chris stapleton and justin timberlake at the cmas

unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock the past week, then you’ve probably seen this video of chris stapleton and justin timberlake performing at the cmas.  if you haven’t seen it, then turn up your speakers and prepare to have your face melted.  i can’t stop watching it.  it brings a smile to my face.

i was in the audience last wednesday night.  it brought the house down.  it’s one of those things i won’t forget for the rest of my life.  i was lucky enough to hear chris stapleton back in the early 2000s when i worked in the a&r department at sony nashville.  i heard him sing through the walls and later told my boss that that was the best singing i had ever heard.  my boss replied, “yeah, he’s the greatest singer i’ve ever heard too, but he doesn’t want to be an artist.”

i’m glad he changed his mind.  he’s been one of nashville’s best kept secrets for a long time now.  i don’t think there was a person in that room last week that wasn’t pulling for him.  he’s worked his ass off and deserves every bit of success that’s coming his way.   i like seeing good things happen to good people.  now go buy traveller.


on sale: nike tech fleece aw77 hoodie


i’m not gonna lie i love a good hoodie.  i think nike makes some of the best.  recently they’ve started calling their hoodies and other fall weather gear “the tech pack.”  i don’t know what it means or why they’ve named it the tech pack, but it’s warm and comfortable and on sale.  i’m going to pick up this grey one before they run out of my size.

the sid mashburn navy blazer


sid mashburn’s email campaign is a cut above the rest (which is not surprising in the least bit).  a couple of weeks ago, he sent out an email on the navy blazer.  if you clicked on the link, it takes you to a page that goes into great detail regarding the fabric, the cut and the construction of this timeless jacket.  there’s also an 8 minute video of sid discussing the importance of the navy blazer.  he calls it “every man’s coat.”  i tend to agree.  if you don’t have a go-to navy blazer in your closet, then you need to save your nickels and dimes and go pick up one up.  holiday party season is coming.  why not impress your friends and the ladies by showing up in a new tailored navy blazer.

here again is the link to sid’s page.  it’s worth checking out.  trust me.  at the bottom of the page he has several pictures of when and how to wear the navy blazer (example below).  excellent work.


ue mini boom bluetooth speaker


i feel like i’m always apologizing for not blogging in a while, so i’m not going to do that tonight.  it’s been a crazy spring and summer.  i’m hoping to get back on my grind for the rest of the year.  thumbs up.

tonight i’m going to recommend my new favorite purchase which has nothing to do with shoes or jackets or clothes or whatever.  i’ve been on the search for the perfect portable bluetooth speaker for the a couple of months now.  i patrolled amazon’s list of best sellers, bought a few, hated them and then took it back to the internet for more research.  the one i’ve landed on that destroys all other bluetooth speakers in its class is the ue mini boom that you see above.  it packs a punch.  i don’t know the technical aspects of this product and i honestly don’t really care.  just know that it plays music loud for its size.  it’s also around $100 which is how much you should be spending on an audio product of this size.  (you get what you pay for when go cheap.  trust me.)  you can get your very own right here.  you will love it.


nike internationalist and nike air odyssey

nikeairo nikeintl

i’ve been on a big nike kick lately.  it makes me feel like a kid again.  (side note: when i was a kid, i went through a couple of years when everything i owned had to be nike related including my school binder, backpack, etc.)  with summer now over and before i turn to boots full time, i’m going to grab a pair of nikes to rock this fall.  currently, i’m trying to decide between these two models: the internationalist and the air odyssey.  for under and around $100, you can’t go wrong here.

new blog: notes from the range


“golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. it is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.”

– arnold palmer

it’s been a minute since i’ve posted anything on here.  some of you might have been wondering where i’ve disappeared to or maybe you haven’t (it won’t hurt my feelings if it’s the latter).  this summer i’ve become a bit golf obsessed which i tell my girlfriend is a good thing because it keeps me off the streets and off of hard drugs (that’s a joke btw).  i have this crazy goal that i want to become scratch sometime in the next 2-3 years and play a qualifying round for the us open.  the big problem is that i’m currently 9.1 handicap index points away from said goal and my game is nowhere near as close as it needs to be.  the bottom line is that i have a lot of work left to do.  with that said, i’ve started a new blog to chronicle my golf exploits (and obsession).  it’s called notes from the range and you can access it here.  i’ll still be posting on to take the train from time to time, but if you really want to know what i’m up to, please check out notes from the range.

new this week

i’ve been home sick for the last 3 days.  feel free to feel sorry for me.  i’m kidding.  i’ll be ok (i hope).  i’ve tried diligently to keep up with work, but when emails and phone calls aren’t coming in fast and furious, i’ve had to find ways to entertain myself.  luckily, there’s relief in the form of entertainment.  here are this week’s best releases:


leon bridges – come home.  typically, i stay away from most things deemed retro, but it’s hard to deny leon’s sam cooke-esque vocals and easy flowing lyrics.  it has a place in my rotation for the rest of the summer.  not sure how long the shelf life will be, but it’s the kind of record you can put while you grill out with your girl or even your parents.  oh, and dude’s a solid dresser too.  look at them high-waisted slacks.

seinfeldseinfeld is now streaming on hulu.  the whole f’ing series is there.  as someone who has not seen every episode, i am elated.  my goal is to watch it from start to finish.  dream big, cooper.  dream big.

ex machina

ex machina is now available to buy on itunes.  i haven’t seen it, but i’m going to go ahead and tell you it’s good.  it’s 91% on rotten tomatoes and stars oscar isaac from inside llewyn davis (which i highly recommend if you haven’t seen).  it’s about the perils of artificial intelligence which is why we probably need to refrain from trying to build robots with souls.  am i right?


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