These 12 Songs About Florida Will Strike So Many Different Emotions
Posted on 26 May, 2015 | In Florida
Everyone should have a few songs about their state in their repertoire, so here’s a few we found that will (mostly) pump up some Sunshine State pride.
- Old Folks at Home (Suwannee River) by Stephen Foster
Florida’s controversial State Song. Interestingly Foster never visited Florida or the Suwannee River, he just liked the sound of it.
- Florida (Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky) by Jan Hilton
Florida’s State Anthem. Yes, we have a State Song and a State Anthem, this was a compromise made when we attempted to find a new State Song in 2008, but couldn’t agree on whether or not to replace it.
- Floridays by Jimmy Buffett
I don’t think you’ll find more Jimmy Buffett fans anywhere in the world than you will here. His popular song Margaritaville was partly written in Key West, but he started it in Austin, Texas.
- The Florida Song by Ricky Sylvia
This literal love letter to Florida was actually sung at the Governor’s own wedding!
- Mainline Florida by Eric Clapton
This classic premiered as the final track on the 1974 album, “461 Ocean Boulevard“.
- Florida by Modest Mouse
A catchy, though somewhat gloomy, song by indie stars Modest Mouse.
- State of Florida by Less Than Jake
A less than positive view of Florida by a native punk band.
- Key Largo by Bertie Higgins
Bertie Higgins was born in Tarpon Springs, and he often mentioned Florida in his albums, but Key Largo is probably the most famous example.
- Florida Blues by Ricky Skaggs
It’s called Florida Blues, but to me it seems super peppy and fun!
- Florida by Patty Griffin
A soulful folk ballad about two girls in Florida.
- Florida Rain by Matt Bauer
Matt Bauer writes moody folk songs with lots of banjo and thoughtful lyrics.
- Florida by Blue Rodeo
Lovelorn country song from 1989 about heartbreak in Florida.
Do you know any other songs about Florida? Please share them with us below!
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Officer arrived at wrong address and shot homeowner seven times because he “felt threatened”
January 30, 2014
Yesterday a grand jury declined to charge a Ft. Worth, Texas police officer who killed a 72-year-old man on his own driveway after arriving at the wrong address to investigate a burglary alarm.
The jury’s decision not to indict R.A. “Alex” Hoepper for the May 28 shooting death of Jerry Waller came after prosecutors presented 25 hours of testimony over four days, according to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.
Waller died after Hoepper shot him seven times as the officer and his partner arrived at Waller’s house, mistakenly thinking that the burglary alarm going off across the street came from his residence.
Waller had been walking down his driveway with his gun to investigate the alarm he heard from his neighbor’s house.
“The 72-year-old man didn’t even make it to the house across the street before he was shot,” CBS Fort Worth reported. “He died on his own property.”
Hoepper later said that he shot Waller because he “felt threatened.”
Ft. Worth police chief Jeff Halstead believed the jury made the “right decision” not to indict Hoepper, even though the officers did not realize they were at the wrong address until a detective showed up later at the scene.
“I think it was proven through the autopsy and evidence that a gun was pointed directly at Officer Hoeppner and he was forced to make his decision,” he said.
But Waller’s family pointed out that since the shooting, the department had been “feeding misinformation” to the local news and to the public.
“We were disturbed by suggestions that police may have felt threatened by a man in his own garage faced with unknown trespassers wielding flashlights,” the family said in a released statement.
One of Waller’s neighbors, former Ft. Worth council member Becky Haskin, also added that Hoeppner, a rookie, is a “victim of his own inexperience.”
“I think he panicked,” Haskin said. “He just unloaded his gun in rapid fire. That’s what I heard; it woke me up. I thought it was in my back yard – just rapid fire, one right after the other, in succession.”
“There wasn’t any hesitation.”
She added that although nothing is going to bring Waller back, someone from the police department should apologize to the family.
“It’s an accidental death at the hands of an untrained police officer.”
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