want to. I've turned into the Cledus T. Judd and Weird Al of country radio shows. SPEAKING OF CLEDUS Cool thing popped up yesterday on Cledus' Facebook page when he shared that Luke Bryan shared on HIS Facebook page how funny he thought the song "Luke Bryan" was that I co-wrote with Cledus, his producer Chris Clark and Colt Ford. The song is a parody of "Blurred Lines"...and it's getting a lot of play. Hooray! I heard through friends that my radio station WSM even played in on the Bill Cody show yesterday morning...so thank you to Bill. THE REST OF YESTERDAY? I spent most of it on our balcony overlooking the Gulf watching the Blue Angels fly by over and over and over. Free air shows every day...and I'm not complaining. And the day ended with my wife Kathy and myself having dinner with Brent and Pam Burns, my friends Dodge and Dean Raymer and their friends who just got in from Oklahoma...Greg and Susie Snider. Greg is a champion Bar B Que guy...brisket being his specialty. And he's got the ribbons and awards from all over the country to prove it. (so I'm expecting some before they leave!) Last night we gathered for wine and steak dinner...and I was reminded once more how lucky I am to get to spend this kind of quality time with great folks in a great location. I keep hearing a song in my head that Brent Burns and I wrote...that he recorded...titled "The Less I Do...The More I Like It." I'm kind of living the song right now. LATER TODAY Brent and I will be back at the songwriting table. Brent normally records an album in Nashville once per year...but he's skipping a year this go round as he and his wife are taking a little more personal time...and seeing the world some. Don't blame him. But...it's time to work on something new...so hopefully we'll find something fun to write about today. I've been blessed to have 35 or so songs with Brent on his albums through the years. THE WEEKEND Off to write a song or two today...maybe catch the new "Hunger Games" movie which is getting outstanding reviews...settle in for some College Football tomorrow and watch the waves hit the shore with that 100 year old lady...maybe. Have a great weekend!

Chasing Blue Angels On The Beach

BILL BLOG Thursday November 20, 2014 65 degrees and sun today on the Gulf Coast. I'll say it one more time for those who may have missed this up in Buffalo. 65 AND SUNNY ON THE GULF COAST!!!! YESTERDAY A very lazy day here on the Gulf Coast. The Blue Angels though were flying by our condo all day long. Amazing. Two...three...four....seven at one point working on their routines. Quite the free show from our balcony. Trying to catch a great picture of them is our challenge. By the time you hear the noise...get your cell phone camera on and try to locate them...they've whisked by you. We'll try and get lucky today. I did a little writing...Thanksgiving parody song stuff for my comedy folks in New York per their request yesterday...but mostly it was sitting out on the balcony and reading more of the Clint Eastwood bio I'm working on. I'm already looking to buy a poncho, a cigar and a hat to assume the "Fistful of Dollars" look. Thrown in a Happy Hour visit with my friend Brent Burns (he does this EVERY evening)...along with a couple of his friends at sundown time...and you've got the perfet ending for a perfect day on the coast. Nope...not taking one of these for granted these days. I'm remembering to soak it up...and count my blessing for sure as I re-charge for what will be a busy busy schedule when I get back to Nashville in a couple of weeks. SPEAKING OF SCHEDULE I made a change on the "Hits and Grins" calendar yesterday. For those of you who want to come out and hear the group in Nashville in December...we will be playing the Puckett's downtown location on December 19 instead of the "Listening Room" as previously announced. We are working on re-scheduling a date for the "Listening Room" and I'll let you know when that is soon. Puckett's has great food...the show is at 9 pm that night...so do make sure you make a reservation as it gets busy. See you there I hope. GARTH Garth Brooks is back...sort of. His new album has sold 130,000 it's opening week...short of 300,000 or more that they had hoped for. Not easy coming back...but he's adapting by getting himself on the social network...Facebook...Twitter etc. Here's the really cool thing. Garth is doing all his own posting and replying himself. Unlike a lot of superstars...he's not paying someone else to do it. He may never be as big as the Garth he once was...but he's still impossible to ignore. With all that said...Taylor Swift's album is number one 3 weeks in a row now. That move to pop from country killed her didn't it? TODAY Back to my book. I'm at the point where Clint Eastwood signs on to play "Dirty Harry." That will surely "make my day." Have a great Thursday.

Lazy Gulf Days and Studio Work In Twang Town

BILL BLOG Wednesday November 19, 2014 Sun is up...going to be a gorgeous day here in Gulf Shores. I'm surprised all of Buffalo has not moved here already. COLDER WEATHER The Artic freeze came all the way south...but it's warming up. And yesterday...with the sun out...it was comfortable sitting out on our balcony 12 floors up that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. It was a dolphin/Blue Angels kind of day...as both passed by multiple times while I sat out reading a couple of chapters of the Clint Eastwood bio I picked up a the local library. Up North? Ummm....not a great day for laying out anywhere. More of a "snow-angel" day I'm guessing...and ALREADY...city officials in various northern locations are crying about a salt shortage...and winter is just getting started. Sigh. I pulled over once in snow storm outside Atlanta and on the counter of the quick shop store was a child's plastic bucket and mini-shovel with a handwritten sign that read, "Georgia Snow Removal Unit." They don't handle snow so well in the south...and fortunately don't have to worry about it as much. Without rubbing it in completely...I'll say it's more fun to read about snow while sitting on the beach than it is to be living in it. So...my wife and I are planning on soaking up every sunny day we can while we're down here before returning to reality. AND...the only salt I'm seeing here is on the rim of a margarita glass. YESTERDAY Besides Dolphins and Blue Angels...I hit a local Happy Hour with my buddy Brent Burns down here. It's religion with him...so I was happy to worship with him and keep him company. We've got a writing session planned Friday...so there goes the musical neighborhood. After that...back to the condo...got on the elevator and went to the top floor where our great friends and extended family Dodge and Dean Raymer are staying for round of 3-13. That's a card game...and once again...Dodge pretty much stole all my nickels. Some things never change. There was a bucket of margaritas involved...I'm blaming that bucket for my loss. Perfect way to end a Tuesday on the beach. IN STUDIO Yesterday my cell phone rang...my wife Kathy picks it up and brings it to me...I look at the screen and see my "Hits and Grins" partner Victoria Venier in a Nashville studio as she's producing two new songs Steve Dean, Victoria and I wrote. In the vocal booth...she showed me my friend Paul Bogart singing one of our songs...and it sounded great. All on Facetime...on my cell phone! Technology is truly amazing. I can't wait to hear the finished product after it's all mixed down. My thanks to Victoria and Steve for carrying on musically without me. Here's hoping these two songs will find a happy home someday. THE CALENDAR A reminder to check my calendar at billwhytecomedy.com to find out where I'm playing. Yesterday I spent some time tweaking it...and adding more dates. There are a couple of dates coming up in Nashville...one in December at the Country Music Hall of Fame...and there's a road run coming with "Evening In The Round" with Linda Davis and Lang Scott that includes Hot Springs, Arkansas, McKinney, Texas...and a new date back at Liberty Hall in Tyler, Texas...a theater we played at a couple of years ago. We're looking to see some returning faces to that show for sure. It's shaping up to be a busy 2015...and I have no problem with that. LAZY WED ON TAP I don't plan on working today down here on the Gulf. Absolutely zero planned for Hump Day...and I'm hoping that stupid camel doesn't come by annoying me with "do ya know what day it is."??? Have a great Wednesday.

Getting Quiet On The Coast

BILL BLOG Tuesday November 18, 2014 Well...it's in the low 30's this morning...but the sun is sparkling on the Gulf Coast waters outside the condo this morning...and I do not need to fire up a snow blower. All is well. AND...we get a warming trend starting tomorrow that lifts us to 70 with sun by Friday. No brag...just fact. COLD Of course the country is in a deep freeze right now. The older I get...the less tolerance I have for cold weather. I remember growing up with my siblings in a little farm house that was heated with wood...every single stove...wood burning...including the kitchen stove. That meant traipses into the woods with my Dad behind a chainsaw...and me or one of my brothers holding on for dear life on the other end of a cross cut long bladed saw. I pretty much sucked at manual labor. Indoor plumbing and thermostats were two key improvements in my over all life that I'm thankful for. Stay warm. QUIET TIME With the songwriters festival being done...it's gotten quiet here in Gulf Shores and will be that way for the rest of the stay for my wife Kathy and myself. We're not complaining. It's our chance to re-charge every year before we pour ourselves back into busy schedules in Nashville when we get home. So...we're taking advantage of it to say the least. Yesterday we caught the movie "Interstellar" that I had been wanting to see. I'm a Matthew McConaughey fan....not so much on Anne Hathaway...and had zero idea that Matt Damon had a role in this movie. Weird. The movie itself? Just okay for me. Complicated. The visuals though...as you would suspect were off the hook good. A thinking person's movie...and I found myself asking my very smart wife..."what are they talking about"...more than once. The dialogue was also hard to pick up in places. That's just one person's opinion...some will absolutely love this movie I'm sure. STUDIO TIME I am missing being in studio today in Nashville with my "Hits and Grins" partners Victoria Venier and Steve Dean as they record two songs the three of us have written together. After months of rehearsing...and getting the group tight again after the departure of our friend Lisa Shaffer...we can finally turn our attention to writing together some. So today...they'll record those two songs and I'll wait for them to send me the finished project. My cowboy buddy Paul Bogart is going to sing on the "guy" song we wrote. FYI...when I say "cowboy" about Paul...I mean cowboy with a capital "C". When I called him about singing this song...he was on top of his horse in Oklahoma...and right after that he won a new belt buckle...the size of an F-150 hubcap after winning a team roping championship. Congrats to the cowboy. And...Victoria will handle the vocals on a song the three of us wrote while traveling to Little Rock for a gig...stuck in I-40 traffic near Memphis. The song is called "In Memphis". Hate that I'm missing all the studio fun today...but will be thinking of them as I look out over the ocean and eagerly await my copy of the finished songs. TORNADO I know I've gotten relaxed down here after I hear this morning that there were tornado watches out all up and down the panhandle yesterday...and I had no clue. Reminder to turn on the Weather Channel every now and then I guess. Since my friend down here Brent Burns and I wrote the song "Jim Cantore"...you'd think the bald headed baseball cap wearing predictor of gloom would knock on my door and tell me there's a storm...but no. TODAY Nothing...zero...nada...zilch on my schedule. Sun is up...I've got a Clint Eastwood bio I'm working on. I'll be getting comfortable with "Dirty Harry" if you need me. Have a great Tuesday.