FLORIDA GIRL https://www.kicktonerecords.com/apps/photos/ FLORIDA GIRL Those 1981 lyrics were incredibly simple. But, hey, it was a punk song, inspired by those memorable words of Joey Ramone, "Yeah, Yeah, she's the one!" https://www.kicktonerecords.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199026319 199026319 After some digging, I found this track chart from Kennett Sound Studios. Gary Wilcoxson and I co-produced the demo cut by The Trend back in the '80's. https://www.kicktonerecords.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199026320 199026320 After a long hibernation, "Florida Girl" awoke to a new bounce, new lyrics, new melody, and a new string arrangement. (While I did hand-score this on paper, I obtained a software program that helped me ditch my chicken-scratch in favor of music that a real string section could actually read!) https://www.kicktonerecords.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199026321 199026321 Getting ready to cut the instrumental at Music + Arts in Memphis. Genius engineer Dawn Hopkins goes for the "Gold Star" sound on Robert Hall's drumkit, while Don Smith makes suggestions that Dawn ignores! https://www.kicktonerecords.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199026322 199026322 Now that "Florida Girl" has a running time of 3:40 rather 1:55, Don has to sit down to make it through the entire song! https://www.kicktonerecords.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199026323 199026323 When "Florida Girl" was first written, the appropriate shirt choice for me would have been a white shirt with a black skinny tie. Now? No tie. It's a beach shirt selfie in the vocal booth. https://www.kicktonerecords.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199026324 199026324 From left to right: Beth Luscombe - Viola; Jonathan Kirkscey - Cello; Wenyih Yu - Violin; Jessie Munson - Violin. Not only are they my friends, but they literally send chills up my spine, whether recording something of mine, or performing in their usual Memphis Symphony gig! https://www.kicktonerecords.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199026325 199026325 Proud string arranger with the crackerjack string players! https://www.kicktonerecords.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199026326 199026326 The resident Hammond at Music + Arts Studio was one of several keyboards I played recording "Florida Girl." It was certainly my favorite! https://www.kicktonerecords.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199026327 199026327 Several days later, the festivities moved over to Ardent for vocals. One of my all-time favorite singers, Van Duren, joined Don Smith and me on the BGV's! https://www.kicktonerecords.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199026328 199026328 Dawn moves around that board at Ardent so fast that she is literally a blur! https://www.kicktonerecords.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199026329 199026329 Anybody need some background vocals? Who do we think we are...Crosby, Stills & Nash??? https://www.kicktonerecords.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199026330 199026330 Thank you, David Bash, for putting out the CD version of "Florida Girl" on INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW, VOL. 18! https://www.kicktonerecords.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199041314 199041314