Today is the first Monday of March – can you smell spring creeping closer? We had a beautiful weekend – cool but sunny. Sorry to my peeps who ended up with more winter weather. The offer still stands to come for a visit to those who are tired of the cold.
Dreaming of warmer weather, our co-host Callie of JAmerican Spice suggested this week’s theme as Caribbean Theme Music (Steel drum, carnival, etc). What a great idea! I love the Caribbean – and now I want to take another vacation there. We’re overdue for some sandy beach fun.
Let’s start off with a fun song that begs you to live your life to the fullest and have a good time while doing it. It’s three minutes of relief from the rigors of life – a little musical vacation.
Since Zac Brown Band songs tend to transport you to island vacations, especially when they include Jimmy Buffett, we’re going to go with another one of their songs for today’s theme. This particular song was released in 2011 and reached #1 in the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for one week in August of the same year.
The song is about laying back and having no worries – some of the lyrics say: “Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair.” This song wouldn’t be complete, however, without the legendary Jimmy Buffet sharing singing duties on the track. One of the co-writers of the song is a huge Jimmy Buffett fan and a self-proclaimed beach bum, making writing this song very easy.
“Wishing I was knee deep in the water somewhere / Got the blue sky breeze and it don’t seem fair / Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair / Sunrise there’s a fire in the sky / Never been so happy / Never felt so high / And I think I might have found me my own kind of paradise.”
It’s one of those songs about “Ok, I’ve had enough of the real world … I just need to get out of here for a little while.”
Get up and dance or tap your toes to Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett with “Knee Deep”:
Next up is an artist who is dynamite on stage, unassuming in person, and who was steadily crafting his career for nearly 15 years before he finally hit it big with an awesome song in 2002 that garnered triple platinum.
Eleven years ago on April 3rd, it was a big day for both this artist and Uncle Kracker as this duet by the two of them soared to the top of the charts. For this artist, it was his seventh return to the No. 1 spot, but for Uncle Kracker, it was the beginning of his enduring relationship with country music fans.
Allow your ears to delight in the duet of Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker with “When The Sun Goes Down”:
Next up is the artist I always think of when it comes to fun island music. He wrote this song in Key West, after he’d just finished a tour with his group in Texas.
He spent some time drinking Margaritas in a Mexian restaurant with a friend before going back to Key West. When he got there, he sat at the Old Anchor Inn watching gridlock on the roads – and used it as inspiration as he composed the song.
When he asked his producer to work with him on an album of songs about a carefree lifestyle by the water, his producer told him that he needed to be near the water when recording it if he was going to pull it off, so Miami it was.
Give a listen to the inimitable Jimmy Buffett with “Margaritaville”:
Last, but definitely not least, is one of my favorite songs – it spent eight weeks at #1 on the Country charts, and won the 2003 Grammy for Best Country Song.
One of the writers of this song was formerly a band teacher in Texas, and one of his fellow teachers would typically say at 3:30, “Let’s go grab a beer, it’s five o’clock somewhere.” Years later, he decided it would be fun to write a song based on that phrase. He had heard the phrase so often before that he was sure that it had already been written, but after they couldn’t think of another song that used it, they banged the song out in about an hour and a half.
The timing on the song was so perfect, that the time from when it was written to when it was released to radio was about three months, a rarity in the industry. The song was initially pitched to Kenny Chesney, but his team passed.
Luckily this particular artist was looking for a song that he could cut with his friend Jimmy Buffett, so the rest, as they say, was history.
Feast your ears on Alan Jackson featuring Jimmy Buffett with “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great week!
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