The song “Kokomo” by the Beach Boys takes me back to about 4th grade possibly 5th grade. It was during this time that the song was really popular. I was living in Florida at that time to. So it felt kind of cool to have a song about a place that was so close to where I lived. Until I found out that no such place existed.
Aside from the line of the song that listed all the different island, I had no idea what this song was about. All I know is that because I hung out with a bunch of girls that loved the song, I was forced by association to learn the words. I don’t even think back then we comprehended who the Beach Boys were no that I think on it. But listening to it now and actually understand what’s going on in the song, gives me a new appreciation for it.
I don’t know if this makes any sense, but the song is so tropical feeling. It’s just so relaxing. You can see yourself on a beach somewhere, possibly in a hammock, drinking some fruit cocktail with an umbrella in it and taking in the ocean view. That’s what this song does for me anyway. If every state in the union had a theme song, this should be for Florida. So what it’s fictional. Mickey Mouse is fictional and he has an entire estate here.
Also gave me a new appreciation for the Beach Boys. I think by the 80s they’d been around for like 20 years. And from what I understand they are still kicking and recording. I may write about them at some point. Today, that little place called Kokomo is where I wanna go to get away from it all.