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Songs That Create Emotions

A morning routine of mine is to turn the radio on to 650 WSM while I'm having breakfast in the kitchen. One of the songs they played today was "Coward Of The County", which I first heard on the radiop when I was a child over in Sweden.  How I viewed it back then, I don't remember, but now I love it because it is so brilliantly written with its storytelling.  It also has teachings in it about choices we make and that there always is so much more to a person than what can be assessed by simply one standpoint of theirs. I feel it is a song that encompasses both "Blessed are the meek" (from the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:5) and the more secular "The straw that broke the camel's back".

"Items" I carry

Items do not neccessarily have to be tangible: they can be things like memories ... one piece I carry with me is both in physical form and in a feeling of collected family memories.  What I am talking about is a photograph of my mom, my auint and my uncle taken when they were youngsters.  My aunt (seated in the middle) was the oldest; my mom (to the left) was and is the youngest.

Places I've Played II

As I was searching for a file on my computer today, I came across something entirely different from what I was searching for: a poster from a gig me and my band did in 2008 along with the Sun Records artist Rayburn Anthony. It was extremely fun!  The crowd was cheering, clapping and singing along. Some of the songs we did were "Storms Never Last" and "Jackson"  And in the midst of a song, the strap to my guitar broke! Lol. As I was standing up and playing and singing, I pushed the guitar as best I could against my body with my right arm while strumming.  After we had played the song through, I asked my bass player to entertain the audience while I fixed it good enough to hold together for the rest of the show. Crazy memory ...

#3 On Nashville Chart!

Maybe it is so that you - yes, you :-) - who are reading this right now have helped me get to where I am.  For that I thank you.  There is a free download you can access here:

In one of my future posts, I will write about the creation of "Lots Of Love" and what certain sections of the lyric mean to me.

My Favorite Coke

Just recently I learned that a carbonated beverage here in the South is mostly referred to as coke (I have been calling it soda for the longest).  So ...  if you hear someone asking for a coke, he or she may actually be asking for a Pepsi!!!  My favorite coke is Mountain Dew (also a Pepsi product btw).

Places I've Played

As International Women's Day was this past Wednesday, I was thinking about one particular place that I was invited to perform at and the reason I was contacted.  The lady in charge of the Women's Day Celebration events at a very prominent venue in Sundsvall, Sweden, contacted me becuase she had read about how I was bullied at school and of my journey to redemtion through music. So, this is where I played at:

Music Bucket List

Many of the places I have and still are to visit here in Nashville have been and are on my music bucket list. I have been to concerts at the Ryman (original home of the Grand Ole Opry), walked up and down Broadway hopping in and out of honky tonks listening to music and ordering an occasional Sprite/Sierra Mist (if you thought I'd say beer, you were way off the mark since I don't drink) and have had the pleasure of experiencing The Grand Ole Opry shows. Those were my listening pleasure bucket list things to do, so why not list my own music bucket list performances I would like to do ....

1. The Grand Ole Opry

2. The Ryman

3. On the Music City Roots

4. In Branson

5. In Bakersfield

6. At Dollywood

This list is going to be updated with venues around the world. To be continued.

PS. If you have any suggestions, just comment below! Thanks :)