First off, this is not an idol in my life haha. As many of you know I’m a huge Jimmy Buffett fan. Believe it or not for a very short time in my life I didn’t like him at all. I briefly remember riding in the car listening to him when I was probably like 4 or 5 and was so mad we were listening to him because that’s all we ever listened to. That phase quickly vanished and I became a huge Buffett fan growing up. Jimmy says in one of his live recordings of A Pirate Looks at 40, “Thanks to all you parents who raised your children on my music.” Well that was me, one of my parents 1st dates was to a Buffett concert, so I mean that kind of set the tone for what I was going to be listening to growing up. Now they aren’t as into it as I am but they are Parrotheads none the less. We took hella trips to Florida when I was younger so I mean we’d always put Jimmy on during our road trips and find our way to Margaritaville restaurants in Orlando, Vegas, or Myrtle Beach.
It wasn’t until I went to my 1st Buffett show that I began to understand the culture of it all. Oh the summer of 2010 ha, like my best friend is also a Parrothead and his parents are also very into it as well, so both our families went to see Jimmy at Blossom Music Center. A great show to say the least, completely was blown away by the atmosphere of the place and of how great the show was. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been back to Cleveland in a while, so my friend and I road tripped to see him in Pittsburgh. The last 2 shows I’ve been to in Cincinnati (aka Fincinnati) have by far my favorite ones. I had to convince a bunch of my college friends to go with me (them skeptical of it all since I was very biased) and they caved in and went haha. Since I was 21 umm lets say that a few margaritas made their way to me haha and we got there really early to tailgate both times which gave us plenty of time to tailgate and have a great time. If you haven’t experienced a Buffett show/tailgate you don’t know what your missing! I could tell a bunch of stories from the shows of hilarious things I saw or great moments from them. Such a blast, words can’t describe how fun those times are!
Anyway most people when they think of Jimmy they think of his restaurant Margaritaville (just opened in the CLE!), the song Margaritaville, Cheeseburger in Paradise, and maybe Volcano or Brown Eyed Girl. There just is so much more to his music than those songs. Like it’s not just vacation music, he has so many songs that are beautiful and have some awesome meanings behind them. Plus like the personal meaning that these songs carry with me and the whole lifestyle that comes with it. The whole culture of Parrotheads is the greatest. Everyone is REALLY into it with the way we dress, act, and really everything. The coolest thing is that everyone is so open, friendly, and encouraging (it could be the margs lol). I always try to walk around and interact with people to just see what they got going on and meet some awesome people (and low key try and get free food or drinks ha). There are NO BAD VIBES at Buffett shows, only good vibes, there’s this family feeling you get when you start interacting with people, and it creates such an awesome environment to be apart of. We all share a love for great music, tropical paradise, and party’s.
If you know me you know I love the ocean, warm weather, margaritas, good times, and good vibes. Jimmy’s music has been a big influence in why I like those things so much. Just the idea of being in a tropical paradise is so wonderful in my mind like seeing palm trees sway, a slight breeze off the ocean, ahhh just brings joy to my face. The songs that are about that stuff you can just close your eyes and imagine sitting at a beach relaxing and soaking up the rays. One of my favorites is titled One Particular Harbor and its all about that one place in the world where it makes you feel at home and everything just seems alright. Lately when I’ve listened to it, I just have been thinking about Bowling Green and Toledo, NW Ohio just brings so many good memories and whenever I go back there just something seems right and if something wasn’t right before I got there then it changes and feels all good because I’m back at a place that I love. Then some of his older stuff when he talks about the Florida Keys ahh, it has made me want to move their so bad. I have a dream of opening a crepe shop and the ideal spot for this would be down in Key West. Maybe one day ha.
Yeah I just wanted to say that Jimmy is more than just a musician to me. His music, entrepreneurship mind, care for ocean conservation, and idea of finding your own “Margaritaville” just has meant a lot to me over the years. Not sure where to go from here ha, umm Jimmy’s the man, Parrothead for life, fins up!
It’s those changes in latitudes,
changes in attitudes nothing remains quite the same.
With all of our running and all of our cunning,
If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane