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Heron 04-29-2015 06:07 PM

Jimmy Buffet in town today...>>
 
And apparently he walked right by my boat! To bad I wasn't there..
He must have been lured by his songs I was playing on the boat Tuesday while doing some maintenance!!
Washington, BTW is a tiny town in NC on the Pamlico...10K people. No one knows what brought him to town..

"Singer and songwriter Jimmy Buffett surprised quite a few people today with a visit to Washington.

Buffett flew into Warren Field on his private jet, a Falcon 900B, this afternoon. While at the airport, he posed for a few pictures with airport staff.

Buffett stopped into Boss Hogs Backyard Barbeque around 1:30 p.m. for lunch and was seen walking along the Washington waterfront.

There is no official word on why Buffett was visiting Washington"


Here's the Washington NC Waterfront. My boat is behind the tree on the left...

http://media.fotki.com/1_p,rrrsfbfwt...ivercam-vi.jpg

CPseudonym 04-29-2015 06:14 PM

Look up Baker on this forum. He and Jimmy Buffet grace his avatar.

Heron 04-29-2015 06:18 PM

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Originally Posted by CPseudonym (Post 329150)
Look up Baker on this forum. He and Jimmy Buffet grace his avatar.

Would have been fun to get a picture....
He arrived in this. Not too shabby..

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.n...65ec845f5f0ce4

https://scontent-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hp...00&oe=55E4F3AF

Barbecue for lunch....This is NC afterall!

https://scontent-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hp...fe&oe=55C5EAAB

HopCar 04-29-2015 06:38 PM

He was a regular at my West Palm store some years ago. I never met him but my people really liked him. They told me that he was in the store one time and one of his songs came on the radio. He started singing along!

Off Duty 04-29-2015 06:48 PM

Very cool!

Just caught his concert here in Tampa a week or so back.
Did all of his oldies, they way they were originally done!:thumb:
Always a party:dance:

The exec is sweet, but given the option, I'd still prefer the Albatross:socool:

OD

Robster_in_edmonds 04-30-2015 09:44 AM

I would love to meet Jimmy Buffet. I know a few people who knew him and they all said he is a good guy.

Dougcole 04-30-2015 11:48 AM

I dunno, I have a weird thing about Buffett. For many, many years of my life I absolutely loved his music and the culture surrounding it. As a multi generational Floridian who grew up in the late 70's early 80's he personified the lifestyle that most of the people I knew lived. Plus, no one outside of the SE US knew much about him and didn't listen to him, outside of maybe cheesburger in paradise. I've seen him close to 20 times live. His music was very influential for me.

Now though, not so much. Somewhere along the way for me he jumped the shark and though I still occasionally listen to his music it no longer personifies me. Now days when I see someone wearing a Buffett T they don't seem like a member of my tribe at all.

When I saw Maragaritaville chicken breasts in the frozen food section of my local grocery store I knew I'd bought my last Buffett album.

I doubt he cares what I think though, he has done quite well for himself!

Heron 04-30-2015 12:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Dougcole (Post 329369)

When I saw Maragaritaville chicken breasts in the frozen food section of my local grocery store I knew I'd bought my last Buffett album.

I doubt he cares what I think though, he has done quite well for himself!

Yeah, I understand. I think I read recently that he made $140 Million last year.
Commercial for sure...

I harken back a few years when we played his music a lot while sailing the Chesapeake...When my 5 yr old son looked at me and said " Hey Dad, I'm a son of a son of a sailor" (my dad brought me up sailing)....It all came home.
He's been influential in my life for sure, though those days are slipping away..

Dougcole 04-30-2015 01:06 PM

Yeah, I googled him a while back and saw that his estimated net worth was something like $650 million.

I've been listening to some other good people that were influenced by him though. I kind of think Todd Snider is what Buffett would have been if he had never gotten famous, minus the music about boats. I also like Kenny Chesney's coastal music, though not his nashville fare so much. I've grown to love some of the Texas guys as well, Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark and Robert Earl Keen. Michael Franti is fun on the boat too.

Tom.B 04-30-2015 01:38 PM

I was really never "into" him very much. I guess it was the first time I saw "Parrot Heads" (over) drinking and acting like complete idiots that turned me off of his influence. And TBH, I feel the same way about the Grateful Dead and Phish. "Jumping the shark" is the perfect analogy. Although, I really like the Magaritaville brand of shoes he endorses.

Interesting he came to Washington, though. Maybe he was boat shopping.

ragin cajun 04-30-2015 02:03 PM

Kinda feeling like dougcole. Not much appeal anymore. I still have Van Morrison, Bob Marley, JJ Walker and Roy Oberson on my playlist though.

Marlinmike 04-30-2015 02:47 PM

Never bought into the parrot-head theme, but when his concert comes to town walking around the parking lot before hand is entertaining, one nut out doing another. Then we head back out to the boat and relax.

HopCar 04-30-2015 03:19 PM

I never lived in that culture but I had friends who did. I enjoyed it vicariously. We referred to it as The Keys Disease.

Still, the music was great. The best place to see a Buffett concert has got to be the Marine Stadium in Miami. Jimmy on the barge, surrounded by people floating on air mattresses, who in turn are surrounded by anchored boats. Bioluminescence each time someone put their hand in the water. Everybody singing along at full blast. Boat horns blowing at the end of each song. Wonderful summer night.

Moonstruck 04-30-2015 06:10 PM

Buffett is proof of what staying power can do. He had only one number one hit Come Monday He has never been one of the better singers. He was more of a story teller. When he introduced pans into the Coral Reefer band he created a sound that caught on. While he was never the best singer, he surrounded himself with great musicians and backup singers that were some of the best singers.

It's all about the aura and fantasy that gave people living everyday lives the ability to see themselves living that life. His audiences are multi-generational. I occasionally will play his music on the boat. One Particular Harbor is my favotire.

While Jimmy lives well, he is a business man. I don't think he lived the life he sings about all that long. Doug has probably heard Brent Burns. He's kinda local to the LA (Lower Alabama) area. He has a song I like. It is called Living the Life that Jimmy Buffett Only Wrote About

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwwEe7MZloc

Dougcole 04-30-2015 09:26 PM

I had not heard that Don, but thanks for sending it, I enjoyed it.

roguewave 05-01-2015 05:36 AM

I enjoyed his music quite a bit when I moved to St Croix back in 1980. He used to sail those waters quite a bit back then. He would show up to some of the local bars unannounced and sing a few songs. Cruzan Rum at the local pueblo grocery store was .89 cents for a fifth...it was a good time to live in the islands.:pirate:

angus99 05-01-2015 06:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Moonstruck (Post 329487)
Buffett is proof of what staying power can do. He had only one number one hit Come Monday He has never been one of the better singers. He was more of a story teller. When he introduced pans into the Coral Reefer band he created a sound that caught on. While he was never the best singer, he surrounded himself with great musicians and backup singers that were some of the best singers.

Very true Don. Great songwriter; mediocre singer. When I saw him back in the day, the Little River Band opened for him and stole the show. Buffet had a fantastic harmonica player named "Fingers" Taylor, who filled out those songs amazingly. Sadly, I read he has Alzheimer's now.

But some of Buffet's songs still resonate for me. One memory I hope I never forget is sailing into the BVIs at dawn in a 76-ft Alden cutter-rigged ketch--our first sight of land after several days of often bad weather. An indescribably gorgeous morning, all sails pulling hard, making 12 knots and "A Pirate Looks at 40" blaring on the stereo. Close to perfection.

drb1025 05-01-2015 08:32 AM

He's been influential in my life for sure, though those days are slipping away..

Heron, I saw what you did there...

Robster_in_edmonds 05-01-2015 08:47 AM

Someone mentioned "Margaritaville" shoes. I was on the road and I had forgotten to pack my boat shoes. Went to a DSW and the only boat shoes were Margaritavilles, heavily discounted. I bought them and they are so much better than my TopSiders.

It has been a long time since I bought any of his music. The last CD I purchased had a song, "Bank of Bad Habits." Very catchy, fun song, but ruined by an over-long off the cuff discourse in the middle of the song. The kind of thing he would do in concert to stretch a song and delight the crowd. It was OK the first time, the second time I was tired of it, and I stopped listening to the song after a total of four listenings.

I don't begrudge his success. He took modest guitar skills, a decent voice, and strong lyrical skills and worked hard to become a success. Most people with similar skills, myself included, give up on the dream and get a "real job." For every Jimmy Buffet there are hundreds of people playing two-hour sets at local bars for chump change. Plus Buffet is a trillion times better than Kanye, Beyoncé, Eminem and the rest of the rap and pop crowd that can't play an instrument, sing without auto-tune or write a good song.

HopCar 05-01-2015 09:10 AM

Buffet did start out doing two hour sets for chump change. The story is that he had come to Miami to play at a small coffee house called the Flick. The Flick was near the U of Miami so it had a college crowd. While at the Flick someone invited him to go down to the Keys and as they say, the rest is history.


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