“Band Name Mashup” including Eminem, Shania Twain, Roxette, NF, Elton John, and many more!

Singer/songwriter Dave Barnes recently asked fans on Twitter to reply with mashups of band names. This is right up my alley because I love corny but clever stuff like this… so of course I made a list! Below are two bands or artists with their names combined. Some are a bit of a stretch, but I figured… why not? Check it out and comment below with which is your favorite…

Johnny Cash Cash

The Beach Boys II Men

The Black (Eyed) Keys

Boney M-inem

The Escape Club Nouveau

Elton John Mayer

Plus One Direction


Shania Train

Matthew (Go) West

RadioHead and the Heart

Jock Roxette – (Jock Rocks + Roxette)

Rick James Blunt

Goodbye June Carter Cash

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Artist Formerly Known as Prince

LL Cool Jay-Z

Earth, Wind & Fire & Snow

Al Green Day

4 P.M. Dawn

Huey Lewis and the Newsboys

The Avett Brothers Osborne

Jars of Clay Aiken

Maroon 5 For Fighting

R. Kelly Clarkson

Point of Grace Potter

The SuperTones and I

Big & Rich Mullins

Michael W. AeroSmith

Whew, that was exhausting! I think challenges like this are pretty fun. Chime in below if you have some to add. Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

She totally got me with this one! Thoughts on “The 1” by Taylor Swift.

It’s one of those songs that make you think of that old cliche´, the one that got away. I was sorta blindsided by this one from Taylor Swift, actually. I still think of her as the breakthrough country artist singing “Tim McGraw” but it’s clear she’s felt some adult-level heartbreak/regret if you listen to the lyrics… 

Can you relate to this song? Like I said, it came on the radio as I was driving down 8th Avenue in Nashville and I was drawn in by the repetition of the piano. I also couldn’t help but think, “Dang, Taylor, ya got me with this one!” I’m sorry she’s had to feel these things about a lost love, but it DOES make for some good music 🙂 Here are a few songs that have stabbed me right in my heart over the years, music inspired by the one that got away

U2 “So Cruel” (I have another post about this one)

Muse “Guiding Light” 

Elton John “Can’t Stay Alone Tonight”

Brandi Carlile “The Story” 

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals “Stars” 

Those are just a few! Do you have certain songs that are a page out of your own diary? If so, which ones? Comment below to share your story. For more break-up music, check out my 2021 list of break-up songs.

Thanks for stopping by…

-Out of the Wilderness

I have never paid for a coronavirus face mask

There is at least one thing I love about living in the United States. The free market and capitalism. The challenge for people and companies to make money means consumers get great products, that keep getting better, and competition, which means low (or at least, competitive) prices.

One area that saw a boom in the free market is face masks.

Think about life before 2020, did you see any masks for sale anywhere? Nope! Maybe some hospital masks tucked away in a random aisle at Walgreens, but even then I bet there were a couple of boxes at most. In the height of the pandemic, there were all sorts of masks with all sorts of designs in all sorts of stores. People saw an opportunity to cash in on the demand for masks, and that’s awesome!

Somewhere along the 2020 timeline, though, I decided to see how long I could go without buying a mask. I’m not sure why I set that goal for myself. Call it a weird challenge or just me being frugal, but I didn’t see the point of buying a mask when it wasn’t too difficult to get them for free around town. Plus, I saw the masks as a temporary thing on which I didn’t want to waste money.

With that said, I do have this mask, which I bought years ago to help with allergies as I mowed the grass or worked in the yard. So, I guess, technically I HAVE bought a mask, but never once did I buy one specifically for the COVID scamdemic, nor did I buy one in 2020 at all.

Is that a “win”? I don’t know. I’d like to think I set higher goals for my life than this but at the same time I am very competitive… so yeah, I totally won. 🙂

-Out of the Wilderness

Fawns at Dawn – Hiking Radnor Lake 2021

I enjoyed walking a few miles around Radnor Lake recently, and loved the wildlife in the surrounding forest. Deer, birds, chipmunks, squirrels, and turtles were aplenty so if you have a chance to visit Radnor Lake, do it! The fawns are just so adorable. Photos are included below, and you can also find a few of these available for purchase (the little deers nodded at me, deer language equal to signing a photo release) on my FineArtAmerica photography page, click here. I don’t take your time for granted, so thanks in advance for checking out all the photography I have there!

On this walk, I also met a very talented artist (JoEllen Thatcher) finishing up a portrait of a heron perched on a branch – the heron was perched, not JoEllen 🙂 – just above the lake surface. Take a look below, and check out her work (JoEllen’s work, not the heron’s) on Facebook, Instagram, and her website.

OK, here are a few of my photos from this recent nature walk!

Thanks for stopping by…

-Out of the Wilderness

It’s hot in Nashville, Tennessee – a general update

I made a promise to myself this past winter that when it got hot again, I wouldn’t complain. This commitment came because of how long winter seem to go on (and on and on and on…) so I was really trying to will the warmer days to get here. I guess it worked? Well, it was either my will or just the natural progression of the seasons that has been happening for centuries and centuries.

But thank the Lord it’s warm and I am loving it! Even on the hottest days, I just smile and DO NOT complain because I remember the miserable cold days when things like this happened: shocking my fingers getting in or out of the car, slipping on icy walkways, wearing 97 layers of clothes just to walk the dogs, slushy slick roads, cold rain, and much more. But! there were good days, too. I love watching my dogs explore the snow. It’s really beautiful to see the snow falling. There’s something deep and divine about the resetting of nature, all things starting over in the spring.

But I’m a summer guy. One hundred percent. I played softball last night and sweated a ton, loved it. I also captured this image of the International Space Station floating overhead last night. This is 8 seconds captured in one photo. I need to figure out how to get a more cool photo, but I thought it was still pretty neat to see it, and be able to get a pic of it in motion.

On these warm days, I roll my windows down and let the warm air breeze through my car, love it. I sit in the backyard watching the dogs roll around on the warm grass, love it. I breath in without worry of pollen, love it.

What’s not to love?

The only drawback of summer that I can think of is that most sports I care about are not happening anymore. Football is still a few weeks away. Hockey ended. Baseball and basketball are still on TV but I can think of 1,293 things I rather do than watch baseball.

How are you enjoying the summer? Is it warm where you live? Do you prefer hot days or cold days? Chime in below!

-Out of the Wilderness