Born James William Buffett on December 25, 1946, Jimmy Buffett is one of the most famous country music stars, most known for his portrayal of a completely laid-back lifestyle. Born in Mobile, Alabama, he played trombone as a kid in his school band. He then moved to Fairhope, Alabama, where he admits it is his home town. As he grew up, he decided that guitar was more fitting for him, playing throughout Pearl River Community College, The University of Southern Mississippi, and Auburn University. He graduated from Auburn in 1969 with a degree in journalism. After graduation, he worked for Billboard magazine in Nashvile, Tennessee.

Jimmy Buffett lives with his second wife, Jane Slagsvol, and his three kids Savannah Jane, Sarah Delaney and Cameron Marley in Palm Beach, Florida. He lives near Margaritaville, an island near the Keys where he makes his own brand of beer, Landshark, one of my personal favorites. Buffett owns his own plane, a Dassault Falcon 900 aircraft with identifier N208JB, that he uses to travel from location to location when on tour. He is most famous for “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Margaritaville”, and even owns a chain of restaurants named after these two songs, Margaritaville Cafe and Cheeseburger in Paradise. To learn more about Jimmy Buffett, click here.

My favorite songs by Jimmy Buffett are “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”, “Knee Deep”, and “Margaritaville”.

“It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” — This song was mentioned in a previous post, #6 — Alan Jackson. It is a song that really conveys a feeling of relaxing and unwinding from the stress of life. Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett use the phrase “it’s five o’clock somewhere” to justify their reasoning for unwinding and letting loose. To view the post about Alan Jackson, click here. To check out the music video for this song, click here.

“Knee Deep” — This song is much like the last because it is a song that conveys the same feeling of relaxing, unwinding and letting loose. This song is about getting away from the stresses of life. In this duet with Zac Brown Band, they both state that they want to “put the world away for a minute”, and both wish they were “knee deep in the knee deep in the water somewhere/got the blue sky breeze blowing wind through my hair/only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair”. I have to say, if the only worry that I have is if the tide is going to reach my chair, then I must be in a pretty good and relaxed state. In my future, I want to be able to get away from the stresses of life and truly have no worries when I need to. To watch the music video for this song, click here.

“Margaritaville” — This song, the third song in a row conveying a message of relaxation, is yet another one of Jimmy Buffett’s signature songs. In the song he sings, “nibblin’ on sponge cake/watchin’ the sun bake/all of those tourists covered with oil/strummin’ my six-string/on my front porch swing/smell those shrimp they’re beginnin’ to boil”. This opening lyric really shows that Jimmy was in a relaxed state when writing this song. The main chorus lyrics is “wastin’ away again in Margaritaville”, which really shows that he is just relaxing and letting time pass by. This is certainly something I want to be able to do as I get older, most likely after I retire. The music video for this song can be found below.

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I am a senior at Seton Hall University, majoring in Public Relations.

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