Seeing our names listed on the Grammy nomination certificate we received recently, I found myself thinking a lot about the ‘plus-sign‘ in-between our names and why we chose not to use a ‘&‘ sign or a ‘and '... Back in early 2008, I was a full-time songwriter and Joey was an aspiring singer. We had been married for five years, but Joey’s dreams of following in her musical hero Dolly Parton’s footsteps had eluded her. She had all-but-given-up on music and was working every day
There is a right time to say goodbye. Today isn’t that day. Joey’s best friend Julie has been here for a week and was supposed to leave this evening and fly back home to Oregon where she and her husband Joe live. But this morning as I sat beside my wife, and Julie started packing her things... Joey’s tears began to fall. She was inconsolable. I put my arms around her and asked what was wrong. As her lips quivered and she tried to catch her breath, the tears streamed her cheek
I don’t know where Indy gets her personality from. Joey says it’s from me. I’m not sure I believe her. But no matter... one thing is for sure, our little one has one of the most expressive little faces I’ve ever seen. I took a trip to Kohls last week and was supposed to buy her a couple of new outfits. She has grown out of most of her clothes and since it’s getting colder here, she needed some warm things to wear. I was on a mission. And I did good until I got to the check-ou
Joey and I have always tried to record songs that matter to us—songs that we can relate to in a personal way. Some are songs we’ve written and some we’ve found. More times than not, they’re songs about us—about our lives. But from time to time, a song we record comes to life in a way we never imagined. Years ago, our friend Sandy Lawrence wrote a song for her mother who she was caring for as she was passing away. It was something she said she wrote to help her through her fee
The holidays have been a roller-coaster for my bride. She’s had some good days, some bad days—some wonderful moments, and some deep pain that the morphine just couldn’t seem to touch. How could it... it wasn’t that kind of pain. They say that at Christmas time emotions run high, and you feel more than you do the rest of the year. I think that’s probably true. Though she managed a smile most of the time, Joey’s heart was heavy and she was feeling some things she hadn’t before.