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Shore Staff Bios: Jimmy P

(I'm uncomfortable writing about myself, but the profile article in the December 2015 issue of Phlockers Magazine does a good job of putting it together... JimmyP)

When did this obsession with Trop Rock music start?

Jimmy: It started in 2002 when I formed Pirate Dreams with my partners here in Western New York. We were looking for something to do during the summer that involved beaches, beer and babes and since I had been a Buffett fan for as long as I can remember it seemed like a good fit. I blame Bob Colmerauer, the president at the time of the Western New York Parrot- head Club for pushing me into this whole twisted fairy tale. I started the LIVE365 streaming station and the podcast series, “The TropiCast Radio Showcase” and “The TropiCast Spot- light” in June of 2005. I was just discovering the whole concept of online broadcasting and Pirate Dreams was recording their debut disc at the time. We put TropiCast Online Radio, the precursor to The Shore on the air to promote not only the new Pirate Dreams disc but also the entire genre.

Which came first? The band or the radio? Tell us about the beginnings of The Shore: Trop Rock Radio.

Jimmy: The band definitely predates the station by a few years. The TropiCast Podcast series was music, news and fun wrapped up in a 30-60 minute package depending upon how ambi- tious I felt from month to month. We had some fun theme shows over the years, When Trok artists started discovering us and sending in their CD’s to be featured it was initially pretty overwhelming. Who Da Thunk there were so many artists out there doing this kind of music. I discovered that there we no less than four totally different songs that were titled “Jamaican Me Crazy”. So we put together an episode that had all the different versions in a competition we called “Jamaican Me Crazy Idol” and let our listeners vote for their favorite one. We had fun.... One thing our listeners need to understand is that even though English is my predominant language Sarcasm is a close second. I tend to lampoon things whether I like it or not, just for fun. I try to see the fun and humor in everything, keeps you sane.

Pirate Dreams has been around for many years and still performs regularly in the Western NY region. What is it about tropical music that appeals to people in Buffalo?

Jimmy: The fact that we have a really short summer season and tend to pack a year’s worth of outdoor activities into three months a year. We don’t play around with that shit!

Is there REALLY a Palm Tree in Buffalo? Pirate Dreams “Momento” was a great album of original music - Do you have another album of original music bubbling up through the sea-foam?

Jimmy: I’ve stopped teasing the whole second disc issue. It’s in my head somewhere and it’ll come out eventually. I may just release single after single like the old school guys... I can be quite impatient.

After ten years with The Shore, What keeps you producing new and interesting shows? What drives you to continue – to keep it fresh? How does the SHORE
version 2015 compare to The Shore 2005?

Jimmy: It’s the people involved in the station with me that keep me striving to improve. When I started it was just me, but every time someone new comes in, first Don “da Pyrate” Winfield, then Millie Marie Taylor and now Warren “Big Papa” Harman, I’m just inspired to take it a little further. We’re not in a hurry, we’re not go- ing anywhere, it’s a passionate hobby that I really can’t see myself NOT doing.

Goofy question: If you were lost at sea and could only have one iconic Trop Rock album to listen to, which would it be? Why? Follow up – What artist's music did you listen to when you were in your teens? Do you still listen to that music?

Jimmy: Trop? Any of the Thongs in the Key of Life Compilation discs. Jim Hoehn did a masterful job on each of them and all are great representations of the genre.
Personally I grew up a metal head. Been playing in bands full time since I was seventeen and have the pics to prove it. There is always some old VH, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Queensryche and stuff like that stuffed into the bowels of my portable music player for just such an occasion.

What does the future hold for Tropical Rock? Do you see Trop Rock as a universally recognizable genre in the future like Reggae or Jazz?

Jimmy: I really don’t think anything is holding it back. Honestly I like it the way it is. You know where to find it but it’s not being constantly pushed into your face like most of pop music. Everything goes in waves and tides. Certain types of music gain in popularity for a while for whatever reason and then they ebb. And during that ebb you find out who the real fans of the music are and who are just into it because it’s the latest thing.

How do you define Trop Rock? What are it's key elements?

Jimmy: To me it’s the lyrical content. You’ve got so many styles of music that can be considered Trop, lounge and exotica, surf, Hawaiian, country based trop rock, Carolina beach music which is very Motown based, you’ve got that So Cal sound, there are just so many different instrumental sounds that pair so nicely with stories of Boats, Beaches, Bars, Booze, Babes in Bikinis
et al, it would be a shame to limit it to one style of music.

After ten years on the Shore, what artist would you most like to have a beer with and/or record an album with?

Jimmy: I’d love to do an album of duets with a whole bunch of artists....

What if it all ended tomorrow, how would you adjust to the fall?

Jimmy: If it all ended tomorrow, I’d throw my backpack on and go squatchin’. True Story.

Shore Staff Bios: Don Da Pyrate (Don Winfield)

You hear them on the radio but who really ARE the personalities that make up the staff at The Shore?

A short biography of the way too long and storied life, of a gnarly pyrate:

Name: Don “da Pyrate” Winfield

The Early Years: He was born in Binghamton, NY, and raised in a humble home on a dirt road, eight miles from Binghamton, NY. The Winfield clan consisted of both parents and eight progeny. Don da Pyrate was the youngest of the bunch.

Don lived in that house until he joined the U.S. Army at age 18. His primary school years were unremarkable. Learning came easy, so his books were always turned in new, at the end of each year.

The Middle Years: A fairly routine life of working, living, and learning. Business owner, corporate manager, mental health professional.

The Latter Years: After leaving the working world, Don settled into a life of writing fiction and then, suddenly his reverie was interrupted by a miscalculation. He miscalculated that his note to “The Shore” would ever be read, and that if so, it wouldn't simply be ignored. The infamous note to The Shore was critical of some of the programming, and the big kahuna must have thought that if I could do any better, I should step up. Jimmy asked me to get involved as an admin on The Shore's facebook page. Things went downhill from there, and here I am.

Musical Secret: Life long Warren Zevon fan. Warren's words have seen me through a lot of life and made things go a lot smoother than they may have.

Boxers or Briefs? Commando in a kilt! (Briefs, generally.)

Fave Drinks: A.) Party time: Margaritas B.) Cocktail time: Vodka Martini (Tito's Handmade Vodka, from Austin TX is the best!) C.) Only one beer will do (rare occasion) = Dos Equis (green bottle/no lime)

Last Book Read: (by a mainstream author) – John Grisham's “Gray Mountain”

Experiences I Don't Remember? I forget....hummmmm......

Shore Staff Bios: Millie Marie Taylor

One of the newer member of our little family is decidedly more feminine, but can still drink Jim and Don under the table.

Name: Millie Marie Taylor

Born: Houston ,Texas

Raised: Austin Texas

Current Residence: Jensen Beach, FL

Hometown: I still call both Austin Texas, and Valparaiso Florida, my hometowns. Texas taught me my great “childhood to young lady” lessons. Florida living matured and shaped me into the grown women I am today.

How long a Parrot Head? I am still a young Parrot Head. The past 5 years have been all about learning and joining the "Party with a Purpose". This sounds funny but it's true. I didn't know what I know now.

How did I get to be a Parrot Head? My husband and I were on the down hill side to planning our retirement life in Jensen Beach, and leaving a little room in our lives for new adventures. My aunt CC introduced me to a whole new world of music and color. I had a hard time catching up, and joining a local Parrot Head Club. I was finally enjoying live music at The Deck in Stuart, Fl. I loved that when in phlocks, these colorful folks were always drinking, dancing, and just being happy. I met Bill and Karen Stewart, and with great pride, joined the Treasure Coast Parrot Head Club.

Dirty little musical secret: I have no skills to play any instruments. I am kind of okay at shaking shakers, but I lose the beat while dancing. All my life, I have had a lot of fun with music. I have danced ballet (learned I'm not graceful), tapped my way down a hill backwards (with sparks trailing behind me), and I even joined the choir at school ( did not know you could be asked to leave a volunteer position). All of this could not tame my silly, clumsy and just out spoken side. I was never the class clown, but I didn't go unnoticed. I can, and have, won bar tabs at Karaoke contests. I just love to listen to happy music, and dancing around the house or wherever. Trop Rock is happy music for me. Give me tropical tourist songs all day. I live in the best hidden beach town in the world, but we still have tourists and snowbirds. I love to play tourist everyday and enjoy my happy tropical music. That's why I am on “The Shore”.

Boxers or briefs? I don't watch boxers much or own a boxer dog, and I have never been accused of being brief.

My favorite drink: It would be so much shorter for me to answer this by saying Miller Lite (draft,can,bottle); spiced rum (mixed or shaken); whip cream vodka (w/pineapple juice& a cherry), can always be found near me or on me.

Last book I read: I can't remember the last book I've sat down and read. I do enjoy reading and surfing the web for updates and new info about artists and music venues.

Best experience you don't remember: Not sure.... It might be the rumors or gossip that keeps me fuzzy laughing with this one particular story. The story I was told goes something like: After “DD'ing” (drinkin' & dancin') at a Jimmy Buffett concert, I was stopped while leaving with half a beer, and asked to throw it away. Well, I drank the rest of the beer and tossed the container into the trash. While I thought I was leaving the venue gate, I was really being lead to a holding area for "drinking without an ID". I kept telling the female cop my name and birthday to assure her that I was old enough. This never works well, with 40 other innocent people yelling their truthful, "I didn't do anything wrong". I was finally escorted, with five others, all wrist banded together, to a large multiple seat golf cart, and plastic banded to the cart's side rails. A wonderful incredible hulk of a friend of ours came over, and with a few strokes of his pocket knife, freed me and flung me over his shoulder. He carried me to the 16 passenger van we all came in. I thanked him with a kiss and told him he saved me from going to jail. Two seconds later I was snoring all the way back to Florida. There are 4 versions of this story and all are very similar. Other parts of the story have me dancing and drinking with a priest, mud wrestling with some others (cause it was just rainy and slippery), and crying, “I can't go to prison”, ect.

Shore Staff Bios: Big Papa

Name: Warren A. Harman AKA “Big Papa”

Born: Fort Belvoir - Alexandria, VA

Raised: Rochester, NY
Current Residence: ESCAPE KEY – A treasure safely hidden off the coast of Florida…

Thousand Islands region - Northern Coast of NY along the Canadian Caribbean

How long a Parrot head?
I bought “Fins” when it first came out as a single. My college professor and mentor insisted I listen to bootlegged Buffett concerts during his office hours. While working for Corning Glass, I listened to Buffett mixes all night long and began to explore the deeper cuts. Met more parrot heads when I ran a bar on a Raquette River island in the Adirondacks. Open Mic nights had many of us hummin’ and strummin’ “Margaritaville,” “A Pirate Looks at Forty” and “Southern Cross.” My favorite Buffett songs are “That’s What Livin’ Is To Me” and “Coast of Carolina” – but it changes daily! I attended MOTM in 2010 and met so many amazing people that I would love to be able to go every year. Maybe next year?

My Favorite Drink?
My dirty little secret is that I love a drink or three but due to a bizarre inner ear condition, I am limited in what I can consume. If it going to be a rum night, I like a virgin Cuba Libre with lemon, and make it a diet. My favorite summer drink is grapefruit and cranberry juice in a pint glass – gotta have a drink umbrella in the straw. As a former bartender, I love to make Malibu and Pineapple, Bloody Marys and any drink in a shaker. Any tap beer will do but I lean toward the darker brews. I heard a millionaire say, “I only like two kinds of beer: Budweiser and Free.” Playing in a band, I can relate!

Musical Secret?
I tried and failed to learn to play the fiddle. “Boil Them Cabbage Down” was enough to send our cat running for the basement. Some of you know this but I am nearly deaf in my left ear due to my bizarre inner ear issues with vertigo. OH – and I prefer music in mono…

Boxers or Briefs?
These holey things are so dang comfy but I really need some new underwear. TMI? I wonder if I would look like these models if I buy meundies. Next Wave Radio Sponsor? Hmmm…

Last Book Read?
Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey. I also like all of Rod Reisel’s books – ESPECIALLY the Dan Coast Novels.

Experiences I Don’t Remember:
As a former bartender, there are HUNDREDS of experiences I wish I could forget. These experiences lead to me writing the song, “Help Me Forget.” Come on brain, you have to have a delete key!

A Musician that Celebrates Life:
I started playing mom’s acoustic guitar at age 10 and went on to learn bass, drums, keyboards and ukulele over the next four decades. The next chapter in this crazy life will include steel drums. I have done college radio, wedding DJ/MC, announced for sporting events, and played in a couple cover bands.

Big Papa & The Escape Key Band:
The Escape Key Band was developed when limited access to any local trop rock musicians made it difficult to get a band started. The combination of acoustic guitar teamed with backing tracks made it possible to be a solo act playing as a full band. Eventually the backing tracks were replaced by musician friends sitting in playing guitar or hand drums. I completed the BP&EKB debut trop rock album, “Big Escape” in March of 2015 ( During that timeframe I met up with Trop Rock DJ Don Da Pyrate Winfield at a Boat Drunks concert. Upon Don’s recommendation, The “Big Papa Show from Escape Key” demo was sent to The Shore for approval. Big Papa suddenly had a weekly show and daily spots highlighting new music on “The Next Wave.” What a long strange trip it’s been.

CELEBRATE LIFE - This ain’t no dress rehearsal!

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