Jimmy Buffett

Our Key West Adventure

Our Key West Adventure

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Filming Jimmy Parrish’s show at “Willy T’s” in Key West.

This film we’re making is all about people following their dreams & passions. And thanks to you, this first week of fundraising¬†the campaign has been a big success. We attended the “Meeting of the Minds” annual Parrothead bash down in Key West. Words cannot describe what you get when you mix 3,500 Parrotheads on an island a little over seven square miles. Suffice to say, Hemingway would be proud.

While we were in marketing mode most of the time, we did get a chance to see some amazing Trop Rock artists. We kicked it all off with the Crab Island Mambo Welcome Party. This was a blast and a perfect way to start the week. We attended Kelly McGuire’s Songwriters Showcase at the Lighthouse court. It was an intimate gathering of music enthusiasts who gathered to listen to musicians sing their songs and just as important, tell the stories of their songs. In some ways listening to these songs are dangerous, as they just might make you want to leave it all and escape south!

We visited “Island Dogs” bar seeing a lot of great acts as well. All of these were sponsored by “Songwriter’s Island Radio.” They’ve been a big help in promoting the film. And they won a Best Trop Rock Radio station award!

I had a chance to film the shows of some fantastic musicians, including Jim Morris, John Patti, Jimmy Parrish, and Jimi Pappas. While it was a lot of work running around with two cameras and a heavy shoulder mount for these four – five hour shows in the Florida heat, it counts as some of the most fun nights of the year. Being up close and on stage filming these great tropical performances – there are worse ways to spend an evening.

 

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Shooting the Jim Morris show outside at Hog’s Breath in Key West.

 

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Shooting Jim Morris by the beach. Yes, those are pink fish shorts I’m wearing.

Some of the shows I shot right near the beach, with the ocean breeze blowing. I also had chance to get up in front of the crowd and talk about “Island Time” – the story of the film, our fundraising goals, and my own love of this music.

In between the music and fun we had a chance to chat with many people inspired by the music of Trop Rock and Jimmy Buffett. People who have actually sailed away, who have followed their dreams and live in Key West or South of St. Somewhere.

I love talking with people about this since that’s the theme of “Island Time.” About some friends who leave it all to start a beach bar in the islands.

I’ve been gearing up for this project for well over a year now, and returning from this trip has gotten me even more excited about it. I’m overwhelmed by the positive response and enthusiasm from everyone we met – and excited to shoot the film as we move closer to our goals.

THANK YOU to everyone who has helped make our first big campaign push such a big success. Thank you for donating, thank you for sharing, and most of all thank you for your enthusiasm in bringing this tropical story to life.

Thanks for your support! 

 

 

Buffett – Live in Anguilla

I’ve been fortunate to see Jimmy Buffett live a number of times, in big venues and small.

Most recently, I saw him in Boston at a Charity Event in a small club. That was an amazing show.

Still, I think nothing would beat seeing Buffett live on the beach. I’ve always been a fan of his “Live in Anguilla” album. Seeing video from the show, I just think that no concert could beat that concert.

Besides Jimmy playing for you on your own tropical island, what would be your ideal Buffett concert?

 

Where is St. Somewhere?

 

The phrase “St. Somewhere was first mentioned in Jimmy Buffett’s song – “Boat Drinks.” – “I Gotta Fly to St. Somewhere.”

I always took it to mean he does’t care where he goes in the islands – just somewhere warm. Whether it’s St. Barts. St. Thomas, St. John, St. Kitts or St. Kitts – he’s just gotta get on that plane and travel!

Last year I started a Facebook page – “South of St. Somewhere” which has daily pictures and quotes from the tropical life.

So it was quite a surprise when I found out that Jimmy Buffett’s new album is called “Songs from St. Somewhere.”

This blog is not an official Buffett blog. This is just one fan who’s enthusiastic about the tropics.

More than anything I like to think St. Somewhere is a place anywhere. Similar to how Buffett describes “Margaritaville” – St. Somewhere is anywhere you want it to be.

Where’s your “St. Somewhere?”