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Piece by Piece – “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”

Remembering a Legend
Piece by Piece - Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes

Before I start this review off, I would first like to give a bit of background to Jimmy Buffett. Born on December 25, 1946 in Pascagoula, Mississippi, he was exposed to sailing early on in his life, thanks to his grandfather. His grandfather, James Delaney Buffett, was the captain of a steamboat. This, and the fact that Jimmy’s father was also a marine engineer and a sailor, shaped Jimmy into his tropical island escapism mindset.

Jimmy would perform on the street and for drunken crowds before selling his first album, “Down to Earth.” It only sold 324 copies. The 70s would prove to be more fruitful, and Jimmy rose to fame with his tropical-country sounding music. For the next three decades, he would start the Margaritaville franchise and become a staple of the baby boomer generation.

Now, on to the music. I decided to review one of his most popular albums, “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” released in 1977. These are 3 top songs, in my opinion, which stand out the most.

The album begins with the song “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.” It starts off sounding like a George Strait song, thanks to its melody. The song talks about how life is always changing and the uncertainty of it.

Second, just a few songs into the album, we have “Margaritaville.” This is his most memorable song not only from this album, but by him in general. This song would start a whole food franchise–which I’ve had the pleasure of eating at–and become a staple of the late 70s to early 80s. This song does a really great job of making me feel like I’m just on an island relaxing, enjoying life, and letting the course of life do its thing.

For third place, I put down “Tampico Trauma.” The song is about getting thrown out of Mexico for causing trouble, and it has this blues sort of sound to it. Overall, I really enjoyed this song, and it is right up there with “Margaritaville” and “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.”

All the songs in this album are really good to amazing, and I definitely recommend checking it out. I’m proud to give this album a score of 8/10 on the Sweet Sounds Scale.


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Micah Steffens
Micah Steffens, Staff Writer
Micah Steffens is a 16 year old sophomore who enjoys music, the outdoors, and food. His favorite hobby is listening to music, and he's a fan of bands such as Weezer, Pearl Jam, and Green Day. Micah has 5 other brothers and 2 dogs. He enjoys talking to people and listening to everyone’s opinion, as everyone has a right to one. He enjoys shows such as Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. Micah does sports such as golf and trapshooting. He hopes to pursue engineering after high school.
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