Labor Day, 2023
Jimmy Buffett passed away. He's been a major part of my life since I was 18 years old. I’m now 45. Feels like I lost a family member.
The beach songs appealed to me at first. Then the book, “A Pirate Looks at 50“, especially the story beginning on page 23.
Then I read “I hope to never have a real job“ quote from Jimmy…made me wonder if that’s possible. Sort of!
I don’t have any regrets over my life, but I do admire the guts he had to take chances early on. Now 45, I have realized life is short.
Over the last few years, we’ve driven to New Orleans on a Tuesday night for a concert (twice) and even packed our family up and went to Bonnaroo. We all agree that experiences are important to us. Jimmy wrote about it.
Jimmy sang, “I see a flying boat, and I get a lump in my throat…and I say someday I will.” – well, someday, I will.
At one point I owned all of his albums in my 20s. Heather and I have been to Key West five times. It’s time to go back!
I got the Coconut Telegraph in the mail for years pre-internet heyday. Went to his concert in Atlanta back in 2000. Always loved the fact that he was born in Mississippi. We have (had) a lot in common.
Always thought I would learn to sail or fly. The desire has always been there. I’ve dreamed before about sailing from Key West around Miami to hop over to Bimini -- through the Bermuda Triangle!
I’ve learned to plan for vacations and put it on the schedule or else you’re probably not gonna make it. Jimmy recommended doing so.
I’ve always been inspired by JB. He was always very thoughtful with just about everyone. Didn’t brag and preferred delayed gratification. I like to think I do the same.
I’ve never read his fiction even though I own all of them. I listen to Radio Margaritaville every week. Spotify says I play JB songs more than 99.5% of the planet.
It feels like I lost my best male friend.
This business is named after my favorite JB song…“But there’s this One Particular Harbour, so far, but yet, so near, for when I see the day when my hair turns gray, and I finally disappear…”
Jimmy Buffett will never disappear to me.
Since you are wondering…my favorite Jimmy Buffett songs are:
Jimmy Dreams, Floridays, Havana Daydreamin’, One Particular Harbour, Little Miss Magic, Son of a Son of a Sailor, Banana Republics, Banana Wind, Barometer Soup, Lovely Cruise, Tin Cup Chalice, Oceans of Time, Last Mango in Paris, Cowboy in the Jungle, Take Another Road, Mañana, the Wino and I Know, Death of an Unpopular Poet, Delaney Talks to Statues, Breathe in, Breathe out, Move on, I Have Found Me a Home…there are many others…