Stormin' Bob Swanson

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I pick, therefore I grin

picking and grinning tshirt

I’ve been doing a lot of picking this summer. Some of my picking will come to an end in a week or so, some more picking will end at the end of September, but I hope that some of my other picking goes on for years and years. Let me explain . . . When […]

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I Wanna See a Flying Saucer

SOCSD space camp

Because I teach astronomy (in fact, I’m currently teaching an asynchronous online summer section of “Descriptive Astronomy”), I am sometimes asked my opinion about UFOs. Well, yesterday the government released its preliminary assessment about UAPs (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena). If anything should be able to shed some light, it is a government report, right? While you […]

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Happy Father’s Day

Father's Day gifts 2021

If you’re like me (and I know I am), you take a lot of pride in being a father. And if you are lucky enough to have a great family like mine, being a father is super easy. The secret ingredient — thyme time. I’m lucky enough to be able to spend a lot of […]

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Stick with it

Nate drummer

This week my family (sans my eldest son — he’ll be at camp) and I will be on the road again — playing two shows (Tupelo and Fulton) on Thursday. If you come to a live show, you’ll see that my family members are really important to a successful program — they help haul in […]

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Stormin’ Bob summer shows are starting up

In my last post, I mentioned my first virtual shows of the year (Joyner Elementary in Tupelo, MS). This past Friday, I played my first live show in a looooooong time. It was my pleasure to be part of history — my boys (at least the two older boys — DJ & Nate) and I […]

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Cinco de Mayo

In celebration of the holiday, my dad used to like to go to the grocery store, line up five jars of mayonnaise, take a picture, print it out in a card and send it along to me. My dad and I have no Mexican heritage (that I know of), just a shared love of puns. […]

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He’s safe!

baseball uniform

The infield dirt and baseline chalk have washed out, and his powder-blue uniform looks good as new . . . . It’s taken me a couple of days to process the events of Tuesday evening so that I could write about them with less emotion and more objectivity. Not being about songwriting or my science […]

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I Love Lucy

Lucy on dog bed

Songwriters are always looking for inspiration, and funny song-writers (like me) tend to look for weird events or funny stories to get the creative juices flowing. You might recall from my last blog post that I have an unreleased song about a fictional dog named Blue. Well, between that blog post and this one, we […]

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Hot New Video!

Check out this new video to the classic tune, “The Tongue Twister Weather Song.” See if you can figure out which set of lips matches which member of the Swanson family. Kudos to my wife, Meredith, for directorial inspiration. I was inspired to write the song because of a weather station that I borrowed (on […]

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A New Start

It’s a new year and my website has a new look. Many thanks go to Joshua Ballard (Ballard Computing) and the Mississippi Arts Commission for making the transformation possible. This project is supported by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency. My hope for the website is that it will be a place […]

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