Beach Music

music musings, beaverdamusa.comIf you read my last musing, you know that I headed to the beach with the family, and we actually made it back.  While I was lounging in the pool or at the beach, I had plenty of time to think about what kind of music I relate to the beach.

Zach beachMany artists have carved a niche labeled as beach music or perfected the beach bum lifestyle – I wish I had that job!  Names come to mind like the Beach Boys, Pablo Cruise, Kenny Chesney, Sammy Hagar (of late with his Cabo brand) and the king of them all – Jimmy Buffett.  In the case of Mr. Buffett, not only has the beach lifestyle and persona contributed to music and concert sales, but sales of food, liquor, restaurants, and now even retirement villages.

Often we associate songs with the beach even if they aren’t by a “beach” singer/group.  Years ago, it seemed that the radio stations in Florida played songs earlier than the stations at home.  Whether that is true or just perception, I remember many times hearing songs for the first time in Florida.  If you don’t know, I am a beach bum at heart who loves the ocean and all its beauty.

For what it is worth, below is a few (in no particular order) of the songs which I associate with the beach-

  • One Particular Harbor – this Buffett song speaks to going to a particular harbor where the days just disappear.  To me, it is about going to that harbor in your mind.
  • Changing Channels – this Buffet tune is written by the great Mac McAnally and really doesn’t mention beaches.  It is on my beach list because one night many years in Destin, I got to see Mac at Harbor Docks.  He warmed up by playing this intricate song.  Will never forget that.
  • Boys of Summer- this Don Henley classic just naturally begs of the beach since it talks about summer love.  Whenever this song comes on, you just naturally picture yourself cruising in a convertible with your shades on.
  • Rock & Roll Fantasy – I always think about playing this song over & over on the jukebox in the game room at a campground in Destin when I was a mid-teen.  Those times at the Destin campground were examples of lightning in a bottle – met some great people who I still call friends today.
  • Diver Down – this whole Van Halen album takes me to Panama City Beach in the summer of 1982 and our senior trip.  This album had been out a month and Joe Dillingham & I wore it out on the way south.
  • Sailing – yes, the Christopher Cross song from the 80’s.  How can you not imagine the beach and water as this song plays?
  • Second Wind – this is the deep cut on the list.  This song on Darryl Worley’s debut album is about going away and getting your second wind.  It talks about watching the tide roll in until you catch your second wind.
  • When the Coast is Clear – continuing the “getting away” theme is my favorite beach tune.  This Buffett song (written by McAnally) talks about going to the beach after the tourists have gone.  I guess that is why I am drawn to the more remote beaches in my progressing years – it is a time of reflection and rejuvenation.  

As always, thanks for indulging me as I go down memory lane – or should I say, memory beach.   I hope you find your beach wherever it may be and unwind.

Musing on the sand,


About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton started Music Musings in 2013, but isn’t a stranger to music. While he may be a mild mannered accountant by day, he always has tunes going and forces his staff at work to play music trivia when they enter his office. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all music genres with over 3,500 songs in his iPod. Zach’s first concert was Eddie Money in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym in 1979 and claims to have seen Van Halen (all three incarnations) over 25 times. There have only been one or two years since 1979 that Zach hasn’t been to a concert. He also has the uncanny knack of getting to know several folks in the music scene – both out front and behind the scenes. Zach is in the process of indoctrinating his two boys into the rock and roll way by exposing them to concerts and various music while holding them hostage in his truck screaming the mantra – “rap is crap!”

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