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In remembrance of Jimmy Buffett, on his birthday

Jimmy Buffett on Heavy Subjects, Humor, and Life On The Flip Side

On what would have been Jimmy Buffett's birthday (12/25/1946), we celebrate the legendary musician with a revisit to his insightful 2021 interview with Kyle Meredith. Buffett and Meredith engaged in a conversation about 'Life On the Flip Side,' an album that secured the iconic parrot-head a #2 spot on the charts, trailing only behind Lady Gaga. The interview delved into Buffett's unique ability to blend weighty subjects with humor in his songs, drawing inspiration from Bob Marley. A recurring theme emerged as Buffett emphasizes the influence of the Gulf area's cultural melting pot on his musical creations.

The Margaritaville author shared insights into his songwriting process, including a track that touches on the theme of royalty checks. The discussion also touched on the significant role of music in driving social change. As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, Buffett adapted to the times, performing live stream shows for frontline workers, all while noting the enduring spirit of fans who continued to tailgate, even during quarantine performances. This interview captured a moment in the multifaceted career of Jimmy Buffett, showcasing his musical prowess, humor, and engagement with the world around him.

Watch the interview above and then check out the video below.

Kyle is the WFPK Music Director. Email Kyle at kmeredith@lpm.org