When I left home in 1978 I lived without a television for twelve years, and consequently, music was always in the background…BBC radio stations, singles, albums, cassette’s and later CD’s. My first live concert was The Four Tops at the Nottingham Theatre Royal in 1970 and for many years I have seen the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Springsteen, Rolling Stones, Tom Jones twice and Rod Stewart three times…once on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, but I’m just name dropping now!
I guess we all have some music that reminds us of times gone by, people we’ve known and places we’ve been. This is the second post of my list of music that remind me of the places I’ve visited since sailing out of the UK in 2014 and covers those countries visited after crossing the Atlantic in 2018…some songs are international hits played on local radio stations, some are national singers not necessarily well known outside their own country and some are from live concerts I have been to along the way.
Sugar Bum Bum – Lord Kitchener….calypso music from Trinidad
Rum & Coca Cola – written and performed by Trinidadian Calypso Rose….never, ever listen to the Andrews Sisters version!
Savannah Green – Kes….The theme song to the 2019 Trinidad Carnaval.
Sugar in Your Coffee – Sabrina Francis….seen live in marina Phare Bleu in Grenada, and in the photograph below.
Alexander Hamilton….from the hit show seen on Broadway, New York in July 2019 with my son, Alec & Paul.
Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett….in concert on Jones Beach, Long Island in August 2019 and shown in the headline photograph.
Call the Fire Engine -Ancient Man….first heard at the Stuart Conch Salad Stand in Bimini, Bahamas.
Monday Monday – Mamas & the Papas….one of the songs played by cruiser Emily Willix to open the George Town morning radio net during the 2020 ‘Rona lockdown.
Wednesday Morning – Slackstring….ditto!
Drunk Donkey Nation – Andy Simmons….to open the daily live video on Mike’s Weather Page on Facebook during the 2020 hurricane season.
Stress – Phil Stubbs….a singer of the most fabulous Bahamian music, and first heard on Chat ‘n Chill beach.
Tennessee Whiskey – Pork Tornadoes….this was performed by a couple in a restaurant on Isla Mujeres. It has been covered many times and this version is most like the live version I heard.
Stoney Creek – Xavier Rudd….an Australian singer-songwriter recommended to me by an Australian friend. The video is as awesome as the song.
Hold You – Yori & Okke Punt…just a song in a Spotify playlist.
I Wonder – Rodriguez…from the soundtrack of an awesome documentary called Searching for Sugar Man I watched at Fantasy Island marina on Roatan in 2023.
Four Strong Winds – Neil Young…I guess it was the link to sailing and just moving on to the next destination, in this case, Grand Cayman.
All Through the Night – Sleeping at Last…the music to a reel from an Instagram friend, and truly an “ear worm” in Utila!