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On Island Time in Paradise with WFR – St Lucia

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May 13, 2012

Today is Mothers Day and I want to start by saying happy Mother’s Day
to moms everywhere.  This is a special day for you because you make
every day special for your families.

This was a great week to be in Saint Lucia.  Without knowing it I
landed here in the middle of the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival.  I didn’t
even know it was happening but happening it has been doing.  It has
been a great week of music here in this island paradise.  The line-up
of stars has been a great one. Since April 30th the island has been
celebrating the music of Toni Braxton, Fay Ann Lyons,  Bunji Garlin
and even Dianna Ross but my favorite of the bunch Ziggy Marley
performed the other night.  I have enjoyed the week of music and all
of the celebrations that surround this huge event on the small
tropical island.  The festival ends here today though I won’t be
going, but It has been a great experience and a real celebration.

My time here has been spent dodging rain showers, walking and biking
the roads that network the many small towns, villages and farms on
this island together like a spider’s web.  I have spent time on the
beaches north, south, east and west on this gem of an island and it is
difficult to claim a favorite.  Once you move away from the cruise
ship ports you find the real Saint Lucia experience.  One day, when
you come here, allow enough time to see the real island.  Meet the
people and experience the culture that has grown here through hundreds
of years on this small mountainous island.  Granted the “mountains
would be considered more like hills in parts of the world, but when
you find yourself a couple of hours down a trail, alone with nothing
but the birds singing as you walk aimlessly you will realize that
these are mountains enough to find yourself and discover a portion of
nature that few seldom see.

During this entire visit, the island has been under the threat of
rain, but that hasn’t dampened my visit to this paradise.  It has
probably made it more wonderful. I have been able to meet people in
small villages whom I would have n ever met, as they offered me
shelter and a meal when the showers were at times torrential.  But,
between the showers I walked in the tropical sun and enjoyed the
humidity that wraps you like “warm velvet”.  Those are not my words,
but the person who originally said them, and  I can’t remember who it
was, was absolutely right.  There is a comfort in the warmth that
surrounds you here.

I know I am bound to leave this paradise and move on to another port
and another island, but memories that I have made here, like those on
so many other islands, will stay with me as long as I am graced by
this life I live.  My thoughts today have taken me to thousands of
miles north of here and my childhood.  I think of how the wanderlust
that was a part of my mother’s unfulfilled dreams has been a huge part
of my drive to see and live as much of life as I can.  Thanks to my
mom, and my dad too for that matter, it is from them that I learned to
live with a purpose and enjoy every day for the special value it has.
A good friend of mine once said that this life is not a dress
rehearsal and he was right.  It is important to understand the time we
have is limited.  The people we meet should be cherished as friends
and, everyplace we travel is a paradise to someone.  My paradise
happens to fall in the islands, but from time to time, I have also
found paradise in the mountains of Tennessee and Idaho and Nevada and
even on the streets of San Francisco and New Orleans.  I try to make
the best of wherever I am and find wisdom in the people I come in
contact with.

Last week I was interviewed by Dennis King at WBWC in Cleveland, Ohio
and I really enjoyed talking with a kindred spirit.  They have made me
think a lot about how special my life really is.  I have done a lot of
thinking during my walks and my meditation on the beaches.  I have
thought about my earliest wanderings and decided that in the next few
weeks I will share my first solo adventure.  It was a trip to New
Orleans.  I hitch hiked there and stayed for a couple of days all
alone in a city that is as full of mystery and adventure as any in the
western hemisphere.  Anyway, I intend to share that journey with you
in upcoming blogs.

As I said earlier, I am bound to keep traveling and soon I will be
leaving this paradise for another one.  I am trying to decide whether
to head north to Martinique or Southwest to Barbados.  Bridgetown is
calling me but so is Fort-de-France.  I know I will be traveling
soon, but for now, I am enjoying this paradise, right here, right now.

William Fair Roberts…on island time in paradise

Complete List of Jimmy Buffett Tour Dates through September

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A COMPLETE LIST OF JIMMY’S TOUR DATES THROUGH SEPTEMBER:

May 2012

05.03.2012 – New Orleans Jazz Festival – New Orleans, LA
Tickets now available at TicketMaster

05.30.2012 – The Moody Theater – Austin, TX
Tickets go on sale Friday April 13th at 10AM
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June 2012

06.02.2012 – Woodlands Pavilion in Woodlands, TX
Tickets go on sale: Sat, 04/14/12 10:00 AM CDT
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06.07.2012 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC
Tickets go on sale: Sat, 04/21/12 10:00 AM EDT
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06.09.2012 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre – Lakewood, GA (Atlanta)
Tickets go on sale : Sat, 04/21/12 10:00 AM EDT
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06.23.2012 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
Tickets go on sale Sat, 04/14/12 10:00 AM EDT
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06.28.2012 – First Niagara Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
Tickets go on sale April 2nd
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06.30.2012 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
Tickets go on sale April 2nd
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July 2012

07.31.2012 – Klipsch Music Center – Indianapolis, IN
Tickets go on sale April 21st
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August 2012

08.02.2012 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
Tickets go on sale April 2nd
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08.28.2012 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
Tickets go on sale on April 14th
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08.30.2012 – Jones Beach – Wantagh, NY
Tickets go on sale April 16th
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September 2012

09.01.2012 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
Tickets go on sale: Sat, 04/14/12 10:00 AM EDT
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New Orleans is a True Pirate Town

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Thought I would share this quick description of why New Orleans is a True Pirate Town.

In the quite of predawn New Orleans, a walk down her narrow time-worn brick and cobblestone streets will awaken the sounds of almost three centuries of scallywags, drunks, merchants, winches and ah yes, pirates. In 1772, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop was opened by the gentleman pirate Jean Lafitte and today it is the oldest bar in the United States. Through the years Lafitte’s has been the haunt of many a pirate, buccaneer and privateer searching for the adventurous life but now in the early morning, through the shuttered windows, if one listens quietly and looks intently, they can hear the voices and see the golden glow of oil lamps hanging over jugs or rum and pints of ale being hoisted to days long ago and days to come. Across the centuries the rum-soaked streets have chronicled life in this pirate town.

In the early morning hours, if you sit and wait in silence, you may be witness to ghosts haunting the city. The dance of the voodoo princess and the bellowing voices of pirates still ring loudly through these streets as they search, long after death, for the treasure they left in the shops and bars and eateries along the historic streets. Enbibe in Lafitte’s or in the Old Absinthe House, live the adventure that is New Orleans and, hunt for the treasure of pirates of yesterday and today then understand that in this City, “the city that care forgot”, the hunt is the real treasure. New Orleans is now and always has been a pirate town.

New Orleans Is Now and Always Has Been a Pirate Town – Make it the NEWEST “Living Like A Pirate City”

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New Orleans Is Now and Always Has Been a Pirate Town

Click Here to be Directed to Living Like A Pirate Facebook Page and Click “LIKE”  to vote for New Orleans to be the NEXT “Living Like A Pirate City”.

 New Orleans has been a Pirate Town for over three nearly 300 years. It is due time it got the official T- shirt to commemorate it. We have been Living Like a Pirate in New Orleans at every opportunity for years.

In the early morning mist and fog, after the revelers and derelicts have abandoned the streets in their rum-soaked state, a walk along the timeworn brick streets and the old cobblestone passageways will awaken in you the sounds and happenings of almost three centuries earlier when this town was the home of scallywags, drunks, merchants, winches and ah yes, pirates.

In the quite of the pre-dawn morning if you walk softly through the narrow streets, the spirits of the past walk with you. In 1772 Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop was just that, the blacksmith shop of the gentleman pirate and patriot Jean Lafitte. Today that small shop is the oldest bar in the United States and it has been the haunt of many a pirate, buccaneer and privateer searching for the adventurous life. In the early hours of the morning, its doors are locked and its windows shuttered but, inside if you listen quietly and look intently you can hear the voices and see the oil lamps with their golden glow hanging over the jugs of rum and pints of ale being hoisted to days long ago and the days to come. Thousands of gallons of rum and ale were consumed and often spilled in these streets through the centuries and in those spirits conjure up the spirits of New Orleans, its residents and visitors.

Keep walking past this landmark to revelry and, if you wander back to St. Ann Street and turn left and then left again on Rue Royale, about a third of the way down that block, to your left is a cobblestone passageway with the appropriate name, Pirate Alley. Follow that lane and you find yourself at the rear of St. Louis Cathedral, the 200 year-old church that is the center of the New Orleans way of life. Pirate Alley and the small park, Jackson Square, that it leads to have been witness to the pirate way of life for at least a fifteen generations and roughly 300 carnivals. In this church, the city has seen weddings, funerals, and a way of life that is like none other in North America.

I suggest that anyone visiting this city take the time in the early morning hours to sit and wait, in silence for the ghosts that haunt this city. The dance of the voodoo princess and the bellowing voices of pirates still ring loudly through these streets as they search, long after death for the treasure they left in the shops and bars and eateries along these historic streets. Drink the rum at Lafitte’s, or in the Old Absinthe House, live the adventure that is New Orleans and hunt the treasure of pirates of yesterday and today then understand that in this city, “the city that care forgot”, the hunt is the real treasure.

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Fat Tuesday

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Celebrations include lots of feasting, partying and parading on the big day just before Ash Wednesday – when the Church rules of fasting and sacrifice take effect in preparation for a joyous Easter.

It’s been that way in Christian countries around the world since the Middle Ages. Today most of the world’s celebrations occur during the week of Fat Tuesday, which in 2012 falls on Tuesday, February 21.

Get ready to party!

Party! Fat Tuesday in the USA

It’s been seven long years since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and the biggest party town in America will pick itself up for the 2012 Fat Tuesday celebration with even bigger crowds – and more parades – expected this year.

The 2012 New Orleans Mardi Gras parade schedule kicks off on February 4, and continues through to Fat Tuesday on February 21.

 

Although many Americans often associate Fat Tuesday with New Orleans, it was actually Mobile, Alabama which originated the U.S. celebration while under French rule in 1703.

Today, the original home of Mardi Gras celebrates every year in Mobile with live music, floats, parades, traditional foods and thousands of spectators.

Meanwhile, across the country families and friends also gather to party at home or kick off neighborhood celebrations with colorful decorations, Mardi Gras beads, and lots of traditional New Orleans food specialties including shrimp jambalayaspicy cajun shrimpMardi Gras King’s Cake, and authentic New Orleans pralines.

Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, and Carnival Celebrations around the world

The biggest and loudest of them, as always, are in Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans …although the German Karneval, or Fasching, festivities in Cologne and Berlin get pretty wild, Carnaval in Nice shows off the wackier side of the trendy Riviera scene, and the Italians in Venice are the worldwide experts on the art of street theater.

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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?

Featured Artist – John Reno

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Who is John Reno, you might ask? John is a singer/songwriter from Fairhope, Alabama. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, John knew at an early age that music was his passion.

John is not your typical acoustic guitar playing singer songwriter. John’s musical style can be defined as trop rock – a mixture of rock-n-roll and country music with an island theme, and lyrics depicting a laid back lifestyle. John not only defines this musical genre – he lives it!

After getting a degree in accounting from Loyola University and doing a stint as an accountant in Boston, one day John never returned to work after lunch. At lunch, he bought a guitar and by the end of the week, John Reno was born. Within a short time, John Reno was playing at the local clubs and at colleges in the Providence/Boston area. Being a Louisiana boy, and longing for “short-pant” weather, John returned to the Gulf coast area.

John settled in Fairhope, Alabama. Fairhope is the perfect town in the perfect location. Located on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay and only two and one half hours from New Orleans, John is at home!

He has, however, done his share of traveling. John has performed from Maine to Mexico and was one of the feature performers on an around the world cruise. Currently, John is touring to promote his new CD – Magic Chair. John is accompanied on this CD by many talented musicians. Magic Chair is the audio definition of trop rock.

John’s Band, the Half-Fast Creekers, consist of a unique combination of instruments and personalities. Dennis Gray, a retired young salt, is the tuba player. (Yes, the band does have a tuba!). Kurt Schneider, a semi-retired architect, plays harmonica and percussion, and Chip Collins, hits the bongo, conga, drums and percussion. John Reno and the Half-Fast Creekers have a diversified song list. In addition to performing the songs written by John, the band’s repertoire has been described as Hoagy Carmichael meets Toby Keith in Margaritaville.

Magic Chair is John’s fourth CD. Magic Chair contains ten tracks that flow nicely from one song to another and demonstrates the magic tone of John’s voice. Each song tells its own story. One song, Heartaches and Hangovers, was co-written by football legend, Kenny “Snake” Stabler. The title track, Magic Chair, puts you right there. This is a song that everyone who listens to it will identify with. Always having a sense of humor, John has included a cover of a song he considers a classic, I Lobster but Never Flounder. To showcase his sense of style, Magic Chair also features an instrumental piece, Mortise and Tenon, as well as a haunting rendition of Drunken Sailor.

John spent ten years touring colleges and universities performing a Caribbean inspired show called “Pirates, Parrots and Margaritas.” This show featured a combination of Jimmy Buffett’s greatest hits along with island Caribbean classics. During this time, John was nominated by Campus Activities Today Magazine as “Best Solo Performer”, “Best Unsigned Artist” and “One of America’s Hottest Acts.”

In addition to the island music, John also performs songs that show his “other side.”
These songs are a masterful blend of musical satire and humor and songs that are just plan funny. These are songs that poke fun at the human condition and highlight John’s
personality.

Other John Reno compilations include: John Reno and The Half-Fast Creekers: A Bona Fide Social Club; John Reno – Calypso Joe and John Reno: Total Renovation. John also has a single on the trop rock compilation called Thongs in the Key of Life. John’s CD’s are available on CDBABY.com or by visiting John’s website: JohnReno.com

 

Until Next Time…  Trop On!