This, my fifth album, still maintains a theme of getting away to someplace with no traffic, no long lines, and with festive beverages, sunshine, sand, and surf. It takes this theme and expands it style-wise in the directions of blues, rock, reggae, and somewhat more contemporary Americana.
Some of the songs on the album:
“Green Flash” – upbeat, a stylistic blend of New Age and World music, and using an alternate guitar tuning, this is a song about watching sunsets for that elusive and rare atmospheric phenomenon known as a “green flash.” And it’s about the journey being as important as the destination. Stuff like that.
“Looking at You” – A few months back, I realized that the song “Margaritaville” and the movie Casablanca pretty much had the same premise – boy meets girl, girl dumps boy, boy goes someplace with palm trees to drink it off. Which may be powerful, but isn’t very empowering. So I wrote this song, which is really “Margaritaville” meets “How Do You Like Me Now,” with several tributes to Casablanca. It provides the album title and theme.
“Voodoo Lounge” – This song goes musically to some of the less savory corners of New Orleans, a bit of blues, a bit of voodoo, in almost a Danny Elfman sort of way.
“Fly Away” – Mostly country, this is an upbeat and straightforward appeal to that special someone to run away with you.
“Pontiac Motel” – This song has no beaches, no boat drinks, and no bars in it. It’s really a counterpoint in some ways to everything else I write – we fantasize about walking away from our jobs now and then, but there’s an entire class of people who don’t have jobs – the homeless – who probably fantasize about having lives like the ones we fantasize about escaping from. And if your employer were bought out tomorrow, or went out of business, or just decided, “hey, let’s let a bunch of people go,” how many paychecks away are *any* of us from living on the streets?
“Island Moonlight” – Everyone loves being in love…right? But even the best romance has its bad days, and sometimes you question whether it’s all going to work out. In this song it does, thanks to the magic of island moonlight.
“Way Out” – In addition to an interesting play on words in chorus, this song puts the “rock” in “trop rock.” Really. I was stretching my writing skills in a particular direction, and this is what emerged.
“Somewhere, Someday” – I dream of a place without stress. My friends also do. Let's go there together.
“Tropical Therapy” – Because I’d been trying hard *not* to write Yet Another Margaritaville Near-Clone for many years, and realized that I’d succeeded. So, having proved I could write nearly everything else, I proved I could write this too.
“Living Key West” – One of my friends is musician Howard Livingston, who posts about his carefree, happy life in the Florida Keys. A lot. Some might even say to excess. I say it’s easy to live on Key West Time when you’re in the keys; it’s a bit more of a challenge for those of us in the “upper 48.” But it can be done, and this song is about how I do it. Any resemblance between my song and Howie’s is out of love and done with his blessing.
“One More Rum” – This song took shape one day as I was contemplating one of the Greatest Lies in the World – “C’mon, man, we’re only going to have one more round and then we can go home.” Never happens. It’s becoming the signature “last song of the night” at shows.
Cover songs: A reggae version of John Denver's "Sunshine on my Shoulders," and a contemporary reimaging of the Doors classic "Moonlight Drive."