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Honoring Jimmy Buffett

Written By Kathlene Rushing
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Categories: Music

The world lost a musical icon on September 1, 2023, when Jimmy Buffett, the legendary singer-songwriter and island troubadour, passed away at 76 after a courageous four-year battle with the rare and aggressive skin cancer known as Merkel cell cancer. As fans, friends, and fellow musicians mourned his passing, they also celebrated the remarkable life and enduring legacy of the man who brought Margaritaville to life.

Daughter’s Tribute

Jimmy Buffett’s daughter, Delaney Buffett, took to Instagram to share a touching tribute to her father. She reflected on his final days in her heartfelt post, describing him as a man whose spirit could not be broken. Despite his pain, Jimmy wore a smile every day and remained kind and resilient. He encouraged others not to be sad or scared but to keep the party going. Delaney also highlighted that her father’s love for life far exceeded his love for weed and wine; most of the time, he was just “high on life.” This sentiment captures the essence of Jimmy Buffett’s philosophy – to embrace life’s journey and savor every moment.

Keith Urban’s Tribute

Country superstar Keith Urban also paid tribute to Jimmy Buffett during a performance in Atlantic City, New Jersey, shortly after hearing the news of his passing. Urban recalled a special night in the Caribbean when he and his wife, Nicole Kidman, joined Buffett for dinner and impromptu guitar playing in a local bar. Urban praised Buffett’s incredible talent and the profound impact he had on the music world, emphasizing that Buffett’s legacy would live on through his timeless songs.

City of Key West Tribute for Jimmy Buffett

Key West, Florida, where Jimmy Buffett spent much of his life, hosted a second-line procession to honor their beloved resident. Thousands gathered on Duval Street for the “It’s 5 o’clock in Key West” march. As the procession made its way to Margaritaville, fans dressed in colorful costumes and floral prints celebrated Buffett’s life and music. Even dogs in the crowd sported flowers around their necks, showing Jimmy’s deep connection with the island community.

James Taylor Tribute for Jimmy Buffett

James Taylor, a close friend and collaborator of Buffett’s, shared a poignant tribute in Rolling Stone magazine. Taylor fondly remembered the joy and authenticity that defined Jimmy Buffett. Their shared love for sailing and the sea forged a deep bond, and they often sailed together in idyllic locations like Martha’s Vineyard and the Caribbean. Taylor emphasized that Jimmy didn’t pretend to be someone he wasn’t, and his music and lifestyle reflected his genuine, unapologetic self. Buffett’s songs, sometimes touching on melancholy themes, were always celebratory and joyful, just like the man himself.

In addition to their friendship, Taylor and Buffett collaborated on music, notably on Buffett’s 1979 album “Volcano.” While Taylor hinted at wild memories from the recording process, he stressed that Jimmy always made sure everyone was in good hands, exemplifying his caring and responsible nature.

Jimmy Buffett was more than a musician; he was a cultural phenomenon who inspired generations with his music, his love for the sea, and his zest for life. His songs transported us to tropical paradises, and his vibrant spirit encouraged us to embrace the simple joys of existence. As we remember and celebrate the life of this iconic artist, his music will continue to provide the soundtrack for our adventures, and the “Margaritaville” state of mind will remain a cherished part of our lives. Jimmy Buffett may have left this world, but his legacy, like the sun setting over the horizon, will never fade.

Jimmy Buffett will forever remain a beloved icon of Florida. As Jimmy famously declared, “Keep the party going!” – Responsibly, of course!

Music That Inspires And Showcases Our City

Written By PensacolaFlorida.com
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Categories: Music

One of the greatest things I have loved about Pensacola, Florida is the variety of musicians that come through our little big town.  I’ve lived many places but for a town whose population is around 55K people, we have some of the best and most talented musicians you will find anywhere.  It is not unusual to find live music playing every night in some restaurant in Pensacola, Florida. Pensacola Bay Center does a great job of bringing the biggest names in music to our city from Elton John to the Newsboys.

Live Music and Nightlife

If you are thinking about moving to a city where opportunities are high and talent is much appreciated, then Pensacola is your destination.  We love great music here.  Songwriters, indie artists, jazz musicians, and folk style music are some of our favorites and certainly most captivating after a long week.  So gather with all of us on any Friday night, somewhere in Pensacola, and you will find a favorite song, a new favorite lyric, or a song that just makes you feel better than you did before you heard it.

Isn’t it funny how music knows no barriers, brings strangers together, and unites people who have differences in one room with as little as one guitar and a great song.  That’s what I love about music.  It calms the soul, stills the aching heart, binds up wounds and creates new relationships over a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, or a burger and fries.  I hope that if you read this blog post, you will think and listen to a song that makes life feel just a little bit better, and that you will find some local restaurant, bar, or concert to listen to in our great city.