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Jimmy Buffett Talks Life and New Music In 'Rolling Stone' Podcast

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By Chris Barilla

After releasing his first album in seven years, 'Life on the Flip Side,' Jimmy Buffett is in high spirits despite the circumstances of the world right now, sitting down with 'Rolling Stone' for a candid video interview.

"We were hungry to get back in the studio," the veteran musician told 'Rolling Stone' in a new podcast covering a myriad of topics spanning his music, cult-like fans, political stance, and how he has been maneuvering his personal life amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On his new album, Buffett makes reference to living "like it's your last day," something he considers a pillar of his existence.

"When you’ve had a couple of close calls — an airplane crash, a stage dive — you think you’re probably living on borrowed time. So I kind of do choose to live like it’s my last day. You never know. At 73, you’re losing a lot of friends, and it’s a constant progression towards … y’know, what’s there. Everybody goes at some point," he explained.

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After spending months of quarantine in a beachfront trailer in Malibu, Buffett is opening up about much regarding his personal and public lives, especially his well-known work.

In reference to a general public misinterpretation of his most famous song 'Margaritaville,' which is it exhibiting hedonistic tendencies while the inherent song is melancholy in nature, Buffett had much to explain about the origin of the hit track and how fans gave it its own meaning beyond his humble creation of it.

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"I never thought about that when I wrote it. I started it in Austin, Texas, in a bar with a friend of mine who was about to put me on a plane to go back to Key West. And I finished it in Key West and I played it in the bar and people liked it. But you know, Ry Cooder said once, you never know what the public’s going to buy. And you never do. When we did the Broadway musical, they did it as a melancholy song. And, yeah, there’s a little melancholy. But, you know, the theme of Mardi Gras is Folly chasing Death — you got to have fun to keep the devil away," he explained of the song's creation.

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Beyond the candid admission about 'Margaritaville,' Buffett also discussed how many fans of his are unaware that he politically affiliates as a democrat despite having so many right-leaning fans, but does not isolate them as he feels like music should be an "oasis" that brings people together.

"I was surprised they were surprised! It’s no secret! There’s this thing called the internet; they could’ve looked it up. I know I have a lot of Republican fans, and I like the idea of music as the oasis where people can get together. Politics shouldn’t decide who you listen to," he said.

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