I can’t believe I just typed the word “December” at the top of this page.
Is it December already? That means Thanksgiving is in our rear view mirrors (I hope you had a good one), Christmas is just around the corner (I helped usher in the season by riding in the Nashville Christmas Parade last weekend), and a brand new year will soon be staring us in the face. That’s exciting, but I don’t see how a new year can possibly top this old one for me.
With my induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June, my receiving the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nashville Songwriters Association in September, and the Honors Award from Nashville Association of Talent Directors in November, the year 2018 has set the bar awfully high. And I didn’t even mention the release of our new album, “Anderson” this year (coming soon in vinyl), nor our wacky, star-packed Christmas video, nor the 2018 Tunie Award from the Waffle House restaurant chain for being, as they called it, a “Jukebox Legend.”
2019 has got a tough act to follow! And I don’t say this to brag, but in true thankfulness to each of you who have helped make it all possible.
We’ve still got a few more days to enjoy in this year, though, including our final two concert dates on the 8th in Hanover, Pennsylvania, and the 9th in Highland Springs (Richmond), Virginia. I’ll be visiting with Eddie Stubbs (www.wsmonline.com) on his night time radio show on Dec. 5th from 8p.m. to midnight Central time, recording a duet with Jeannie Seely on the 12th, and singing one of my new songs, “The Only Bible,” on Country’s Family Reunion on the 21st and 22nd. We’ll be on the Opry December 15th, 21st, and 22nd, before taking time off to be with our families for Christmas.
And speaking of families, there’s never a dull moment in mine. My grandson, Blake, worked his way into the starting lineup of his high school varsity basketball team, scored 33-points in his first two games…then fractured a small bone in his wrist and has had to sit out all the games since. The doctors tell him he could be returning to the court before the holidays, but probably wearing a brace. (I think I overheard his coach humming, “If We Make It Through December”)!
Blake’s younger brother, Gabe, continues his battle with cancer, and a recent change in his chemotherapy appears promising. Thank you for continuing to keep him, and my friend, Vickie, in your thoughts and prayers. Vickie’s struggles are not getting any easier, so please don’t stop sending your positive vibes in her direction as well.
As always, I plan to spend Christmas at home with the ones I love the most. I hope it’s a great holiday season for you and yours, and may we all remember Whose birthday it is that we are celebrating on December 25th and why.
Thanks again for everything, and may God bless you each and every one.