James and the band romp through the Holland-Dozier-Holland classic “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” in this clip from James Taylor – In Concert, recorded at the Blossom Music Center in July 1979. Click below to watch now!
Jimmy Buffett invented his own character, which, in a sense we all do: invent, assemble, inherit, or fall into our inner identity. But Jimmy was the founder of an actual tribe: tens of thousands of us made our way to where he was holding court, just to be near him.
People say he was a lord of life and that’s true: somewhere between Falstaff and the pirate, Jean Laffite. But to me, my friend Jimmy Buffet was a real example of a man: no puffed up defensive macho bullshit, but a model of how to enjoy the great gift of being alive. And that’s what he shared so generously with us: a positive enthusiasm at being here. That so few of us knew how ill he was is essential Jimmy Buffett: he had no intention of burdening us with his illness.
He told me a story about him and Savannah wake surfing in a harbor somewhere: there was a huge freighter leaving port and Jimmy got the captain on the radio. The guy was a ParrotHead and he adjusted his course and speed to give Jimmy the perfect ride. And what a ride it’s been.
Originally released in 1993, Live is the latest JT album to get the reissue treatment from Music On Vinyl! Available September 22 and limited to 1,500 copies, this 2-LP set will be pressed on orange marbled vinyl. For more information, please visit MusicOnVinyl.com.
Dare you to sit still for this one! James and the band blast through Danny Kortchmar’s “Honey Don’t Leave LA” (which James recorded on his 1977 album JT), in this footage from July 1979 at the Blossom Music Center. Click now to watch.
In case you missed it: James, Kim and Henry were surprise guests at the Newport Folk Festival on July 28, subbing for a sick performer at the last minute. Read more about the show, and how James got involved, at BerkshireEagle.com.