This album, my third, is about how the way that one responds to life’s challenges can affect the outcome of those challenges.
We’ve all got those challenges, every day of our lives. I’ve had my own, the past few years – an extremely painful breakup, difficult days at work, even sitting in slow traffic and dealing with the maniacs whipping in and out between cars like a slalom course. And I’ve discovered that the best way to deal with the challenges is to remember that “Going Coastal” beats “going postal,” to take the occasional “Mental Health Day,” to spend time around people who prefer seeing the “Sunshine in the Rain,” to enjoy a little “Raspberry Rum” with friends, and most important of all, to create the state of mind where “Every Day’s a Holiday.”
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Every Day’s a Holiday
What does getting laid off mean to you? Is it a horrible problem, or a wonderful opportunity? The last time it happened to me, I chose to see it as the latter. Rather than sit at home and feel miserable and rejected and worry about where my next meal was coming from, I chose to see it as an “extended vacation,” during which I didn’t have to define who I was by my job title, and during which I could do pretty much anything I wanted to. I was much happier that way. I wasn’t “unemployed;” I had just found the place in my heart and mind in which every day is a holiday.
Have you noticed how much higher people’s average stress level seems to have gotten in recent years? Folks often don’t give one another the benefit of the doubt anymore. People turn arguments into gunfights, cut each other off in traffic, and “go postal” at the slightest provocation. I’d rather think that when the going gets tough, the tough Go Coastal.
Clueless in Key Largo
What would you do, if the Special Person in your life just said “goodbye,” with no apparent warning? Would you cry? Would you rage? Would you wake up hungover in a strange hotel on an island somewhere? What would you do then?
Yes, the boat used in the movie African Queen is docked in Key Largo harbor.
Mental Health Day
Who hasn’t had days when the sun was shining and the beach beckoned, but you had to go to work? Who hasn’t felt the temptation to just “call in healthy” instead? I think we need to do it more often. “Mental health days” are my favorite kind of workday, and when you call in, tell your boss I said it’ll make you a more valuable and productive employee in the long run.
Rainy Day in Paradise
What happens when you get to your long-awaited vacation place…alone? After planning it as a wonderful time with someone special? And to make matters worse, it’s *raining*! At a moment like this, do you stay miserable because someone has left and the sun has gone away…or do you notice the beauty around you, find the bits that are still wonderful, and make the best of it?
Sunny Jim White is one of my favorite Trop Rock artists, and this is one of my favorite Sunny Jim songs. It’s a fan favorite in concert, particularly among my female fans. I wish I’d heard it about a year before I first did. Ah well; we move forward. I want to shower someone with affection like this, totally playful, unself-conscious, and a little bit over the top. I think it’d be fun, at least for a little while.
Sunshine in the Rain
Sometimes, being around the person who is *always* cheerful can be a royal pain. Other times, when things look dark and it’s hard to believe in yourself, having someone around who will believe in you no matter what can change your life.
I Need a Weekend
I don’t much like Monday mornings, especially after a particularly festive weekend. You don’t know where the time went, but you *sure* don’t want to go to work. You want another weekend, right then, so you can recover from that first weekend.
Who doesn’t like a mellow, happy day off somewhere with someone special? I fell madly in like with Cruzan Raspberry Rum one October afternoon while partying with a bunch of Las Vegas Parrotheads, and decided to memorialize it as part of a love song.
I Don’t Care (if the Plane Don’t Come)
Once in a while, you get to go on a vacation that’s so good you don’t want it to end. I mean, what do you have to go back to? Work? Traffic? The plane can wait – I’m staying right here, where it’s warm and beautiful, thank you very much.
What It Is
I’ve obviously needed to do a bit of healing in recent years, because this theme of finding a good place on the Earth – in this case, someplace tropical – and letting it heal you is one of the themes that runs through several songs on this album. Sometimes the best you can do is to make the best of where you are and what\'s going on around you.
The old classic. It\'s popular because people relate to it. *I* relate to it. I like to think that I\'ve brought my own particular spirit to the song, enough to make it worth adding to your own collection.