Songs You Know By Heart

In the summer of 1987 I was introduced to a sound and a music that would forever change my life. I heard Jimmy’s Buffett’s Songs You Know By Heart. It was his greatest album that was released in 1979 and I was hooked.

I was sixteen years old in the summer of ’87 and I was working at a donut shop down along the beach. A guy who worked there introduced me to Jimmy Buffett that summer because he played that cassette all summer long. I had heard the song “Margaritaville” on my parents radio station before, but, well, it was played on my parents station so I just considered it too old or just not good music.

But hearing “Margaritaville” and “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” and “Come Monday” that summer changed me. Although I was at the beach, I didn’t know I was a beach bum at heart; not until I heard those songs that summer.

Songs from St. Somewhere

Jimmy Buffett’s laid back beach music followed me through my 80’s Pop, 90’s Grunge, and my 2000+ Soft Rock stages. It’s the consistent music that has followed me throughout my years.

My favorite song is “A Pirate Looks at Forty”. As I get older and I listen to that song now, and I read it’s lyrics, it takes on different meaning for me. That song seems to have my soul and my being in its chords and sound.

My 90’s music will always be the music period that defined my youth, but Jimmy Buffett and his music will forever be the soundtrack of my entire life.  

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