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A good friend of mine who happens to be one of the crustiest of cowboys I've ever had the pleasure to know always asks me when I see him, "Hey dad, know any good stories?"  And as I rack my brain to come up with something witty to say, he inevitably follows up with, "You know it don't have to be true, just good."

I think about that alot when I write songs.  Not that my songs aren't true, they all have an element of truth.  But I would never let the truth get in the way of a good story. :-) 

I hope here you will find songs and stories that make you laugh, make you cry, and ultimately leave you feeling better than you did before. 

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B.J.

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Where in the World? 

I’ve been writing.  I’ve been writing a lot...well for me anyway.  I wrote 5 songs last week in the Fearless Songwriter Challenge.  A facebook group dedicated to writing fearlessly and a real inspiration for those of us who have a hard time getting started.  The idea is to write 7 songs in 7 days and take no more than an hour to write each song.  I usually stretch that to more like 2 or 3 hours over the course of a day.  I like to sleep on the prompt.  I.e., the moderator gives a word or a phrase that usually can be taken in many directions.  They are posted each evening.  I like to let the ideas gel a little overnight - a lot of times the muse stirs me out of bed in the middle of the night with “the movie” running through my head.  If i don’t get up right then and write down the idea and some details, it is usually gone by morning replaced by the feeling that “Hey the muse was here last night and she had something really juicy, but you fucking slept thru it!”  Anyway, after gelling on the song, i will spend an hour writing in the afternoon.  Not editing mind you - that will come later.  I now have 3 or 4 songs i will go back to and edit the crap out of before anyone else hears the finished song.

I also wrote 3 songs a few weeks ago at “The Song School” at Planet Bluegrass.  Oh and a jingle.  I wrote a jingle in Steve Poltz’s class - talk about a cool guy.  I heard a fellow songwriter comment that he had a “song school crush” on Poltz.  I get that.  He is an amazing songwriter and human being and I got so much out of his classes.  I co-wrote a song with Shanna In A Dress - what a fun experience and a pretty funny song came out of it.

So now i will be editing and hopefully headed to the studio to do some recording finally.  I have some great material I can’t wait to share with you all.  Talk soon...

Stormchaser Blues 

A couple of weeks ago I was reflecting on the weather.  It was what we would call a blue bird day here in Colorado.  Here in Elizabeth, it's been rodeo time again ( I wrote a song about this called Banner Town - it's pretty good, you should check it out: https://soundcloud.com/b-j-robinson/banner-town) any way, the rodeo-deo cowboys and cowgirls ride bulls and buckin horses with names like Thunder and lightning and twister and widowmaker. 

But you know what they say about the weather in Colorado (and a lot of other places apparently)  If you don't like the weather just wait 10 minutes...

Meanwhile, just last week over the hill about 10 miles east and overlooking our sleepy little banner town was what appeared to be a convention of storm chasers, chasing a line of wicked thunder storms in armored assault vehicles straight out of the movie "Twister" or maybe the Discovery Channel.  I saw one that looked like a home-made gray primer armadillo on wheels and they were fixin to do battle with things like thunder and lightning and twisters and storms called widowmakers...

Think I'll stick to songwriting :-)

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