The Man Who Would Be King

One of my favorite movies of all-time and an apt descriptor for King James, aka Lebron James, professional basketball star. Lebron is approaching the all-time NBA scoring record held by the much-revered Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Lebron is supposed to be here. He was anointed at age 16 and has pretty much lived up to theContinue reading “The Man Who Would Be King”

Substitutions

In my life I substituted lies for truth. I replaced long-term meaningful relationships with loyal, loving women with meaningless one-night stands with faceless strangers. I replaced trust and safety with irresponsibility and total lack of reason. But I always knew better. And that, I believe, frustrated my parents most of all. There’s a line inContinue reading “Substitutions”

What’s Next and Yet Another Letter to Robin Meade

If you have checked out more than a few of my blogs, you will know that before every gig I play, and I seriously mean every single gig I play, even the charity shows, I have sent an email to Robin Meade, the ageless Ohio newscaster in the morning on HLN, inviting her to showContinue reading “What’s Next and Yet Another Letter to Robin Meade”

Another Letter to Robin Meade

As many of you know who follow my crazy blog, I always invite Robin Meade, the perky little Newsbabe from HLN’s Morning News program whenever I play a gig.  Not surprisingly, she missed my show at the Sycamore Springs Nursing home last week despite my invitation. Here goes: Hi Robin: It is me, Maddogg. IContinue reading “Another Letter to Robin Meade”

Striking Out

It is OK to strike out. Once in a while. In a sport where the players earn millions of dollars (what sport doesn’t pay you millions anymore?) for hitting a ball, you can earn the highest level of fame and accolades if you are successful thirty-five percent of the time. Thirty-five. I was successful thirty-threeContinue reading “Striking Out”

Never Give Up! again

This expression is time-worn and in every parents’ playbook for teaching their children. The expression was famously part of North Carolina State coaching legend Jim Valvano’s final speech in which he epitomized class, grace, and inspiration. His exact words were the statement of his foundation’s motto:…”Don’t give up. “Don’t ever give up.” I still getContinue reading “Never Give Up! again”

Unrealistic Expectations

The realm in which I exist according to the Domestic Despot. As I told you the other day, I always send an email to Robin Meade asking her to show up at one of my gigs just to see the look on my wife’s face. At that point I would exist in the realm ofContinue reading “Unrealistic Expectations”

What’s News?

Who do you trust for your news?                                                                  In days gone by, you had paragons of integrity reporting the facts, without coloring or filtering it. Brinkley, Cronkite, Reasoner, Jennings, and you must insert Barbara Walters in that group. At least her earlier reporting before she started making mini-movies for 60 Minutes and then her own specials.Continue reading “What’s News?”