Jimmy Buffett on CBS Sunday Morning

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.

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