Musicians@Google: Jimmy Buffett

Uploaded by AtGoogleTalks on 30.01.2009

Cliff: Well, good morning Google and good day, Parrot Heads.
Welcome to our -- our little presentation today.
My name is Cliff Rediger,
I work with the authors at Google team and the Google Apps team.
We're here today to talk about a musician at Google,
you could call it an author at Google.
I just like to think of it as Jimmy Buffett at Google.
So we have him here today.
Gonna give -- [Applause and cheering]
Cliff: We're welcoming him to our one particular harbor.
You know, Jimmy travels all around the world
from A1A, to the 101,
from Shoreline Theater to Wrigley Field and he's here for us today.
So we're really, really pleased, thrilled, and honored that
he could join us this morning.
Now, many -- many of us -- many people throughout the world say that,
you know, us Googlers, we have the best job ever which is pretty true,
I will admit.
But I will say one thing that's even more important:
Jimmy Buffett has the best "summer job" ever.
Whether he is working with his books,
on his concert tour with,
with his various, you know, restaurants, casinos,
he does pretty much everything.
He lives life to the fullest.
Umm, some of you may or may not know
but his contributions even extend into the philanthropic world.
He's been very actively involved in both --
in everything from manatee preservation
to a lot of the hurricane relief efforts
in Mississippi and New Orleans in the past few years.
And on top of that,
he's a sailor,
he's an accomplished pilot,
and we all know about his multi-platinum records and his outstanding songs.
So again it's an honor to have him here today.
Now, we do have an outstanding show lined up for you this morning.
We're gonna do a little bit of talkin',
we're gonna do some singin'.
We actually have Mr. Mac McAnally and Miss Nadirah Shakoor here as well
to lend some assistance.
Cliff: We got our -- our -- our shoutout from the Coral Reefer Band.
So, umm, also as part of the Google tradition
there will be time for questions and answers.
We ask that you use the Q and A mics, umm,
to, umm, ask your questions.
And for those of you that are streaming either live right now in our remote offices
or on the screens of -- of Googlers Worldwide
you can also ask your questions on Google Moderator.
Simply go to go/askbuffett.
It'll answer any question that -- that you might have.
And as a final note I'd like to also draw your attention to our early start time.
Now, you know, Jimmy performs on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
So we're in the Thursday window.
We're a little bit early today that's simply because
chef Brian Mattingly and the chef team at Charlie's
have created a special themed Margaritaville lunch
which is gonna roll out at 11:30,
so we really encourage you to stick around.
I understand there will be cheeseburgers,
umm, in paradise. 'Cause here at Google this is paradise.
So, without further ado,
please join me in welcoming Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer band.
[Applause and cheering]
Jimmy: Umm,
thank you, Cliff.
I've never played to an audience that had this many computers open on their laps--
-- during the -- -- performance.
You talk about instant feed back and there you go.
And, uh,
I think you're very brave to have a man over 60 with a hand held mic
after watching the debates. I could go off at any moment here
and run into you or the microphone.
So, uh,
I like your courage and, umm,
I like this set.
As a Google stockholder I see that you went to no expense.
Jimmy: I like keeping that kind of cost down, you know?
Jimmy: And, uh,
I -- I'm simply honored that,
you know, I came out here I guess the last time we were --
we were playin' in San Francisco
and, uh, because I do have kind of an inquisitive mind I--
I kind of feel like I'm looking at you out here at you and I'm --
I feel like George Jetson in a way, you know?
George Jetson's the older guy
and you are all "his boy Elroy" kinda people out there.
So, uh,
you are running the future and that's the thing that I figured out
when I got here and I saw that globe out in the lobby you know,
that thing that kinda --
it looked like I was on the Starship Enterprise and then Sergey explained
what all those colors meant and how they glowed and I, well
well, they're running the world so we better get in touch here
'cause the world's gonna need a little more fun and entertainment
the way it's going these days. So I, uh,
I just am amazed because not only am I a stockholder but I'm a Google user.
Because you kind of -- you do kind of provide something
that was never there before that everybody in the world uses
and as Cliff was talkin' about I do have this kind of nomadic side to me
so I traveled a lot
just A it's fun and B it's kinda,
you know, I have this Huckleberry Finn thing goin' and Mark Twain kind of --
as my hero -- was traveling, and reporting on it,
and using it as kind of sources of inspiration and creativity long
before we came up with any of this stuff. So,
as I go around the world,
in the most remote places,
you're there. [Laughing]
You know, and, uh,
and I thought it's kind of in a way it combines what --
what any entertainer does if they feel like that
and to borrow from Mark Twain it's "lighting out into the territory."
You -- you just can't sit someplace --
some people can and make that up and that's fine
but I'm not one of those kinda people I gotta go out and live it whether it's,
you know,
being detained by French authorities or going and flying to shuttle simulator.
I'll take anything that's out there that looks exciting that I can think about
that might wind up in a story or song,
or, uh,
any kinda way that -- that I go about my own creative process.
But the amazing thing is that I can tell you that how you effect me
is what I do is, uh,
is in the research kind of things for particularly when I'm working on books.
I was a library freak.
I still love to go to the library but I notice that,
you know, now with a -- with a --
what you've created at Google research is so much easier for me
as opposed to when I need something for a character in a book
or I need a line-- I need a rhyming word or something you're there.
So I should be giving you credit on these albums and things like that so, uh --
and I just wanted to thank you for being a part of my creative life.
You've made it a lot easier for me and, uh,
I love your maps.
Uh -- I do, I do.
It's, uh --
y'all are map people?
Y'all the map people over there?
All right.
Because I remember -- you know, cause there's--
an old Rand McNally store in Washington, D.C.
and they had these great stickers that said, uh,
"Without geography, we're nowhere."
And, uh,
did anybody go to the show the other night at Shoreline?
[Clapping] Jimmy: Okay.
Did you grimace along with me when I tried to get the spotlight operator
to highlight certain parts of the world?
They weren't even --
what was the -- the horrible first one was, like,
they were in the wrong continent, weren't they?
Yeah. They couldn't find Florida.
Jimmy: It's long and it sits at the bottom on the left.
I was given 'em directions but as a geography nut
I thought that whoever put that into Google
I wanna thank you for that because even --
and you make things so simple and so easy for most of us to operate.
Thank you for coming down to our level.
That's -- and, uh,
I kind of, you know,
I love the correlation between what I do as an entertainer and, uh,
what you do in your jobs here because the one thing that I saw that
I try to emulate in the much smaller workplace that we have
when we go around kind of promoting, and distributing, selling variations
of Margaritavilles and stuff like that,
uh, is that it really looks like it's fun to work here.
I mean, I love that volleyball court out there.
And it's real and it's sand.
I mean, you gotta have a great working environment
and that's the thing that I realize.
It's big and it's -- you kinda control the world.
You're having fun in your own little space doing it
and I can kind of identify with that in my little space.
And, uh,
and that's a great thing.
And the other thing that though you control -- you know,
you effect so many people and you don't really know you're doing it
and I kinda run into that, too.
And people tell me stories about how I've changed their life and stuff and I say --
I get embarrassed by that stuff, you know,
'cause it's -- to me I'm a journeyman and this is simply a job.
It's a great job and there's no uniform, and again I love your dress code, too.
I hope this is what you wear every day to work
and if not you should wear it to work every day because --
and any of us who came out of Catholic schools and wore uniforms
or you came out of other jobs where they made you dress up and go to work, uh,
I admit I did get kinda dressed up.
I actually wore long pants and look at you people. I mean...
I could have worn what I wore to breakfast to morning
and been very, very comfortable.
But uh, and uh,
but it just shows and, uh,
and I just -- I thought it was simply an honor when Cliff kinda
told me the people that have come and spoken at Google before.
I was kind of in shock that you'd ask me to come do this.
But, uh, on the other side,
like I said, I am a -- I'm a -- I'm a big fan of what you do
because I see somewhere down the line -- I can't help but say
somewhere down the line about what all the people at Google do
and how they get in touch with the entire planet in milliseconds,
uh, there's an entertainment factor that's yet to be discovered.
So I'm from kinda like the first Star Trek generation
and then they go on to the next the ninth whatever it is,
the out there kinda version and,
you know, as --
I love the fact that when --
in the music business or any kinda contract
they used to try to tie you up in such contractual stuff
and there was always this phrase in the contracts that said
"We own the rights to whatever you do on earth
and through the entire universe."
They really wanted to have everything, you know, but as we can tell,
record companies and major companies are not gonna be running the universe.
I think y'all are.
So we're in better shape in that regard so I figured I'd like to play in your universe
and see what there is that we can play with together.
And, uh --
and we'll do some questions but first of all
we're gonna play and we're out live and --
over the Google network over there.
It's not as bad as having to get up at 5:30 in the morning
and having to do the Today Show and sing at 6:30 out in the rain in New York
but it's -- this is kind of a breakfast show for us.
[Laughing] Jimmy: So, uh --
and the one thing that I thought I would bring is some of our crew
and if you went to the show, as Cliff said,
you know Mac McAnally,
who's been with me, and --
not only in the band but produces the records
and we write a lot of our stuff together,
and the lovely Nadirah Shakoor who's been --
you know, she's the, uh,
the youngest Coral Reeferette and I think it's pretty amazing
Cause I think as we work along I never kinda stop
and think how long we've been doing this.
I always think, well, everything happened ten years ago
when it's really, like, 20 and 30.
Nadirah's been in the band 13 years and she's the youngest member.
Most of our people have been here from the beginning
and that's another great thing that --
that I feel around here is, you know,
you find a place that's comfortable work and where the day
where you can utilize your productivity for better good
for the company effort and for the world in general,
you tend to stick around.
So I think that's another thing that I love and think that we have in common.
So, and Nadirah's gonna do a little -- a couple things with us and, uh,
if you see her in the show, you know why
she's up there.
And, uh,
we have an album out on our little label so as a shameless promoter
I'm promoting it.
Out there in Googleland. Where are you?
Where are they? Okay. Look at them.
Is the camera in the parrot there or -- [Laughing]
Jimmy: Y'all are pretty high-tech.
So, uh,
I thought we'd do a few songs for ya if that's okay
and the chef has prepared this gargantuan meal back there.
I hope that there's not gonna be margaritas at 11:30 here at Google,
you know. [Laughing]
Jimmy: I'm gonna watch the stock report in the afternoon to see what happens.
But if there -- if there are, well, great, you know.
Jimmy: So uh, [Laughing] you know.
It's a personal choice as they say.
So I'd like to invite Mac and Nadirah up
and we're gonna play a couple of songs for ya and then we'll,
uh, do some questions and answers.
[Strumming on guitar]
Jimmy: Never wear those shoes here. [Laughing]
Jimmy: Much better. [Strumming on guitar]
Jimmy: Okay, and we're in such a high --
highly evolved environment here that I hope these monitors work
'cause we never even did a sound check.
We're in semi-professional show business and with Bay Area traffic
it left more time for us. [Strumming on guitar]
Jimmy: But here we are. [Strumming on guitar]
Mac: What's the first number we're going to do?
Jimmy: "Inspiration in the Air." That's what, uh,
I was gonna start out because this song was written, uh,
actually in Mount Tamalpais I was staying at the Holiday Inn there.
[Strumming on guitar]
Jimmy: It was not one of the most glamorous evenings
but the song kinda really worked out. Uh, I was --
I remember hearing it for the first time on the radio I was in London, England,
and I went other I better get home. Something's going on here.
And, uh,
I bought my first set of living room furniture and a Boston Whaler and, uh,
I'd like to thank the Bay Area for the inspiration of that Holiday Inn evening.
[Strumming on guitar]
Jimmy: And it's a little thing called "Come Monday."
So this has always kinda been my Bay Area song, so -- [Laughing]
[Strumming on guitar]
Jimmy: I was out there today, too.
I went to Bolinas and went surfing, you know, in 82-degree weather.
This is amazing for here, you know.
[Strumming on guitar]
Jimmy: I hadn't been to Bolinas in about 30 years and it's the same hip
and it's the same hippies but they're only 50 years older, you know.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ Headin' up to San Francisco For the Labor Day weekend show
♪ I've got my Hush-Puppies on I guess I never was meant for glitter rock and roll.
♪ And honey I didn't know
♪ That I'd be missin' you so.
♪ But come Monday It'll be all right
♪ Come Monday I'll be holding you tight.
♪ I spent four lonely days in a brown L.A. haze
♪ Just want you back by my side.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ Yes it's been quite a summer
♪ Rent-a-cars and west bound trains.
♪ And now you're off on vacation
♪ Somethings are hard to explain.
♪ Yes since I love you so that's the reason we just have to go.
♪ But come Monday It'll be all right
♪ Come Monday I'll be holding you tight.
♪ I spent four lonely days in a brown L.A. haze
♪ Just want you back by my side.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ I can't help it honey
♪ You're that much a part of me now.
♪ Remember the night in Montana when We said there'd be no room for doubt.
Jimmy: I made it!
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ I hope you're enjoyin' the scenery
♪ I know it's pretty out there.
♪ We can go hikin' on Tuesday with you I could walk anywhere.
♪ California hasn't worn me too thin
♪ It's so nice to be here at Google again.
♪ Come Monday
♪ It'll be all right
♪ Come Monday I'll be holding you tight.
♪ I spent four lonely days in a brown L.A. haze
♪ Just want you back by my side.
♪ I spent four lonely days in a brown L.A. haze
♪ Just want you back by my side.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
[Applause and cheering]
Jimmy: Thank you.
[Applause and cheering]
Jimmy: None of that was, uh,
electronically reproduced in any way, shape, or form.
What you see is what you get.
[Strumming on guitar]
Jimmy: And by the way, one thing that I forgot about earlier was
I also love the fact that there are a lot of Parrot Heads
that work at Google anyway, so that's pretty cool, too.
[Strumming on guitar]
Jimmy: This is a little song we're gonna do called
"Son of a Son of a Sailor" and, umm,
it's one of those things liked I talked about going around
and lighting out into the territory.
Mac and I we were -- we're actually -- we're opening a Margaritaville in Dubai.
Now, go figure that out. [Laughing]
Jimmy: If you wanna ask any questions about that later,
I will be happy to answer what I can. [Laughing]
Jimmy: But on -- on this journey,
I happened -- I was in Hong Kong
'cause we had played a show there and, uh,
I run into -- you run into -- the wonderful thing about my summer job,
as Cliff said, is that I run into people that --
that are fans in some very interesting places.
And a gentleman who is the, uh,
commander of the United States Naval Pacific Fleet is a man
named Admiral Timothy Keating --
you can Google him and find out what he does. [Laughing]
Jimmy: And, uh,
he's a total Parrot Head and I found this out.
First of all, I like the fact that the fleet is in the hands of a Parrot Head,
you know. [Laughing]
Jimmy: Protecting the great surf breaks on the Pacific Rim.
That would be a -- [Strumming on guitar]
Jimmy: That's a good thing.
So we were talking and we were on our way to Dubai, and I said,
you know, we're gonna be over there and I was thinking --
I was trying to get in 'cause I'd heard a lot of kids over in Afghanistan and Iraq
were big fans even though I don't agree with that war at all,
I agree with helping out kids when they're away from home.
[Strumming on guitar] Jimmy: And, umm,
so we were trying to kinda come together and he's --
I said, well, I've gotta be in Dubai on a certain number of days and he said,
well, you know, the fleet's gonna be in
'cause they actually go on leave in Dubai and I went, well, that's interesting.
You don't read that --
[Strumming on guitar]
Jimmy: -- in the paper.
The United States Navy's having fun in Dubai on their day off.
I think that's -- there's a cultural cross we don't hear too much about.
And, uh,
I said, well, I'd like to play for 'em but I gotta be back for my son's soccer game.
He said, well, what day would you like the boat to be there?
Jimmy: And we were not talking about any little kinda boat here.
We were talking the U.S.S. Harry Truman, the aircraft carrier.
Jimmy: And I went, Thursday's good for me.
[Strumming on guitar] Jimmy: And they came on Thursday.
And so one of those unexpected events out there --
and we played in this little --
it's like a container port in Dubai and the kids come ashore there
and they kinda recreate as much as they can the feeling of home.
And, uh,
one thing that the admiral did do 'cause it was kind of --
I guess we're going out over the world, so Admiral Keating,
I hope you don't lose your job over this.
But, uh,
now, it was real interesting because contrary to a lot of rules
they said on this leave period that they --
they would allow margaritas to be consumed at the show.
And I don't know if you remember,
there's a great old movie called "Mr. Roberts"
and there's a scene in it where Jimmy Cagney's the commander of the ship
and Henry Fonda begs his crew to have liberty and,
you know, they're a little bit at sea, a little bit kind of --
let's just say there's a lot of --
they needed to blow off some steam.
So that was my vision of 5, 000 sailors coming into Dubai.
First of all to find enough tequila to make margaritas
in the Arab Emirates is a big job.
Jimmy: And I'll never forget -- but they found it was called what?
Bucket of -- big --
>> Big bucket Margaritas. Jimmy: Big bucket Margaritas.
Whatever -- whoever makes 'em made a lot of money in Dubai that night.
[Strumming on guitar]
Jimmy: So, umm,
I just threw that out there because it was one of those shows
where margaritas kinda took over the entire evening
and kind of -- you know,
it did liven up the performance and the audience quite a bit.
So, uh,
I'm glad we're having lunch after the show today
in case margaritas do show up in the middle of your workday here at Google.
We'll see what happens after that.
So, this is a little song called "Son of a Son of a Sailor"
which we did out in the Gulf and as we --
we video all this stuff if you want to you can Google us and go up there
and you can download this video.
Just Google Jimmy Buffett in Dubai and it'll come down.
Thank you for that anyways. So, uh,
as I say, you make my job a lot easier.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ As the son of a son of a sailor,
♪ I went out on the sea for adventure
♪ Expanding their view of the captain and crew
♪ Like a man just released from indenture.
♪ As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin' man
♪ where I chalked up many a mile.
♪ Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks
♪ And I learned much from both of their styles.
♪ Son of a son,
♪ son of a son,
♪ son of a son of a sailor.
♪ Son of a gun; load the last ton
♪ One step ahead of the jailer.
♪ Now away in the near future,
♪ southeast of disorder
♪ Hey, you can shake the hand of the mango man
♪ As he greets you at the border.
Nadirah: ♪ And the lady she hails from Trinidad, island of the spices.
♪ With salt for your meat and cinnamon sweet
♪ And the rum is for all your good vices.
Jimmy: ♪ Haul the sheet in as we ride on the wind
♪ that our forefathers harnessed before us.
♪ Hear the bells ring as the tide rigging sings.
♪ It's a son of a gun of a chorus.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: I'm glad to see we have a golder retriever here in the audience.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ Where this all ends I can't fathom, my friends.
♪ If I knew, I just might toss out my anchor.
♪ But I'll cruise along always searchin' for songs
♪ Not a lawyer, a thief or a beggar.
♪ Just a son of a son,
♪ son of a son,
♪ son of a son of a sailor
♪ The sea's in my veins, my tradition remains.
I'm just glad I don't live in a trailer.
♪ [Guitar music playing] Jimmy: I did at one point.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: Thank you.
All right.
And, uh,
we should have brought our video. You know, I thought about that.
We always have videos at our shows and Cliff said do you have any, uh --
[Strumming on guitar]
Jimmy: -- any things you wanna show? And I said, not really.
We're just gonna get up and play. And then, uh,
if I'd known this I would have thought about this a little more
and done a high-tech,
uh, multimedia presentation here. [Laughing]
Jimmy: As opposed to two guitars and three folk singers.
[Strumming on guitar]
Jimmy: And, uh,
what's your dog's name?
I'm just interested.
Cliff: Hindley.
Jimmy: Hindley.
Named after a drum player in the Eagles, perhaps, or just --
Jimmy: Oh, mine was named Cheeseburger.
I was just wondering'. [Laughing]
Jimmy: Yeah. It was a good retriever -- and, umm,
somehow I was lucky enough to get my thumb on the pulse
of some people's idea that they needed a little vacation every day of their lives,
so we'll do it now and this is kind of the national anthem
of the country of Margaritaville but you can stay seated because --
[Laughing] [Strumming on guitar]
Jimmy: That's the way we pay homage there.
You don't have to get up and act out or anything like that, okay.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: And, as a special treat today, since it's a daytime show,
and I can actually see the audience I'm playing to, uh,
we're gonna include the -- the very secretive lost verse.
This is news to Mac, I can tell already.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: And if you wanna know about that lost verse,
just Google Margaritaville lost verse and it'll come up.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: How do y'all know all that stuff?
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ Nibblin' on sponge cake
♪ Watchin' the sun bake
♪ All of you Parrot Heads covered with oil.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ Strummin' my six-string
♪ On my front porch swing
♪ Smell those shrimp hey, they're beginning to boil.
Jimmy: Mmm. I can smell that lunch already.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ Wastin' away again in Margaritaville.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ Searching for my lost shaker of salt.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ Some people claim that there's a woman to blame
♪ But I know this is somebody's fault.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ I don't know the reason.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ Stayed here all season
♪ Nothin' to show but that brand new tattoo.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ But it's a real beauty.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ A Mexican cutie.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ How she got here I haven't a clue.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ Wastin' away again in Margaritaville.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt
Salt Salt Salt
♪ Some people claim that there's a woman to blame
♪ Now I know,
♪ it's all those women's fault.
Jimmy: ♪ Let's blame them. All right?
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ Here it comes.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ Old men in tank tops
♪ cruising the gift shops.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ Checking out the chiquitas down by the shore.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ They dream about weight loss,
♪ wish they could be their own boss
♪ Those three-day vacations become such a bore.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ I blew out my flip-flop.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ Stepped on a pop-top.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ I broke my leg twice I had to limp on back home.
Jimmy: That part was true.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ But there's booze in the blender
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ And soon it will render
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ That frozen concoction that helps me hang on
Hang on Hang on Hang on.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ Wastin' away again in Margaritaville.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ Searching for my lost shaker of salt
Salt Salt Salt
♪ Some people claim that there's a woman to blame
♪ But I know
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ it's my own damn fault
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ Yeah and some people claim that there's a woman to blame.
Jimmy: Usually is. But I know--
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: ♪ it's my own damn fault.
♪ [Guitar music playing]
Jimmy: It's my fault.
Miss Nadirah Shakoor.
Nadirah: Thank you!
Jimmy: And Mr. Mac McAnally.
Mac: Thank you guys.
Jimmy: All right. Thank y'all.
Jimmy: I get the red one. I like this.
Jimmy: Thank you. [Applause]
Jimmy: If anybody has a question or --
out there I'd be happy to try and answer them.
So, uh,
this is completely unscripted, too, as you noticed.
These are not teleprompters up here.
Jimmy: We got a -- Okay. We can go now.
>> Hi. Jimmy: Yes. Hi.
>> Umm, I'm from Lithia Springs, Georgia, uh, big Parrot Head land
and, uh, the first music I started playing my daughter was, uh,
Jimmy music.
Can't stand almost song and
my favorite song of yours is, uh, I'm going to butcher this.
"Chanson --"
Jimmy: "Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants."
>> Yes.
The imagery of that -- of that song is just so beautiful,
and the melody,
I just love that song and I wanted to know what your inspiration was,
what inspired you to --
to write that song 'cause that's just my absolute favorite.
Jimmy: Well, thank you.
Thank you for raising your children on my music. [Laughing]
Jimmy: People ask us how we regenerate and that's the thing about it.
You know,
I didn't realize when I started out that I was gonna turn into family entertainment.
Uh -- [Laughing]
Jimmy: That was not what I had in mind, you know.
I wanted to come to San Francisco and go live in Bolinas
and be a hippy and then it didn't quite turn out that way, so ...
but, uh, that song is kind of an example, again,
of going places to find material.
I, uh --
I was on my boat and I sailed into a little harbor on an island
called St. Bartholomew
in the French West Indies where I kind of live off and on and have for a while.
And it was so cool because we dropped anchor and the next morning
a little boat rowed up with some kids in it,
uh, with fresh croissants and coffee and let's just say we sailed a long way
and we needed it that morning.
And I just thought the image of those kids and --
and their parents had raised them,
like, not home schooled, I guess you would say boat schooled.
They were sailing around the world and living on a boat
and they were being home schooled there.
And, uh,
I had an immediate friendship and I still -- the kids are now, like, 40 years old,
one of 'em's a singer, one of 'em's a broadcaster in Bermuda,
and I stay in touch with 'em.
But that day I took them and we had --
I'll never forget because you talk about--
I think one of the things I love about what happens at Google is
I am under all this kind of a techie freak
and even back -- this was, like, 1970 --
probably '78 when I sailed into St. Bart's --
but I had a video player on the boat
which was the size of, like, a broadcast --
this is before there were everyone VCRs --
and on a boat,
the thing was as big as probably four cases of beer
and it was a real contest of whether or not to take four cases of beer's
worth of space away on this voyage.
So I voted for technology and nobody mutinied so it worked.
But we -- we carried four movies 'cause they were in large --
large packages and one of 'em was, uh, "Black Orpheus",
"The Man Who Would Be King,"
uh, and Errol Flynn in "Captain Blood," and "The Wizard of Oz."
And I showed these kids -- they had never seen it.
We had a little tiny TV,
we ran this video player on the deck of the boat
and we showed 'em "The Wizard of Oz".
And that's where I got the inspiration for this song because
I had to stop before those --
those flying monkeys got there 'cause they scare the hell outta me still.
And I didn't wanna freak 'em out too bad so I stopped the video
and told 'em that the flying monkeys were about to come,
and not to get scared, and the witch was gonna go away,
and then I re-ran the video,
and they were so happy with it that's kinda what inspired the song
and I wrote that little song for those three kids in the boat
watching "The Wizard of Oz" on a far-away island. [Laughing]
>> So -- so I'm curious about something.
which is you've been in movies,
you've written a few songs,
a few best-selling novels,
run a couple of restaurants,
do a lotta stuff and it's in contrast with the persona
of the laid-back beach bum which is never working but that's clearly not true.
Jimmy: Yeah.
>> Since you write novels, you don't happen to write code, too?
>> Because the secret of productivity would be great to know
and if you have any words of wisdom for people
who are trying to run the world and keep the -- the network up,
and indexing all the contents of the web what --
what would you tell us as advice on how to keep that working?
Jimmy: Uh --
>> How I can get things done?
Jimmy: I think the thing to do is keep your sense of humor,
one thing, you know?
Uh, and I think we live in a world that's been kind of overblown with, uh,
scaring the hell outta people to control 'em and there was a great old, uh,
humorist from New York named uh,
Richard Buck -- well, actually I think he was from the Bay Area,
but Lord Buckley was a humorist and a beat poet
that hung around New York in the 50s
and he would do these routines about
how people would get scared and he said,
"Humor is the absense of terror and terror is the absence of humor."
And that really came into play in my mind these days,
uh, and it's made so much sense to me that-
that we know that laughing is good for us.
Physically and emotionally.
And, uh, keeping a sense of humor or having one
when those around are losing theirs and blaming you as Kipling once said.
I think it's an essential thing and you know, like I said,
I didn't start out to have all those jobs that you mentioned there.
But I'm kind of a busy guy and I -- I like to multitask I admit it.
And it just worked out that way.
But in all of it, it's based on a work ethic,
a lotta luck,
and a good sense of humor.
So, umm --
and I try to keep it balanced.
I try to keep my work to play ratio real balanced, you know, I'm --
and that persona out there -- and again you go back to my favorite movie,
other than the flying monkeys the part I liked about that
was that man behind the curtain,
and when Toto pulled that curtain back and gave him up,
you know, I thought one of these days that might happen to me.
Jimmy: You just did it so thanks a lot.
Cliff: Hey, Jimmy, we got some questions from our distributed offices, so --
Jimmy: Sure.
Julie: Okay. So, this one's from Will Kavinski here in Mountain View.
And this one is actually from his folks who are huge Parrot Heads.
They wanna know how you balance your home life
and multimillion dollar music touring empire,
merchandising, restaurants, and charitable fund raising.
They're now volunteering,
due to your inspiration.
So how do you do it?
Jimmy: I have great people that work for me, you know. [Laughing]
Jimmy: And that's really the answer.
I mean, I learn -- when you start out in this --
you know, cause,
through the -- down the trip I've been on I went to therapy a couple of times.
I was drugged there by my wife
'cause I wasn't communicating and other things
and -- but it was a good learning experience but. [Laughing]
The thing of it is, is, uh,
I -- I realized that I was a control freak at the beginning but then I defended that
because as a control freak you would.
Uh, right? [Laughing]
Because when I started out I thought
there's nobody when you start out -- I tell this 'cause I do
one of the lecture at the Berkeley School of Music.
I go up there every year to do, like, little seminars in Boston.
And they're all performers there and the great thing about Berkeley
is they're teaching the business of music which I was never privy to, you know.
When I went to school at this little school down in Mississippi
if you weren't a music major they wouldn't let you audit music classes.
How dumb was that?
Uh, but anyway it was like,
uh, you start out and it's just you and you're your first audience
and one day you look at yourself in the shower and you start singin' to yourself,
you go,
hey, I'm pretty cool. I can do this here. [Laughing]
Jimmy: Yeah.
And then you gotta have -- you gotta be that vain to do it in the beginning
and then your next audience is your mother's eight best friends.
Jimmy: 'Cause your mom -- and my mother was this way --
they will go see you anywhere.
You can be playing the gates of hell
and your mother will come see you with her friends
and then they'll come twice.
And after that,
your ass is on your own.
Jimmy: And that's what I tell people so in order to do that
and then you're launched into a world that's nothing
but rejection, rejection, rejection,
so you become this control freak for a long time
and then when you figure out you can let go a little bit,
that's when things start happening for me.
You have to control 'cause nobody cares about you other than yourself,
you can't get -- managers aren't beating your door down
in the early parts of your career.
You're struggling just to be accepted at every level
and the only person involved with making that happen is you
and then you start getting people along and then when you find those people
I guess I'm lucky enough to be able to know that I can --
now, you know, I delegate a lot.
And now you know, ask how I balance all that,
I have great people that work for me and I love it.
Was there anything else in that question?
Cliff: I think we got that one.
We do have one more then we'll get back to the live questions.
Umm, this one -- or, actually, Julie, you wanna take it, since.
Julie: Sure, I'll take it away.
Umm, this one's from Anna Wilson,
and she's been to numerous different bars in the Caribbean
claiming to be the official Margaritaville
or Cheeseburger in Paradise Bar.
Jimmy: Yeah.
Julie: Is there a real one and where is it?
Jimmy: There is. The real bar was a story in fact that it's --
what's the name of it? Okay.
It's the Village Cay Marina in Road Town, Tortola.
And the reason, uh,
it was there is because we had sailed in,
we had broken down in Puerto Rico and we had sailed across.
and at that time you had to take your goods with you
It was not the Caribbean that it is today.
So we were at sea,
we came in,
and this place had just opened up
and they actually had cheeseburgers and Pina Coladas.
And we'd been out there for a long time and so we tested them very heavily.
Jimmy: And that is the real place where "Cheeseburger" was written.
Now, there's one on St. Bart's that they claim that it's the "Cheeseburger"
and it is 'cause I made a deal with this guy, Eddy Skadelbur,
it's called the Select Bar,
and at that point I didn't know whether this was gonna work out or not
so I thought you can have the name if me and my immediate family
can eat and drink in your place for the rest of our lives.
Jimmy: And we shook hands on it.
Jimmy: And that's it.
And I still get my free drinks there.
Jimmy: Well, let's get somebody on this microphone.
Come on. We got a techie here.
Watch this. Turn it up.
Cliff: We got a mic here. >> Great.
So you've taken your obvious hard work
and good fortune to bring music to everyone.
Umm, recently, though, you've been taking that hard work and good fortune
to help others that are less fortunate, philanthropic efforts,
I'm wondering if you can tell us a little bit about
how you connected with those efforts
and some suggestions for those of us who are trying to take our current
hard work and good fortune to do the same.
Jimmy: There's a great French term, called noblesse oblige , which means,
you know, if you have good fortune, you pass it on.
And I was taught that at a young age in my family and I didn't --
my parents were working people.
And that's where I got my work ethic from and everything else was kinda lucky.
But, uh,
I just think that that's --
I think that we're looking at it, you know,
I'm no economist, that's the other Buffett but, uh.
Jimmy: He plays a fairly good ukulele but we'll get him out here one day.
But you know,
it's simply -- greed is what got us in this mess.
If you wanna get down to the bottom line, you know,
and hard work is what'll get us out
and everything else is kinda --
you know, you can hear pundits on TV
There's so many news shows. my god, I just have to --
The first thing to do to recover in this economy is to turn the television off.
You know, and go back to work,
and get your information on the Google opening page the way I do every morning.
That's all you need.
But as a part of it I just felt that way and then you give something back,
and we kind of -- you know, as again going back to the people
that were working in our philanthropic interests,
I wanted to look something differently.
I just didn't wanna go be,
you know, I didn't wanna be the Jerry Lewis telethon,
you know, that just looked kinda weird to me 'cause it's your-
it seems to be kinda self-promoting and I didn't wanna anything that to do so
I went to my -- to the people who are running it
and we tried to come up with something and what we did come up with
and it's up there --
it's called Singing for Change --
and we basically did, we took a dollar of our revenue at every show --
we've been doin' this for a while -- which we put into a charitable trust
and we redistribute it simply in the cities out of which we take money from a tour.
I thought that was a pretty fair and kinda --
I wanted to have the impact be
where the people were paying hard-earned money to see us
as entertainers.
So that's kind of the way we started this out and it works in small grants.
We don't do anything big -- in the hurricane came up.
Which is a part of,
you know, the disaster that is still upon us there on the Gulf Coast,
and make no mistake about it, it still is --
uh, was something that growing up down there I put everything --
so, now most of our efforts go into all of concentrating on efforts
from aroung the Gulf Coast to do
re-- simply rebuilding people's lives, you know,
one at a time like that.
And so that's -- that's -- you know, it's great that everybody has that sense.
And I feel that more out here in Silicon Valley when I come to California.
You start a lot of things out here, trends in America.
And, it's like, you know,
I know, I travel all over the country and I can tell when I'm here,
the buses are on butane,
you know, there's more windmills here.
The other places where there's windmills --
I was up flyin' in northern Maine and I looked at this beautiful wind farm
and this guy was tellin' me I was just lookin' at some, uh,
landing my sea plane just for fun on the lakes and I saw the windmills
and I said, God, isn't this great?
We're switching over to alternative energy sources.
And they went, yeah, but it's going to Canada.
And there's this beautiful wind farm in Maine
and they ship it 10 miles over the line.
And I went, you know,
our priorities are all screwed up here.
But California seems to -- as crazy as people think y'all are out here,
you're pretty cool in my book, you know.
[Laughing] [Clapping]
Cliff: All right, Jimmy,
we got another question here from our Ann Arbor office.
We got Jason in Ann Arbor asking,
if you could perform with one artist that you haven't already worked with --
so that does count out Kermit The Frog,
which I thought was really awesome,
umm -- [Laughing]
Cliff: Who would it be and why? And then P.S. we would love to have you
in the Ann Arbor office next time you're in Detroit, so --
Jimmy: Oh, okay. Cliff: Come next year.
Jimmy: Umm,
I guess living performers it would be odd
but Gordon Lightfoot was a huge hero of mine starting out
and I would love to play with Gordon Lightfoot.
[Clapping] Jimmy: Yeah.
Jimmy: So, Gordon,
if you're out there, if you're up on Google,
give me a call. [Laughing]
Jimmy: Yes, sir?
>> Hi, Jimmy, I'm Jeff Kreer.
Been a big fan for a long time.
Jimmy: Thanks.
>> I do dress like this. Jimmy: I can tell.
>> I like it very much. [Laughing]
>> Uh, I know you've traveled all over, played all over,
lived in a lot of places.
I'm just curious as to where you feel at home.
Is it Florida,
or Mississippi,
or wherever the boat happens to be docked?
Jimmy: that -- all of the above I guess, you know.
I actually spend my time, uh,
between Florida and up on the eastern Long Island
and down in the French West Indies.
That's kinda my travel place but you know it's kind of a nomad existence
but that's what we do. That's what I do.
So I try to fit everything in those places.
And, you know, my kids kind of have come along that way.
And one of my daughters is here today 'cause I said,
you gotta come out to Google with me and check this place out.
So Savannah's here.
And she looks okay for the wear so it kinda worked.
So we're okay. Right?
Jimmy: It worked; right?
Don't give her a microphone. That's okay.
>> My dad and I think you live the life.
Jimmy: All right. Thanks, man.
>> Maybe I should ask Savannah this question,
but, umm,
Googlers are having kids at a pretty rapid rate
so there's good regeneration there and I think that's a good thing for the world.
But, umm,
I'm an aging father.
My kids are two and three.
Do you have any advice for the old man? [Laughing]
>> Take it.
[Laughing] [Clapping]
Jimmy: This is Savanah Buffett.
Savannah: Do you make pancakes? [Clapping]
Savannah: No. I mean, the cool thing about, you know,
being a working dad, which Dad was,
is he was always there for us and he did always, I swear,
when he was not on tour he always made breakfast.
And you still say this.
At the end of the day he would go on tour and everyone would be adoring,
like they should 'cause he's a great performer,
but at the end of the day when he'd come home to us he was just the pancake guy.
And, uh -- [Laughing]
Savannah: It was a humbling experience for him and I think he appreciated it.
But he's been a great dad and he is always there for us.
And my brother and sister are teenagers now so he had to do it twice.
I'm -- I won't say how old I am but I'm not a teenager.
And, uh,
so he's done it twice and he's done a good job
and he's got teenagers so we'll see how they turn out.
But I think they're doing pretty good so far.
But pancakes are the key.
Pancakes and French toast.
Jimmy: Okay. You can inherit the empire now. Okay.
Julie: Okay. We're trickle down here
but this is a question from David Long in Mountain View.
And he says, we all know you have a huge following around the world
but where are you most surprised to have the largest number of Parrot Heads?
Jimmy: Umm, you know, it's -- it's kinda --
we just did a show in Paris.
We played a small club about four or five hundred people, called The New Morning
and I just wanted to do it again.
I mean, though you can work venues like Shoreline,
which is still wonderful.
I mean I still get up on that stage.
And I gotta say something about you guys who go to this show out here.
It's a great crowd.
I mean, I have lots of great crowds everywhere but, you know,
you see people here.
There are people there that were hippies 50 years ago
and they're not ashamed of it.
And they're dancing alongside of 18-year-olds
and everybody has a good time.
You know, they're doing that air dance thing that y'all got down out here.
Jimmy: And I think it's because the Bay Area has been a great musical center
for the creation of music going back to the 60s and 70s when I --
I couldn't wait to get out here from the south.
You know, I made it a little late but I made up for lost time when I got out here.
Uh, but I think that, you know,
on that level you see big crowds like that
but I love to go into small places and I guess --
I think that the coolest place that we --
off the top of my head -- we were in Africa
on our first trip to Africa and we were out on safari and we brought the guitar,
and there was this great song Nancy Griffith,
who was a great singer and I'm a huge fan of hers,
called "From a Distance", that Bette Midler had a big hit on,
but when Nancy did this song we had this album we were taking and I --
and we -- I just learned this song and we kinda play it.
And we were out and I'll never forget we were in one of these, uh,
big, fancy camps out and so I pick my guitar up
and there were other guests there and they said, you know,
would you play a couple songs?
And I looked at it, and, uh,
they were all high dollar paying guests. And I said,
"I'll be happy to play as soon as you bring all the people who work here out as well."
And, uh,
I don't think anybody had ever done that there before but that's what music is.
It's the -- it's the universal language of the world.
And this is -- to be quite honest, this is a bunch of straight-laced
white people sittin' there and I wanted some funk in the audience, you know?
Jimmy: And what that turned into a very memorable evening.
And the great thing about it was I don't think anybody
who had been out front at this weird resort had ever met the people
who had worked there and after that the whole vibe changed
for the rest of the visit there.
And I love taking that away and that's what music can do.
Cliff: Awesome. [Clapping]
Cliff: We have a -- a question from our -- our friends down in Irvine.
This is from Sarah.
Umm, she'd like to know if you could talk about the eco-friendly
and green qualities of your tours both from, you know,
the buses that you take to the simple stage setup.
She said it's very admirable and awesome.
Jimmy: Well, thanks. I'm working on it. It's hard, you know.
But, uh, we do.
We, uh --
and I think that's the great thing it's great thing about innovation
and technology in America as I say, you know,
uh, I really believe, you know,
the network that you have in the Google world and the universe
is gonna be the conduit through which a lot of these problems are solved
because people can communicate and connect with each other.
I mean, as an example I got my --
I got this surf van you know, and it looks hideously big.
I mean, it's built in California but it runs on vegetable oil.
And I -- I loved it 'cause I drove it into Sag Harbor, a little village up in New York,
and these kids were going by --
and I had just gotten it. I was so happy about it --
and all of a sudden and man they were dissing this thing.
Man, look at this, this gas hog -- how could somebody --
and when they looked down it says "powered by vegetable oil" on the bottom
and their attitude changed immediately.
They went from "look at that piece of crap" to "this is cool."
Jimmy: And I think that's the kinda attitude you gotta--
you gotta take. So --
and it came from inside as an example.
You know, we -- we use, uh,
biodiesel on tours and truckers that used to --
that haul rock 'n' roll figured out how to create a network
by which we can fuel up our trucks on biofuels,
uh, and not go into the truck stops.
And the reasons they wanted to go into the truck stops is
'cause they got discounts on meals.
Give 'em more per diem but let's go, you know --
so it's kinda real positive solutions and to things
that you can create yourself and then, you know,
my big problem is airplanes.
They're polluters you know but I'm not rich enough or powerful enough
like you guys to come up with a solution. So I'm looking -- you know,
when they start making a jet fuel out of algae, I'm buyin' it.
You know.
And until then I just try to do what I can and create that.
And we run now --
the shows run on generators that are powered by alternative fuels.
So we're kinda the buses. So we're doing --
at that level I think you start.
And that's what again I see.
It's wonderful in daily life.
You see it in California a lot more than anywhere else in the country,
you know, in terms of what's coming.
And we just need to not slip backwards.
>> Hi, Jimmy.
I just wanted to say that when I told my friends back home in Bermuda,
where we pretty much live and breathe by your music,
umm, that you were coming,
they told me that I had a magical job.
So I just wanted to thank you for making all of our jobs magical today
and for making everything fabulous.
Jimmy: Oh. Okay. [Laughing]
>> I was wondering whether you have a favorite song
that you don't get to play as much as you'd like
or one that you think should be played more often,
or one that people seem to forget about that you particularly --
Jimmy: Yeah. You know, it's hard after you've lived this long
and survived this long,
there's a lotta stuff out there, you know? [Laughing]
Jimmy: So the -- the hardest thing that I try to do is try to,
you know, you gotta do the songs that the shows --
we are entertainers.
We're not philosophers or theologians here, you know.
We're shameless performers. You pay somebody,
we sing and dance, you go away happy.
That's what it is. [Laughing]
Jimmy: So bottom line, you can put--,
you can put costumes on 'em,
it can be -- you can dress 'em up,
but that is the real basis of what goes on here.
You know, there's a little exchange thing that's going on.
So there are certain songs --
I say these are songs I play or get killed, you know.
So those are in the repertoire all the time.
But the challenge is,
is to take the time I've got left and try to mix that show up
and look for some of those other songs out there.
And one of the fun things that I've found myself doin' is
I've rewritten "Fruitcakes" for every stop on this tour
and applied it to local situations and things.
So that's challenging for me but it gives a little lift to the show
that's felt a lot farther than just, you know, changing a word or two.
So I kinda look at that and then,
you know, there are things that --
my recent songs that --
"12 Vote Man" to me is one of my favorite songs and, uh,
there's one called "Nobody Speaks to the Captain No More."
You know, there's things but I'm gettin' to where
I do these little shows now and I do stuff over there
that I normally wouldn't do in the big show. So it's a --
it's great to rediscover yourself and steal from yourself. [Laughing]
>> Thanks.
>> Hey there. Jimmy: Hi.
>> So, I come from Memphis and my mom was always telling me that
the first show I ever went to was one of yours
but she had a question she wanted me to ask you.
Are you ever gonna make it back to Memphis?
Jimmy: Oo. That was, uh,
yeah. That was an interesting thing.
You know, again,
I didn't know I was gonna live this long or still be this popular,
so this is the problem you have.
You get older and you can't work as hard as you used to work.
So I'm scaling down a little bit.
But, you know, I just kinda try to pick places around and,
you know, that place in Memphis is a little funky, to tell you the truth, you know
You know, that mud island place to play.
So, umm --
but there's a good chance that I could be in a bar there any given time and play,
'cause I still do that.
>> Well, she came up to see you in Chicago, so --
Jimmy: Okay. Well, that's good.
See, you get out of the house and you get to have a vacation.
>> That's right. [Laughing]
Jimmy: And tell her thank you for raising you on -- you know,
it's kinda funny because I love running into kids who --
who go to shows 'cause a lot of 'em say it's some of the few times
that the families actually get together and they go to our show.
Like this one little girl was tellin' me she was brought up doing this --
and she was, like, 25 now --
and she said in those tortilla fights we'd have in the parking lots
are my fondest childhood memories. And I went, wait a minute.
Tell me about tortilla fights.
And she described how they would make these tortillas
and hurl them at each other
as children in the parking lot of the show.
So that was news to me.
So I thought man, that's pretty cool that your tortilla fights
are you lasting memories of childhood at my show.
[Laughing] Jimmy: So it was all right.
So I'm glad people have 'em.
Cliff: Well, and we had another question.
This question was asked twice, so --
Jimmy: Oh.
Cliff: It's double the pleasure.
Did you ever pay the mini mart back?
Jimmy: Yes, I did.
Cliff: All right.
Jimmy: Well, you know, being a --
raised Catholic that mortal sin kinda thing --
that would have been a venial one, actually --
but, uh, the guilt involved with it, you know, I did.
Late one night -- it was the mini mart in Hattiesburg, Mississippi,
and I used to pilfer that place quite a bit
and I went through in the bus and stopped one night
and left $300 under the door.
I figured that covered it.
Cliff: Awesome. And --
Jimmy: That was cheap back in the 70s. [Laughing]
Cliff: And also, umm,
I was wondering since of course one of your passions is,
you know, sailing and especially piloting if you had any anecdotes from your life
in the skies that you wanted to share to -- to this crowd here.
Jimmy: I love the amazing stories, you know.
And a lot of them, again, you know,
stories connect up through your network on Google. I mean,
the exchange of information is I think a wonderful thing because
it's kinda like it used to be there in smaller doses
and now everybody can kinda share those little anecdotes.
But I remember once a guy brought me a tape that he was soloing the --
the Atlantic and the boat was -- he had to be rescued
and when the ship that picked him up rescued him --
like, he had "Changes in Latitudes" and they had "Volcano".
And the one thing that the guy said, is there anything we can do for you?
And he said, yeah. Can I switch tapes with ya?
Jimmy: I love this stuff, you know. [Laughing]
And they did. And then he went on his way.
But, uh, you know,
those kinda little anecdotes are really the things that kinda make it worthwhile
that in people's lives, you know,
without really thinking about it you make a difference and hopefully for the better.
>> Hi there.
I've been a Jimmy fan for a long, long time,
since back in the days before I had kids or gray hair.
Jimmy: [Laughing] Okay.
>> And, uh, just from the shallow questions department,
umm, went to a number of shows down at the Coors Amphitheater in San Diego.
And, uh, before the show started the Hemisphere Dancer buzzed overhead.
Was that you flying it or was that actually the Hemisphere Dancer?
Jimmy: Oh. When the plane used to actually fly over the show?
>> Yeah. And there was a plane that flew over the show.
Jimmy: Yeah. Yeah. >> was that you?
Jimmy: I used to do it but then there are people -- my handlers --
got all freaked out 'cause, uh -- [Laughing]
Jimmy: And it wasn't that as much as the fact that it was the --
I did it the first time but then it was --
it was a hell of a ride to get to run and open the show
after I flew the plane over. >> Yeah.
Jimmy: And so after that, yeah, we made it up.
We had somebody who looked like me wavin' out the window. [Laughing]
>> All right. [Laughing]
Jimmy: I'm tellin' you. It's all smoke and mirrors, people.
[Laughing] Jimmy: But I did fly the first one.
I did. It was great.
>> Yeah. That was really cool.
So just sort of a follow up question to that.
So would you rather be flying the plane or sailing the boat?
Jimmy: I -- I like both, you know.
I really do. And, uh,
my time away from that -- and now I guess my most recent pass --
I'd like to have a surfboard on either one and that's what I'd do
is I'd kinda go out and throw the board in the back and a fly rod
and look for really remote places to surf or fish
and come up with ideas for songs.
I got one now called "We Got a Lot to Be Drinkin' About".
Jimmy: What do ya think?
[Laughing] [Clapping]
Jimmy: Country song, of course.
Jimmy: I'm workin' on that one right now.
>> Just a quick question. Umm,
is there really a Dixie Diner?
And if there is, where is it?
Jimmy: Yeah. I mean, that song was a --
that was a Fingers Taylor song, and it's in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Dixie Diner is there.
>> Is that the name of it?
I'm also from Memphis, by the way.
Jimmy: It was at the time.
It was, like, one of those meat and tea-in-three places, you know?
For those who don't know,
that's a southern term for where you eatin' lunch, you know.
They have a meat, three vegetables,
and ice -- or sweet or unsweetened tea for $1.99 or something.
That's what it was.
Good barbecue if I remember correctly.
>> Okay. This one's from a few people from around the world.
Umm, do you have any regrets from your life?
Jimmy: What was it?
>> Any regrets? [Laughing]
Jimmy: I -- I really couldn't hear what you said. What?
>> Any regrets from your life?
Jimmy: Any regrets? Of course.
But not that many to outnumber the good stuff.
[Laughing] [Clapping]
Cliff: All right. Well, I think we have one -- time for one more question from the --
from our virtual audience
and that relates to your sailing in the Caribbean.
Umm, he wants to know how --
how life has changed since you started sailing in the Caribbean to, umm,
the present day that you've seen.
Jimmy: Umm, it's kinda interesting.
It's great because, uh,
you know, again,
the interesting thing that has changed the entire Caribbean to me --
the great thing is there are still places you can go that haven't changed
and there are places that have changed drastically and that's --
that's what happens as -- as -- as technology catches up I guess.
But I think the biggest things that have changed the Caribbean were
I remember when satellite TV came in.
There's a very funny story and -- and I didn't make it up.
I wrote about it in a book.
It was kind of uncontrolled at the time and there was this guy offshore
the first satellite, uh, that beamed down, uh,
there was this one guy and I remember I think his name was Bob Roles so
when he came into the islands down there,
the only thing that was on it was like football and porno.
And so nobody was goin' to work. [Laughing]
Jimmy: They were stayin' up.
'Cause it was unlimited and nobody had to pay for it.
And so they'd have these giant dishes and this got around
on the coconut telegraph on the Caribbean
and so they had to kinda go in and shut the receivers down
so that everybody would go back to work 'cause it was such a novel thing.
I consider that probably a bad thing, I suppose.
They might have thought it was pretty good at the time.
And the other thing to me is Bob Marley.
And Bob Marley changed the consciousness
of the Caribbean population in terms of the -- you know,
there was so much music that had been exported and kinda commercialized on,
and Bob Marley still, you know,
is the true heart of the Caribbean and the true heart of the third world abroad
and I think that is a very positive thing.
And so we're just -- you know,
there's a great documentary and I gotta Google it
because I know it's up there see.
But somebody took, like,
street singers and nonprofessional and nonfamous people
and took "One Love" by Bob Marley and --
and just shot video of people playing it. Have you seen this thing?
Does anybody know what I'm talking about?
Well, we'll Google it and find out.
And but I just love that kind of idea that the world shares a song, you know.
And I think that what you --
what you have here as Googlers is the conduit by which the world
shares a lotta things but I'm -- I'm -- I'm honored at the fact that --
that fun and entertainment is part of it. [Laughing]
Cliff: Awesome. Well, Jimmy Buffett,
Nadirah Shakoor,
and Mac McAnally,
we had an amazing time today.
We gotta roll our lunch.
Thank you very much. [Applause]