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Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail Recipe – Boat Drinks

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Hot Buttered Rum, I can honestly say I haven’t tried this drink and really don’t have a strong urge to. Just something about butter in a drink doesn’t sit will with my stomach, rum or not. Also the fact that it really doesn’t get cold here in southwest Florida, a hot drink is about as appetizing as a punch in the eye.

I know most of you Castaways live where the temps are chilly and the snow falls, so this rum recipe might be perfect on a cold night.

While I was doing a little research on Hot Buttered Rum recipes I found this crazy video. It’s a lady by the name of Hilah that is dressed either as a pirate wench or just has an outdated wardrobe. She knows about as much about rum as the pillow sitting next to me, but she’s kind of cute so I can tolerate this fault.

Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail Recipe

Hot Buttered Rum Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 whole allspice
  • 1 inch stick cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 oz hot light rum
  • 1/2 oz hot dark rum
  • Boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter

Steep the spices in a mug with a couple tablespoons of water and the sugar for 5 minutes. Add the rum, more water, and the butter. Stir. Add more sugar if desired. Raise glass and toast.

She didn’t add a lot of these ingredients in the video, so feel free to experiment with your own recipe. Let me know if you have a better Hot Buttered Rum recipe.

NOTE
Don’t forget to sign up for the Castaway Winter Beach Bash! This break from the cold will take place January 20 – 23, 2012 at the beautiful Bolongo Bay Resorton St. Thomas in the USVI.

The fun will be hosted by yours truly and will include a rum tasting, a complimentary bottle of Cruzan Rum in your room, a sunset sail, a rum snorkel scavenger hunt, nightly entertainment and Castaway room discounts. Take a break from the Winter and come lime Castaway style in the US Virgin Islands! Click here for booking and details.

Cheers!
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Rum Swizzles Aboard The Diamant – True Boat Drinks

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After one sip, you’ll be jumping overboard to get another.

I think it was Pavlov who famously trained his dogs to begin salivating at the sound of a bell. They knew that the sound of that bell meant that food was coming and they began to salivate as a conditioned response. Last week aboard the Diamant was no different, the sound of a bell meant it was time for something to salivate over. And if it was 4pm then that something was “Swizzle Time”. My favorite part of the day.

So the bell would ring and the passenger would scurry to the aft deck and take a seat. Brandon, the Chief Steward aboard the Diamant, had appetizers and a pitcher of his special blend of fruit juices and rum ready for us. Each day the rum drink would be a little different but it still mainly consisted of rum, bitters, nutmeg, then some juice or juice combination. He wouldn’t spill all the juicy recipe details, but I was able to watch him prepare a few.

Diamant Rum Swizzle Recipe 1

Ingredients

  • 1.5oz. Grenadian Clarks Court Dark Rum (You can use other dark rums)
  • Dash Angostura Bitters
  • 5oz. Mango Juice
  • Dash Nutmeg

Mixing Instructions: Mix all ingredients into small glass. Stir. Raise glass and toast.

Simple, easy and the taste unreal. I can tell you right now that I don’t use Mango Juice nearly enough in my cocktail creations. These drinks that Brandon made up for us on a nightly bases were out of this world good. They set the mood for the evening and let everyone relax and take in the beautiful shoreline of the anchorage for that night.

Diamant Rum Swizzle

Why is the rum almost gone Blaise? Cheers!

Let me know if you decide to give this rum recipe a try. I guarantee you’ll be using more Mango Juice in your cocktails as well.

Cheers!
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2012 BAD BOYS OF TROP ROCK – The Pyrates Behaving Badly on BeachFront Radio

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Special Thanks to the Pyrates Behaving Badly at BeachFront Radio

Black Boy & Debbie’s Beach Bar – Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreau

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When I first laid eyes on Salt Whistle Bay it was from the water aboard the Diamant. We were rounding the north end of Mayreau after spending the day limin’ in the Tobago Cays. The small sheltered bay was packed with anchored boats and the golden sand was densely covered in coconut palms. I was excited to learn that we would have the opportunity to spend some time there the following day.

Getting to Salt Whistle from our anchorage in Saline Bay on Mayreau is a story I’m going to tell later. Let’s just say the strenuous journey was well worth the effort, because when you first emerge from the palms and set eyes on this crescent shaped paradise, you’d swear you’d just stepped into heaven.

Salt Whistle Bay Mayreau

Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreau

When I first emerged from the palms and pivoted my head from side to side, I noticed a small beach shack on the south end of the beach. Its waving flags and brightly colored paint job screamed beach bar, and after the long walk getting to Salt Whistle I could sure could use a cold beer to cool down. It’s 10am? Who cares! It’s vacation mon!

I walked into the humble beach bar and took a look around. Constructed of just plywood, scrap wood, aluminum and a sand floor, I knew I had come to the right place. The name of this Salt Whistle Bay beach bar is Black Boy Debbie’s.

Black Boy and Debbies Beach Bar

The owner Debbie was smoothing the sand floor with an old broom, clearing out the drunken footstops that called this beach bar home the night before. I felt bad for stepping on where she had just smoothed it out, but not that bad, I was thirsty. I ordered a Hairoun, the main beer of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, sat down to change out my memory card and took in the spectacular views.

I was soon joined by my shipmates, the Bama Babes. They found the baby! Yes, that’s what they called me the entire trip because I was the youngest aboard. When sailing on a relatively small ship such as the Diamant, you can’t help but become friends with everyone aboard. It’s a much more intimate and fun environment than a large cruise line. One that I will take ever time.

Salt Whistle Bay Beach Bar

A Castaway In Paradise

Anyways, the Bama Babes walked in and were thirsty for rum punch. Our young bartender sadly spilled the news that they didn’t have any ice for the punch. Okay, then how about a round of beers? Again the young bartender looked sheepishly into our eyes and said the beers weren’t cold because they had no ice, but that he could send someone down the road to fetch some cold Hairoun.

I wasn’t going to wait, I had exploring to do, photos to take and videos to shoot. I was happy that I got the last cold beer, I grabbed my gear and set out to learn more about Salt Whistle.

I’m not going to hold the fact that Black Boy Debbie’s didn’t have ice for rum punch or cold beer against them. It was early in the morning and it’s the Caribbean, these things happen. You take it with a smile, say thank you and move on. Now if this were to happen here in the states, all hell would be raised for sure. Hell it might even end up in the newspaper. Here in the Caribbean you just go with the slow flow of life and be thankful that you get to enjoy one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

Black Boy Debbie’s is the only beach bar at Salt Whistle Bay. The beach is home to a nice hotel that does have a bar set back into the trees, but I wouldn’t call that a real beach bar. Only Black Boy Dibbie’s fits that bill on this sandy paradise.

Have you been to Salt Whistle Bay and enjoyed drinks at Black Boy Debbie’s? We would love to hear about your experience.

Cheers,
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Brent Burns – Holiday Schedule (TRMA Entertainer of 2011 and Songwriter of 2011)

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GOOD NEWS! Brent will again be playing at the “Early Bird New Year’s Eve Bash”! This event is sponsored by and benefits the Christian Service Center here in Gulf Shores, AL. It will be held at the Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 W. 2nd Street. Doors will open at 6PM with music from 7-10PM. Again this year it’s BYO Everything – eats, drinks and table décor (NO confetti, glitter or open flames!). There will be prizes for “most outrageous” table décor. Tickets are $15 each OR you can reserve a table of eight for $120. Click here to purchase online through PayPal. Tickets may also be purchased by phone with a MasterCard or Visa. Call me, 251-948-8863. Tickets may also be purchased, CASH ONLY, at the Christian Service Center, 317 Dolphin Ave., Gulf Shores, Monday – Friday, 9AM-Noon.

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Wednesday, November 16, 6PM – Lulu’s, Gulf Shores, AL with Bill Whyteand Kacey Jones. Part of the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival.
Thursday, November 17, 7PM – Sunset Cork Room, Gulf Shores, AL again part of the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival.
Thursday, December 1, 7PM – Erie Meyer Civic Center, Gulf Shores, AL. Brent will be part of the City of Gulf Shores’ Christmas Open House.
Friday, December 9, 8PM – House concert, Floresville, TX. Click here to contact Fred for details. $15 at the door
Saturday, December 10, 7PM – House concert, Leander, TX. Click here to contact Carolyn for details. $15 at the door.
Saturday, December 31, 6PM – Early Bird New Year’s Eve Bash, Gulf Shores, AL. See above for details.
Saturday, January 14, 6PM – New Orleans, PARDI GRAS, Trop Rock Music Association Event of the Year!
Sunday, January 15 – Sunday, January 22 – COPA cruise! Departs from New Orleans. There’s still time to register! Details here.
Tuesday, January 24, 7:30PM – Erie Meyer Civic Center, Gulf Shores, AL. Evening in the Round with Grammy winner, Linda Davis, Lang Scott,Bill Whyte and Brent!
 
AVOID the malls! Do your Christmas shopping atwww.brentburns.com! What about a “Man Card” for that hard to buy for guy?

Sailing The Grenadines: The Itinerary

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Have you ever lived the lyrics of your favorite song? That’s what the past week was like for this salty soul. Jumping on a fast plane to the spice island of Grenada, then climbing aboard a tall ship that has it’s course set for the Grenadine islands. I’m not sure how many pinch me moments happened, they became as common place as the trades blowing over my bald head.

I can’t wait to start digging into the stories, photos and videos from the trip. I’ll start by giving you a look at our sailing itinerary board the Diamant. We visited quite a few islands. The days, the beaches and the lush green hill sides seem to blend together, but not so much so that I’d ever forget the personalities and the people I met on them.

Day 1

Sunday was a travel and boarding day at Port Louis, Grenada. I boarded the Diamant around 10:30pm and enjoyed a nightcap rum drink with my new friend Blaise. I can’t wait to tell you more about him, this gentleman of 82 years was a wealth of knowledge and had stories that could rival that of any explorer.

Day 2

Anse La Roche Beach Carriacou

Anse La Roche Beach, Carriacou

Left Grenada before sunrise and headed north to Carriacou to check out of Grenadian waters. Spent some time on a picture perfect beach that we had completely to ourselves. Left the beach for “Swizzle Time” (rum cocktails), and sailed up to Chatham Bay on Union Island to anchor for the night.

Day 3

Admiralty Harbor

Admiralty Bay – Port Elizabeth, Bequia

Pulled anchor around 4:30am for a long sail north to beautiful Bequia. Spent the day touring the island, exploring the town of Port Elizabeth and sinking into the sands of Princess Margaret Beach.

Day 4

Tobago Cays

Tobago Cays, Grenadines

Early sail to Tobago Cays, one of the most beautiful little cluster of islands in the Caribbean. Spent the day liming on Petit Bateau, hiking and sea turtle snorkeling on Baradol. Sailed to the island of Mayreau to anchor in Saline Bay for the night. Took part in the Cultural Crawl on Mayreau.

Day 5

Mayreau Grenadines

Mayreau, Grenadines

Spent the day exploring Mayreau and enjoying post card perfect Salt Whistle Bay.

Day 6

Union Island Clifton

Clifton, Union Island

Early sail to Union Island. Had amazing rum drinks and lots of smiles at Happy Island and then explored the quaint town of Clifton. Sailed to Carriacou to anchor for the night.

Day 7

Sandy Cay

Sandy Cay

Checked back into Grenadian waters and spent the day liming on Sandy Cay, a sliver of pink sand, blue water and lush fona. Sailed south back along the lee coast of Grenada and docked in Port Louis. Had a great captains dinner. Meet up with our friends Mike and Rebecca from Zero to Cruising and hit a couple Grenada hot spots.

That was the cliff notes version of daily events. I will of course be diving into the happens of each day, telling you about the great group of other passengers, and the stellar captain and crew that made the trip aboard the Diamant such a grand and sublime experience. An experience that could inspire anyone to write magical lyrics and create their own salty song.

Cheers,
RumShopRyan

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Living my Bliss – What I Did on my Vacation

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(Yes, the title of this post is a tribute to post-summer essays from my childhood. My vacations have improved somewhat since then.)

I’ve now been home almost a week from this year’s Key West vacation at Meeting of the Minds (MOTM). It’s a working vacation for me, because I need to be out performing, networking, and otherwise promoting myself as a Trop Rock artist. So there’s always this inner conflict going on between “need to be at X event(s)” and “want to sit by the water and do nothing.”

This year I made sure to do some of both. I was going eight days in a row partying, and I knew that if I didn’t pace myself, I’d never make it through. So I did, and I did, and my voice was in better shape on my second Monday than on my first as a result.

I did get out to play in quite a few places, and you can see a lot of the pictures on my Facebook pages. I played with and around a bunch of my fellow Trop Rockers, and had something I was invited to play at every day this year – a first.

Here’s a partial list of the cool and talented folks who either invited me to gig with them, or whom I actually did gig with: Captain Josh Ramsteck, Chris Sacks, Dusty and Barry of the Conch Fritters, Gary PhillipS, Barbara Smith and Scott Paulsen, John Friday, and the good folks at BeachFront Radio. Thank you, one and all, for inviting me to be part of your party.

I also wrote drafts for two new songs down there, one more than usual.

Even cooler than that: I’ve been doing a lot of spiritual work the past year around embodying and manifesting bliss in my daily life. It’s easy to be blissful, driving through the Keys and looking at the gorgeous scenery. Something I consciously focused on this year was drinking in all that natural beauty and the magnificently-elated mood I’m in when I’m down there and “storing” it inside me. Now that I’m home, all I have to do is remember one or more of those really cool, magical moments when I could look out at the water or breathe the air, and no matter what’s going on, I feel better. And I’m still smiling about 95% of the time.

My friend Howard Livingston calls that “Living on Key West Time.” I call it “Island Standard Time.” It’s the same thing no matter what you call it – remembering what it’s like to be in that beautiful place, surrounded by several thousand of your closest friends, excellent music, good booze, and spectacular scenery, no matter where I am or what I’m doing. Heck; I’m even smiling my way through rush hour traffic.

If you were down there too, try that the next time you’re faced with something that’s been stressful for you in the past. If you weren’t down there, remember the last really wonderful and blissful time you had, breathe that in, and remember it when things threaten to get a bit shitty. What’s the worst that can happen?

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Sunday 11/27 – Loren Davidson Music in Your Living Room!

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Good news! I’ve finally assembled a gift bag full of round tuits, and am scheduling my next online concert via StageIt. Here’s the link:

http://www.stageit.com/loren_davidson/post_thanksgiving_recovery_show/5820

For approximately 50 minutes, I’ll be playing music, telling stories, and sharing a good time with whomever shows up. And it’s all as close as your computer! Expect a few of my songs you might already know, maybe a cover or two, and a few relatively new songs that I’m thinking of putting on my next album.

My friends who showed up for my last StageIt show had a great time, and most of them have been gently nagging me to do another one. So here it is. Nobody wants to leave the house on the Sunday after Thanksgiving anyway – the football games are mostly over, the turkey remnants have been frozen, and either you’ve made it home from your relatives’ place or you’ve tossed all your guests out by then and told them to go home. And if you’re a shopping fiend, you’ve probably done that to death by Sunday and you’re ready to mellow out a bit.

How it Works

In order to watch the show, you will need to create an account with StageIt if you don’t already have one. Sometime between now and the show date, go to their home page and click the “Sign Up” link at the top right. They’ll want some info from you like an email address and payment info, and they’ll want you to buy at least $5 in “notes,” which is what you’ll use to buy tickets to shows and to tip performers. Like me. Each “note” is worth ten cents, so 50 notes is worth $5.00.

While I do list a suggested ticket price of $5, I’ve left it editable, so you can adjust it all the way down to zero if you want. But I hope you’ll consider paying the price and helping me afford to produce my next album. Or pay my next bar bill.

A few minutes before show time, click the link I placed up above, sign in, and kick back with a cold one. The show will appear, Webcam-style, once I start it at my end. The quality is relatively good – a couple of my friends had it on a big screen TV last time!

You’ll have the ability to type comments to me during the show, and I will be interacting with you, reading your comments between songs and talking to respond – it’d take too long for me to type replies. I won’t be able to see you, but we’ll be having a conversation.

After the show, we can move the conversation to my Facebook page or some such, but they let us continue to chat there for a while after the end of the show – they did last time.

Note: I’ve had issues using Firefox with the StageIt software. Consider using IE or Safari. If your screen freezes or crashes, reload your browser and the concert URL.

Thank for reading all this, and I hope to “see” you at my show on the 27th!

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Castaway Winter Beach Bash at Bolongo Bay on St. Thomas

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Just saying the word Winter makes me want to head south for a little island time. This January when the skies are grey and the snow is piling up, you’re going to be yearning for a little fun in the sun. Ask and you shall receive!

Prepare to unpack those flip flops because the good people of the Bolongo Bay Resort on St. Thomas are hosting a Castaway Winter Beach Bash! Our friends at No Shoes Radio decided not to have their Winter Beach Bash this year, so I thought I’d step in. I can’t have all you Castaways freezing your appendages off!

Bolongo Bay Resort

Bolongo Bay Resort, St. Thomas USVI

The Castaway Winter Beach Bash will take place Friday, January 20th thru Monday, January 23rd. Bolongo Bay Resort is excited to host you, the “Castaways” for a Castaways Winter Beach Bash. Here is what you’ll get…

For the “Castaways”, the following exclusive offer:

  • 15% off a 3 night stay, 20% off a 4 night stay, 25% off a 5 night stay in a either an Oceanview or Beachfront room
  • Welcome bottle of Cruzan Rum per room
  • $25 Iggies bucks per room to use toward ice-cold beers, rum cocktails or food at Iggie’s Beach Bar
  • Sunset Cocktail Cruise on board the resort’s own 53’ catamaran

During the weekend, there will be:

  • An exclusive Snorkel Booze Hunt
  • Rum tasting
  • Nightly live entertainment at Iggie’s
  • Sunset Cocktail Cruise for the group
  • Activities on site include beach volleyball, swim-up pool bar, non-motorized water sports, such as kayaks, snorkel gear, stand up paddle boards, Hobie cats and more

Bolongo Bay Sunset Cruise

Bolongo Bay Catamaran, St. Thomas USVI

Iggies Beach Bar

Iggies Beach Bar, Bolongo Bay

Are you interested? Of course you are! I will post information about the Castaway Winter Beach Bash and Bolongo Bay when I get back in town next week. I’m really excited about this and hope a lot of you guys can make it! Free bottle of rum, snorkeling for bottle of rum, a rum tasting, a sunset cruise, lower hotel rate…it’s will be hard not to say yes!

Leave me a comment below and let me know if you’re interested. I’ll let you know how to book in a couple days.

Hope you can make it!

Cheers,
RumShopRyan

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The Crazy Weeks

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THE CRAZY WEEKS
7 Mile Bridge by Key West Chris Rehm

^Listen to the demo of “7 Mile Bridge” while you read the Blog!^

Autumn brings two crazy weeks in a row of festivals to Key West. All are as different from one another as can be, as well. Not only the craziest festival in Key West, but easily the craziest festival in the U.S., and perhaps the world, Fantasy Fest, kicked off the insanity. Fantasy Fest is far and away, the largest -festival Key West has in the year, bar none. We’re not talking three thousand, ten thousand or fifteen -thousand. Fantasy Fest is more than three times larger than its second largest festival, the Key West Poker Run, which draws 30,000! We’re looking at 100,000 strong. This is the “Big Daddy” of Key West Festivals. To begin with, the event is not three or five days long, it’s a ten day event, starting with the Goombay Festival, to kick it off. It’s also not for the faint of heart, at least as far as clothing goes… or lack thereof. Fantasy Fest is actually a mascaraed party and body paint is considered clothing at Fantasy Fest. Frankly, the reality of it all is that maybe fifteen to eighteen percent are wearing body paint. It’s just that when you see those with nothing on… ah, let’s say it grabs your attention!

Monday and Tuesday have always been on Greene St. in front of Captain Tony’s , however this year it was so crowded early in the week, on Tuesday they extended it a day early down Duval to The Bull. Of course there were theme parties at all the bars on different nights. The plaid party at Captain Tony’s on Tuesday, the Toga Party at Sloppie’s on Thursday. The kinky party at Kelly’s… I missed Wednesday – Friday evenings as I wasn’t feeling up to par….more on that later. I was with the 40 ft. Sharpie Float again this year for the parade on Saturday. Always a great time on the float! Big thanks to Angus, Gary, Sherrie, Rachel, Blackheart Charlie, Kate, Ken, Cory, Bill, Mammasabi, Wasabi, Chevi, Jeff, Scott, Cindy, Key Largo Joe, Irish Hazel, Doug, Jan, Dave, Ashley, Rich in Spirit, Todd,… the list goes on.
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The day before the Fantasy Fest Parade, Rachel, with a bit of help from her beau, Blackheart Charlie, got us into the local’s mascaraed parade and was the mastermind behind it. Charlie had told me it was the greatest thing, as he had been in it last year for the first time. I had heard about it, but never had even seen it. Turns out, it is Key West’s best kept secret! What a blast! We joined this parade at the graveyard and a bunch of us who were in our float group went as “One Hula Family”, a parody on Key West’s motto “One Human Family”. Again, this was Rachel’s fabulous conception. Truly genius and ever so creative! A tip of the hat to Rachel indeed! This parade lasted about two and a half hours and full of locals on the side streets of Key West. Do it again next year? Damn tootin’!!!

For the Fantasy Fest Parade we hauled the float from Ken’s house to the staging area. I was the cook on the float and had been from the get-go at the meetings we had. Ken issued a grill and I was busy! I had to run home when I was done and regretfully, like the evenings where I missed Fantasy Fest, I wasn’t feeling up to par and realized that a 2 ½ – 3 hour march wasn’t in the cards for me, so I stayed home. Again, more on that later.
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Next up was MOTM
MOTM brings in the Trop Rockers and Parrot Heads to town, along with all sorts of live music to be heard all around town. There are also awards given out by the Margarita Mafia, over at the Casa Marina. Unfortunately for me, the release of “Shanghai’d and Marooned in Key West (things could be worse)” was too late for this years running, so we’ll be shooting for next year’s album of the year. All of the eighteen Key West players on the CD were just exceptional, not forgetting Producer Dan Simpson. They really deserve it!

Special thanks to DJ Jeff, Captain Cali, and Brian Roberts who got me into the Beachfront Radio Beach Party at Sloppy Joe’s. What a blast! Brian, gave up his regular gig to put on multiple acts there. He did a fantastic job of it as well! What organization. Everything went so smooth and Brian is a true pro… and a great guy to boot. I bumped into my Coconut Castaway pal, Marc Hollander and hung out with him when I got there. Marc’s a great guy and he and his wife Tammy are great fun to hang with. Also, my friend Cindi Hogan was there! Then, my pal Key Largo Joe showed up! Then Jeff Lange! What a great time I got up and did my songs opening with a brand new song “Island Ladies” then followed it with two songs off Shanghai’d, “My Little Island Town” and then closing it with “The Beach!!!!” .. for Captain Cali, of Beachfront!  Coming off the stage, again I wasn’t up to par again however. My chest was pounding really hard. After a few minutes however, all was well again…

Funny, there I was driving down the street going to Sloppy’s when I hear a bunch of people holler out my name “Key West Chris!!!”. Turned out it was a group of folks from North Carolina who knew me from a few of the Trop Rock stations and FB! How cool is that? I later had a beer with them on the street! Thanks guys! Then, It was a great reward this morning when Trop Rock artist Swim Skinny posted a very nice complement on my FB wall. It’s always great to get encouragement on one’s art. It’s kind of on a special plateau however when it comes from a fellow musician. Much appreciated Swim!!!!

I also got to play at Kelly McGuire’s event at Lighthouse Point. What a great little venue, plus it’s only four doors down the street from where I live! Kelly’s a great songwriter as well and a very good musician to boot. He does this every year and it’s always a pleasure to go. Highly recommended!

On Friday I went to my cardiologist who did a scan on me. After that Key Largo Joe called and told me to meet him at the street gig on Duval. Mac McAnally was scheduled, but Joe said Buffett was playing. Now, bear in mind, every year there are rampant rumors that Buffett will show, but he never does. When Joe says so… Joe’s got inside info and he knows! Thanks Joe!Sure as anything, Buffet played on the corner of Duval and Fleming! The place was a sardine can, but it was great! Everyone there was ecstatic! MOTM has many events around town; many not part of the official event at all. I think Kelly’s falls into that category? The cool thing that I liked about it was Buffett did it for everyone. Not just those at the Casa Marina, but rather everyone at the event itself. Additionally, he only did songs that were 1975 and before…. a.k.a songs that he wrote during his primary years in Key West. What a great concept!

During the concert I had a call from my cardiologist. “You need to get to Miami asap!!!” Make a long story short, I nearly bought the farm on the way there. Arrived in Miami and the BP was 252/140. I got there just in time too. They did a catheter on me and cleared out a clogged stent that was previously put in. Now I’m back to normal! Special thanks to Richard, Lora, Gary, and Sherrie for watching my family, Cajun and Tooloulou while I was away. Woof-Woof!!!!

I was away, but I’m not gone!

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Shanghai’d and Marooned in Key West (things could be worse) Is available at:

http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8538563

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/keywestchris

http://www.beachfrontradio.com/keywestchris.cfm

Also available at iTunes. Search: Key West Chris

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2011/11/crazy-weeks-7-mile-bridge-by-key-west.html