Just got back from Savannah, where we all had a very enjoyable and successful week at Kevin Barry's. Got to spend a little time with musicians Harry O'Donoghue (www.columbineblue.com/harry.htm), Pat Garvey - who runs that fine place in Gaithersburg, MD, Mrs. O'Laery's (www.mrsolearys.net), and Bob Zentz, who owned that great music store, Ramblin Conrad's, in Norfolk, VA for its entire existence.(www.bobzentz.com) It was good to see all of them. I also got some kind of exciting news while I was there. I'd like to share it with you. Tony Camaradre, at Phattone Studios in Rhode Island, put me on to a contest being conducted in Nashville. It is the Nashville International Spring Song and Lyric Contest 2006. There were several categories - based on various holidays and the like - in which you could submit tunes. One of these categories was patriotic songs, which were to have an eye cocked toward Memorial Day. This suited me pretty well, I thought. I went ahead, paid my entrance fee and submitted 'The Flag of Our Fathers' and 'One Nation United' . Well, I got a packet in the mail from The Paramount Group in Nashville informing me that 'One Nation United' had won the Directors' Award and was in the running for First Prize and Grand Prize. How about that? I don't know if anything will come of this, but it made me feel good to get the recognition - particularly in light of the subject matter. So I have to publicly thank Tony for giving me the heads up on this. If you'd like to hear either or both of the tunes as well as get a copy of the lyrics and an explanation of the references, just click on the music section. Of course, the recordings from which these songs came can be purchased at www.cdbaby.com/all/frankemerson. 'The Flag of Our Fathers' is on Dear Sarah featuring The Flag of Our Fathers. 'One Nation United' is on There's a Story Told. I've got to mention that Andy M. Stewart is coming along, but not as quickly as we had all hoped. If you feel like dropping him a get well message and/or a cheque - made out to him - you can pop in the post to me and I'll forward it un-opened to Andy. I know he'd enjoy hearing from any and all of you. That's about it for now. Drop a line when you get a chance.