Jimmy Buffett. A musician tied forever to the concept of kicking back, wearing flip-flops, drinking margaritas, eating cheeseburgers, and having fun. At least for those who like his music.
Last night, Jimmy played a sold-out concert here in Jacksonville. Mrs TM and I went to the show along with another couple. For many, seeing a Buffett concert is a rite of passage. For others, it’s an excuse for getting really drunk. (Perhaps those two things are one in the same). I’ve loved Buffett since I was in college back in the late 80’s. This was my third concert of his – and by far the one where I was the most sober.
My first Buffett show came in 1987 (I think) on the campus of Appalachian State University in North Carolina. I remember he came in the middle of winter, that it was cold as hell, and snowing. I also remember that the show was quite short due to the shenanigans of too many drunk college kids. Of course, I was one of them, and may not be remembering my facts clearly.
Last night’s show was pretty solid. He played all is most well-known songs, plus a few deep cuts. Notably, there were some songs I wish he had played, but didn’t. The really curious thing about the concert? The average age of the fans. The were OLD! I mean, the average had to have been 50+ (at least they looked that old). Now, it could very well be that they were closer to my age, and just we all look that old – I just don’t want to admit that I could perhaps be part of that “older” crowd, especially given that I feel as if I could still be in my 20’s. I suppose it makes sense that his audience is older – as Buffett himself has to be in his sixties now.
Old or not, the show was lively and fun. A great party.