Before he was a symbol of drunken middle aged frustrations, Jimmy Buffett was a song writer and often a very good one. I remember sitting in a class in high school and a teacher was reading off country music titles. The exercise was really one demeaning country music and I was probably one of the few in the class insulted by it. As Jerry Jeff Walker said when we interviewed him, “country music describes complex issues simply”.
Anyway, the teacher read a title “If the Phone Doesn’t Ring It’s Me” and people (technically high schoolers of the 80’s, so not quite people) laughed. Thing is – it’s a good song.
The line that sticks with me is “I’ve had good days and bad days and going half mad days.” For a long time, when I was a much younger man, the whole song resonated with me especially the end of that verse “I’ve tried to let go but you’re still on my mind. I’ve lost all the old ways; I’m searching for new plays. Putting it all on the line.”
Well today was a good day, a bad day and a going half mad day. All three rolled into one. I had to go to the hardware store a lot.