Archive for ‘Earworm’

Gulf Coast Girl

I like this fun romp by Caroline Jones for a few reasons. It was written by one of my favorite artists, Jimmy Buffett (with Mac McAnally), her backup band consists of Jimmy, Kenny Chesney, and Lukas Nelson (two more of my favorites), it mentions some places along the Gulf Coast that are special to me, and it just feels like a little bit of summertime.

“I love Pensacola, and Apalachicola, and Tampa, St. Pete…

…Cause I’m a gulf coast girl, partial to the warm winds and the salty water…

We can surf Boca Chica and Galveston Bay, ride horses on the beach in South Padre.

No, we’re not in Kansas. Hola, Port Aransas!”

Still a Chance

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Todd Snider, Centro Asturiano de Tampa, Tampa, Florida January 2020

I recently had the Good Fortune* to win tickets to see one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Todd Snider. I was introduced to TS when he opened for John Prine in Tucson over a dozen years ago and immediately fell in love with his laid-back vibe (he’s often barefoot on stage) and his self-deprecating lyrics. The trick is, Todd is an optical illusion. He comes off as a simple, stoner dude but his words carry the sharp bite of a keen intellect that sees through bullshit.

I’ve caught a handful of shows over the years but it had been five years since my last one. So I was over the moon to get this opportunity (especially since it was on my birthday weekend). TS didn’t disappoint! In between songs he wove in stories from his life as a traveling troubadour: which often involved late nights, a bit of trouble, and a cast of unruly characters (many of them fellow musicians – looking at you, Jerry Jeff Walker).

I highly recommend catching a show when he comes your way!

*Another excellent TS song.

 

I Give You My Word

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Sunset, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica November 2019

“I was born with nothing,

and I ain’t got much to give,

but I give you my word…”

 “Don’t lie to me, it makes you look bad,

don’t lie to me, it’s all that you have,

don’t lie to me, you’re never gonna live it down”

The lyrics to this Mother Trucker’s song popped into my mind during a recent conversation with a friend about personal ethics. Give it a listen, besides being a fun romp there’s a certain amount of truth in there!

 

The Life

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Sunset, Playa Carmen, Costa Rica October 2019

I ran in the rat race for a short period of time when I was younger. I dropped out when I realized it wasn’t making me happy, just exhausted. My needs are simple and I prefer to focus my extra time and money making memories with friends and family.

So, for me, this Kenny Chesney song isn’t a revelation but rather an affirmation. I think it’s especially fitting since I’m staying in the Playa Carmen section of Santa Teresa (I have no way of knowing if this is the Playa Carmen he’s referring to but I like to think so).

“In the best broken Spanish I knew, I said I make a good living

back home where I’m from, He smiled and said “amigo me too”

He said I fish and I play my guitar, I laugh at the bar with my friends

I go home to my wife, I pray every night, I can do it all over again”

It’s well worth a listen, amigos!

 

The Time is Now…

“I bought a cheap watch from a crazy man,
floating down canal.
It doesn’t use numbers or moving hands,
it always just says now.
Now you may be thinking that I was had,
but this watch is never wrong.
And if I have trouble the warranty said,
breathe in, breathe out, move on.”

This Jimmy Buffett song was written about the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina but I find the opening of the song resonates for any of life’s storms. The time is now, my friends…

Turn Off the News

I attended a fantastic concert at the Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels on Friday night. The Avett Brothers headlined but the main draw for me was the opening act, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. I was mesmerized by the set they played at the Luck Festival back in March and eager to see them again. Lukas not only looks and sounds a lot like his father in his younger days but his songwriting skills are impressive. Lukas and POTR have a new album coming out next month, Turn Off the News (Build a Garden), and I love, love, love the title song.

“Turn off the news and build a garden,

Just my neighborhood and me,

We might feel a bit less hardened,

We might feel a bit more free”

Note: There is one F bomb near the beginning but please don’t let that deter you.