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December 30, 2002...
Hard to believe 2002 is almost over with. The next time your humble weblackeys
talk to you (or for that matter, update this page) won't be until next year.
But, speaking of updates, if you go to the "Albums At A Glance" link...
go on, go to it...and click on the cover for "Back In Harmony," you'll see I finally
have the composer/publisher credits for that CD on the page (no, no, no need to
thank me, I was glad to do it...) Next task - the comprehensive liner notes for the
"Two Sides of Jack & Misty" album...soon as I remember where they are...in the
meantime, enjoy the following from our fearless leader. And again, Happy New Year.
 
A Krshna Carol:
Everybody sing:
VEE VISHNU A HARE KRISHNA
VEE VISHNU A HARE KRISHNA
;)

Jack Blanchard

© 2002


THINGS THAT REALLY HONK US OFF! 

There is an mp3 copy
of our "Tennessee Birdwalk" floating around the internet.
It's us from our CD "Back From the Dead, Vol.2",
But the artist credit says: 
Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood!!! 

We don't mind them stealing the recording. 
We do mind them giving somebody else the credit. 

Grrrr. 

Jack & Misty 


Sorry we haven't written... To the many wonderful people who have sent us loving and friendly emails, and who haven't heard from us, we apologize. We really do appreciate your friendship, and the time you take to write to us. The reason you haven't heard from us is this: We're so busy it seems we'll never catch up on all our commitments, even though we seem to hurry 15 or 16 hours a day. It's probably what's called "overbooking" in show business. Things look a little easier in February. If the pressure does ease off, we hope we get to talk to you, whether by email, phone, or face to face. In the meantime, please don't give up on us. We think of you all often. Love, Jack & Misty
December 23, 2002... Happy Holidays from all of us at Tennessee Birdwalk.
Our strange friend Will Campbell has a brief thought about the season in "A Word From The Wise Is Sufficient."...don't say we didn't warn you in advance.
December 20, 2002... Who is Jack Blanchard? That's what Jack wants to know, in his newest essay (complete with photographic evidence), "Does Anybody Else Feel Like This?"
December 11, 2002... Hi, DJ's, friends & family! Click this link to listen to "SIX MEXICAN BARS", an uptempo song from our instrumental album "Masters of the Keyboards" (DJ's who would like a radio quality MP3, just email us.) Jack and Misty's all-instrumental CD, "Masters of the Keyboards," has a brand-new cover. For more details on the songs, go to the CD section. In the Essays section, we have some more thoughts from our friend, Will Campbell; a column from Jack that we somehow missed putting in November, defining what exactly is "Classic Country???"; and one of Jack's classics gets a makeover.
November 26, 2002... A Thanksgiving Thought from our unusual friend Will Campbell:
November 25, 2002... Happy Thanksgiving from your turkey of a webmaster! (Like how I worked that in?) And while you're debating what to do with the giblets, Jack's in a fighting mood this week. In the opposite corner: Age. Check "Age Will Get A Fight From Me" in the essays page. More to come...
November 22, 2002... Hey there, hi there, ho there and like that! Hadn't intended to take off ten days between updates, but sometimes things happen that are out of your webmaster's control. Got a couple of recent essays from Jack: a story about "The Motorcycle Gang", and a rememberance of his son Donn. A review of a recent weekend gig will be forthcoming. Stay posted... Recharging the ol' batteries, Jerry.
November 12, 2002... Hi again, folks! Hoping you all had a good weekend. And, of course, we hope you didn't forget Veteran's Day. Jack's got three new essays this week, "Breast Implants. 2B Or Not 2B", "Something To Tick Off Everybody", and "Religion, Politics, and Raccoons". (And no, the three subjects are not interconnected!) You'll find them in the essays section. More to come soon. Your webmaster, Jerry.
November 9, 2002... Our Gift to you...
Our Holiday message "Christmas Is a Time..."
To download the free mp3, just click here: http://www.angelfire.com/music4/jackandmisty/christmastime.html
Jack & Misty
November 2, 2002... Hoping you all have had a nice, safe, spooky Halloween, and welcome to November. This month starts out with Jack wearing his "political pundit" hat asking "Two Questions About The War" (which, of course, you'll find in the essays section). There's going to be something of a more pleasant train of thought coming to this section shortly as well, so stay tuned... All the best, Jerry.
October 26, 2002... Here's a nice song for Halloween!

THE VOICE.

(As recorded by Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan)

We saw a candle in the window of the chapel in the graveyard,
And it flickered as it slowly moved away.
Was that the wind in the pipes of the old dusty organ,
Or just howling down the hill among the graves?
Then lightning struck the steeple, and it rang the chapel bell
That's been rusted into silence many years.
Then the thunder rolled away and the organ starts to play,
And we heard a voice that filled our hearts with fear.

Then the voice called through the night so loud and clear,
"Is there anything at all you'd like to hear?
Though my bones are old and moldy, I just love to pick them oldies.
Is there anything at all you'd like to hear?"
So we dug up some requests for him to try.
We shouted, "How 'bout 'Speckled Bird' or 'Jambalaya'?"
He said "Maybe I'll ad lib a chorus on my ribs."
Then the voice sang all the songs that made us cry.

Well the three of us, we sang the whole night long.
He kept pickin' funky organ until dawn…
Till the morning mist was rising on the lawn…
When the sun came up, we knew that he was gone.
Now the first red rays of sun begin to creep,
And the shadows of the graves are long and deep.
We smile and wonder when we'll hear that voice again…
Then we close the lid and sing ourselves to sleep.

Jack & Misty


October 7, 2002... Happy anniversary to two of the neatest people it's ever been our pleasure to know. Best wishes to Jack and Misty, and may you have many, many more!

September 26, 2002... Having taken a couple of days off to attend to other matters, we've added three more items to the Essays section: "Curiosity", "Potso" and "Uncle Jack's Pep Talks for Songwriters and Artists". You know which button to push by now (if you don't, it's the one that says, "Jack's Essays." ;) )
September 23, 2002... Congratulations to Jack and Misty for hitting #1 on the Indie Music Chart with "Somewhere In Virginia In The Rain"!

We would also like to take this opportunity to announce that the world's most unconventional website - this one - has now adopted D. C. Simpson's hilarious online-only "Ozy and Millie" as the (un)official comic strip of "Tennessee Birdwalk." If you like your humor on the slightly skewered side, you'll love Ozy (he's an arctic fox) and Millie (she's a hyper fox). But don't take our word for it: "This online daily comic strip is a hilarious and sometimes bittersweet rememberance of childhood, except skewed in the most clever of ways... an impressive feat of comedy and satire, Ozy & Millie is by far the best online strip around." - Chris Foxx, "Grimghosts.com" "Within the medium of the comic strip, David Simpson has created his own world of whimsical sagacity, ensconced in the impending twilight of innocence." - Thomas K. Dye, "Newshounds" "One of the brightest lights in the growing world of internet comic strips, David Simpson is proving himself to be a major talent. Combining outrageous slapstick with trenchant satire and a winsome emotional core, he has created a magical setting that begs comparison to that once inhabited by a certain small boy and his stuffed tiger." - Bill Holbrook, "Kevin & Kell" (another of our favorites). "Here is a strip that I can heartily endorse without a hint of a second thought. D.C. Simpson has created two deep, lovable characters in little Ozymandias and Millicent whose unusual take on the world is a little too philosophical for their own good. Add to the this the fact that D.C. is an awesome artist... Check out this strip, and I guarantee you'll enjoy it for a long time there after." - Jeff Darlington, "General Protection Fault" "D.C. Simpson has a good artistic eye and a great, often insightful, sense of humor. There is a sort of Calvin and Hobbes sensibility to this comic strip about school children who also happen to be wild animals. The whole series of cartoons about kids taunting other kids (starting with the March 9, 1999 strip about wedgies) is particularly good." - Chris Condon, "Dumbentia" "This is one of the best things to come out in years. It's sweet without being sappy, well drawn and always funny."- Marq Singer, "The First Church of the Easily Amused"
Still need convincing? Click the picture below.

Trust us, you'll thank us for this later.


September 17, 2002... Professor Blanchard offers another experiment, in "Man Loses Bird." You'll find it in the Essays section, right behind a can of poisoned meat.
September 15, 2002... Jack revisits one of the classics, "My Duct Tape Ordeal: A Look Back", in the Essays section.

Dear friends around the world,

This day, September 11th, 2002, sneaked up on me.
I think I blocked it out...the exact day I mean.

I started to send out the news this morning, as usual,
but I can't do it.
I know you'll understand.

We'll be around the board on Wednesday,
if you'd like to talk.
It's not a good time to be alone.

Speaking for Hal and Ginger Willis, Misty, and me:
Thank you for your friendship and support.

Jack Blanchard


September 10, 2002... There's some things better left unsaid. Jack tells us what they are in his newest essay, "Things I Rarely Say" in the Essays section (which goes without saying.)
September 9, 2002... Thomas Wolfe said you can't go home again. But then again, would you really want to? Jack reflects on this in his newest essay, "Waiting For Something Good" in the Essays section.
By the way, you might have noticed we're trying out a new logo for the site. Drop by the guest book and let us know what you think. Do you like it or not? (Heck, if "Hollywood Squares" can change their logo, we can change ours...and at least OURS won't get confused with a mathematical equation!)
September 7, 2002... Some people in this business have no business in this business. In fact, it looks like "A Job For Big Lefty." You'll understand why when you read the newest essay from our fearless leader.
September 6, 2002... A new month, a new essay from Jack: "All Applause, Please. No Boo's." You'll find it in the Essays section, right behind the pitted prunes.
August 31, 2002...
Class will come to order. "Professor Blanchard" has words of encouragement for independent artists:
"Independent Artists, Blow Your Own Horn."
On a related subject, the first installment of Jack's 1969 booklet, "Alien Invaders" (a collection of Jack's "Misty Voices" columns), the original version of "Strange Experiment" has been restored.
August 29, 2002...
Hi, everybody...
Today we're sending a special "thank you" to the European DJs for including us in their E.M.S. European Top 30 Most Popular Independent Tracks for 29 August 2002.

It's an honor.

Love,
Jack & Misty

Here's a shot of us on a flatbed in Minnesota... with our former drummer Joey Nelson...


August 28, 2002... Okay, you're probably wondering at this point: Wha' hoppen?
That's a good question. A few days ago we were so fed up with the (constantly) slow-loading FreeWebs site that I spent several days transferring everything to what I thought was a reliable, faster webserver. And it was...until they stole away like a thief in the night, leaving a trail of heartbreak, disgust (we discussed it and we were disgusted), and work that went for nothing. Almost. The good news, such as it is, is that (obviously) I didn't delete the FreeWebs account, so that's why you're looking at the pages created there. The BAD news is, any updated items were only on the other server, and it's going to take some time to remember what the heck they were (This includes the first installment from Jack's 1969 book, "Alien Invaders".)
By the way, in case anyone suggests www.gizba.com as a host site...IGNORE THEM!!!
There, I feel so much better now.
-Lee, Assistant Webflunkey.
We are sorry to report that our friend Mark Harris died on July 27th. He was a wonderful journalist, specializing in Country Music. He was owner/operator of the excellent website ClassiCountry.Com. Mark's brother Matt contacted us with the sad news. We heard from Matt again today, and he suggested that if anybody out there would like to take over the website that Mark put so much work into, please contact: Matt Harris - Jack and Misty
"35 YEARS OF JACK & MISTY MUSIC" A TWO PART BIOGRAPHY AND INTERVIEW WITH LOTS AND LOTS OF PICTURES AND MUSIC SAMPLES! Just Click

anywhere on the picture. Our thanks to Mark Harris of ClassiCountry.com Jack & Misty, Stardust Records.
A message to our friends in radio from Jack and Misty...
We're calling from...

Somewhere In Virginia In The Rain

Stardust Records Compilation #38, Track #6

P.S. If you haven't heard it, and you have a minute, please click Here.


THE UNCLE TURKEY PHOBIA
Today I began noticing email coming in and going directly into the trash!
I looked at my blocking filters log, and found the problem.
I was once getting a lot of annoying email from an "Uncle Turkey", so I put a block on him last year.
Suddenly, today, the filter thinks that ALL my friends are "Uncle Turkey"!
I've removed the Uncle Turkey block, hoping it will cure my computer's poultry phobia.
So, if you sent me any email in the past few hours, please send it again.
Thanks.
Jack
The Red-Headed Stranger loves to disco...

The red-headed stranger loves to disco...
August 9, 2002...
Thank you SO much, DJ's, for the wonderful response to "Somewhere In Virginia In the Rain"! Best always from
Jack & Misty

August 15, 2002... In the Essays section, it's time for an "Other Voices" piece. This one from Ron Wiggins, who explains very clearly what insanity is, in "The Insanity Defense." Look for it in the Essays section.
August 14, 2002... It's TWO! (SFX: Clicking of two Certs™ packs together) TWO! (Same SFX) TWO essays by Jack in one! (Becuase I didn't know how else to get out of that Certs™ analogy.) Check out "Bat Masterson and the New Payola" in the Essays section.
August 12, 2002...
A NOTE FROM
®

I'm sure most of you know Dr. Demento.
His show, consisting of the world's funniest recordings,
has been syndicated on hundreds of radio stations for many years.
He does a great job of cheering the world up.
His compilation CD albums are in all the music stores,
and we're on some of them. On his anniversary album,
the liner notes carried a short Jack and Misty bio.
It ended with our divorce.
Of course we're not divorced, so we wrote to him about it. He is a good guy, and I knew it was just a mistake...
In fact, I knew where he got the false information.
We've seen it many times before.
It's in a book that you can find in your local library. This is from Dr. Demento's letter to us, dated today:
" I'm really sorry, Jack and Misty. I can only imagine how hurtful that was.
I got that bad information from the book "DEFINITIVE COUNTRY:
The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Country Music and Its Performers",
edited by Barry McCloud. (Perigee Books, 1995).
It's at the end of the entry on you, page 72." A LOT of writers get this tidbit from McCloud's book.
It's never going to go away,
but we want you to know
that Dr. Demento has offered to mention it with a retraction
whenever he plays one of our records. He is also adding this to his website:
"CORRECTION: CD booklet notes for DEMENTIA 2000
(Dr. Demento 30th Anniversary Collection):
Regarding the song "Tennessee Birdwalk," the notes to this CD imply that
Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan are no longer married. That is incorrect.
They are still married. In Jack's words, "We are STILL MARRIED, STILL
TOGETHER, still writing, recording, and performing! We have NEVER even
come CLOSE to a breakup!
Dr. Demento" I talked to the good doctor on the phone a year or two ago,
and he's a real gentleman,
a word not used much lately. From Misty and me:
Thanks, Doc.
Keep us all laughing for many more years..
Jack Blanchard Check out Dr. Demento's website at:

August 12, 2002... It's the rumor that won't go away! However, Jack offers what he hopes is "The Last Word on the Fake Divorce Deal"; also, on an unrelated subject, Jack takes us down memory lane with "A True Payola Story", both of which can be found in the Essays section.
August 5, 2002... Jack starts the month off with two short columns: "Those Pesky Homeless" and "More On The Homeless", which you can read in the August section of the Essays.
July 31, 2002... As the month of July closes out, we have another missive from Jack: "Shopping Trip", in which our hero reveals to the universe that a trip to your friendly supermarket ain't so friendly or super anymore.
Elsewhere on the net, one of the nice people in the business we've had the pleasure of at least conversing on the phone with is legendary radio personality Don Kennedy ("Big Band Jump", "The Don Kennedy Show," etc.) Occasionally, his radio show website, bigbandjump.com, posts some of his commentaries, which are always right on the mark. His latest one about the Internet Tax on Music is definitely no exception (In Jack's words, "This is a great article."). Click on the link to BBJ, and see if Don isn't right.
July 29, 2002... Well, we're getting close to the end of the month, which means all the July news will soon be heading over to the Old News Archives. But before that happens, we've got three more missives from Jack in the Essays column today: "Commercial Affection" (a journalist's eye view of the Happiest Place on earth, East Coast subsidiary), "Dear Jack (Jack Blanchard's Advice Column)" and "The Dog Telegram". (I don't know if this is a shaggy dog story or not. Jack didn't specify which kind.) Look for them in the July 2002 section of Jack's Essays.
July 26, 2002... Short, sweet and to the point...no, it's not a chocolate covered "Win With Wilkie" button, it's Jack's latest column, "Aggravate? Moi?", which you can find in the Essays section.
July 25, 2002... So, how does someone from Buffalo, NY get interested in Country Music anyway? Jack explains as much as he needs to in today's new column, "Country Home" (which also features the lyrics to the [so far] B-side only, "A Place In My Mind").
July 24, 2002... In the short time we've known Jack and Misty, there is NOTHING...I repeat, NOTHING... that we're aware of that has set the land speed record for responses to one of Jack's Essays than the one he emailed out yesterday, "The Keep It Country Oath." But in case you missed it, the "Oath" - and the responses - can be read by clicking on the title, or going to Jack's Essays. In other news... Dear DJ's, Col. Buster Doss has informed us that compilation #38 is in the mail to you right now. Of all our recordings, "Somewhere In Virginia In the Rain" is one of our very favorites. It is track #6, on Stardust #38. While you wait for the mail, you can get an MP3 preview by clicking this link: Somewhere In Virginia In The Rain It loads a little slowly, but we'll have that fixed next week. Thanks to our webmaster Jerry Withers. Your friends, Jack & Misty
July 23, 2002... Big news! We have a surprise coming to this site. In fact, it's such a surprise that neither Webmaster Jerry, Jack or Misty know about it, and I ain't telling. You'll just have to wait. (Can you stand the suspense?) Devious Assistant Weblackey, Lee I don't know what it is, either, but click on the #5 song title in the next item for my surprise! (I hope it's not the same thing...) Head Weblackey, Jerry.
A big THANK YOU to the DJ's worldwide!

from your friends,
Jack & Misty

WORLDWIDE MAINSTREAM "MOST PLAYED "MAJOR & INDIE" ARTISTS CHART" 01 - 15 JULY 2002.
# Artists Label, Promoter, Distributor
1 Erin Hay WIR,SD,TTR,CODISC, WHP
2 Ernie Ashworth BE,HD,SD,H,GT,HT,WHP
3 Mike Headrick WHP/CoDisc
4 Paul Mateki 7MT, WHP,USOFT
5 Jack Blanchard/Misty Morgan Stardust
* * *
HOT COUNTRY SINGLES CHART PERIOD 06/15/02 THRU 06/29/02
1 - OLE PAY AIN'T CHECKED OUT YET - *JOHHNY PAYCHECK
2 - COUNTRY MUSIC DJ - *ERNIE ASHWORTH
3 - WALKING THE FLOOR OVER YOU - *ERIN HAY
4 - ALL OVER AGAIN - *CLINT MILLER
5 - FIRE HYDRANT # 79 - *JACK BLANCHARD & MISTY MORGAN
Stardust


Check this out, gang.

http://orangecountyfl.net/aware/artist/Artists/armstrong_valerie.htm?PrinterFriendly=1&

It's my sister, Val.
We're pretty proud of her.

-Jack

July 22, 2002... Hi. In another futile attempt to pay the bills, we're trying to sell you a CD. "Back From the Dead, Vol.2" (23 songs, all vocals) (includes "Tennessee Birdwalk" and "Somewhere In Virginia in the Rain") "A Little Out Of Sync" (19 songs, all vocals) "Jack & Misty Are Crazy" (17 funny songs, all vocals) "Back In Harmony" (10 songs, all vocals). "Masters Of the Keyboards" (10 original instrumentals) For ordering or information: mail to: CD@jackandmisty.com
Some of the reviews: "AN INDEPENDENT VIEW" by: Linda Fryer, BMI, CLA "Jack and Misty have done it again!" "Every song on this CD is perfection!" “The voices of Misty Morgan and Jack Blanchard are unmistakable. It doesn't matter what song they're singing, you know them instantly." "I couldn't stop LISTENING…They had me from the first note." "There isn't one song on this CD that I could imagine being left out." "Sit back and get ready for a real treat.” From COUNTRY MUSIC ROUNDUP Britain's Number One Country Music Newspaper. Pete Smith's Rock Pile. "I must declare my favourite duo is Jack and Misty." "In disturbing times like these the world needs Jack and Misty.” Ray Grundy. METRO COUNTRY, U.K. “An absolute joy to listen to!" "Their superb harmonies are spellbinding!" Thus endeth the commercial.
In other news, Jack's sister, the acclaimed artist Valerie Armstrong, seems to have the same sense of humor as her brother. Read her "Ode To The Venus Of Willendorf" (one of the "Other Voices" we keep referring to) in the Essays page. You'll also find a link to a webpage that tells all about The Venus of Willendorf as well.
July 21, 2002...

Today's brand-new column by Jack is one whose title alone had me on the floor laughing (and in a public library, that can be embarassing!) Look for it in the Essays section. Its title? (Get ready, gang...) "I'd Rather Moon Congress."

In other news...

At the request of Jack, we've added a new FOB (Friend of Birdwalk) to our Links page - Welcome, Frank Dell and the Country Legends Association! Proud to have you aboard! Click on their logo to head to their website (which is maintained by our mutual friend, Marlene Slater of MY KIND OF COUNTRY [see link at bottom of this page]).


July 19, 2002...

While going through some old emails, I found four...count 'em...4...of Jack's columns that hadn't been posted til now. They're old, but funny, and are now in the Essays section. For the curious, and to save you the trouble of looking for them, they are:
"Unusual Song Titles" (Jan. 24 & 26, 2002)
"Random New Years Thoughts" (Dec. 29, 2001)
"Brain Static: Thoughts For The Day" (June 7, 2001) and
"Jack's Gourmet Recipes" (June 8, 2001).
If there's anything we still haven't posted, we wouldn't have any idea what.


July 18, 2002...

Whew! I thought we'd NEVER get caught up! (But I think we have.) The last two backlogged columns, "The Internet As A Form Of Life" and "Sometimes I Get Deep" (from June 8 & 9, respectively) have now been added to Jack's Essays. (Now I can get rid of all my old Hotmail files!) Enjoy.

Best wishes,
Your friendly neighborhood webmaster (and I don't mean Spider Man),
Jerry.


July 17, 2002...

Another new column by Jack, "An Overflow Of Wisdom." Also, something appropriately silly has been added to yesterday's column, "I Miss My Spam." Check them both out in the July 2002 section of the Essays page.


July 16, 2002...

A new column by Jack, "I Miss My Spam." It's pretty short, but also pretty funny. Click on the Essays button to read it. (P.S. Due to a temporary screw-up, a couple of the stories posted yesterday didn't show up. Now they do. Thank you.)

Hi, folks. Your friendly neighborhood webmaster interrupting here for a minute. First, kudos to Assistant Webmaster Lee for doing a terrific job getting the site moved to Freewebs (while my hair turned grey). Second, remember the "Letter From An American Sailor At Sea" mentioned earlier? It has come to my attention that some people might think this is one of those urban legends we keep hearing about. (Not any of the readers of this site, naaahhhhh...) Well, the proof, as they say, is in the picture, and we finally have it! You'll find it in said article. (And again, thanks to Fred Conklin for posting the original letter, and Jack for sending the picture. And again, again, with friends like these, our enemies can kiss our you-know-what!) Okay. Enough seriousness. Back to the fun.

All the best,
Jerry.


July 15, 2002...

And the renovation keeps on coming...and with it, three NEW columns by Jack! Click on the "Jack's Essays" button to read "An Offer That's Hard To Refuse", "Chord Discrimination" and "Has-Beens Wanted", and read first-hand why Ralph Emery hates to interview Jack.

Our friend and Hero records artists Jackie Burns has replaced her Web-tv with a real computer.
Her email address is: isingsome@earthlink.net
Thanking you for Jackie,
Jack & Misty


July 13, 2002...
Mel the Blues Pig keeps in shape.

Announcing the Grand Re-Opening of Tennessee Birdwalk!

Yes, even Mel the Blues Pig is jumping for joy! (Or just jumping in the lake.) We now officially welcome you to the (not quite-so-new, but slightly improved) OFFICIAL website for Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan, Tennessee Birdwalk. We've added:
a new "albums at a glance" section, which you can get to by clicking here. Click on any of the covers when you get there, and see what comes up (Bad news, Netscape users: this feature, at the present time, only works on Internet Explorer).
Also, the lyrics to "It Seems Like There Ain't No Goin' Home" are now available in the lyrics page.
And as if that isn't enough, and by golly, don't you think it should be?... Nah, me neither...
A BRAND-NEW COLUMN BY JACK! It's called "The Land of Sunshine," and you can find it in the July 2002 section of the Columns page (click on the Jack's Essays button to get there.)
Stay tuned for more goodies along the way; in the meantime, remember the words of Woody Guthrie, who said, "The worst thing you can do to a song is make it official." Chirp Chirp!
July 12, 2002...

At last! A glaring oversight has been corrected! The lyrics have finally been added for The Legendary Chicken Fairy!... You're welcome.


July 9, 2002...

That's one small step for man, one giant leap for Tennessee Birdwalk!
We have now made the leap from our old server to a new one at Freewebs.com. No need to change anything where you are; the official site addy is still "jackandmisty.com". (You really won't notice any difference otherwise...but we who maintain this site do.) Also, since last time, Jack has gotten better (see Old News), and to celebrate there are three new columns (actually, recent ones that got lost in the transition from one web server to another, you know how it is...). They're called "The New Nicer Me," "Survival of the Dumbest" and "Old Birds," and they can be found in the June 2002 section of the "Articles."
More new news to follow...
Lee, Assistant Webmaster.

June 24, 2002...

Hello, everybody.

Jack will probably be off line for a day or two, due to medical problems.
He is still here at home, so far, and can take calls anytime after 3 PM eastern time
at 407 321 5361.
I'm sure he would enjoy hearing from friends.

Best to all.
Misty


June 13, 2002...

Tennessee Birdwalk will soon be moving! After two years, we're relocating from our old host to a new site. In the meantime, you can still find us at jackandmisty.com. We'll let you know when the move is complete (and also why we've moved in the first place!). And to Les and Gayle, a big thank you from your harried webmaster during the last two weeks for your help; and also to Assistant Webmaster Lee, who is effecting the file movement even as we speak. More news to come...


May 24, 2002...

Well, now that we've all gorged ourselves on Misty's Birthday cake, have a feast for the eyes. Recently, Jack and Misty sent out a whole bunch of photos (paintings, mostly) in connection with their current hit single "Seems Like There Ain't No Goin' Home" (#5 at last count). If you missed any of them, or just want to see them again, I set up a new page, The Home Gallery. Check it out.

In other chart news, IWC has "There Must Be More To Life Than Growing Old" up a notch this week to #4. (Just thought you chart freaks would want to know.)

And finally, Jack offers his thoughts on DE-constructive criticism in his column, "You Stink."

As for myself, your humble webmaster is gonna take the Memorial Day weekend off and just relax. I hope you do the same. (Just not behind the wheel, okay?) See you next Tuesday.


Dear friends, The European and U.S. charts came in today, and we're doing pretty well on both. Thank you so much. We truly appreciate your support. Your friends, Misty and Jack Here is the 12th monthly traditional country artist airplay chart. TopTrax celebrates its 1st Anniversary!! TopTrax Traditional Country Music Chart
P.O. Box 8 Ottsville, PA 18942 (610) 847-8289 Fax (610) 847-6937 e-mail: djcowboy@erols.com Website: http://www.tptx.net America’s Only “Real Country” Music Airplay Chart Compiled from Play Lists submitted exclusively by more than 40 U.S. reporting stations Compiled by Tom Wardle VOLUME #1 – ISSUE #12 April 16 – May 15, 2002 POS. / ARTIST / LABEL(S) / Pos. Last Chart / Mos. Charting 1. George Jones Mercury/Epic/Asylum 1 12 2. Troy Cook, Jr. Stardust 2 12 3. George Strait MCA 4 10 4. Dugg Collins Startex 5 12 5. Gene Watson RMG/Curb/Capitol/SOR 3 12

6. Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan Stardust/WHP 12 4


Watch for "FIRE HYDRANT # 79" By Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan on Stardust Records comp #37, track #12. because right now...
The WorLD NeeDS a SMiLE!

Our audience last Saturday.


May 14, 2002...

Where do I begin, folks? Howzabout Jack and Misty (there's always a good subject for this website!) hitting #1 AGAIN this week with "It Seems Like There Ain't No Goin' Home" on the TOP 100 COUNTRY SINGLES CHART? Would you believe hitting #5 on IndieWorld with "There Must Be More To Life (Than Growing Old)"? How about two new columns from Jack: "Spam This." and "Sing A New Song"? Jerry Reed said it best: When you're hot, you're hot!

More to come later...


May 9, 2002... They're gonna take away my Webmaster's card for sure for this. I apologize, folks. I've been so busy that I forgot to look at the calendar...

IT'S OUR ANNIVERSARY MONTH!

That's right, "Birdwalk" is now TWO years old this month! Not only that, it's also Jack and Misty's Birthdays this month as well. (Sorry I missed yours yesterday, Jack. I'll try and do better on the 23rd when Misty's rolls around!)

To celebrate, we have two new columns by Jack concerning various aspects of the indie music business: "Is Indie Music A Career Or An Expensive Hobby?" and "Pirates On The High C's" (love that title!).

And while we're celebrating all things Jack and Misty, Mark Harris has put together one heck of a tribute to J&M at ClassiCountry.com that rates the ultimate tribute from your webmaster: 10 cases of birdseed! (Chirp! Chirp!) Check below to get there.

More to come including, next week, something graphic (and I'll leave you all to wonder what that means)! In the meantime, enjoy the new stuff, and have a piece of anniversary cake on me. (Just don't send me the bill.)

All the best,
Your humble webmaster, Jerry.

Now here's that bit about Mark Harris' site. Read on...


BRAND NEW!!!
WE INVITE OUR FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD TO
CHECK THIS OUT!!!!
"35 YEARS OF JACK & MISTY MUSIC"
A TWO PART BIOGRAPHY AND INTERVIEW
WITH LOTS AND LOTS OF PICTURES AND MUSIC SAMPLES!
Just Click

anywhere on the picture.

Our thanks to Mark Harris of ClassiCountry.com
Jack & Misty,
Stardust Records.


May 4, 2002...

"TWANGTOWNUSA.COM NEWS" wrote:

TOP 100 HOT COUNTRY SINGLES


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Posted by HILL TOPPER MUSIC GROUP on May 04, 2002 at 11:30:41:

HOT COUNTRY SINGLES

1- IT SEEMS LIKE THERE AIN'T NO GOING HOME - *JACK BLANCHARD & MISTY MORGAN

Thanks, DJ's for making this song #1 again!

More to come...


May 3, 2002...

Once again, Jack and Misty have hit that territory where the air is rare (I woulda made a great deejay!)... the top 10! As a matter of fact, they went one better this week: "There Must Be More To Life (Than Growing Old)" has moved up to #9 from #16 last week! Check the IndieWorld Country chart for yourself. Congratulations, Jack and Misty!

More to come...


Dear DJ's,
Thank you SO much for playing our song.
Your Friends
Jack & Misty

HOT COUNTRY SINGLES !!
Stardust artists are in red.......

1- IT SEEMS LIKE THERE AIN'T NO GOING HOME -
*JACK BLANCHARD & MISTY MORGAN HOT COUNTRY SINGLES MOST PLAYED INDIE COUNTRY "SINGLES" CHART. " REPEATED" AIRPLAY OF ANY ONE SINGLE SONG RELEASE. THIS IS "NOT" A MOST PLAYED ARTIST CHART IN WHICH ALL SONG TITLES WHICH APPEAR BY AN ARTIST ARE PLAYED SUCH AS FROM ALBUMS & ALL SONG TITLES ETC. IF YOU ARE GETTING SINGLE PLAY, ENCOURAGE THE DJS WHO PLAY YOUR SONG TO E-MAIL THIER PLAYLIST!!! THIS CHART IS SPONSERED BY HILL TOPPER MUSIC GROUP & GLORY TRAIN RECORDS AND WILL BE UPDATED TWICE A MONTH. ALL DJS , PLEASE SEND YOUR PLAYLISTS BY E-MAIL TO: GLORYTRN@AOL.COM or HILLTOPPERMUSIC@AOL.COM PLEASE DO SO, SO "YOUR" AIRPLAY WILL COUNT!! One or more playlists used for this period were sent in by the following DJs: POUL STOKHOLM, PAT FITZMAURICE, RAY GRUNDY, OLGA KLUFINSKI KIRBY, RON HOYSTED, BARRY WASS, JOHN BLOERSVIK, GILES MARTIN, WIM REPARON, JOY ADAMS, TRUDY BURKE, HERBERT BURKINS, ANITA GENECHTEN, LEO VAN CAMP, LINDA MAEIKA, BERT VAN DER WIJST, BAUKE VAN DER VLIET, LUCIEN KNAPEN, JAC OERLEMANS, MARION LACROIX, JOE VINCENT, MIA HEYLEN, GEORGE BACKER, JEAN CASTRO, STUART CAMERON, ALAIN DEMERS, BARRY WASS, SANDY & GRAVEL, HUGH T WILSON, AB PLANT, BOB ATKINS, YVONNE BARTEL, TOM WARDLE, ERIK TOPHOLM, BRUCE & MAUREEN LIVINGSTONE, CHRIS PORT, HANNEKE VAN DER HEI, HENNY DE PATER, JAN N EVENHUIS, SHEENA GUY, MAX ACHATZ, DICK BAKKER, ROLF HIERATH, DAVE SMITH, HANS-HENRIK THAMDRUP, MICHAEL HAISELDEN, JORIS SMITS, EINAR FLAATIN, HOLGER PETERSEN, IAN B MACLEOD, ARNO VAN KAMPEN, BJARNE C HESSELBJERGGAARD, JEAN-YVES LOUIS, CHRIS HILL, D.W.VAN DER HEI, PATRICK MOLIS, BART VAN DER POL, JESSE JAMES, ISON RADIO, JAKOB DIJKSTRA, MARY MURRAY, BOB ATKINS, STEWART FENWICK, THEO OLDENBURG, DIETER TRENKLER, JOHHNY NIELSON, SOLVEIG CLARK, EDDY VELDKAMP, DICK & INGRID ADRIAENSEN, LEE WILLIAMS, VINCE LAUS, KENNETH KELLY, ALAN POTTER, PETER HILLS, ARNO BIERINGS, GRAHAM HASSALL, JOHNNY MASON, JOHN SLAVEN, JOHN BURROWS, HERMANN L MEYER, JANNE LINDGREN, AL FIELD, HEIN DE HAAN, URBAIN VANGEERTERUY, PAUL LAUZON, WILLIE WILFRIED

THANK YOU TO ALL DJS FOR SENDING YOUR PLAYLISTS


April 26, 2002... Well hey, everybody, and welcome to "Jack and Misty's Online Sweet 16 Party"! That's our way of telling you that "There Must Be More To Life (Than Growing Old)" has moved up 3 notches to #16 on the IndieWorld Country chart. And Will Campbell returns with more observations in "More From Weird Will". Consider yourself warned. More news to come...
April 19, 2002... Well, hi, folks! This week, "There Must Be More To Life" cracks the top 20, climbing 3 notches from 22 last week to #19 this week on the IndieWorld Country chart. (You can't keep a good song down!) And this week's classic Jack story is the tale of culinary creation called "How I Invented The Cheeseburger". More news to come...
April 15/16, 2002... Sorry I'm late. That foot traffic is murder! In chart news, "There Must Be More To Life (Than Growing Old)" is still climbing! It's up 4 to #22 this week on the IndieWorld Country chart. In story news, Jack has a saga about hospital food this week in two parts (the saga, not the food). You'll find "My Operation" and "Revenge Chicken" (where else?) in the columns section. More to come...
April 11, 2002... A message from Jack and Misty... Thank you for your kind and thoughtful messages. Here is a picture of our sister Ginny who passed away Easter weekend, 2002. Virginia Dawn White Ginny

I wrote the song. Joel Mathis sings it on Dick Shuey's Hero Records Twang Country Project Track #6. And the artists on the other 20 tracks are just great! I think you'll like it. Thanks. Jack Blanchard (It's fun to call on Punjab, He'll up and give 'em one jab...)
April 5, 2002... WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE??? Clues: He is a famous songwriter/singer, and she is one of the all-time great country singers. Find the answers at this page: http://www.mkoc.com/Hidden/JackieBurns/jackie.htm And then listen to the new Hero Records Twang Country Project, track #3. Try it. You'll like it.
Hey there, hi there, ho there! This week, "There Must Be More To Life (Than Growing Old)" climbs up another couple of notches on the IndieWorld Country chart to roost at #26.

More news to come... stay tuned...


March 30, 2002...

RECALL OF FAULTY CD'S!!!

TO ALL WHO HAVE PURCHASED, AND DJ'S WHO HAVE RECEIVED THE CD
"BACK FROM THE DEAD. VOL. 2"
IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS:

Due to a manufacturer's error
an unknown amount of faulty CD's were sent out.
Apparently the masters were mixed up.

The GOOD ones have 23 tracks,
and the first track is "Somewhere In Virginia In the Rain".

The FAULTY CD's have only 14 songs, and start with a song that has never even been scheduled for release.
(Probably duplicated from an early test demo.)

We are sending a new master to the plant in Dallas Monday and should have the new CD's in about 10 days.

Please email us right away if you received a bad one,
and we will send a replacement.

We apologize for the error, and for any inconvenience.
We appreciate you, and want to make it right.

Thank you.

Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan


March 29, 2002...

We're still climbing! "There Must Be More To Life" is now #28 on this week's Indie World Country chart.

Hi, funseekers. I seem to be updating these things on a Friday basis lately. It wasn't planned, but it seems to work for me, so I think I'll be doing that from now on. And speaking of updates, this week in the columns section Jack offers a long overdue bio, "Jack Blanchard, Songwriter", offers the soapbox to Raymond Peace with more "Words To Live By", and revisits a classic, "Time Square".

That's all for this week.
See ya next, Jerry.


March 22, 2002...

We're number 31! Well, "There Must Be More To Life" is, anyway. Check this week's Indie World Country chart.

Also, the country debate continues unabated. Check the latest entry, "The Beef Goes On" for proof.

That's it from here for this week. See you later.

Best wishes to all,
Jerry.


March 15, 2002...

It's our webmaster's birthday today! Happy birthday to... er... well, me. (How's THAT for shameless self-promotion?)

On a more productive note this week, Jack and Misty's new single "There Must Be More To Life" (see below) climbs up another 5 notches to #34 on the Indie World Country charts! Way to go!

I'm off to splurge on ice cream and cake. Enjoy the rest of the site, and be good to yourselves at least once a day.

Jerry.


March 9, 2002...

This month in 1970, "Tennessee Bird Walk" hit #1 in Billboard! (Gee, it only seems like 32 years ago, sez Jack.) Happy belated anniversary!

And on that note: Jack and Misty are in the charts again!
"There Must Be More To Life (Than Growing Old)" debuts this week at #39 on the Indie World Country charts! (Song 1)

Also, in the articles section, read the short and poignant... well, short... story of Jack's dog.

All for now. Have fun, and enjoy the rest of the website.
Jerry.


March 4, 2002... Hi. Our regular email is down again. Please use jcknmsty@bellsouth.net. Thanks. Sorry for the extra mail and any inconvenience. Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan

March 3, 2002... Just in time for March, a new column by Jack, and a response, on just what makes Country country anyway. You'll find them in the columns section.

Jerry.


February 20, 2002... Hey there, folks! Our ol' pal "Kuntry" has set up something great! To find out what it is, go to the Real Music World MusicStore page: http://Real-Music-World.net/MusicStore.htm and click on either the "Traditional Country", "Modern Country" or "Country Ballads" box.

Jerry.


February 19, 2002...

Hi! It's exciting to be on the United States Chart after so many years away. And in such good company...All our old friends. Thanks to the DJ's. We just had to tell you all. Please forgive our enthusiasm.;) Your friends, Jack and Misty

TopTrax Traditional Country Music Chart
P.O.Box 8 Ottsville, PA 18942
(610)847-8289 Fax (610) 847-6937
e-mail: djcowboy@rols.com
Website: http://.www.tptx.net

America’s Only “Real Country” Music Airplay Chart
Compiled from Play Lists submitted by U.S. reporting stations
Compiled by Tom Wardle
VOLUME #1 – ISSUE #9
January 16, 2002 – February 15, 2002

POS./ARTIST / LABEL(S) / Pos.Last Chart / Mos.On Chart
1. George Jones Mercury/Epic/Asylum 1 9
2. Johnny Bush Lonestar/Watermelon 4 9
3. Gene Watson RMG/Curb/Step One/Capitol 3 9
4. Willie Nelson Navarre/Audium/Lost Hwy/Columbia 8 9
5. Merle Haggard Anti/Capitol/Relentless 5 9
6. Ernest Tubb MCA/Decca/1st Generation 7 9
7. Charlie Louvin Hilltopper/WHP/1st Generation 11 4
8. Ernie Ashworth B&E/Hilltopper/Curb/WHP 16 9
9. Bob Wills Columbia/Longhorn/Liberty 17 8
10. Buck Owens Rhino/Capitol/Audium 13 9
11. Charley Pride Honest/RCA 36 9
12. Hank Thompson Capitol/Hightone/Bloodshot 22 9
13. Norma Jean Roma/CCM/RCA 19 5
14. Ray Price Columbia/Bear 12 4
15. Leona Williams Neon Nightmare/Lonestar/TIMA 21 7
16. George Strait MCA 2 7
17. Patsy Cline MCA/Razor & Tie/Fat Boy 20 8
18. Lee Sims LS 6 9
19. Jimmy Dickens Bear/Razor & Tie 15 9
20. Bill Anderson Decca/TWI/MCA/Curb/BA Ent. 18 9
21. Loretta Lynn MCA/Decca/Audium 26 9
22. Johnny Cash Sony/Columbia/American/Sun 10 9
23. Mel Tillis MCA/Curb 62 3
24. Erin Hay Westwood/WHP -- 8
25. Porter Wagoner Shell Point/RCA 31 5
26. Marty Robbins Columbia/Sony 35 9
27. Dale Watson Koch/Audium/Hightone 77 9
28. Dugg Collins Startex 25 8
29. Kitty Wells OMS/MCA/Decca 61 9
30. Troy Cook Jr. Stardust/SDK 14 9
31. Johnny Rodriguez -- 1
32. Red Simpson Columbia/Razor & Tie 30 7
33. Conway Twitty MCA/Branson 75 4
34. Darlin’ & Rose DR -- 1
35. Bill Murray Starbuck 29 4
36. Billy Walker Tall Texan 23 9
37. Justin Tubb 1st Generation/Starday/King -- 1
38. Michael Ballew Soul Of The Heart 42 6
39. Cal Smith MCA/1st Generation -- 1
40. Tom Morrell WR -- 2
41. Asleep At The Wheel Relentless 50 6
42. Jack Greene Edsel/Decca 43 2
43. Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan WHP/Stardust -- 1
44. Connie Smith RCA 33 3
45. Tammy Wynette Epic 40 3
46. Hank Locklin Coldwater -- 1
47. Bobby Helms Decca/MCA 46 3
48. Darrell McCall Bear -- 1
49. Chester Smith & Merle Haggard Hag Record -- 1
50. Dottie West RCA 60 2
51. Roy Acuff Columbia 87 5
52. Hank Williams, Sr. Polydor/MGM/Mercury 28 9
53. Ronnie Milsap Koch/RCA -- 1
54. Lamar Morris Barrister 55 6
55. Johnny Paycheck WHP/EPIC/Masters -- 8
56. Bobby Stephenson Aaron 47 3
57. Del Reeves UA 82 2
58. Wanda Jackson Capitol/Sony 51 2
59. Waylon Jennings Javelin/RCA -- 1
60. Moe Bandy Razor & Tie/Sony -- 1
61. Dolly Parton Sugar Hill/RCA 52 8
62. Stonewall Jackson ETRS/Columbia 34 3
63. Jimmy Day Midland/Bear -- 1
64. Rooster Quantrell Stardust 69 3
65. David Ball Dualtone -- 1
66. Dick Shuey Hero 73 3
67. Wynn Stewart Varese/Bear/Capitol 44 5
68. Emmy Lou Harris WB/Eminent -- 3
69. Freddie Hart Edsel/Sony/Capitol -- 1
70. Hank Williams, Jr. Curb/Rebound -- 1
71. Melba Montgomery UA/CCM 65 2
72. Hank Adam Locklin Coldwater -- 1
73. Jan Howard Legends & Legacies 72 5
74. Carl Smith Columbia/Bear 41 5
75. Faron Young Curb/Mercury 32 6
76. Glynn Martin Country Discovery 53 5
77. Jimmy Eaves Pureco 66 9
78. Joe Paul Nichols Custom/TIMA 59 5
79. Charley Walker Bear -- 1
80. Claude Gray TIMA/Sunrise/Mercury 39 3
81. Joe Stampley Critter -- 2
82. Webb Pierce MCA/Rhino/Decca 88 8
83. Eddy Arnold RCA/Sony 63 8
84. Donna Fargo Mercury 97 3
85. Don Walser -- 1
86. Alan Jackson Arista 9 9
87. Louvin Brothers Razor & Tie 67 6
88. Bill Monroe Columbia/Decca 71 3
89. T Jae Christian Universal/Stardust -- 2
90. Joey Sloan Dark Horse Traditions -- 1
91. Boxcar Willie Madacy/CTS 86 5
92. Kim Novas Universal -- 1
93. Mac Wiseman Rebel/Highland 99 2
94. Kenny Roberts Bear -- 4
95. Gene Autry Sony/Rhino/Columbia 57 5
96. Ralph Stanley Rounder 54 5
97. Ricky Skaggs Epic/Skaggs Family 38 9
98. Jimmy Martin Highland/SMR 91 2
99. Hal Willis Pearl/Stardust -- 1
100. Osborne Brothers CMH/Laserlight -- 1

Thanks, DJ's, for supporting "Rusty and the Cowboys"! (And if you haven't, shame on you! ;) -Jerry. )
January 31, 2002... Hi again. Well, it took forever, but we finally have some new photos for you to glom at! Here's a sample. It's a movie poster put together by our friend Alex Cullum. Enjoy. Until I can get the thumbnails up, click on the following titles to see them: dawnbreakers1.jpg dawnbreakers2.jpg [Jack's early group, The Dawnbreakers (of "The Boy With The Be-Bop Glasses")] detlefsen2.jpg [This is it, the one, the only, the original "Sunset Train" by Paul Detlefsen!] sunsetsketch.jpg [This is a JB sketch inspired by that painting.] newjackpic1.jpg [The photo of Jack that appeared in Alex's poster.] newjackpic2.jpg newjack6.jpg [Jack and Misty in their dress-up mode.] Jack_and_Donn.jpg [Jack with his son Donn, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1992. The album "Back In Harmony" is dedicated to him.] And that's all of the new photos. We think. It took a lot of work and quite a bit of screaming on the part of your webmaster (and Jack and Misty, I'm sure!) to get them up. I'll get thumbnails up soon. There's more new stories as well. (I just have to dig back in my email account and find them. I'll keep you posted.) In the meantime, be good to yourselves at least once a day. Jerry.
January 19, 2002... Thank you to DJ's, friends. and associates around the world for allowing us to be #5 on the Worldwide Most Played Artists Chart for this period, and #4 for the year 2001. Your support means a lot to us. You've made our return possible after twenty years away from the recording industry. Thanks again, and much love. Jack and Misty
Slowly but surely, your friendly neighborhood webmaster is bouncing back from a case of the bleahs that's been keeping him away from the computer most of the week; and judging by the amount of stuff Jack's been sending lately, I've got a LOT of catching up to do! I've added a few new articles (including some updated versions of a couple of classics, and an item called "Weasel Words" that speaks for itself). Hopefully, if I recover, I can put up some long delayed pictures soon. (Cross your fingers.) On a more musical note, DJ's, watch your mailboxes next week for the NEW Jack & Misty single, Rusty And The Cowboys, a story of a good country band that broke up, on WHP Records. See you soon. (Aspirin willing.) Jerry.
January 10, 2002... Hi. News from around the nest... Jackie Burns' Rose-Mar page has been moved. These are her pages now: The Voice of Jackie Burns on MKOC: http://www.mkoc.com/Hidden/JackieBurns/jackie.htm on Rose-Mar: http://lswazzo.tripod.com/featured.html

NEW SINGLE ALERT! They may not play here anymore, but "Rusty And The Cowboys" is (are?) Jack and Misty's new single on WHP (Western Heart Productions)... More articles coming... stay posted...


January 8, 2002... Hi, friends. Have a cigar! Another fine review of our CD "A Little Out Of Sync" has just come in. It's from Ray Grundy's Metro Country, in the U.K.. Check it out and hear samples here: http://web.ukonline.co.uk/rgrundy/CDreviewsjackmistysync.htm As you probably know, Ray has one of the classiest websites in the music business. His review pages are works of art. Thank you, Ray. We truly appreciate your encouraging words. Your friends, Jack & Misty
RANDOM NEW YEARS THOUGHTS. I can’t afford a new year. I may have to look for a good used one. "Fruitcake will out." Ben Franklin’s evil twin. The New Years "Toast" comes from the ancient tradition of casting virgins into a volcano to welcome the new year. The ritual lost popularity due to a growing lack of contestants. "Ptui" is a Greek letter that never gained popularity, due to the failure of Irving Berlin’s song "The Sweetheart Of Sigma Ptui". The new and old years are often represented by a baby and a very old man, both wearing diapers. The year 2002 spelled backwards is, of course, the same. Spelled sideways, it is 0022, pronounced: "Oh Oh! Tutu!", an ancient warning that a ballet dancer was approaching. I never make resolutions, but last year I gave up hope for Lent. Different cultures have opposing opinions as to when the old year ends. Try telling that to the tax collectors. Years are imaginary concepts, created by humans… like weather forecasters and economists. Even though it may be the wrong time, I still say: Happy New Year, friends. Jack Blanchard
On a more somber note... We're sad to announce the recent passing of Chuck Dixon (of Song 1 Records and Chuck Dixon Promotions). Chuck and I only communicated once by email, as I recall, but as I was telling Jack and Misty, he seemed like a "solid" person, in the best sense of the word. (It was on the Song 1 label that Jack and Misty's "Rings of Gold" hit #1.) The record business (mainstream, indie, whatever) needs more Chuck Dixons. Our condolences to Chuck's family and friends. Jerry D. Withers Jack's reminiscences of Chuck can be found here.
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