LYRICS: “Down In the Islands”

Here’s some lyrics to one of the songs I’m working on with producer, Kevin Johnston.

This is another Connors & Schettino collaboration. The song has a kind of a calypso-country groove. The original version of the song that Jimmy came up with was called, “Down By the River.” I changed a bunch of the details and adapted it to my life and experiences.

There are a lot of songs about being down in the islands. This one is about “being down” in the islands. A melancholy guy is down in the islands remembering the good times he had with his ex…

Down In the Islands
© 2013, Connors & Schettino

I’m just lyin’ here by the seaside, down in the the islands
The smell of hibiscus fills the air
The birds sing, sound just like a church choir, down in the islands
The sun shines bright and the ocean fills the air

I close my eyes, I can see you lyin’ there on the beach
I close my eyes, I can see you smilin’ back at me, babe
But then the tears fall
I’m down in the islands in my memories

I’m just lyin’ here by the campfire down in the islands
The smell of hickory fills the air
The reeds sway, sound just like wind chimes down in the islands
The stars shine bright and the full moon fills the air

I close my eyes, I can see you lyin’ there next to me
I close my eyes, I can see you smilin’ back at me
But then my tears fall
I’m down in the islands with my memories

I’m just lyin’ here by the seaside down in the the islands
The smell of hibiscus fills the air
The birds sing, sound just like a church choir down in the islands
And the sun shines bright and the ocean fills the air
The sun shines bright and the ocean fills the air
The sun shines…….

Doing the Limbo of Life

Every couple of years I go into a limbo of not knowing where the past is leading me and what the future holds. Each time I go through it I come out with a reinvented life.

Last time I was in a deep limbo was mid-winter of 2012. I had just turned 49 and gone through a breakup. During that time I did a lot of introspection and contemplation. I decided once and for all to work towards making my living in music and wean off selling my time on this planet to someone else.

I went to San Diego for the summer of 2012 to visit friends and family and work on music with one of my collaborators, Jimmy Connors. I came back to St. Pete, FL and started playing and recording full time. I went on a nationwide tour summer of 2013 with plans to spend winter in Key and then tour again in the summer of 2014.

AMI Sunset

A wrench got into the 2014 tour (medical issues) but life handed me a very nice consolation prize – the opportunity to live on one of the top-rated beaches on one of the top-rated islands in the country where I could record and play and sing at the top of my lungs and not disturb or be disturbed - thanks to Pablo and Diana, my good friends and owners of The Sandbox on AMI and this beach cottage I live in.

Once I got rolling here, I decided to dedicate myself more specifically to songwriting as a career and stop pursuing weekly bar gigs which are just another form of selling my precious time on this planet to someone else.1932382_10204240253339280_3101826187131401236_n

I’ve spent the last six months writing and recording demos and waiting for my producer to become available. My current catalog is now in the capable hands of producer, Kevin Johnston.

I also sold partial publishing rights to a song, crossing that barrier from amateur to professional songwriter and providing needed funding for recording. All seems to be going well.

What next?

This limbo phase in the life of a free spirit like mine can be tough on the psyche. It’s confusing and scary to the inner child, and requires blunt self-honesty from the inner adult.

Fortunately, this is actually the best time of year for me to be in limbo. I generally slow down and take it easy between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. I can take that time to relax and reflect on the past and imagine potential futures.

My lease runs out just after the new year begins. I can go anywhere I want in the world. Right now the plan is to spend a couple months in San Diego again visiting friends and family, since I didn’t get there this past summer. After that? God only knows. While I’m there I’ll put some more thought into it and also see which way the wind blows. I’ll most likely come back to Gulf Coast Florida and find a place to settle in for the long term.

The really great thing this time around is that it’s the first limbo in which I’m no longer wondering what to do with my time on Earth. I know what I want to be when I grow up. The only thing I really need to decide on now is where to settle for the long term.

Most likely I will settle down somewhere in Florida and continue to write and perform and tour. And hopefully meet someone special with whom to share this adventure.

People often say, “life is short.” But for me life seems long. I’ve lived in so many places, and met so many people, and had such a variety of relationships and careers, I feel like I’ve forgotten more of my life than most people remember. But I’ll never forget or regret these past couple years of reinvention.

A New Beginning

Lots of changes being made as I cross over into another phase of life…

Thought this would be a good time to ceremoniously tear down my coaching, consulting, and freelance websites and start a blog here on my eponymous domain. I no longer wish to sell anyone on the idea that they should pay me to bring value to their projects. There is only my adventure now.

AMI Sunset

Over the past two years, I’ve been working towards transitioning out of marketing and into making a living full time in music.

Recently I have narrowed that down to making a living as a songwriter/composer/producer and drop the weekly bar gigs which are just another form of selling my time on this planet to someone else.

Within months of making that decision I struck my first publishing rights deal and began my first professionally produced recording project.

I’ve been living on Anna Maria Island for the past six months and Key West the six months before that. I make enough to survive for now working only a few hours a day. I spend the rest of my time writing an making demos and occasionally performing. Life is good today.

Turn the page…

My lease is up beginning of January and I have to move out of the cottage on Anna Maria Island. I have no idea what life holds in store for me.

The future is wide open. The possibilities endless. Again.

Let a new adventure begin. Follow me!