Dancing in Your Flip Flops

Welcome! Kick off your shoes and slip into a comfy pair of flip flops.


Back in late April, the weather here on Long Island was unseasonably warm. On one of those beautiful afternoons, my husband and I hit the jackpot–home without the kids.

Our pool wasn’t open yet, but that didn’t stop him from grabbing the loungers out of the backyard shed while I poured wine and plated chips and salsa. All that was missing was a palm tree swaying in the breeze.

And some laidback, tropical tunes.

That got me to thinking. Margarita Moments aficionados need a playlist. Here’s the compilation to date (Titles to be added with reader suggestions!):

  1. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
  2. Key West Address – James T. Slater
  3. Toes – Zac Brown Band
  4. Living on Key West Time – Howard Livingston & Mile Marker 24
  5. No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems – Kenny Chesney
  6. Pour Me a Vacation – Pete Harris
  7. Hot Sand, Pina Coladas, and Caribbean Beer – Seth Turner
  8. Changes in Latitude – Jimmy Buffett
  9. I Don’t Have to Be Me Until Monday – Steve Azur
  10. Here in the Conch Republic – Howard Livingston & Mile Marker 24
  11. Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First) – John Mellencamp
  12. Looe Key Tiki Bar – Howard Livingston & Mile Marker 24
  13. When the Sun Goes Down – Kenny Chesney
  14. Two Pina Coladas – Garth Brooks
  15. Blame it on the Margaritas – Howard Livingston & Mile Marker 24
  16. Meet Me in the Keys – Howard Livingston & Mile Marker 24
  17. I’m Living on an Island – Howard Livingston & Mile Marker 24
  18. Red Wine – UB40
  19. All Summer Long – Kid Rock
  20. Baby I Love Your Way – Big Mountain

Have you ever heard of #2? If this song’s lighthearted lyrics and video  doesn’t get those flip flops dancing, I don’t know what will. Enjoy!

I love this YouTube slideshow of one of my favorite tunes.

Do you have any songs to add to our playlist? Where do you buy your comfy flip flops?

Blogging this past month was really fun! Thanks for helping celebrate Jolyse Barnett’s Margarita Moments & Other Escapes first blogiversary. All May commenters’ names were placed in a hat (one slip per comment) and my obliging daughter randomly picked out the winner. Congratulations to Catie Rhodes!!! Email me at jolysebarnett@gmail.com with your address and your handpainted, crystal Lolita Margarita glass will soon be on its way. I look forward to future giveaways that include a copy of my latest release. It’s only a matter of hard work, luck, and timing, right? 🙂

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Julie Glover
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 09:51:03

    I’m glad Mellencamp made the list. I love his music. I’d add Garth Brooks’s Two Pina Coladas (gotta have one for each hand). Great play list!

  2. jeff armstrong
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 09:56:48

    Love this post! A couple of other fav’s of ours:
    Blame it on the Margaritas – Howard Livingston
    Meet Me in the Keys – Howard Livingston
    I’m living on an Island = Howard Livingston

    Have a great weekend, lets all pretend we are in the Keys

  3. Rhonda Hopkins
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 20:59:34

    Love this list and these songs. I’m too tired to think of any to add right now, but I’ll be back to check to see what others have added. 🙂

  4. Cindy Zambito
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 22:53:09

    This might be the closest I get to Key West this year, but I adore this !

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Jun 09, 2012 @ 09:23:08

      Hello, my friend. Don’t fret, we’ll get you there eventually! In the meantime, download whichever songs you like from this list and create your own Tropical Dreams playlist to enjoy at the pool or beach this summer. (I’ll keep adding links for the songs so you can preview them first.)

      Happy weekend! Hope you spend it doing what you love. 🙂

  5. Catie Rhodes
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 12:25:50

    To me, UB40’s music sounds summery with its reggae twist. And I love “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock. It’s more southern than tropical, of course, but I still like it.

  6. Tuere Morton
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 03:42:04

    Definitely Kohls…or really anywhere that sells flip flops. I’m not too picky so long as they’re comfortable. As far as music, I agree with the reggae vibe: “Baby, I Love Your Way” by Big Mountain, and I’ll jump on the UB40 bandwagon with “Red Wine” 😉

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Jun 10, 2012 @ 14:57:20

      Hi Tuere! I shop Kohl’s; will have to check out the flip-flops. I’m down to only two pairs. What’s a girl to do?

      Thanks for playlist ideas. Good ones!! 🙂

  7. Marcia
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 17:11:08

    I love Knee Deep and most all of Jimmy Buffet’s tunes would work! Love this post, Jolyse!

  8. Howard Livingston
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 22:48:44

    WOW, I’m honored, THANKS!!!! Cheers, Howie

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Jul 10, 2012 @ 09:24:11

      You’re very welcome, Howie! I’m thrilled you happened upon my happy little blog. Thank you for making music that allows us to recapture our fond memories of Key West getaways while at home on Long Island.

      In case you missed it, Livin’ on Key West Time is featured on a YouTube slideshow I created this past winter. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

      Maybe someday I’ll have the oppotunity to see your band perform live in the Conch Republic or here on my island, if you ever venture this far north. In the meantime, I’ll be dancing to your music in my flip flops with a cool drink in hand. Cheers!

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