By D. J. McAdam.
I thought of calling this list by various titles - tropical music, vacation music, kick-back music, even "musica tropical," and I suppose the word "beach" should have been in there somewhere, too - but, in the end, "island music" sounded like the best thing, and besides, I'm in an island mood, so why sweat the details? The idea came to me while I was cruising around the southern Caribbean. What songs would I most want to put on my iPod to get me (or keep me) in an island mood? What follows is the answer I came up with. Remember, this isn't a list of authentic island music, it's a list of songs that somehow might put one in that indefinable island mood.
Like all such lists on this site, don't worry too much about the order. In fact, don't worry at all . . .
In addition to the above songs, and also in something of a different vein, I would like to mention that I received for Christmas (2009) the Smithsonian Folkways CD entitled, "Irish Pirate Ballads and Other Songs of the Sea." If you like folk music, or sea shanties - or, I suppose, if you're noticing a big lack in your CD collection when it comes to Irish pirate ballads - then consider this highly enjoyable collection of songs.
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