Optimism Playlist: Margaritaville

Contributor: Flo Selfman
Partner, Words à la Mode





What do you do:

– For work?                 

 PR Consultant for authors, books, arts events; eagle-eye proofreader and expert copy editor for anything written: books, scripts, website copy, tech and business brochures. President (2003-2016, pro bono) of Independent Writers of Southern California (

– For fun?

Follow my cultural passions: classical music, architecture and historic preservation (volunteer with West Adams Heritage Association (, photography, travel, family, animals.

Your contribution to the optimism playlist?

Margaritaville” – Jimmy Buffett

Why did you pick this song? What does it do for you?

This song makes me smile every time I hear it. Maybe it’s because it takes me back to a time when we could lie worry-free on a beach in Mexico, slathered with aceite de coco con iodo (coconut oil and iodine), drinking cerveza con limón, and not worrying about anything more important than what to wear to dinner. As soon as Buffett sings the first line, I smile. When he sings, “…searching for my lost shaker of salt,” it’s just such a ridiculous image; now we can’t do that because we’re watching our salt intake! When he comes to, “Some people claim that there’s a wo-man to blame,” I just want to sing at the top of my karaoke voice! And when he says, “But I know it’s my own damn fault,” I can identify, yet I feel he’s telling me to go easy on myself.


Where can we find you?


We put our bodies on a diet. Why not our brains? This is the motivation for our optimism playlist

Here’s proof that optimism rules. That it’s good for business. And music, of course, improves health and well being

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