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Beach Radio...Fireworks...Dolly's Bust

Jun 17 | Posted by: Bill Whyte |

Ready to get over another hump day.

 

YESTERDAY

I had no “gotta do” on my calendar yesterday so I took advantage of the perfect weather day here in Tennessee and got out for along walk alongside a nearby lake.  For me, walking allows me to get a little exercise and it also allows me to day dream, listen to music and sometimes come up with new song ideas that I put into my phone to reference later.  I listen a lot to new songs I’ve written and old ones too sometimes and that helps remind me what’s in the catalog to pitch to folks who might be looking for songs to record.

 

And more times than not…when I’m not listening to my own original songs I go to the beach by listening to Radio Trop Rock owned by my friend and retired Navy officer Eric Babin and his wife Gina.  If you like beach music?  Just download the free app onto your phone and plug in some ear buds and drift off to the ocean with some of the best Trop Rock singers and writers.  Every now and then I’ll hear a song of mine that I wrote with Brent Burns or Becky Denton come on and that’s always cool.

 

FYI...my friends I mentioned who own Radio Trop Rock pretty much have figured out how to live the "good life".  Retired from the Navy, Eric and Gina sold their home, bought a large motor home and they travel from one Trop Rock beach event to another.  They've got a mini-studio set up in the RV that allows them to broadcast on the internet wherever they travel.  Rarely do you see a picture of them where there's no water in the view and they always have a smile on their face.  Not a bad way to live your life.

 

4TH

On the way back to the house after the walk I could not help but notice the firework tents are up!  That’s how close we are already to Independence Day.  My sage advice on fireworks is that one should never buy fireworks from a guy named “3 Finger Fred”. 

 

I mention on stage sometimes about my one of my favorite signs that you see on I-65 North from Nashville to Louisville that reads, “Nervous Charlie's Fireworks and Liquor”.  So, you can pull over and get a bottle rocket and a bottle of hooch all in one stop.  Hard to beat that.

 

THE BOOK

I also spent some of yesterday getting educated more about the book world and the movie world as my wife Kathy has some serious interest in the first book she’s ever written.  Learning a lot from some friends of ours who have experience in that world and we surely appreciate their input and advice.  Really excited about the possibilities for my wife and this really entertaining book she’s written.  It’s going to be a very fun ride…and it’s just starting.  We won’t be able to share a lot of details for awhile but we will certainly let you know more as soon as we can.

 

VIRUS NOTES

Survey says: Americans are the unhappiest they’ve been in 50 years.  Over the course of the year so far in Nashville?  We had a huge tornado, then straight-line winds that were like a tornado, the virus, protests, quarantine and the loss of all music shows not to mention the downturn in the economy period.  Move theaters are closed.  There’s hardly any sports and a lot of us are wearing uncomfortable masks.  Can’t imagine why folks are so dog-gone unhappy.

 

Special dogs are now being trained in London to be able to sniff out the coronavirus.  They could be used in the airports.  Hard to imagine there was actually a day when one could fly without removing half their clothes and having their bags scanned much less not having a canine come up and take a sniff.

 

And in Southern California some gyms are going to isolation pods for you to work out in.  Like little plastic cubes you would go into to help protect you from catching the virus from some other gym rat who’s sweating a few feet away.  I think I’ll just keep using my thigh master while sitting on my living room floor.

 

And how about former Major League baseball player Aubrey Huff saying he’d rather die of the virus than to have to wear a mask?  That’s gone viral.  Nope, Aubrey was not a catcher.  Otherwise he’d have no problem wearing a mask.

 

SALES

JC Penney is getting ready to close 137 stores and sales are going on big time in those 137.  Just saying…it’s bargain time.  I can’t remember the last time I set foot in a Sears or JC Penney store.  Actually, I can’t remember the last time I set foot in hardly any store outside of a grocery store.  Online…Amazon Prime…and with the virus we’re even doing online ordering with curbside pickup for groceries.  The Dylan song will always be timeless I guess, “The Times They Are A Changing”.

 

DOLLY

Here in Tennessee there’s a movement to tear down all the Confederate statues…and there are a lot of them.  One group has a petition going to replace them all with statues of Dolly Parton.  Not kidding.  Now, I could see them putting up “busts” of Dolly but a full size statue?  Doesn’t’ seem as appropriate to me.

 

KIT KATS

They are rolling out a new flavor.  Apple Pie Kit Kats.  Yep.  I like Kit Kats.  Not my go to candy bar.  I’ll take a Payday…without it tasting like an Apple Pie.  Coffee and candy bars?  Don’t foo-foo those up for me please.

 

TODAY

I start getting really busy again tomorrow but today?  Not so much.  Temperature high will be 84 in Nashville so I’m going to try and take advantage of that and get outdoors for part of the day. 

 

Have a great Wednesday!

 

 

 

 

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