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Tweaking Songs...Lover's Moon...Betty White

Jan 13 | Posted by: Bill Whyte |

Middle of the dang week again. Sunshine and a high of 50 in Twang Town today.



Musically I had a little online hookup with Brooke Aldridge to tweak a tune we wrote with her hubby Darin who had other stuff to do and couldn’t join us. So the two of us changed a line in a song we wrote about the Grand Ole Opry that the two of them play on a pretty regular basis. It would not surprise me someday to see them become a member of the great old institution here. And I’m most certainly rooting for that. The two of them are from North Carolina and have had a lot of success in the bluegrass world over the past 6 or 7 years in particular. They are now part of my music family as they signed a record deal with Billy Blue Records. I write for their publishing arm Billy Blue Publishing.  Soon, they’ll be in studio recording their first project for Billy Blue and I feel blessed that I’ve been maybe the first to start writing songs with the duo. This album will be the first time they’ve had songs they helped write and I’m sure this Opry song will be one of those. Something to look forward to for sure.



Today I want to share this song “Lovers Moon” that Jeannie Kendall included on her new album with Carl Acuff Jr. I wrote this song with my good friend Irene Kelley and Terry Hurd who runs “Bluegrass Weekly” which is the bible for all things bluegrass including the latest charts. Irene had this little melody she had shared with me before we wrote at Tim’s house that day. My first and only time being around him so far. By the time I got to the house that day I had some lyrics that worked with the melody so we were off and running. This is truly one of my favorite songs on the project and I hope you’ll enjoy it too when you listen.



Ireland now has the highest Covid rate in the world. So not much luck o’ the Irish there right now.


The sales of musical instruments have soared through the pandemic. Folks stuck at home have time enough on their hands to learn a few chords on a guitar on notes on piano. 


The Tokyo Olympics now seems be in jeopardy. Unpack your javelins and speedos.


Carnival Cruise Lines is reporting they have more cruises booked for 2022 now than they did in 2019.  A sign of folks being tired of being locked up for so long.



A consumer company in Australia claims the correct way to load cutlery in your dishwasher is face down…but it’s close. Their theory is it’s easier to get hurt taking a knife out that’s blade up instead of blade down. Plus, if you need to take a fork out it’s easier to get to work scratching your back when you grab the fork by the handle first. Don’t ask me how I know.



Betty White is going to be 99 years old next week. May she live to be 200 years old. Normally she tries to RUN a mile a day…at 99! My knees hurt just thinking about it. And she is still sharp and funny. She recently said, “I have no regrets at all. I consider myself the luckiest broad on two feet”.


Speaking of exercise Betty White also joked, “I have a two-story house and a bad memory, so I’m up and down those stairs all the time. That’s my exercise”.



Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison” recording is now 53 years old. I wore that album out and it’s in my top 10 list of all-time best albums. From the very beginning where you hear him say, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash” to the very last “live” not from inside the prison? Raw, real and great. So many great performances on that classic album. If I had to choose a favorite song? I might go with “I Got Stripes”. Think about him singing this song in front of a room full of prisoners dressed in stripes. Amazing.


And the movie with Joaquin Phoenix playing Cash in “Walk the Line” is also terrific. In my book, Joaquin should have won the Academy Award that year. His co-star Reese Witherspoon won for Female Actress of the year playing June, but Joaquin lost out to the now late Phillip Seymour Hoffman for his portrayal of Truman Capote in the movie “Capote”.



If you think folks are not buying a lot of tickets to see movies in a movie theater, you’d be right. Ticket sales in 2020 were off 80%!



Country artist Lauren Alaina apparently has new dog. She named it, “Opry” in honor of the Grand Ole Opry. Cool. Lauren made her Grand Ole Opry debut June 10th.


She’s not a member yet…it could happen. Those are always very special moments and the Opry goes to a lot of trouble to surprise the artist that they are going to ask on stage, “would you like to be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry”.  Nobody says “no” to that…and often times tears are shed.


One of my favorite moments is this one when the group Little Big Town did a great job of asking Kelsea Ballerini by singing that important question. Take a look.



Nope…not talking lingerie here folks. Talking TV’s. Have you seen the see-through TV’s that are now available?  Man it’s hard to keep up with technology.


So I guess I need to buy one of those AND this new GM self-driving car that also FLIES. Do it self-fly too?



Now I have to buy another Mega Millions ticket as there was no winner AGAIN last night. It’s now worth 750 million bucks. It’s the fifth largest lotto jackpot in US history. I’ll be asking the clerk at my Quick Store why in the world they keep giving me losing numbers today in hopes that they might correct that.



I’ve got a little meeting with my publisher over breakfast this morning to talk about songs and just catch up. I used to go into my publishing company to write most mornings but now I’m mostly writing online because of Covid. So every now and then I need to go in and prove that I’m still alive. I’ll do that over bacon and eggs this morning.


Have a great Wednesday.




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