Anything But Mine – How One Song Kickstarted A Lifestyle

Anything but mine

I’m a fan of all different types of music, some more than others, but I can appreciate the talent and passion it takes to be a musical artist. Believe it or not though, I’m not that big of a country music fan. Sure I like a handful of artists, but none of my radio presets are set to country stations.

I remember back in 2002 or 2003 when I first heard Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes No Shirt No Problem,” I liked the feel good beach song but it didn’t turn my world upside down. As I think back, I’m a little surprised it didn’t. I had just moved to Florida and was living the life of a beach bum pirate every weekend. No Shoes No Shirt is pretty much an anthem for that type of lifestyle, but like I said it just didn’t push me into being the Caribbean explorer I am today. It was a different Chesney song that did that 3 years later.

I remember just tooling around the house and my buddy 007 was like, “Dude, you have to watch this video.” So I sat down and took in the moving pictures and lyrics. I don’t know what happened but something just clicked. I specifically remember the feeling I had after watching the video for Chesney’s “Anything But Mine.” The powerful lyrics of summer love and a carefree life on the coast connected me to a memory, to a feeling. I felt inspired and wanted more. That and the girl in the video was pretty easy on the eyes.

The song spread through our group of friends and sort of became an anthem for us. We would play it on the beach, sing it on the boat and every once in awhile the song would cause a tear to be shed. There’s just something powerful about those rhythm and rhymes.

Anything But Mine led me to more of Chesney’s music, from which I found the Be As You Are album that he put out the year before in 2004. That album opened my eyes wide to the Caribbean, St. John and the island lifestyle. Be As You Are lead to another buddy getting married on St. John, and during that magical week on island I knew right then and there that I wanted to experience everything the Caribbean had to offer.

That trip to St. John inspired me to start a little Caribbean blog called RumShopRyan.com so that I could share my island passion with others. The pursuit of this blog has lead me to many more islands and the meeting of some amazing people whom share the same passion. The rest is history, all thanks to a little song titled “Anything But Mine.”

Kenny Chesney – Anything But Mine

I still get goosebumps when I watch this video.

About “Anything But Mine”

(from Wikipedia) “Anything but Mine” is the title of a song written by Scooter Carusoe, and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Chesney. It was released in January 2005 as the fifth single from his album When the Sun Goes Down. It reached number-one on the U.S. country chart in April 2005

The video, directed by Shaun Silva, was shot in Malibu, California and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Chesney and the band were filmed in Myrtle Beach at Family Kingdom Amusement Park, in front of a ride called, “The Hurricane,” and the Myrtle Beach Pavilion, The scenes featuring surfer Amy Cobb as “Mary” were shot on the California coast & also in Myrtle Beach. Sonny Miller, who also shot the film “Blue Crush,” was employed for the underwater and surfing scenes in California.

Do you have song that first connected you to the Caribbean lifestyle?

Cheers!
RumShopRyan

Comments

  1. Jeremy McDaniel says:

    For me it was Buffett’s “a pirate looks at forty” and reading Buffett’s book “a pirate looks at 50″. From here my tropical soul grew, finding chesney soon after. “When I see this bar” though is quickly becoming and probably will stay my favorite of all time!

  2. “One Particular Harbor” did it for me. I have listened to the album off and on for a couple of decades now. I now the songs are about the South Pacific, but in my mind’s eye I always see the pictures that I have seen of Cane Garden Bay. I need to get to that particular harbor soon.

    All that said, “A Pirate Looks at Forty” will be played at my funeral. I never really “heard” that song until after my 36th birthday. I used to listen to the album A1A on 8 track (giving my age away) as teenager. It was pearls before the swine. I got the CD “Songs You Know by Heart” after I came back from Hawaii. That song hit me then. I love the live versions where the last line is “I feel like I drowned, but I won’t wear a frown.” I am in touch with that feeling often. I also love the version off the Live in Anguilla CD with Nadirah Shakoor singing “Redemption Song.” When I saw Buffett back in May he introduced the song saying that it belongs to his fans now. I never get tired of listening to it.

    “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley has gotten me through every bad day of my life since 1982 when I first heard it, but that is another story.

  3. Buffetts song “Holiday”(live version is best) stops me in my tracks, but my daughter says she thinks of me when she hears the new Toby Keith song “Drinks after Work”. thanks rsr

  4. Danielle Melo says:

    I have a set list of songs that describes different periods of my life…
    Kenny Chesney’s song “Beer in México” represents exactly the moment I am living now with no idea what my life will turn to be…
    I respect your choice and what it represents for you, but believe or not the only two songs of Kenny that I don’t like are “Anything but mine” and “Out last night”. I really don’t know why… :)

  5. Thanks for the comments Jeremy, Allyn and Dean, Buffett is another one of those guys who has effected so many people. The master storyteller is unbeatable. I’ve grown into Buffett once I learned to slow down and listen to the meaning of his songs. That said his live acoustic “Encores” album is one of my favorites. Love listening to him talk about the song then just strum away. Powerful stuff.

    Cheers Castaways!

  6. Danielle…that’s almost a crime! Just kidding, everyone has their own opinion. I’m a really big fan of Out Last Night as well, represents my rum drinking, women loving side! Cheers!

  7. Thanks for your thoughts Ryan. Growing up in Jersey where we spent our summers in the sand, so many songs affected me and brought me there summer after summer. I couldn’t wait for the last day of school to head down the shore. You heard me, I said down the shore. In Jersey, we don’t say we went to the beach we say, we went down the shore.
    When I first heard Anything But Mine, I thought he stole it from Springsteen. When I hear that song, I dream of Kenny singing it with The Boss and how it might sound. Kind of like Kenny’s feelings when he sings I Go Back. A song that takes me to many places because of the songs mentioned in that song.
    Thanks for taking me there Ryan!!!!

  8. Thank you for sharing your story about the “shore” Kat. I would love to see the Boss and Kenny get together to do something like that. Would definitely be a special event. Thanks again and cheers!

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