We believe in living our own lives , charting our own courses, and sometimes music could have a hand in that.
We are now both retired, and continue to live in beach cities, and enjoy the beach city, and sailing lifestyles . To that, we haved hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, SCUBA DIVING
, land driving vacations, and also some other international eco tours.
We did not live on board, but I sailed professionally for 30 some years and now still do international bare boat
chartering, or were members of a sailing club for local waters.
We have owned sailing vessels, and chose not to do that at this time in our lives.
As to Jimmy Buffett, we absolutely still enjoy his old songs
, and once we are at anchor
, on a mooring
, or in a slip, Jimmy, Eric Stone, and Caribbean
or South Pacific
, or Aussie, or Hawaiian music will accompany a glass of Rum
, or a cold beer
We have run into people who call themselves Parrot heads when we would go to Jimmy Buffett concerts here in Orange County, Ca. It was obvious from their tall hats, haole white skin, and demeaner that they never sailed a day in their lives and never cruised the caribbean
islands that are in his songs
That is not bad, but dreaming your life away is quite different than actually living those dreams .
We all choose to do that in our own way . That is cool.
However, I do believe that music can have an impact in some way on those dreams and possibly the paths in life that we have elected to follow.
Long ago, about 1956 or so, there was a fellow named Harry Belefonte. I was 16 /17 and absolutely loved his caribbean music. I said some day I am going to visit those islands. .
Jimmy Buffet also had the same impact on me, but I was sailing at that time and working as a sailing instructor for a sailing club in Newport Beach
My first real long awaited Caribbean adventure was skippering a sailing vessel in the BVI
, about 35 yrs ago. And then the Windwards and Grenadines, The French West Indies, and The Bahamas
Our next BVI
trip # 17, will be in May 2019 . These old bones will be 79, and it may be the last of our sailing . Never can tell, I said the same thing back in 2017, and once there, pre - Irma, we both said, WE WILL BE BACK.
Another, not sailing related but similar tale was a marvelous movie
DONOVANS REEF, with John Wayne. Set in the south pacific
. Donovans reef was a bar that was central to the film. Back in the 1960's, sitting in the audience, for whatever reason, I shouted out , SOME DAY I AM GOING TO DRINK IN THAT BAR. " Snicker, snicker, laugh at that idiot " was the reaction from the others seating around me.
Well, several decades later, 2006 when we moved over to Kauai
, for ten years, turns out that bar was across the road from where we lived in Lihue, and is now called the Nawilwi Tavern, next to the Lihue Marriot at Kalapaki Beach. We just called it the Tavern, good drinks, good fun, and non resort prices. Same old ambiance as the movie
So, music and songs can sometimes have a fun impact on our lives if we chose to listen and actually do something about it. Could be very small or very large, or even coincidental. Enjoy it.
Currently, we are still living in a beach community, Dana Point
, Ca. and a five minute walk to the beach, and a 5 mintue drive to our beautiful harbor and marina.
The uniform of the day, remains board shorts and a tank top or for super dress up on saturday date night, nice pants, and a quality aloha shirt.
There is narry a suit , tie, dress pants, blazer, or dress shirt, or fancy shoes in my closet.
And not going to be.
Point being, again, don't dream you life, live your dream.