As a trop rock artist, the greatest part about winter on the Gulf Coast is being able to play for all the snowbirds, snow escapers and Parrot Heads who come down from the North to enjoy our warmer climate.
The snowbirds have the right idea. Who wouldn’t want to spend all winter in Florida, then head back up home when the weather is nice again. Well, except for maybe me. I prefer enjoying the beach year-round. But I get a real kick out of how excited they get to sip cold beer under a tiki bar when it’s in the 70s at 10pm in January. What’s not to love?
And because they enjoy it, I get to enjoy it too. Tonight I’ll be playing waterfront at Trader Vic’s, kicking back with a cold one and meeting new friends. It’s a good life.
As one of my favorite songs says, “I’d rather be here just drinking a beer than be freezing my ass in the North.”
What better way to ring in the New Year than playing for some of my favorite Parrot Heads on Siesta Key? Thanks to Dana and Kate Sochaki for having me to your beautiful home again. I can’t help thinking that even a bad day on Siesta Key is still a pretty good day, right? There’s no other place I would have rather been last night to welcome in 2013.
Happy New Year to all of my PHlorida PHriends!
As I sit on my Sarasota balcony in 75-degree sunshine listening to Beachfront Radio, it’s hard not to reflect on where I’ve been in the past year and where I hope to go in 2013.
As I’m sure can be said for all of you, 2012 saw so much change. I moved to Florida, left my good friends in the Conch Republic band (where I was the lead singer) and embarked on a solo career, put out my first CD, played Meeting of the Minds, embraced the Florida lifestyle, and said goodbye to my father. He passed away from cancer on Dec. 9 — a fate that has unfortunately followed so many of the New York Firefighters and other first responders of 911. While this last event certainly had the most impact on me, I think all of these things changed me, mostly for the better.
Chief Dick McGuire of the NYFD.
While I’ve never been one to stick to New Year’s resolutions, here are a few that I am hopeful to embrace in 2013:
- I want to establish a scholarship fund in my father’s name, to help a needy football player with his tuition to St. Anthony’s High School in Long Island. My dad was a football coach there for many years, and he donated his salary each year to pay for a student’s tuition. I’d like to keep that tradition going, so expect to see some fundraisers and tip donations this year.
- After my taste of the trop rock lifestyle in 2012, I’m hungry for more. More gigs, more tours, more collaborations with other trop rockers, another CD, and more purchases from Tommy Bahama.
- Getting more fishing in and spending more time napping on the beach are definitely on my list of priorities for 2013.
- It wouldn’t be a New Year’s resolution without admitting that I want to live healthier. We’ll see how that goes.
Overall, 2012 was a good year. Here’s to making 2013 everything that we all hope it will be! Cheers!
I took my Wharf Rats to the beach today to celebrate Christmas, after a busy morning of opening presents, checking to see if Santa ate the cookies, and eating too much monkey bread. It’s so nice to be this close to the beach. After years of dreaming, we made the move in 2012 and have never been happier. The white sands of Lido Beach off the coast of Sarasota are my idea of a White Christmas. Merry Christmas to all of my family, friends, fans and fellow trop rockers!