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Trop Rock Writing...Rainbow Songs...Messy Crows

Jan 19 | Posted by: Bill Whyte |

Hump Day time. Fairly nice here in middle Tennessee today. 53 with rain today, then a “wintry mix” tonight followed by a 33-degree high tomorrow! Gonna freeze my grits!



I wrote for the first time with Aubrey Wollett who’s a wonderful young Trop Rock artist. (beach music). She lives in Tampa and caught a plane to Nashville that got delayed so we got a late start. But I had enough time to get a song started that fits what she does, she loved it, and we finished up the song which about longing to go back to a place in Mexico that the girl in this song loves. Without me knowing, Aubrey is getting married in Mexico in October! So, the songwriter God’s may have been in the room with us yesterday.


Since graduating college here in Nashville a few years ago, Aubrey has married the Trop Rock world and works a lot at places on or near beaches. And that’s not a bad way to make a little living. This is one example of the kind of songs she does that transports one to the ocean and the sand. We had a fun morning getting to know each other better and writing a song that she might be able to add for her shows in the future.



Grim news from at least one circle yesterday that predicts we’ll see 50,000 to 300,000 deaths from Omicron by March. Geez.


In our county the school system just reported a record high for a week of kids with Covid. A million kids were infected in 2021.


Through this entire run of Covid one weird cure after another just keep popping up. Seemingly anyone with access to the internet will, and some do, throw up their idea for a cure. In Iran, a poster claims that camel urine, milk with honey and olive oil will make ya better. In the Republic of Congo a poster said sunbathing would do the trick. A German beer company promoted at a festival that their beer would cure it. And I don’t know what’s sadder. The people who promote this stuff, or those that believe them.


Despite that today is indeed “Hump Day” I for one will NOT be drinking any camel urine. Y’all go on without me.



And today Dolly Parton turns 76. She’s quote machine, always witty and clever. And she’s brilliantly self-effacing which makes her even more enduring to fans like me. She once said, “I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb, and I know I’m not blonde”.


And there’s this Dolly gem. “I was the first woman to burn my bra. It took the fire department four days to put it out”.


And on a serious note she said, “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, ya gotta put up with the rain”. Amen. Happy Birthday.



There’s been a lot of great songs written about rainbows. Certainly the Wizard of Oz may contain the greatest rainbow song. But I would also put this wonderful Kacey Musgraves rainbow song right up there with the best of them. Who knows?  Maybe Dolly inspired Kacey to write this gem.



With gas demand high March through May they’re saying we could see gas shoot over 4 dollars a gallon during this period. Every time I think I might kind of want to buy a gas guzzling pickup truck, this kind of news seems to pop up and I start thinking maybe I’ll hold onto my small SUV a little while longer.  



Cracker Barrel will have to pay $9.4 million dollars for serving a man a glass that was filled with a chemical instead of water. Turns out it was some kind of cleaner they used in the kitchen. That will kind of ruin that game of giant checkers one is playing out by the rocking chairs if you’re sipping something like that.



Heidi Klum’s legs are insured for 2 million dollars. And one leg is valued more than the other. True, and I have no clue if it’s her left or her right. Lots of celebrities have insured body parts. J-Lo, Rhianna, Julia Roberts, Mary Hart and even Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. I’m guessing his hands since he plays guitar. I did check. I called State Farm, they looked and said, “don’t bother”.



Don’t look now but it’s sneaking up, which means the pressure is on to try and buy something to give to your loved one that they will like. I bent a Slim Jim in the shape of a heart last year for my wife. I would highly suggest you go get chocolates or roses instead.


Apparently expired coupons and a cemetery plot are awful Valentine gift giving ideas too. And yes, someone gave those.



Now, a gift of going to Disneyland in California might be cool, but…it might be unaffordable now. A one-day ticket for one park now costs $164. And if you want the two park Hopper ticket? $319.


Our little family did the Disney World thing a few months ago. As always, we had a great time. But it do strain a pocketbook to go see Mickey and Minnie.



Travel Advisory just listed their top 5 destinations for 2022.


In reverse order it’s:


Crete, Greece

Bali, Indonesia

Cancun, Mexico

London, England


And #1 is Dubai.


Nope, not been to any so I’ll have to take their word for it.



In Sunnyvale, California (northern Cali) they’ve got crows pooping. Lots of them. Like, 1,000 black crows show up at night, dot their streets and leave a mess. They’re shooting laser beams at them right now trying to make them stay away. Pretty sure the car wash business in Sunnyvale is raking in some dough.



Writing today with Belinda Smith and Adam Wheeler again. Belinda is a great Christian songwriter, and Adam can write most anything. Belinda let me know in a text last night that she fell and busted her knee and is on a cane and claimed that Adam and I may be giving her trauma. I responded that I was looking for words that rhyme with “cane”. We’ll see what we come up with.


Have a great Wednesday!



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