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Finished Video...Memories of Murano...Hey Loretta

Jan 5 | Posted by: Bill Whyte |

Tuesday and we’re headed to 60 degrees with some sun in Nashville on this 5th day of January. I don’t think I’m going to need how to refire up my old Wisconsin snow blower anytime soon.



Monday was a day of just catching up on stuff. I did get to see the video they will use at the Golden Guitar Awards in Australia January 25 with Kristy Cox singing the song “Finger Pickin’ Good” that features here and guitarist Tommy Emmanuel…also an Aussie like she is originally that I wrote with her and the producer of the song Jerry Salley. It looks very fun and it came out so great. It should look good on the awards show. Fingers crossed that we might get lucky and get a win Down Under.



With some lockdowns threatened because of the surge in Covid numbers the Dow reacted like one might expect. Down almost 400 points yesterday. Brought to you by Pepto Bismol.


Arizona now has the highest rate of infections. And here in Tennessee 1 in every 5 Covid tests now come back as positive.


The pandemic and quarantine make people say things they’ve never said before. We have HORRIBLE traffic here in Nashville but a friend who’s working from home now actually said out loud, “Man, I miss my daily commute”. Traffic and all.



The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opens with limited hours today. It’s been shut down for a while. So long that two songwriters shows I was to be a part of were cancelled. The first one was rescheduled…then the rescheduled got cancelled too. I’m sure if they get back to those shows in the beautiful Ford Theater that the songwriters will be looking at a sea of tourists wearing their masks…which is indeed an odd sight from the stage.



Somehow, I missed celebrating National Pasta Day yesterday. Okay…truth. I didn’t know there was a National Pasta Day. But had I known I would have tried to convince my wife that having a big ole bowl of pasta would have been a good thing for the economy and to just forget the calories.


My best pasta memory came on the little island just off Venice. We were touring Italy a couple of years ago with Brent Burns and we took a boat in Venice over to the little island of Murano. I highly suggest going if you ever go to Venice. This is where they make Murano glass and you can watch that amazing process with a factory tour. We did just that. And then our group had dinner at a little Italian restaurant there with wine and pasta that was off the hook great. I don’t know if it’s the pasta, or just the fact that you’re in Italy and it seems to taste better. Either way it was a really beautiful evening that finished with a boat ride back to our bus that night with all the lights of Venice shining on the water. Magical stuf for sure.



I read part of an article from some so-called relationship expert who suggested some phrases to help end arguments. “I can do better”. And “I really appreciate you being willing to talk about this” were a couple.


Or you can use this one that Brent and I wrote into a song, “You’re Right, I’m wrong, I’m Sorry”. Feel free to try it.



Kylie & Kendall Jenner all of 25 and 23 years of age went snow-skiing and snowboarding in Aspen. They rented a little place to stay. It costs $450,000 a month and they didn’t stay an entire month. I went to Aspen once during a motorcycle trip out west. That house was booked so I settled for a Tom Bodet “leave the light on” special room. I have somehow GOT to get famous for being famous.



How about Loretta Lynn?  She’s putting out a new album at the age of 88 titled, “Still Woman Enough”. And she got some singing help from Tanya Tucker, Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood. What a treasure. I’ve interviewed her a few times in my radio career and she was always just Loretta…no pretense.


But my favorite Loretta story happened when I was young. My brothers Gary, Gene and I as a trio won a little talent contest in Missouri when we were young. The promoter of the show said the winner would open a show for Loretta Lynn at this venue. We won. And yea, we were excited. And then the promoter changed his mind. I remember hearing that my Father cornered the promoter in a small room and out of that little intense meeting we got to open a show after all. No…not for Loretta. We opened for former Hee Haw and Grand Ole Opry star Stringbean. Not quite the same as opening or the Coal Miner’s Daughter BUT…every time I think of Loretta I think of that moment in time.



Check out this robot playing a trombone. Hard to get people to play a trombone, or French horn, clarinet, flute…etc. So, maybe orchestras can hire a few of these guys if they’re short on players. They can rewrite the song to “76 Robot Trombones in the Big Parade” …maybe.



Who knew? I lived in Wisconsin for 6 years and did not know they had a place called the “Pencillarium”. Nothing but pencils and pencil related stuff in there. Pencils from all over the world. Yep, people collect those too. Thinking about it, I can’t remember the last time I held a pencil in my hand. Can you?



Today starts a run of a lot of songwriting now that we’re through all the holidays. Lee Black, the great gospel songwriter is online with me today and that’s always a great experience. I might just look for a pencil to write lyrics with today.


Have a great Tuesday!

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