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Monday, September 9, 2019

Devastated Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas and Key West Cares







                                         

Green Turtle Cay, an absolutely beautiful island in the Bahamas is often mentioned as being Key West's “Sister City” and by legal decree, Green Turtle Cay and Key West are, in fact, sister cities.

However, that's a polite way of cities bonding in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Green Turtle Cay is, in fact, much, much more than a “sister”.

More accurately, Green Turtle Cay is Key West's mother city.

Additionally, not only Key West, but the entire archipelago of keys stretching from Key Largo to Key West, Green Turtle Cay is the “Mother Key” (Note: The words Key and Cay have the exact same meaning and, for the most part, the same pronunciation).

In the 1700's people from Green Turtle Cay would sail to the Florida Keys for the fishing. These fishermen continued fishing here in the Keys, then in the very early 1800's they began to settle throughout the Keys setting up actual communities, the majority of these people settling in Key West. Prior to this, the keys were just a staging ground for fishing. The Bahamian's from Green Turtle Cay were the first to actually set up an actual civilization with communities throughout the Keys.

The population of Green Turtle Cay is nothing short of fascinating. The people there were Tory exiles from Massachusetts who supported the King. They left at the end of The American Revolution seeking refuge in The Bahamas, a British territory. These exiles and their offspring were of British lineage and hence, Caucasian. A significant note here:


Affectionately, white Bahamians are referred to as “Conchs” and that holds true to this day.

These Conchs settled throughout the Keys and to this day their decedents born in the Keys are refereed to as Conchs. That's their heritage, after all.

After the first Conch's arrived, others came and settled here First, naturally African Bahamian people came and settled in both Key West and Coconut Grove in Miami. These people are very proud of their Bahamian roots and all Bahamian-heritage citizens proudly will tell you what generation they are! Later, Cubans brought the cigar industry here, New England sea captains built winter homes here and they, like their "cousins" from Green Turtle Cay, added to the New England style architecture originally brought to Key West from those Conch's.




Other Americans from all over the U.S. came and settled here. In local Keys lore, today it doesn't matter if you're heritage, or skin color is from The Bahamas, Cuba, or the mainland, if you're born in the Keys you're a Conch. It's interesting. I had seen a YouTube video that was made about twenty/twenty-five years ago interviewing a man of Cuban decent, over by the Cuban Club on the 1100 block of Duval. He was talking about the neighborhood and said where he was, on Duval at rebuilt The Cuban Club location, was where you'd find “the Cubans”.  He then stated living and up a block to Virginia St. was where you'd find “The Conchs”. So, at that point, not everyone was a Conch! 




The bottom line of all of this is that throughout the Keys, we are all tied to the Conchs of Green Turtle Cay. Green Turtle Cay now desperately needs our help. Category 5 Hurricane Dorian not only hit them with a vengeance, but one it's fury hit the island, it just stayed there. Death and destruction was left in it's wake. All Bahamians need our help!





As a band, the Shanty Hounds started last night to collect a portion of our tip jar to the aid and relief of Green Turtle Cay. I have also donated personally via Pay Pal. I urge everyone to send what you can.

A group has been started “Key West Cares”. You can also donate directly to their website:




They also have a Facebook page:



A lot of Key West folks are helping out on site! Former mayor Craig Cates, Danny Hughes ... an employer who after Irma hit KW, knowing full well he was going to lose his tail, put everyone back to work at his restaurant, Two Friends Patio Restaurant, because he knew they needed work. The Shanty Hounds are proud to play there every Sunday for the last three years. Danny, also a pilot, is helping to organize flights from Key West to Green Turtle Cay. Paul Menta, owner of Key West First Rum Distillery, Carol Tedesco, Commissioner Clayton Lopez, Radio Station 104.9 The X has been helping out both on the are and on site with Gary Ek and Parker Chapman... the list goes on and on of fabulous Key West citizens volunteering to help out our....

Mother City - Green Turtle Cay  


                                             Picture by Craig Cates



                                            Picture By Craig Cates

                                             Picture by Craig Cates
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Saturday, September 7, 2019

"TOTE THE LOAD" Story Behind The Song


                                                                           

Recorded 9/6/2019 by Steve Craigo

I've been honored to be in the Key West Songwriter's Festival seven times. It sounds like a quaint little island songwriter's event to any outsider, but in reality, it's run by BMI Nashville, with local co-ordination assistance from Smokin' Tuna Saloon, here in Key West and it is the largest festival of it's kind in the world.

After the first couple of events I was in, I was paired with my dear friend Misty Loggins, who is based in Nashville, for virtually all the rest!

One October I had a phone call from her and she was excited to say she was coming to Key West in November. This was a surprise. Her trips here were usually in May for the festival, but she was hired for a week to play Smokin Tuna!

I suggested maybe we could cut a song together, which she thought was a great idea. I quickly wrote a song with a Patsy Cline/Willie Nelson Country Blues feel to it, “Island Blue”. We managed to cut the song while she was down and it turned out fabulous!

As I said, Misty and I had played a bunch of the Key West Songwriter's Festivals together and after the 2015 event I had the idea and inspiration to record another song with her. Right after the event that year finished up I sat down and wrote a new song with the aforementioned in mind.



This song would be a duet. The protagonists in the song were two Nashville based singer songwriters, who were a couple as well, albeit on different schedules.

The song starts out with the woman charging out the door, having received a sudden, off the cuff gig in Savannah. In this last minute haywire run off to Georgia, she laments on how she misses her man who is “...somewhere down the road”

In the next verse, it's the male and we learn that he's on the road in Houston. Like his significant other, he laments being on the road and away from her, but understands the hardships of living the life they lead.

A note: Both of these verses end with the exact same line:

THE ONE THING IS THAT I MISS YOU
AND YOU'RE SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD

This is by specific design, In between the lines it says two very important things about their relationship.

A) They are very much in love

B) They have a very, very well established relationship to the point that they think alike.

Next is the chorus, which again, between the lines, hammers A and B home as again, they are thinking the same and share the same work/reward values, even though at the moment he's in Houston and she's in Savannah

SOMETIMES WE'RE LIVING HIGH

AND SOMETIMES WE TOTE THE LOAD

And in this song at the moment they are toting the load, without question.

While that settles in with the listener the opening guitar riff plays again.


The next verse the male returns and this time he's traveling through a blinding rainstorm. More of the ytrials and tribulations of being on the road. “I see your face in that misty haze, my heart's on overload” (Yes, the use of the word “misty” was intentional :-) )

The female comes back for the next verse suggesting as it's raining in Savannah as well, maybe they could rendezvous in sunny Key West?

Again, reverting back to A and B, as these two are in love to the point that they think the same, the verses end with virtually the same line

I SEE YOUR FACE IN THAT RAINY HAZE
MY HEART'S ON OVERLOAD

The song ends with a repeat of the chorus, instilling their love, they think alike, their values, work ethics, and the rewards that come with them:

WELL I WAS THINKING BACK IN HOUSTON TOWN

AND I WAS THINKING ON THE ROAD

SOMETIMES WE'RE LIVING HIGH
AND SOMETIMES WE TOTE THE LOAD

AND SOMETIMES WE TOTE THE LOAD

AND SOMETIMES WE TOTE THE LOAD



And that's how the song ends. The emphasis being that they are toting the load, if you will. Someone once asked “Well, do they get to Key West?”.

The answer to that is found in the gist of the song. She suggests that they go to Key West. Not forgetting that they think alike, the implication is obvious. That will be the follow up song. :-) 


Misty and I never had the opportunity to do “Tote The Load”. Dani is here and we play over 300 gigs a year together, plus she sings the heck out of that song! It only makes sense that she sings the woman's part of it!

To begin with, Misty Loggins is based in Nashville and her stays were mostly during the Key West Songwriter's Festival, so time was not a good commodity. Then, major complications arose for her after a small medical procedure over a year ago and she's been very ill since. Please keep her in your prayers.



TOTE THE LOAD

1)

I LEFT NASHVILLE ON A MIDNIGHT FLYER
GOT NO TIME FOR BUTTONS AND BOWS
SUDDEN CALL TO SAVANNAH
LAST MINUTE, OFF I GO


THE ONE THING IS THAT I MISS YOU
AND YOU'RE SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD

2)

I'M ON THE ROAD IN HOUSTON TOWN
HIT THE BRICKS AND YOU STAYED HOME
SUDDEN CALL TO SAVANNAH
THE PRICE YOU PAY WHEN BUSINESS CALLS


THE ONE THING IS THAT I MISS YOU
AND YOU'RE SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD



WELL I WAS THINKING HERE IN HOUSTON TOWN

AND I WAS THINKING ON THE ROAD

SOMETIMES WE'RE LIVING HIGH

AND SOMETIMES WE TOTE THE LOAD


3)

RAIN OFF THE TIRES IN FRONT OF ME
THERE'S FLOODING AHEAD SO I'M TOLD
FORTY MILES STUCK BEHIND THAT BUS
AT LEAST I KNOW I'M ON A ROLL

I SEE YOUR FACE IN THAT MISTY HAZE
MY HEART'S ON OVER LOAD

4)
WHAT DO YOU SAY WE RENDEZVOUS
AS WE'RE SO FAR AWAY FROM HOME
RAINING HERE IN SAVANNAH TOO
I HEAR IT'S SUNNY IN KEY WEST

I SEE YOUR FACE IN THAT RAINY HAZE
MY HEART'S ON OVERLOAD

WELL I WAS THINKING BACK IN HOUSTON TOWN

AND I WAS THINKING ON THE ROAD

SOMETIMES WE'RE LIVING HIGH
AND SOMETIMES WE TOTE THE LOAD

SOMETIMES WE TOTE THE LOAD
SOMETIMES WE TOTE THE LOAD

© 2015 Christopher R. Rehm BMI

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Flaming Shots





When I was young and adventurous (or was it stupid?), I was a consumer of flaming shots. It was naturally exciting and obviously carried a high degree of risk. At the time, I was in my early twenties. I recall many years later in Miami talking to a fashionable Colombian couple, then, in their early thirties where I was lamenting about my flaming shots. To my big surprise, they mentioned that they had done some just a night or two before! This caught me off guard, honestly. Here was a sophisticated, highly personable, up and coming couple, who drove a Jaguar and they were talking to me about doing flaming shots? How could this be?

The flaming shot isn't all that far removed from Russian Roulette. The consequences are perhaps not as severe, but they certainly, under no uncertain terms can be very severe. Tales of participant's flaming shots going awry causing permanent disfigurement, were abundant. Actor Dan Haggerty had some sort of miscue where his beard caught fire. While doing flaming shots is, no doubt, adventurous, I wouldn't recommend it to those who are sporting beards of any kind, or anyone for that matter.

So, here's this very attractive couple telling me how they were doing flaming shots a night or two before. By this time I hadn't done a flaming shot in years and the thought of these two doing flaming shots just didn't settle well with me. I was trying to picture it. A young attractive couple at a party in an upscale, very modern Miami home, dressed to the nine's and doing flaming shots? Something didn't fit.




They went on talking about how exciting it was! The woman was exceptionally beautiful. I couldn't wrap my head around the idea of her doing flaming shots!

You guys are doing flaming shots???”

Oh yes! We love them!”

You drink them?”

Of course!”

You drink the flaming shot while it's on fire?”

WHAT??? DRINK IT ON FIRE??? ARE YOU CRAZY??? No, we blow it out and then drink it! On fire? Man! That's like the guy at the circus!!




I breathed a sigh of relief. Thank God they weren't drinking real flaming shots!


Myself, I drank flaming shots for around two years or so. It certainly wasn't every time out, as I was predominantly a beer drinker. It was either my friends Jeff Fisher, or Dan McGovern who first mentioned it to me. You take a shot of alcohol, light it on fire and send it down the hatch while it's burning.

Now that was exciting! Jumping out of a plane isn't for me. Driving an F1 car, or an Indy car would be exciting, but one needs millions to do so. Here, I could do a death defying thrill for just a few bucks! Sold! Sold for me, that is. I do not encourage this for anyone! Live it vicariously here on the blog and go no further.

One of the main criteria for a flaming shot is that the alcohol must be at least 100 proof. Anything less than that won't burn. The alcohol itself burns a beautiful blue flame. I understand why my friends back in Miami loved lighting it on fire, as it's truly a breath-taking sight!



My first flaming shot was at a bar in Westwood, New Jersey named “What Ale's Ya?” I believe Jeff and Dan were at the bar with me doing likewise. I do not recall what it was we were drinking, but I'm leaning towards Wild Turkey?

In life I have been blessed with a rarity. I was given a brain that is both analytic and artistic. Those who read this blog would be acquainted with my artistic sides of me being an author, a songwriter, and musician. In the case of the flaming shot the analytic side kicked in.

I'm thinking “Let's use some common sense here”, at least as far as common sense goes when one is about to down a flaming shot, which is anything but common sense!!!! A flaming shot/common sense? HELLO!

The first thought that goes through my mind is that fire needs oxygen to burn.

With that in mind, I draw the conclusion that I need to deprive the flaming shot of oxygen as quickly as possible.

This is something that requires swiftness. Obviously, one is not going to sip a flaming shot! What was required was a very swift, rapid movement, which puts the shot into the mouth and and one closes their mouth as fast as possible, depriving the flame of oxygen and putting it out inside the mouth.

The other thing required is precision. None of the flaming shot can go anywhere other than inside the mouth. The consequences of error can be catastrophic. Picture a small amount of flaming liquid lands on the shirt of the imbiber. This causes mayhem, naturally. The first thing they do is attempt to put out the fire on their clothing. In their panic the first thing they do is say something like “OH SHIT!!!” and in doing so the alcohol in their mouth comes out and reignites all over them, clothes, face, arms. So yes, precision is paramount.

That evening at "What Ale's Ya?", all of this went through my mind and I completed my first flaming shot successfully! As a matter of fact, every flaming shot I took after that was successful. Over the next two years or so, I would do flaming shots in bars, parties, and camping trips. Mind you, it wasn't every time out, but I'd say between one and three times a month and there were a lot more one's than three's.


Then one evening it was either at "What Ale's Ya?", or maybe "The Barn", in Wyckoff, NJ, I lit a flaming shot at the bar. I lifted it and looked at the beautiful flame. It was beautiful indeed! I blew it out, then downed it.

                                                                The Barn

                                                                The Barn



I believe it was my guardian angle whispered in my ear at that moment saying “Stop! Your luck has run out. Never drink another flaming shot again. Ever!”.



Twice, many, many years later, I thought after already having some alcohol inspired confidence and bravado “Well that's phooey! I'm going to have a flaming shot!”

And on both times the exact same thing happened. My guardian angel said “No! Your luck ran out all those years ago. You're done! You've used it all up! Put it out!”

And in both cases, I took heed and blew out the flame.


I do not recommend that anyone do flaming shots. You've read the blog, smile and live vicariously. Do not do flaming shots. Your guardian angel might not be as good at this as mine!


                                                                           Cheers


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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Two Songs Up For Song Of The Year!


TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2019






I am honored and blessed to have not only one, but two songs up for nomination for the TRMA's Song of the Year! “Yippie Cayo Hueso” (Rehm/Gowran) and “Dockside Bar” (Rehm)!!!


Both songs are about The Florida Keys!

Thank you!!!

Check them out and vote for either! The link for the TRMA is below the YouTube links!

Yippie Cayo Hueso



Dockside Bar







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Saturday, July 27, 2019

"Yippie Cayo Hueso" Fun story behind the song that's up for Song Of The Year nomination with the TRMA!


"Yippie Cayo Hueso"








Yippie Cayo Hueso” Is up for nomination for song of the year with the TRMA!


While the expression “Yippie” needs no explanation, Cayo Hueso for many, may. Loosely translated it's the Spanish name for Key West. I’ll get to that in a second. Pronunciation for Cayo Hueso is:
 KAI - o   WAY-so. So the song is essentially, “Yippie Key West”!



The literal translation of Cayo Hues is Bone Key. You’ll hear some say it’s “Bone Island”, however, that would be “Isla Hueso, whereas Cayo/Key/Cay is a specific type of island. When the Spanish first arrived on the island they found the beach littered with human bones, the result of a Native American war that had previously taken place. The Spanish speakers of the world, to this day, call the island Cayo Hueso.

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The song’s back story actually goes back to 2009, though the song wasn’t written until 2013. So there’s a story here! HA HA!



I was with my friends Gary Ek and Key Largo Joe Gowran one afternoon here in Key West. It was a long day of typical Key West activities. We started off at B.O.’s Fishwagon for several beers and a bite to eat. They left via a dingy Joe had and we made arrangements to meet up at Margaritaville later to see Amy Lee, who was playing there that evening. My plan was to ride home, grab a bite to eat, then head back to rendezvous with them at 8. 

On the way home I passed Kelly’s Caribbean (today known as “First Flight”) and knowing they brewed their own beer, I essentially was, in effect, a human dividing rod for beer, on a bicycle. This was Key West living at it’s very best! I had several of their beers and suddenly realized I had about five minutes to get to Margaritaville! Where had the time gone? Where had the beer gone? Apparently, as good a time as I was having, time fell by the wayside as I quaffed my early evening away.





Image result for kelly's caribbean bar grill & brewery

I peddled my way over to Margaritaville and met back up with Gary and Joe. We had a marvelous time listening to Amy’s fabulous sax! If I’m not mistaken, I believe there was also rum, beer, and tequila involved with somebody  going over backwards in their chair, with no harm done, and the aforementioned alcohol acting as a trampoline, preventing the potential bruised ego which otherwise could potentially have occurred. If I’m not mistaken, I believe there was also an incident on a bicycle upon our disembarkation from the establishment.

Gary Ek

All in all, quite a good round of Key West fun and memories!


So, now let’s zoom up to 2013. In the interim years I had done a lot of sailing with my friends Larry Poff and Michelle Dugan on Larry’s 41 ft. Morgan sailboat, named “Transition”.  It’s always a must if you’re in Key West, to get out on the water! After all, here we are sitting well over one-hundred miles out to sea. If the opportunity is at hand, plain and simple, you get out on the water!





So here I am in 2013 and I get the inspiration to write a song that celebrates Key West! in doing so, I came up with the most fantastic name “Yippie Cayo Hueso”, which has a tongue-in-cheek tip of the hat, to the old cowboy song “Yippie Ki Yay”


Note: This next section is for musicians and the pedestrian section continues after. Please feel free to read it if you are not, but for some it may be tedious.



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A celebration song needs to be upbeat, so that was my first goal. The subject matter would be getting out on the water and as a celebration song it would naturally have to be in a major key. I chose the key of E, however, I put the capo on the second fret using the D formation, as the first position E doesn’t have that majestic sound of the D inversion.


My #1 goal musically is always to sound like no one else and after that, not to sound like anything else I’ve ever done previously. If I can’t do either of those, I’ll shelve the project. That goes with any song I write.


Yippie Cayo Hueso got off on the right foot. The verse was musically 1 - 4 - 1 - 5 - 4. with the kick in the pants that was called for.


The bridge was really unique in that it jumps to the 4 chord as a Maj7 in the third position on the neck, then going to the 5, but not as a chord, but rather an octave, only implying the chord and giving a very unique sound. This gives the song a majestic, rising crescendo while the lyric is countering and offsetting that by saying “Back on the mainland they’re wound so tight..” At the same time while the chord and the octave are mathematically rising from 4 to 5, the inversions are receding from the 9th fret to the 7th, creating an entirely false illusion.


The bridge continues, albeit completely changing to a minor chord mode giving an entirely different color and feel to the song while Dani Hoy sings solo “Just take a sail on a sunset eve, in the twilight you can’t believe.” with ending by changing from E Major to E Minor for that second to last chord of the bridge (Em + 9) and resolving on a 5/5 sus/5.


This is followed by the instrumental section, which again, is unique. What makes it unique is that it features a rhythm guitar solo. This is loosely a backward version of the first section of the bridge in that it does the 4 octave to the 5 Maj 7.


Coming out of this it just rolls directly right into the last verse.


This is followed by a rousing “GO!” which brings it back to the chorus and a rousing full stop 4 – 5 – 1 ending.

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continued:

The song celebrating Key West, showcases a sail out on the water. Being a celebration it starts off with the chorus, whereas most songs have the chorus after a couple of verses. On the live album, our friend Patricia Henriques lead the crowd and had the entire bar singing along with us! It was fabulous!!! 

Thank you everyone, and Pat for taking the bull by the horns!






I've always been so moved being out on the water in any capacity, sailboat, or powerboat. Some say we, as humans, have a subconscious connection with the ocean, as that's where we evolved from, as well as the fact that 60% of our human body is water. Combine that with a sailboat is perhaps the most peaceful experience that exists on the face of the earth.




Think about it, here we are on this Utopian island, well over one hundred miles out to sea, we go out on a sailboat on an incredible day, perfect breeze, it's sunny, and a pod of dolphins are swimming with the boat.


If that's not an inspiration to write a song, nothing is!


So, I wrote the song about being on the boat sailing out to Sand Key, which is nine miles west of Key West, just north of the light out there. We've done this many times, so it's autobiographical.


The song also talks about dolphins swimming with the boat. Out sailing, when dolphins swim with your boat it is such a moving experience! So much so that I mention it in two verses! When dolphins swim with a boat, everyone on the boat is smiling! The dolphins are too! They are having fun!




Image result for dolphins swimming with boat

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The chorus mentions how tense people are on up on the mainland. Down here in the Keys we suggest visitors take a sunset sail.They really need to!




The third verse talks about a pelican “flies like a B25 a half a foot off the waves”. It's always amazing to watch a pelican gliding for one to two hundred yards across the water, virtually not flapping it's wings at all. Talk about elegance and grace! This is it!



The reference to the B25 goes to Lt. Col. James Doolittle, who lead a raid in WW II where his group of 16 B25's flew just over the water to avoid enemy radar. Their flight was quite similar to that of the pelicans, in that they both flew mere inches above the water.



Pelicans also fly high and often appear to be smiling, which is likewise noted!


Well, I finished the song and I played it for Joe and Gary and Joe says “You used Yippie Cayo Hueso!”


I reply “Yeah!”


Joe: “I always use that saying!”


Me: “Huh?”


Joe: “You must have heard me say that?”


Me: “I don't recall”


Then Gary chips in: “Yeah, Joe says that all the time! Remember that time at B.O.'s Fishwagon and later at Margaritaville? I think he may have come up with it that day?”




(Joe Gowran talking to son Fantasy Fest Floozy)

That afternoon/evening was a crazy day. I didn't doubt either of them.


Back when I wrote the song “Raise My Glass To The Upper 48” My friend George Cornejo was visiting from Miami and as he was leaving said “Wow! You're here in Key West and we're in the upper 48!”. I had never heard the term “Upper 48”, but I was motivated to write a song about it!


It's not a practice of songwriters to give credit in a situation such as this. I recall reading Jimmy Buffett talking about how he heard a phrase and ended up writing a song about it. It's a common practice with songwriters and it's fully acceptable.


With George, had he not made that statement, I would have never written the song. Because of that, I gave him co-writing credit! I felt it was the right thing to do.


With Joe, it was slightly different in that I completely forgot both his discovery and use of the phrase “Yippie Cayo Hueso”. However, apparently it was buried somewhere in my subconscious! Like “Raise My Glass To the Upper 48”, “Yippie Cayo Hueso” never would have come about had it not been for Joe!


Therefor, in my book, Joe gets the co-writing credit! Thank you Joe Gowran!


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A true, authentic sound of Key West 
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Also available at:
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Amazon






Please check out my book "Time Traveler - The Oddities and Adventures of a Key West Bartender". Follow Mark Straight's continuing journey and friendships from current Key West, back to historical Key West and elsewhere!

 Order paperback or download here! Paperback comes with a free download!

 26 Five-Star ratings!






Also, my first book, Bar Stories, is now available in paperback!


Available on Amazon! 18 Five-Star ratings!




Also, here's more of music here at iTunes!