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BILL BLOG Friday May 8, 2015 Ceiling fans on "high" today... YESTERDAY I was in a studio yesterday with my Missouri friend Becky Blackaby who recorded a song we wrote together a few months ago that pays tribute to Dolly...but the song is as much about Becky...as it is Dolly. I know... a bit hard to explain...but the song just came alive yesterday with an old fashioned upright bass, guitar/mando/fiddle/dobro...all coming from ONE musician (I hate guys like that) and a percussionist. Add Becky's vocals and ya got a kind of "grassy"...Americana....rootsy production that Dolly would love I'm sure. I texted Becky last night as she's making her way back home to Paris, Missouri and told her that I thought she was going to have a song to be proud of for a long time. I'll let you know here when that song will be available. Surely nice to be a part of this song...and hearing the musican's digging on our little musical baby and watching Becky's smile as she recorded it. Fun day. CHANGE OF PLANS I got home after the studio and walked into a mess that I made myself. Because of a scheduling conflict...I had to cancel a show planned in Sopchoppy, Florida...and a songwriting class that a friend was putting together for me in Jacksonville because I had put my Pinehurst, North Carolina corporate gig on the wrong day of the calendar! Scramble time. The bottom line is I will be rescheduling those two shows for a later date...and my thanks goes to Rick and Nell Ott in Sopchoppy...and Juanita Hotard for being so understanding and working with me on this. Good grief.
THE WEEKEND It's Mother's Day weekend. I've been surrounded by great Mom's. Blessed. My Mother...Madge Lucille Dunbar/Whyte was killed in a car crash many years ago. I was on stage singing when a police officer came into the little bar in Decatur, Illinois and told me to call home. I will admit to you that I weep pretty easily if the right memory buttons are hit for me about my Mom. An upright piano...a Broadman Hymnal....macaroni and cheese...her favorite TV shows...one room country churches will often do it. And then I have a great second Mom in my life...Dean Raymer back in Missouri who has meant to much to me and my life...as well as many others she has influenced in a positive way over the years. And then there's my wife Kathy...who has been and continues to be a GREAT mother to our daughter Heather. The bond between Mom and child is really something to observe. She's as close to our daughter...or closer perhaps than ever....and that's another blessing. I love all of them...Happy Mother's Day to them. If you're lucky enough to still have your Mom with you...this is your opportunity this weekend to let them know you love them. With all of that said...I was hoping to buy my wife that new Corvette I talked about earlier. I just hope she'll like that used Toyota Tercel as much. Have a great weekend!
BILL BLOG Thursday May 7, 2015 Starting to feel a tad like summer round here. YESTERDAY I cancelled a songwriting appointment yesterday to pick my wife up at the airport who got back from Miami earlier than we had planned...which is a good thing. More fun hanging with her as opposed to two hairy legged buddies with guitars and a rhyming dictionary for sure. And they sooo....understand which is a good thang. My wife helped my daughter move to a new place down there and do some decorating...painting. Most people go to Miami to vacation...mine went to work. She's going to have to do a make up trip to take advantage of the scenery down there. A MEETING I did have a meeting on Music Row at the Nashville Songwriters Association with the President and some of his staff. Always great to get some one on one time with the President Bart Herbison who is in DC a lot these days fighting for songwriters on Capitol Hill...and trying to get legislatures on board for a fairer system to cover the new digital world that is basically raping the songwriters...especially streaming entities like Pandora and Spotify. All writers appreciate the hard work going on there. I'm optimistic that change is on the way. I did not know...or remember...that Bart started his career in small market radio like I did...so we have some common ground which makes for fun conversation. We both got to be part of the medium when it was truly fun and Mom's and Pop's owned little radio stations all across the country...which served as valuable training grounds for guys like us. No more... Looks like I'm going to go into NSAI in August and talk to a class of songwriters about radio...and how songs get on the radio...and how they don't. And they're going to set me up with some new young songwriters they like a lot for me to write with which is always fun. I learn about as much from them as vice-versa. Good meeting. LAST NIGHT Baseball time again. The three B's at work...baseball...beer...brats. Hard to beat for me. I got to show a couple great writers the new park. I've been twice already...this was the first time for Steve Dean and Jim McBride to see the new digs with the guitar video scoreboard...wide concourses....and downtown skyline over the center field wall. Nothing serious got done last night....just baseball with buddies. And...the home team broke out of a long losing streak and won 6-0! TODAY Off to the studio with my Missouri friend Becky Blackaby to record a new song we wrote together. Should be fun!
Have a great Thursday.
BILL BLOG Wednesday May 6, 2015 Picking my wife up in a couple of hours at the airport..so I have to blog fast so I can sweep the corn curl dust under the carpet. YESTERDAY I made a little trip to McMinnville/Manchester TN to do a little online "live" radio show at the Last Chance Saloon. I had zero idea where I was going. GPS...24 south....bout an hour and a half drive to get there. I left plenty early knowing that at 4 pm traffic would be sort of like the planes that tried to get into Vegas this past weekend for the "Snooze Of The Century" fight. Sure enough...gridlock. But...I left early enough to get there an hour and a half early which I was hoping to do so I could grab dinner somewhere. Once I got off the interstate...the scenery was sort of like my birthplace back in Missouri...pretty scenery...but a lot of nothing...including places to eat. So...I drove WELL past my destination thinking I'd find some major chains somewhere...but outside of a Subway 15 miles down the road...nothin'. So...back I trak...and decide stop at this non-descrip Bar B Que shack...nothing special looking on the outside...but several cars parked out front...so I thought that might be a good sign. It was! Delish....bar b que...beans...fries....sweet tea...back home kinda stuff. Somehow...I never got the name of the place....but I'd go back if I were near. One of those pleasant surprises you get sometimes when you're out on the road...hungry and desperate. THE SHOW Thanks to my old friend/musician Jason Adams who invited me to be on their little online radio show last night...called "Midnight Madness" which is on air "live" at 7 pm when they do this thing. 7 pm start and the radio show is called "Midnight Madness"....don't ask me.
So I'm on stage at this road house saloon in the middle of nowhere...again reminding me of some of the places I played in with a band as a kid. On the dance floor in front of me was Jason and two other guys...all firing questions...and I'd play some tunes in between. I got to know Jason when I hosted an Opry like show called "Nashville Traditions" a few years ago. Jason is a singer who appeared multiple times on that show. So last night...as he pointed out on air...we had switched roles. Indeed... I know they were glad I made the journey down there...and I wish them much luck with their show.
NEW SHOW March 4 of 2016 look for our "Evening In The Round" show with Linda Davis, Lang Scott and myself in Evans, Georgia...a suburb of Augusta. I may have to put on my Bill Murray groundskeeper outfit and sneak out for a picture on the course. Full details on my calendar at billwhytecomedy.com
SOUNDS Little meeting today...Sounds baseball game tonight at the new park with my songwriting pals Jim McBride and Steve Dean. Tough life huh?
Off to pick the wife up at the airport...hoping I can find her Mother's Day gift in the terminal.
BILL BLOGTuesday May 5, 2015 Happy Cinco De Mayo. I have nothing to celebrate here as I have never once used Mayonnaise on a single sandwich I've eaten. YESTERDAY Spent some time writing a new song with Rick Tiger and Ayla Brown just off Music Row. A really really good song came out of the time spent yesterday which were all happy about. Ayla's brand new CD "Let Love In" is out today...and I have TWO songs on this CD co-written with Ayla and Rick. Really good CD from the former American Idol, and former starting player for Boston College's women's basketball teams. She's getting ready to hit the road for her "Defend Freedom Tour"...she plays a lot for the troops..another thing I like about her. My two songs are "Can't Run Away" and "I Just Wanna Be Your Baby". Thanks for the great job on these babies Ayla! MEANWHILE...Rick Tiger and his wife are loading up their car with a small PA system and will be traveling the concert with his wife performing small intimate house concerts. Folks will love him. He told me yesterday that he will be performing one of our songs titled "Pearly Gates" on his tour that I wrote with him. It was the way he felt about his family when we wrote it...and then after my Father passed away this past year...I realized it was about me too. I hope you get to hear this song on his tour. Have a great run you two...safe travels.
PREPARING I'm making a run to Manchester, Tennessee myself tonight to do a little show with my friend Jason Adams. This is a "live" studio audience radio show and you can hear it HERE tonight if you want on the "Midnight Madness" show on WFMCJAMS.COM at 7 pm. I'll be their special guest...and I'm guessing we'll be talking about mostly everything and I'll be playing a lot of my songs too. Tune in if you can.
QUOTE OF THE DAY I'm not one to cut and paste cute quotes...or deep quotes. Not my thing. But every now and then...one will hold my attention. Like this one from Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu. "If you do not change directions, you may end up where you're heading."
Wonder why it's always a Chinese philosopher who comes up with these things? You never see a quote from a Greenland philosopher or Portugese philosopher. Always Chinese.
TONIGHT Off to do that radio show in Manchester. See you online I hope. Have a great Tuesday.
BILL BLOGMonday May 4, 2015 Getting the shorts off the shelf this weekend. Mid 80's all week. THE WEEKEND Friday evening found us in a recording studio with our daughter Heather who played some of her original music using her ukelele. The noted producer said, after she pulled the instrument out of her case, "wow...nice uke". He's a great player himself...so his comment made her Mom and Dad feel good because that was her Christmas present last year...and she's actually used it a lot! Because uke's are so small...it's a perfect instrument for her to take on her flights around the world with American Airlines. When she's bored...and in her hotel room all alone...which is often...when boredom sits in she reaches for it and writes some. That makes her Dad proud. She sent us a song Sunday morning that just knocked my socks off. I told her so...and that I wish I had written THAT one. Back to the meeting. My thanks to a friend...Lyn Stevens who happened to hear Heather at a little house gathering of musical players...singers...songwriters recently. Lyn did radio up in Wisconsin years ago when I was working on air up there. These days Lyn works a full time job in security...but also works at being a musical connector and helping make things happen for those she thinks is talented. Heather knocked her socks off. So she set up this meeting Friday night that was one of the more fun educational business meetings I've ever sat in on. The producer...I think was impressed too. "Unique" was the word I heard most...and I agree. And "unique" is a good thing in this business. So...long story short without telling more than I need here...I think my daughter will be coming home more and more to hang at the studio and learn...and write...and who knows what all could happen. But...it's a great opportunity for Heather...and my thanks goes to Lyn. We'll see what happens down the road. STELLA PARTON Dolly's younger sister is 66 today. She does not have a "Stellawood" theme park to my knowledge. There's another one. Back in the day when I was on the road with a band...we backed the stars brothers an sister who always sang. Stella Parton...Michael and Joni Twitty...Tommy Cash....if they had a famous relative and were musical themselves...we backed em up. All of them were nice. Happy Birthday Stella. HANG ON TO YOUR JOB A person in the tech know says predicts that one third of all jobs will be replaced by software, robots and smart machines by 2025. Yikes. I don't lose sleep over that. I'm confident know smart machine has the skill set to write and record a song like "If I Had Boobs" like I did. Try that you stupid robots.