#010 ☼ Man of Margaritaville: Jimmy Buffett
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Man of Margaritaville: JIMMY BUFFETT
Few are able to boast the following repertoire: Singer-songwriter with a penchant for island escapism, a musician dabbling in a sound sometimes referred to as "Gulf and Western" (or tropical rock), an author of best-selling titles like Tales from Margaritaville and A Pirate Looks at 50, as well as an actor, developer of musicals and notably, the businessman responsible for the legendary Margaritaville restaurant chain amongst other tropically-inclined endeavours. And of course, let us not forget his staunch support and cofounding of the Save the Manatee Club.
Such is the life of leisure pioneer and eccentricity treasure, James William Buffett, known more widely as Jimmy Buffett.
With a loyal fanbase known as Parrotheads (or parakeets in the case of younger fans), Jimmy has provided vibrant advice and inspiration for living the good life since his debut in 1970, decked out in hula skirts and Hawaiian shirts of course or on the golf course in Aspen.
A magnet for the serendipitous, Jimmy can count even Bob Dylan as a Parrothead, who once made a surprise appearance with Joan Baez in 1982 singing Buffett's song A Pirate Looks at 40 which would later go on to inspire the title of Buffett's memoir. Not only that, but on a harbour off the island of St Barth's some time later, Jimmy recalls a voice out of nowhere saying, "Hey, Jimmy, that’s a nice-looking pair of shoes". And before he knew it, he was out on Dylan's boat "getting stoned all day long".
A believer that the good life knows no bounds nor age limits, Buffett has announced plans to launch a string of retirement homes in the spirit of his Margaritaville franchise, for Parrotheads "55 and better". While Jimmy's Margaritaville chain is simultaneously known for once holding the Guiness World Record for the largest margarita ever named Lucky Rita (coming in at 8,500 gallons), what his terrific storytelling has always advocated for is beyond the scope of leisure.
"Most of the songs he’s famous for aren’t about love. They’re seemingly simple songs about how we spend our lives... Has any pop star identified this particular strain of existential crisis better than Mr. Buffett? Who has been such a dedicated balladeer of the T.G.I.F. class? Who has been such a folk hero of workaday boredom and 9 to 5 drudgery?"
Jimmy Buffett, indeed.
As he once said, "If life gives you limes, make margaritas". But he also shrewdly advised, "Humour has bailed me out of more tight situations than I can think of. If you go with your instincts and keep your humour, creativity follows. With luck, success comes, too."
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