We beach lovers tend to be dreamers. I know I am. My newly released song, Beach Maniac, is all about dreaming. Dreaming about escaping to the beach and away from the snow and cold of the north, of course, but also dreaming about escaping from the many stresses of daily life. If the song Beach Maniac were a book it would probably be “I’m Gonna Live My Life Like a Jimmy Buffett Song” by Anthony Bjorklund.
Bjorklund has a real down-home writing style – peppered with clever observations and perspective – that connects with the average person, especially if that average person is a beach lover and a Jimmy Buffett fan. Despite the title, the book is less about Jimmy Buffett and more about the lead character, Jack Danielson, who discovers after a car accident that he is stuck in a life in Minnesota that just isn’t working for him. So, in fulfilling a fantasy that many of us have just about every day, he quits his job, leaves his depressing life behind, buys a cheap (but cool) car and drives south to see if he can find himself, while lapping up a lot of warm weather, sunshine and tropical beverage. Danielson’s travels take him to Memphis, New Orleans and then by plane to Cancun and Jamaica (does he dare jump from a 30-foot cliff into the sea at Rick’s Cafe?) before returning to The Big Easy and driving east to and through Florida until he finds himself in – you guessed it – Key West, all the while “searching for his song.” Did he find it? Well, that’s always the question, isn’t it?
The book is filled with tropical lifestyle fantasies and references, from a talking red parrot wearing a straw hat to an appearance (in a dream) by Jimmy Buffett himself to lots of beach bars and crusty characters. It’s an easy read, a fun read and – oh yes – a definite escape from the cold, snow, and stress. You can find “I’m Gonna Live My Life Like a Jimmy Buffett Song” – as well as Anthony Bjorklund’s “Di Island Song Series” compilation – on Amazon.com:
Beach Maniac Blog by Bill Hurley