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Trop Rock Chaos on the Island

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This is an exciting week for us. Saturday is our big Crab Island Mambo party at Anglers Beachside Bar on Okaloosa Island. Tuesday Sunshine Cindy spent the day running around making sure all the last minute preparations are set. She stopped in at Anglers to verify all is in order and to drop off some more flyers. She also stopped in at the Sheraton Four Points hotel to touch base with them as they are the host hotel for us. Everything is in place. We have been hearing from friends near and far so it should be a fun time.

Tuesday night we stopped in at Landshark Pizza for some wings. There were a lot of locals there. Steve and his wife sat next to us. Paul and Turtle were there too. Stephanie took good care of us. We chatted with Brian for a while and he will be sending us new specials that he has upcoming for the football season. It was a relaxing evening.

Wednesday Sunshine Cindy continued the prep for the party. We have got all of our merchandise together, our signs and everything we need to have a good time. I have been in touch with the musicians and they are all excited about playing for us. We have Eric Stone coming from the British Virgin Islands and Jim Asbell the Tropiholics from Atlanta coming down. It is all coming together. Wednesday evening we went down to the harbor to the Tipsy Turtle to meet Loujean. She is making some jewelry for Crab Island Mambo that we will be selling. It is some neat stuff. Sunshine Cindy and Loujean talked business while I went to see Steve at the Hawaiian Ice booth. We have not talked to him in a while. Things are slow there as the kids have gone back to school.

We had fun at the Turtle. It was strictly a locals crowd. Kirby, Kelly, Matt behind the bar…it was a beautiful evening and a nice way to have a business meeting. Our attention is now also turning to the tropics where Tropical Storm Isaac is churning. The early projections have it heading this way but those things tend to change a lot. I guess our Saturday party will be a Hurricane party too. If it does come this way, it won’t be till Tuesday or Wednesday. We shall see. Everyone is welcome to join us Saturday. The music starts at 4:00 pm and runs till 10:00 pm. If you like Zac Brown, Kenny Chesney, that Buffett guy, the Beach Boys…Trop Rock music…then you need to come to “Trop Rock Chaos on the Island” and party with us. Here is a link with more details: http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Trop-Rock-Chaos-on-the-Island.html  A full report to follow on Monday if you can’t make the party. See you then…

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2012/08/trop-rock-chaos-on-island.html

Buffett to perform in Australia

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On the Australian Today Show entertainment editor Richard Wilkins announced a little tiki leak: the legendary Jimmy Buffett will be performing in Australia for two exclusive shows. Parrotheads rejoice. More details to follow (see the end of this video for the announcement)

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2012/08/23/13275/

Swim Skinny on Island Time Radio WBWC 88.3

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 I never really planned to be a songwriter. I didn’t take classes or even realize I was studying music. It was just something I did to ease my mind and get in touch with my emotions…like an outlet. I don’t consider myself a great player or singer, I just feel like there is something inside me that needs to be discovered…for me to move on in life. It’s not a BIG deal or anything, it just feels good to organize my thoughts with a guitar in my hands. Like I said, I never meant to do this!!

Over the years, 26 in fact, I have written in the neighborhood of maybe 100 complete songs, with maybe twice that going to the “bone yard” unfinished. The songs cover a wide range of topics, styles, and emotions…but all are real to me at some level…even if some of the stories are bogus, the emotions are real and come from something inside of me. THIS can be scary at times, especially when a song was written about something “bogus”, like going to jail, and not too long after you end up there (done that)!! What happens more often though, is that you write a song that takes you to a new place in life and you find out a song you have written takes someone else to place you never knew existed…not a place, but a PLACE!! I read something from John Denver once about the song “Poems, Prayers, and Promises” being a prophetic song in his life when he wrote it, but he did not realize it at the time…I think it is even more so today…and THAT is what I am talking about…PROPHECY through music. I don’t pretend to be a prophet or even pretend to “have a clue”, but sometimes when connecting with my emotions in a song…the music becomes a prophecy…and the prophecy connects us all…one spirit, one life, and one love!!

Peace Love,

Swimmy

Article source: http://swimskinny.com/swimmysblog.cfm?feature=3751821&postid=2516116

On Island Time in Paradise with WFR – Le Marin Martinique

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August 22, 2012
Just a short post to let everyone know we are safe and sound in the
Hurricane Hole in Le Marin Martinique.  The weather here is nasty but
not dangerous and we are under a tropical storm warning. Right now the
temperature is around 75 degrees F. and the wind is blowing out of the
east at about 15 knots.  It is really not expected to be that bad here
but we thought we would hold up in this safe harbor until Isaac passes
over us and heads north to the northern Caribbean islands and wherever
else he decides to visit.
We got into Martinique early yesterday and went ashore to buy some
provisions: water, canned goods, (some of those canned goods consisted
of four cases of beer…actually bottled, Biere Lorraine, considered by
many to be the best beer in the Caribbean, but we considered them
canned none the less), a beautiful fish that is cooking right now,
fresh fruits (limes, etc.) and veggies and three fifths of Saint James
Rum. We topped off our diesel tank in case we need the generator and
purchased only the necessities so we could enjoy the storm.
Isaac is going to pass over us some time tonight or in the moring and
as is expected to turn to the northwest as he moves through.  We have
no real worries where we are.  We are even planning on spending the
night on our boat. Let’s see I have fantastic company, great music,
adult beverages, island fare and for now a dry place to stay out of
the storm.  For some reason I feel like I should be listening to a
Jackson Brown album like in the Jimmy Buffett song, but I am not.  I
am listening to Swim Skinny with a rum on the rocks in my hand and a
fork turning a fish on the stove in my other.
William Fair Roberts…on island time in paradise.

Key West Community vs Mainland Mentality "One Human Family" … plus, Traffic Headaches

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^ Listen to the benefit as you read the blog! Recorded by Gary Ek via the streaming video^


Key West Community vs Mainland Mentality “ONE HUMAN FAMILY”


Talk about a great community! Two newcomers to the island jumped two employees of the Green Parrot at closing time. Knocked Adam “Dude” out cold and Tim “Mookie” Grandy’s ankle was actually crushed to the point that he has two plates in it and his leg has 17 screws on one side and five on the other. The town is outraged. This is something we’d expect to hear of from the mainland. A common phrase we hear on the island is “This is not the real world” and when the real world came crashing into our island, the community all bonded together for a HUGE fundraiser for our fellow Conch Republic citizens at the Green Parrot last Saturday. My guess is that there had to be at least 1000 supporters over the afternoon benefit. Both Dude and Tim were able to attend the event as well. Performers The Muse Gurus, Caffeine Carl and Nick Norman, Key West Chris (thanks Edwy and John!), Ericson Holt, Robert Albury, Richard Crooks, Tim McAlpine, and Fritz handling guitar duties as well as sound. Tom Luna was the MC for the event and had everyone in stitches and kept the ball rolling throughout the event. Auctions were held throughout the event, as well as three 50/50 drawings. One note on the 50/50 drawings: Each of the three drawings would award the winner roughly $500, with the other $500 going to the cause. Every winner of the three rounds tossed their winnings back into the cause!

In addition to the Green Parrot, bars across the island also were giving their bar tips to the cause during the event at the Parrot, which I find just amazing! Additionally, bartenders from other bars were helping out at The Parrot outside in front on the sidewalk selling beer. I saw Vicky from Schooner working her tail off. Also, prior to this event being held, bars such as 2 Cents, did likewise for special fund raising events of their own.

Key West all came together in support of their own and to support the values we collectively stand for, as well as our own island way of life.
“ONE HUMAN FAMILY”

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Note: Center picture in the collage of Tim (in wheelchair) and Dude is by Johnny White and http://www.milezerokeywest.com/

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Key West has revised its speed limit over the entire island to 20 MPH. In my viewpoint, this makes sense. It’s safer and with so many pedestrians and bicyclists around, it’s really the only way to go. Besides, if you’re in Key West, what’s the point? There’s no rush, you’re on “Island Time”.

The Florida Keys are always rated as one of the most scenic drives in the United States. Over one hundred miles, island hopping on a highway that spans the Florida Keys , with the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Gulf of Mexico on your right, as you travel south. This is a great way to see the Keys and I highly recommend it to anyone who is headed this way. Even more than that, I suggest if you’re coming to Key West this way, to take a couple of overnight stops and experience what Keys Tranquility really is, After all, Key West to us is actually “The Big City”.

Once you get to Key West and check in, the absolute smartest thing is to ditch your car and don’t dream of using it until you plan on leaving the island. Parking is a pain in the ass. If you park in a residential spot, just count on being towed. If in desperation you find a parking spot on the other side of the street and park against traffic, you WILL get a ticket. Parking in a pay parking lot is WAY TOO EXPENSIVE!!! Park your car in the hotel parking and forget about it! Please do yourself this favor. You come to Key West to relax, so like the song goes “You came here to unwind, so why get all wound up?” So, get a bicycle, or walk. Forget the scooters. The hospital is full of people who never rode a scooter, or do so infrequently and end up with a bad case of road rash, or broken bones… sometime making the ultimate sacrifice in the quest of the next bar.

Speaking of a related subject (and yet another reason to ditch the car), the State of Florida has embarked on completely revising N. Roosevelt Blvd/Truman Ave. from White Street to the beginning of the island, just off the Cow Key Bridge from Stock Island. Regretfully, instead of repaving, which would have taken several weeks, City Hall voted that an entire make over was due. So, instead of a three to five week inconvenience, we’re looking at a two and a half year major project that will severely disrupt traffic all over the island. I had been saying this for more than a year, as it will affect businesses throughout the island, regardless of their proximity to the construction area. Traffic right now is complete chaos, with detours and long traffic jams everywhere.

Back when the Conch Republic seceded from the U.S. it was because there was a road block at the Last Chance Saloon, in Florida City, at the end of the eighteen mile stretch, hence, the northern most boarder of the Conch Republic is The Last Chance Saloon. The U.S. government was searching all vehicles for “Illegal Aliens”, looking in trunks, back seats, under seats, and glove boxes. This, of course resulted in miles and miles of long delays. Naturally, there were no delays whatsoever heading into the Keys. Make that of which you may, as that’s another story unto itself, however at the time the Florida Keys earned the motto “The Florida Keys: You can get in, but you can’t get out”. Tourism plummeted.. and for those who might not know, Tourism is the #1 business in Key West.

So today we have history not only repeating itself, albeit in a different guise, but also actually augmenting itself, as not only can one not get out, but additionally, one cannot get in either! Good morning! Personally, I feel that repaving and patching the sea wall where needed and that would have been acceptable. However, for this complete makeover is just a folly. The inconvenience factor will be paid by the tourists, citizens, and businesses. “Key West: The City You Can’t Get In Or Out Of”.

S.O.S

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Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2012/08/key-west-community-vs-mainland.html

No Mas Rain for Destin!

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While most of the country is dry and in some type of a drought, Destin and the entire gulf coast continues to get hammered day after day. That just means we have to get out between the rain drops! Sunshine Cindy and I had decided that we would take it easy Friday. We had a big day planned for Saturday so we wanted to be in top shape. Well sometimes the best laid plans don’t always work out. It was going to be a short time at the harbor as the skies had cleared. We got down to the Tipsy Turtle around 6:00. Julie was back in town after being gone for two weeks on business. We met up, chatted a while and talked to some of the folks walking by. Jack stopped in and told me his wife loves this blog and reads it religiously. How cool and thank you Jack’s wife. (I screwed up and didn’t get your name…sorry!) A little while later Sharon came by and joined us. We also talked to a lady who likes Golden Corral and she made us hungry listening to her. LOL 

Matt and Mindy got there and started to play music about 8:30 and the crowd started to pick up. Kenny stopped in too and hung around with us for a while before heading to the Boathouse. Julie left about 9:30 right after the hookers walked by. Okay, they were probably not real hookers but they dressed the part and I will leave it at that. After Julie left we were about ready to go too when I felt a finger in my ear. It was Jan. He was down to see what was happening. He called Kenny and Kenny came back to join us. A few minutes later Brian from Landshark Pizza stopped by. And finally Sharon stopped back in. We finally snuck out about 11:00. So much for a short evening!

Saturday we had two big events planned. The first was a beach cleanup. Crab Island Mambo and the ECPHC are teamed up to do four cleanups a year. We always have fun and this one was no exception. After we clean the beach we have a party. About thirty people showed up and the weather was perfect. It was the best day we had in a long time. It was sunny with a slight breeze. The gulf was smooth and there was very little seaweed. A perfect day. Saturday evening Jan was playing at the Turtle. We was to start at 7:00. About 5:00 Sunshine Cindy and I went to Fisherman’s Wharf for some dinner. We had some great shrimp dinners. We finished about 6 and walked down to the Turtle. The skies were getting dark so I put the top up on BadAss hoping the weather gods would save us. They didn’t!

Jan and Loujean were there but he was not set up. He was on weather hold since this is all outdoors. Wayne, Kenny and Julie all got there before the skies opened up. It was a monsoon for a while. We were all under the tiki bar and staying relatively dry. About 8:15 or so it stopped. The radar looked like it would be good the rest of the night and even though there was almost no one on the boardwalk Jan got set  up. Oh wait, Travis walked by. This was a weird guy with no shirt or shoes who introduced himself to everyone. Not sure what that was all about but then again on the harbor you can never tell. Jan started playing about 8:45 and by 9:00 the Turtle was getting busy. By 9:30 the place was packed. Jan was pulling them in. It stayed that way for several hours. Matt had to call in Kirby to help as he could not keep up with the crowd. To think a couple of hours earlier he almost closed because of the weather. Jan never took a break. We finally left about midnight and I think he was just about ready to pack it in. A fun night for sure!

Guess what happened on Sunday? Yes, it rained again on and off all day. Sunshine Cindy and I stayed in to prepare for our big Trop Rock party at Anglers this coming Saturday. We are getting everything into order and the rain allowed us to stay in and not feel guilty. Today (Monday) it has rained even more. It has been going all day for the most part. No Mas!!!! See ya Thursday!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2012/08/no-mas-rain-for-destin.html

Margaritaville in Gatlinburg TN gets Approval

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From The Mountain Press: “Margaritaville restaurant OK’d in Gatlinburg”

To local Parrotheads’ delight, the city’s Municipal/Regional Planning Commission approved the site plan for Margaritaville — a popular Jimmy Buffett-inspired casual dining chain — during its Monday evening meeting.

The 13,000-square foot restaurant will sit at 805 Parkway—a property that was home to the recently-demolished Midtown Lodge and an area where construction is almost completed on a two-story parking garage that’s accessible from River Road and Parkway. The restaurant and parking garage will share the same tract, City Planner David Ball explained.

“There’s enough space there for both,” he told the board.

The single-story building will boast an outdoor dining area and have approximately 400 seats. A retail store will be connected to the restaurant — located on the upper portion of the lot, at the corner of Maple Lane and Parkway — though the retail component would only be a small portion of the building, local developer Ned Vickers said.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2012/08/20/13273/

Based on the novel by… (audio link included)

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Books on our shelf by Hunter S. Thompson and others

Recently, I read Hunter S. Thompson’s The Rum Diary. It is an excellent book written during Thompson’s early days before he became the “Gonzo” journalist of wild and crazy fame later in his life. His writing in The Rum Diary reminds me of what I’ve thought about William Faulkner’s Mosquitoes – Thompson hadn’t “become” Dr. Hunter S. Thompson when he wrote it, just as Faulkner hadn’t “become” Faulkner when Mosquitoes was published.

Their eventual identities and writing styles were on the way and these books were the foundation.

Books and movies

I watched the movie based on The Rum Diary the day I finished reading the book. Bad mistake. The story in the book took a different tack in Johnny Depp’s movie version. I couldn’t get that out of my head when I watched the movie. Depp’s acting is great, the atmosphere lives up to the description in the book but I kept yelling at the TV, “No, that’s different from the book!”

Then, I let a couple of weeks go by and watched it again. This time, I really enjoyed it. Afterwards, I remembered what I already knew: books and movies are different animals. Both tell stories but are indigenous to their own domains and both have their merits. I am reminded of many other titles where the story of the book and the story of the movie are different but both very enjoyable. Forest Gump and To Have and Have Not come to mind. When the movie Jaws was released, a friend told me, “The book was about the people and the movie was about the shark.” I enjoyed them both, though I still believe the ending to the book was much better.

HST and a leap of faith

Getting back to Hunter S. Thompson, I remember reading some of his pieces in the Rolling Stone but I really got into his books in 1986, the year I decided to end my nine-to-five existence to pursue music and writing with no professional safety net.  At a function during one of my last weeks working for the Mobile, Alabama Chamber of Commerce, I told artist Cindy Cunningham about my decision to jump the corporate ship and she said to me, “You know, Hunter Thompson says ‘when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.’” That phrase spoke to me and I immediately got a copy of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and devoured it.  Then The Great Shark Hunt, Hell’s Angels and more.

Watch and read

I could never live the reckless life that Thompson did but his accounts helped inspire me to do things my own way.  Someone said about Ernest Hemingway that his characters’ (and his own) exploits were a way for people stuck in routines that they would never leave to experience a little adventure. That’s me and HST in a nutshell.  Couldn’t do it, but love to read about it. Attempting enough Thompson swagger to be comfortable with it, I’ve done my best to create, experience and write about adventures that fit me.

So now, I will watch movies “based on the novel by,” with more objectivity.  And I keep on reading and watching.

Here I Go

Here I Go is a song based on the life of Hunter S. Thompson that I wrote in the mid-1990s with Walt Wilkins.  Walt, now a very successful songwriter and performer, played guitar my Bayou Band then and we both were HST fans.  I recorded the song and released it on an album called Red Blues. Click here to listen.

Text and photos copyright 2012 by Les Kerr.  Learn more about Les at www.leskerr.com

Article source: http://leskerr.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/based-on-the-novel-by/

Based on the novel by…

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Recently, I read Hunter S. Thompson’s The Rum Diary. It is an excellent book written during Thompson’s early days before he became the “Gonzo” journalist of wild and crazy fame later in his life. His writing in The Rum Diary reminds me of what I’ve thought about William Faulkner’s Mosquitoes – Thompson hadn’t “become” Dr. Hunter S. Thompson when he wrote it, just as Faulkner hadn’t “become” Faulkner when Mosquitoes was published. Their eventual identities and writing styles were on the way and these books were the foundation.

Books and movies

I watched the movie based on The Rum Diary the day I finished reading the book. Bad mistake. The story in the book took a different tack in Johnny Depp’s movie version. I couldn’t get that out of my head when I watched the movie. Depp’s acting is great, the atmosphere lives up to the description in the book but I kept yelling at the TV, “No, that’s different from the book!”

Then, I let a couple of weeks go by and watched it again. I really enjoyed it. Afterwards, I remembered what I already knew: books and movies are different animals. Both tell stories but are indigenous to their own domains and both have their merits. I am reminded of many other titles where the story of the book and the story of the movie are different but both very enjoyable. Forest Gump and To Have and Have Not come to mind. When the movie Jaws was released, a friend told me, “The book was about the people and the movie was about the shark.” I enjoyed them both, though I still believe the ending to the movie was an unrealistic moment.

HST and a leap of faith

Getting back to Hunter S. Thompson, I remember reading some of his pieces in the Rolling Stone but I really got into his books in 1986, the year I decided to end my nine-to-five existence to pursue music and writing with no professional safety net.  At a function during one of my last weeks working for the Mobile, Alabama Chamber of Commerce, I told an artist about my decision to jump the corporate ship and she said to me, “You know, Hunter Thompson says ‘when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” That phrase spoke to me and I immediately got a copy of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and devoured it.

Watch and read

I could never live the reckless life that Thompson did but his accounts helped inspire me to do things my own way.  Someone said about Ernest Hemingway that his characters’ (and his own) exploits were a way for people stuck in routines that they would never leave to experience a little adventure. That’s me and HST in a nutshell.  Couldn’t do it, but love to read about it.

So now, I try to watch movies “based on the novel by,” with more objectivity.  And I keep on reading and watching.

Here I Go

Here I Go is a song based on the life of Hunter S. Thompson that I wrote in the mid-1990s with Walt Wilkins.  Walt, now a very successful songwriter and performer, played in my Bayou Band then and we both were HST fans.  I recorded the song and released it on an album called Red Blues. Click here to listen.

Text and photos copyright 2012 by Les Kerr.  Learn more about Les at www.leskerr.com

Article source: http://leskerr.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/based-on-the-novel-by/

Midwest Tour Update

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 I never really planned to be a songwriter. I didn’t take classes or even realize I was studying music. It was just something I did to ease my mind and get in touch with my emotions…like an outlet. I don’t consider myself a great player or singer, I just feel like there is something inside me that needs to be discovered…for me to move on in life. It’s not a BIG deal or anything, it just feels good to organize my thoughts with a guitar in my hands. Like I said, I never meant to do this!!

Over the years, 26 in fact, I have written in the neighborhood of maybe 100 complete songs, with maybe twice that going to the “bone yard” unfinished. The songs cover a wide range of topics, styles, and emotions…but all are real to me at some level…even if some of the stories are bogus, the emotions are real and come from something inside of me. THIS can be scary at times, especially when a song was written about something “bogus”, like going to jail, and not too long after you end up there (done that)!! What happens more often though, is that you write a song that takes you to a new place in life and you find out a song you have written takes someone else to place you never knew existed…not a place, but a PLACE!! I read something from John Denver once about the song “Poems, Prayers, and Promises” being a prophetic song in his life when he wrote it, but he did not realize it at the time…I think it is even more so today…and THAT is what I am talking about…PROPHECY through music. I don’t pretend to be a prophet or even pretend to “have a clue”, but sometimes when connecting with my emotions in a song…the music becomes a prophecy…and the prophecy connects us all…one spirit, one life, and one love!!

Peace Love,

Swimmy

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