Ahead of the Bears/Packers game this Sunday, Cody called me this morning to chat about this weekend’s “Salute to Service” theme & why it’s so important to the Bears to recognize our veterans + how Cody spent his bye weekend off & much more >>>>>
The Today Show was full of surprises this morning for Halloween!
Reba McEntire stopped by (!) to introduces the TODAY anchors as country music legends, including:
* Carson Daly as Billy Ray Cyrus (along with the real Billy Ray!!!)
* Al Roker as Willie Nelson
* Megyn Kelly as Shania Twain
* Hoda Kotb as Blake Shelton (joined by, another surprise, the real Blake!)
* Kathie Lee Gifford as Miley Cyrus
* Savannah Guthrie as Kenny Rogers (one of our favorites!)
* Matt Lauer as a phenomenal Dolly Parton
At the end of the performance, Savannah and Matt sang “Islands in the Stream” together, as Kenny & Dolly!
It was a concert he’s never done before. Acoustic, alone on stage with a guitar & harmonica & bass drum, and the stories in-between the songs (with setlist changes throughout the night)!
What we thought he’d play:
What he actually played (LOVE when artists don’t follow their own setlists):
How I’ll Always Be (written for Tim McGraw)
Fix A Drink
Who’s Your Farmer
Love This Life (written with LoCash) with some Tom Petty & Don Henley mixed in (!)
The Chair (George Strait cover)
Gimme 3 Steps (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
A Country Boy Can Survive (Hank Williams Jr cover)
Buy Me A Boat / Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash cover)
Truck Yeah (written for Tim McGraw)
So much sadness yesterday. Now more than 24 hours out, we’re still beginning to let it all soak in. I was in bed last night at 9:30, with melatonin to try and make sure I’d sleep. But I kept waking up to the sounds we all heard yesterday in all those videos.
This morning, making the kids’ lunches, getting them out to school, taking the Metra downtown, having time in my thoughts … what really struck me was the courage of the first responders. The courage of the country music fans who are just like you and me. Helping one another. In a place they were all excited to go to, for their love of country music. Just like you and I have done countless times in Chicago.
Garth Brooks said some great words yesterday that resonated with me as well:
“When things go bad, doctors go to work. When things go bad, policemen go to work. When things go bad, music & musicians go to work … they need ya. Things have gone bad, they need music, they need the power of that healing. The show must go on … start spreading the love, the greatest power that music holds, which is the power to heal.”
I truly believe these words, for all of us. Lots of love from me to you. Again, for all of us.
Bears star Kyle Long has a love for police officers who make their community a better place, even moreso when it involves youth football.
Hoffman Estates officer Mark Mueller works nights so that he can coach during the day (for the last 26 years!), so when Long heard about Mueller’s rusted-out 1999 pick-up truck, he asked his friends at “Tackle My Ride!” to step in >>>>
Father, police officer + longtime youth ? coach Mark Mueller needed a new ?@Ky1eLong knew just what to do.