Songwriters can get their ideas from some pretty weird sources.
Take Aaron Tippin, who turned a spat with his wife Thea into
a number one hit. Tired of the lover's quarrel, Aaron finally
said, "Let's just kiss and make up." Not ready for either
action, Thea pointed to her derriere, and declared, "I'll
tell you what you can kiss. You can kiss this!" Instantly,
Thea, also a songwriter, stopped in her tracks. "Oh, wow!"
she exclaimed, "That would make a great song!"
Aaron agreed, their disagreement was history and a song was
born. They collaborated with their friend Philip Douglas to
finish the tune. "Kiss This," recorded by Aaron, helped the
country crooner gain his highest first week sales for an album
for his new CD People Like Us.
"It's a big concert favorite for the younger girls, especially,"
advises Aaron, who's quick to credit Thea's first songwriting
effort to make it on record. "There's nothing tougher than
coming home to your wife and telling her she didn't make the
cut," says Aaron. "I've had to do that, but this time it didn't
happen, and that's justice long overdue."
The Tippins recently also partnered a new child, Thomas Aaron,
to add to their family of Teddy, 3, and Aaron's daughter Charla,
22, from a previous marriage. Aaron recently finished a three-story
addition to his hilltop middle Tennessee home to accommodate
his growing family and varied interests.
"I live four lives," says the renaissance man who charged
into the top 10 of the country charts with his 1990 debut
single, "You've Got To Stand For Something." "Music, working
out, vehicles and, most important, being the best dad I can."
A large garage houses his varied assortment of vehicles, a
workout room used daily by Aaron and Thea overlooks the forest,
and there's a new state-of-the-a-t studio where Aaron records
his hits. Sometimes he gets unrequested engineering help from
Teddy, who's attracted to those fun knobs and buttons on the
studio console. "You've got to keep your eye on him, man,"
Aaron says with equal measures of pride and worry. "He'll
erase a session in a skinny minute."
An accomplished pilot with his own hangar, runway and three
planes, Aaron enjoys taking Teddy on aerial spins. "He's crazy
about flying," says Aaron, who has a no-sweat attitude about
a couple of close calls he's experienced. Recently, an instrument
failed mid-flight. "I reached down and hit the generator switch
and the engine quit," he relates. "I now have some words to
live by: 'Whatever you did last, undo it'." He undid the generator
switch, and the plane perked back to life just in the nick
The same philosophy that kept his plane airborne also keeps
Aaron's music profession soaring. "Lyric Street Records pretty
well put me in charge of my music," he praises. "If it blows
up, we won t be able to blame them, will we?"
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