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New Trop Rock CD: The Key West Connection by Don Middlebrook


Text (c) Tammy Camp, Photo & Video (c) Don Middlebrook

New Trop Rock CD: The Key West Connection by Don Middlebrook

When I’m not in Key West, I’m talking about it.  When I’m not talking about it, I’m dreaming about it.  With Don Middlebrook’s newest CD “The Key West Connection”, now I’m listening to his songs that take me there in an instance.

There’s a lot going on with this CD.  It’s partly a fundraiser for the Key West High School music department (the band and choir are featured on the song “Gypsy Wisdom”).  It’s already won it’s first award for the song “Balmy Palms.” (remastered as “Breezy Palms” for the CD)  By popular vote, this song is now the theme song for the retailer by same name.

Don collaborated with a few famous characters too.  The cover art is by Wyland, one of the world’s most famous marine life artists.  You can marvel at Wyland’s work at Don’s CD release party at the Key West Wyland Gallery on Saturday, Nov. 2nd from 2p-4p.  Don’s quest to help the local high school caught the ear of Lorain Hemingway (yes…. THAT Hemingway, Ernest’s granddaughter) and she offered to work with him in capturing the spirit of Key West on “Gypsy Wisdom”.

Want to take a trip from Michigan to Key West?  Follow Don down the coast all the way to the southernmost tip with his parody “Wagon Wheel Gone Trop Rock.”  Don’s creative lyrics captured everything I love about Key West from margaritas and palm trees to key lime pie.  It’s obvious he had a lot of fun with this song.

Another song where Don’s tropical lyrics and laid back spirit grabs hold of the escapism lifestyle is “Beach Life” (second song on the album).  I really got caught up in this story —  Ready to sell it all and check out of reality, then Don threw in a twist for a surprise ending.  I didn’t see that one coming and I completely relate to it!

I’m looking forward to hearing more of Don’s stories in Key West.  If you’re attending MOTM / Parrot Head week make sure you seek out one of his gigs.  He’s all over the island… no excuse to miss him.  If you’re staying home this year, you’ll want this CD to get you through that week of MOTM Facebook posts.

Visit Don Middlebrook’s website for all the info.
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Monday 14th of October 2013

Hi Tammy, Make sure you get a chance to get one of Don's new key chains with his new album cover on it...

Tammy Camp

Monday 14th of October 2013

Great idea Sven! I didn't even know Don had those. Another item to hunt down at MOTM!

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