Springtime makes me happy for two reasons: (1) I can turn on our attic fan and get rid of all the stale winter air in the house and (2) Jimmy Buffett releases the dates for his annual tour.
Even with all the pollen this year, Mr. Mathews and I have really enjoyed having fresh air streaming through the windows.
This year, Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band will hit Pizza Hut Park in Frisco on Saturday, May 22, a little later than usual, but hey, parrotheads will take a late May Jimmmy show rather than no show at all.
The Annual Frisco Feeding Frenzy - the venue's largest tailgating party - will again be under the Dr. Pepper pavilion. It really is the most fun you can have legally, and it's for a lot of good causes, including the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Alzheimers, Families of Fort Hood, TX Victims, Guillford County Animal Shelter and the Why Me Foundation.
Last year, the group raised over $17K.
This year, Jimmy has donated an autographed copy of his new 2-CD set, "Encores" for the FFFIV's silent auction. It came in the mail this morning ... and since the shrink wrap had been taken off, you know, so Bubba could sign it, I thought, "What the heck?" and popped the discs into my computer. And copied them onto my iPod.According to "Encore's" liner notes, Buffett has penned, co-penned, recorded or sung over 600 songs.
Buffett says he's "a long way from the days when we had to play three shows a night and would actually have to repeat songs in the third show, simply because I hadn't written enough to fill three set lists."
Long-time parrotheads will recognize all the songs, and might be surprised to hear old chestnuts like "Nautical Wheelers," "Oysters and Pearls" and "Defying Gravity."
Those who only know the songs from "the yellow album" - like "Come Monday," "He Went to Paris" and "A Pirate Looks at Forty" - might find more reasons to love the world's richest beach bum.
I was especially pleased to hear "L'Air de la Louisiane," one of my all-time favorites that rarely makes it to the tour's set list. He cut the original on the 1988 album "Hot Water," with James Taylor providing fabulous harmonies. The song loses a some intimacy in a live setting, but it's still a great tune.
"Encore's" big disappointment, for me at least, is that it is limited to the 2008-2009 tour finales. Therefore, my favorite Buffett number, "Tonight I Just Need My Guitar," is missing from the collection.
I became a Buffett fan when it was just him, his guitar and some wonderful musical tales about life on the water. A carnival follows him everywhere now, but there was a time when it was about the music and the stories he could tell.
In 2007, Buffett and his band, the Coral Reefers did a lovely acoutsic encore of the Beach Boys' "In My Room," with everyone then leaving the stage one by one as Jimmy sang "Tonight I Just Need My Guitar" by himself. Old parrotheads throughout the stadiums in both Houston and Dallas sighed and swayed and realized "sometimes, more others, you see who and what and where you are" ... and remembered the days when Buffett was "a one man band, with no immediate plans" and had no need to feel "important or famous." Just a "lucky man" with his "feet in the sand." Tonight I just need my guitar.
You can find all the scoop about the FFFIV at
It really is a great way to spend the day with a lot of like-minded folks who raise money for good causes before heading over to the stadium for their annual dose of the happiest music on the planet. Phins up!
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