Stormin' Bob Swanson

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An Attitude of Gratitude

It’s been 20 years since I released my CD, “Do the Weather Wiggle with Stormin’ Bob Swanson.” Reaching such a milestone has given me a nice opportunity to reflect on places I’ve been and people I’ve met who have helped me in my “singing weatherman” journey. I think way back to a teaching colleague of […]

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Like father like sons

This month marks 20 years since the release of my CD, “Do the Weather Wiggle with Stormin’ Bob Swanson.” My eldest son, Daniel, is currently working on a documentary film about my “singing weatherman” career. This means we have been going through a lot of old photos, videos, etc. This stroll down amnesia lane takes […]

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A stroll down amnesia lane

I’ve been at this “Singing Weatherman” business a while. Over the weekend, I came across footage of a performance I did at the “Pickin’ Porch” 19 years ago (original broadcast date was 10/28/2004). The “Pickin’ Porch” was a concert series hosted by the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (back then it was located in the […]

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Bright Star

It’s almost time for the autumnal equinox — that moment when the Sun’s rays are directly over the equator, and all locations on Earth experience (approximately) equal numbers of daylight and nighttime hours. In fact, the term equinox comes has Latin roots, “equi” meaning equal and “nox” meaning night. Not only does Fall mean cooler […]

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Play hard, play hard

Another summer tour is in the books. I finished my “Song Cycles with Stormin’ Bob Swanson” summer tour in early July with a mini-tour in North Mississippi — playing three libraries (Como, Hernando and Olive Branch) over the course of two days. Of course, a mini-tour with some travel means one thing to my boys […]

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Songs that (don’t) stand the test of time

I like to think that most of the songs I write, if not eventually classified as “classics,” can at least be considered timeless because they mainly deal with weather and space topics that will likely still be around when I’m too old to sing them anymore. But I do have a few with definite expiration […]

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Making music with my friends

What could be better on Father’s Day than to post a video of the first live public performance of our family band, Henry & The Dynamite? While the video features two of my sons, Nate (drums) and Henry (lead vocals & keyboard), I also want to thank my eldest son, Daniel, for drawing our band […]

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Project-based learning

When I’m not playing music, I’m teaching. When I’m not teaching, I’m learning. In reality, I’m often doing all three things at the same time. The bottom line is that, being a professional educator, I probably spend more time than the average bear thinking about how people learn new things. If you’re like me (and […]

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Nine years ago — Tupelo tornado

I’m surprised I’ve not blogged about this before, but today is the 9th anniversary of the EF-3 tornado that rolled through our neighborhood when my family was living in Tupelo, MS. My family was lucky that day. We rode the storm out in the basement garage of a neighbor (the Rhea family) along with several […]

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Brushin’ Bob, The Singing Painter

Last winter, if you recall, I built a backyard shed during my holiday break. My plan this winter has been to take care of another honey-do project that has been hanging over my head since last summer — my wife and I have wanted to paint the exterior of our house. Unfortunately, a bout with […]

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