This list is painfully accurate.
As the years have passed, I’ve met and played with so many deserving musicians in this state. Our discussions about home often quickly turn to “How do we save Florida?” But in reality, Florida doesn’t need saving. We aren’t lost musical souls. We’ve fallen victim to misunderstandings and misrepresentations. We’ve been bullied for no reason. The better question is, how do we tell our story? The answer is through our music. We’re not deprived of creativity; we’re deprived of a fair shake. Listen and you’ll hear Florida. It might not sound like a postcard, but it will sound like our lives. We’re made of the same joys and sorrows, emotional and social complexities as any group of musicians in any part of the country. The only difference is that we’ve been told our art doesn’t matter, and those are dangerous words to tell a Floridian.
A University of Florida freshman named Christian Aguilar has sadly gone missing. Here’s an article about him and here’s an indiegogo page collecting money to help his family out while they search. I don’t know Christian except that he was a CH fan who we made a happy birthday video for a few years ago. The same friend who asked for the video emailed to tell me about this and ask for help spreading the word. Take a second to read the article and check out his picture.
Putting out the call to my fellow Floridians - keep an eye out for this kid and spread the word.
According to legend, he said, “Here’s a twenty, bury two.”
GPOYGABBB. (Gratuitous picture of your grandfather after beating Bear Bryant)
My brother has a huge print of this picture hanging on his wall and it’s awesome - but I’ve got a small newsprint version in a frame that I’m kind of partial to.