For this week’s “Songs You Don’t Know By Heart” video Jimmy Buffett performs the song “Something So Feminine About a Mandolin“. The song has only been performed live once in back on June 14, 1997.
From CBS.com: Jimmy Buffett: “Everybody needs to take a little breath”
For any of the past 40 summers, you could find Jimmy Buffett standing on a stage somewhere playing with his Coral Reefer Band.
Of course this year, he’s stuck at home, as high and dry as the rest of us.
Correspondent Tracy Smith asked, “You’ve been talking about taking a summer off for, what, 40 years now?”
“Yeah. This isn’t quite what I had in mind, Tracy!” he laughed “But you know, what’s that – ‘Make lemonade outta lemons’? The interesting thing is, with all of the tragedy and the serious things that are goin’ on, I’m having to deal with it and I talked to a lot of the people, you find some silver linings in all this. And that’s what we’re doing, like, for family and for band.”
He’s been using some of his time in quarantine doing online concerts, often for first responders.
“You know, historically you think about it, in times like this you still have to have a little fun,” Buffett said. “You still have to have a rest from what’s going on. And I knew that that was the case, because a lot of healthcare workers and doctors I’ve known for a long time have used my music in operating rooms and emergency rooms to calm down.”
And lately he’s been able to share new music: His just-released album, “Life on the Flip Side,” is already getting rave reviews, for its good-time anthems, and songs like this:
Well, we could use some quiet
We could use a little calm
Find the good in everybody
Share that “one love” balm
Watch the predators and prey
Swim along side by side
‘Neath the blue sky and mangroves
Down at slack tide
– “Slack Tide” by Jimmy Buffett
A slack tide is that moment just before the tide turns, when the water is calm and the world seems to take a beat,” Buffett said.
“There’s something about the natural process of the world and the universe that allows you the time to kind of take a breath,” he said. “And it seems that a lot of people aren’t doing that now. … It’s not, ‘You’ve got to solve every problem,’ or like everything everybody else does, but everybody needs to take a little breath. And that’s one of the underlying kind of messages in these songs.”
The song was written well before the current political storm, but it seems all the more appropriate now. Buffet performed his song “Slack Tide,” for the first time in public, for Tracy Smith and our viewers. “I thought that’d be a good one for ‘Sunday Morning’!” he laughed.
From the Sag Harbor Express: “Sag Harbor Chiropractor Pens Song for Jimmy Buffett“
It’s a song about how the things we thought we had for ourselves — secret spots and places — are quickly disappearing.
It’s got a rock & roll feel and a Jimmy Buffett sound, of course, but the surf anthem “Hey, That’s My Wave” originally sprang from the mind of Sag Harbor chiropractor, surfer and musician Dr. Glenn Goodman.
The song appears on Mr. Buffett’s latest album, “Life on the Flip Side” which was released in May.
“Surf spots are filling up all over the world,” Dr. Goodman observed during an interview last week. “There are no more secret spots.”
It’s that sense of invasion, underscored in the defiant refrain, “Hey, that’s my wave,” that drove Dr. Goodman to pen the song. “Surfing’s gone hip, all over the world.”
“There was a time as a surfer you could go anywhere,” said Dr. Goodman, who has been surfing since he was 8 years old in Miami, when “all there were, were long boards.” Today he spends most of his surf days in Montauk, but has surfed all over, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, the Virgin Islands and California. “Now you have to be much more selective about finding a surf spot,” he said.
It’s a sentiment he expresses in the song’s first lyric: “It used to be so easy / Life was so well-defined / Walk to the beach and ride the ocean / Any place, any time”
“The other day, we passed 40 people and six dogs on a 16 mile ride,” he said.
While his day job is helping to heal the people of the East End, he devotes a lot of his time to songwriting and surfing. Which is how he came to know Mr. Buffett.
The two men first met when Mr. Buffett came for a treatment with Dr. Goodman’s wife, and fellow chiropractor, Dr. Suzanne Kirby. But it was waiting for a wave off the beach in Montauk when he really got to know Mr. Buffett.
“We were sitting out on the water just talking, sharing stories,” Dr. Goodman said. “And then we went to breakfast.”
The two became friends and bonded over surfing.
So it seemed a natural thing to do to share his songs, and one day Dr. Goodman handed off to Mr. Buffett a CD of six songs he had recorded at Monk Music Studios in East Hampton, including “Hey, That’s My Wave.”
“He called an hour later and said ‘Dude, we gotta do that song,” recounted Dr. Goodman. “I knew he was gonna love it.”
Mr. Buffett took the song and, according to Dr. Goodman, said he was going to “Buffett-ize” it. That is, give it a sound easily identifiable as a Jimmy Buffett song. Fans will recognize the congas, steel drums and twangy, Dick Dale-style surf guitar throughout the song.
One morning, recalled Dr. Goodman, he woke up to find an email with a video of Mr. Buffett performing, “Hey, That’s My Wave.”
“And then he says, ‘We did it!’”
The experience was an interesting one for Dr. Goodman, who noted “we actually co-created a derivative of my original song.” He added that he even got to sing on the chorus, which he recorded from vacation in Costa Rica.
“There were iguanas crawling on the roof while I was singing,” he laughed.