Travel set for record highs ahead of Christmas; Florida wins top destinations

If you’re traveling this Christmas, you’re not alone. You’ll be one of an expected 112.5 million travelers hitting the roads. The good news is that not everyone is heading in the same direction. For Floridians, the news is a mix. My home state will benefit from all those travelers’ dollars, but three Florida cities are in the top ten destinations, and that means serious traffic on I-95 and other major highways. 

Soft AC growing in radio; songwriters take note

When I read a headline at Music LinkUp, at first glance, I was confused. The header indicated soft AC “is enjoying a renaissance.” If you think AC only stands for that thermostat setting you hit when the temps rise uncomfortably, you’re wrong. The soft AC the Music LinkUp article is talking about has to do with radio, and musicians might want to take note. 

During ‘most wonderful time of the year’, think ‘gig-giene’

Christmas and the winter holidays are, for many of us, definitely the “most wonderful time of the year” as the popular tune says. It’s also a time when people travel and welcome travelers to celebrate. It’s also the time of year when you might be gifted with something you definitely don’t want, like a virus. I travel with the band, and I’m always reminding everyone about taking steps to avoid getting those nasty bugs looking for new hosts. It’s also a wonderful time for those bugs, and it’s a good idea to think ‘gig-giene’ or hygiene in general. 

Afternoon at Amelia Island, a postcard worthy place

Over the weekend, Rebecca performed solo at Amelia Island Coffee, a shop smack in the middle of the central district on the island. A group of us decided to head that way to spend the afternoon and maybe get in a little early Christmas shopping. Amelia Island has always been one of my favorite places in Florida. The town is friendly, picturesque, and very accommodating to visitors. While she was setting up equipment and everyone in our party was getting settled, I strolled Centre Street. There’s something there for everyone. As I shopped, I encountered people from all over the

At-home wedding: Not a piece of cake, but worth it

Rebecca Day, founder of The Crazy Daysies, tied the knot in a ceremony in Jacksonville, Florida on November 10, 2018. It’s impossible to ignore her husband Joshua’s last name, Knight. How entertaining is it that we have a couple named Knight and Day? We had her wedding here at home with a little more than 50 very close friends and family members. Pulling off an at-home wedding isn’t a piece of cake, but in the long run, every effort was worth it. 

Notice to our readers: Taking a brief ‘vacation’ from IAS

Posting new content has been impossible this week, and I’ll likely not be able to post again until next week. I’m taking a brief vacation for a very good reason. Our daughter is getting married. At our house. The wedding is small—around 50 guests or so. As mom of the bride, I am focused right now on things like decorating, the ceremony, feeding our guests, and trying to figure out who drinks what beer or wine.

Loretta Lynn keeps on keeping on despite inaccurate news

Country music icon Loretta Lynn is recovering at home after what her daughter Peggy described as a “horrible stomach flu.” Lynn missed an awards ceremony in mid-October, and that led to all sorts of speculation among media. Lynn’s daughter had some advice for media. 

Clown bans, cultural appropriation, and imagination mark Halloween

Halloween is approaching, and the natter class is having the customary argument about which costumes are offensive because the wearer might be culturally ‘appropriating’ someone else’s heritage. Yet millions of US children and adults of all cultural persuasion will dress up on October 31 and hit the streets or parties to celebrate. Halloween is traditionally silly. Taking the award for silly is a city whose officials have banned clown costumes. 

New twist on an old scam; don’t fall for any of them

If you’re in the public eye as many artists and performers are, chances are you’ve been targeted by a scammer. Recently I received an unusual targeted scam that wasn’t your run of the mill pickup line like, “Your computer has been corrupted.” 

Despite a hurricane and heat, Naval Base at Kings Bay celebrates birthday

Did you know that October 13 is the 243rd birthday of the US Navy? I didn’t. I learned about it after Rebecca agreed to perform music for one night of the celebrations at the Naval Submarine Base in Kings Bay, Georgia. As the October 11 date approached, south Georgia dealt with Hurricane Michael and for this time of year, intense heat. Despite those obstacles and others commonly associated with big events at a military facility, the Navy’s birthday kicked off smoothly. 

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