In the inaugural www.bluwaterlife.com poll, the first question was “Where is your favorite blue water?” The majority response was “Any water viewed from a white sand beach under an umbrella with a drink in my hand.” OK….on a cold rainy day in January, I can go for that. Right now a trip to blue water is a long way off for me, but fortunately my virtual bluwaterlife provides a momentary proxy.
This is my miniature Zen beach chair with a real patch of sand…the only thing missing is a drink. As I am temporarily in the “no cocktail zone” again, my best alternative is to contemplate the view, feel the sand and listen to some music.
Does your umbrella drink music taste run towards beach music, island soundtracks, surf music or the Buffett blend of all three? They’re all good, just please recognize that while they are all good, they are all different. Part of my growing up was in South Carolina, home of Ocean Drive in North Myrtle Beach…and home of the original beach music. On the other hand, surf music came out of Southern California at about the same time…but with a whole different beat.
Imagine my dismay if I mention beach music at a party and someone in the group says “Yeah, I love The Beach Boys”. I reply, “Ummm…no…The Tams, The Drifters, The Embers….Miss Grace, Save the Last Dance, Double Shot…” and I get blank stares. Oh well, not everyone had the benefits of older girl cousins and living all around the South in the late 60’s & 70’s. So while almost everyone recognizes the island sound of a steel drum band or reggae rhythm, or the electric guitar and horns of southern California, real Southerners also know the 4/4 sound of classic beach. I hope you enjoy them all.
I promise to deliver a favorite bluwater drink recipe in the near future. Actually there is a good story in my journal about boat drinks, sailing on blue water and beach shagging. It is a good beach chair memory for a future column. Hmmm. This could be a near-term opportunity for sampling Bluwaterguy’s bartending efforts, while listening to beach, Buffett, and island reggae. In the mean time, do whatever you can to get out the cold and into a bluwater moment.