Posted by: vftmom247 | 2013/04/12

J is for Jimmy Buffett in A-Z Blogging

Jimmy Buffett. My instant escape route to the tropics. My reassurance that a laid-back lifestyle with self-deprecating wit is possible. Where to start?

I always had an awareness of Buffett’s “Margaritaville” and “Come Monday”, but it wasn’t until the mid-nineties that I went to my first Buffett concert and became an instant Parrothead (Buffett fan-atic). There were beach balls and bubbles flying through the air, grass skirts topped by Hawaiian shirts…and the concert was not for another hour. Then, this white-haired guy came out on stage in board shorts and a Hawaiian shirt with an instant rapport with the crowd, fantastic energy, great sense of humor, good songs about beaches, boats, bars…and even a few ballads. Had me hooked.

That was the beginning. Later, I stumbled on the author, Jimmy Buffett. Hs short story collection is good. But what really got me was his autobiography, A Pirate Looks at Forty. Something in it really spoke to me. Maybe it was the honest confession of past sins and current faults, maybe that awesome sense of humor, maybe it was just that the book felt like a guy shooting the breeze at a beach bar, or the sneaky chunks of wisdom- who knows. Permanent Parrotheadhood. Heck, my youngest went to sleep to Buffett songs, and had attended two Buffett concerts before hitting double digits. With the firm understanding that Mr. Jimmy says some words little ones are not allowed to say, and that he doesn’t quite follow the Church rules.

For me, Jimmy Buffett means a instant flying carpet to the beach, a few minutes on island time, and just a reminder that you don’t have to take life seriously all the time. Thank you SO much, Jimmy. You save my sanity some days!

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