John Bartus | Keys Disease: 10th Anniversary Remaster

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Keys Disease: 10th Anniversary Remaster

by John Bartus

A Trop Rock classic -- digitally remastered and with new bonus tracks never before available on CD! Combine Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, and Elton John with contemporary country and classic rock, and enjoy under a tropical moonlit sky!
Genre: Rock: Tropical Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Keys Disease
2:54 $0.99
2. You & I
4:15 $0.99
3. The Way It's Meant to Be
3:35 $0.99
4. Nothing I Wouldn't Do
4:16 $0.99
5. Carolina
4:33 $0.99
6. Lucky Man Again
4:29 $0.99
7. Palm Trees in Paradise
3:47 $0.99
8. Always Understood
4:38 $0.99
9. Velvet Elvis
4:18 $0.99
10. Dawn's Early Light
6:16 $0.99
11. Once More
4:00 $0.99
12. The Islands of Marathon
4:10 $0.99
13. Give Me a Sign
4:35 $0.99
14. From This Day On (Live)
4:21 $0.99
15. I Saw a Sign (Live)
3:56 $0.99
16. Eye of the Storm
5:00 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
This is the special 10th Anniversary Reissue of the original Keys Disease CD by a long-time Florida Keys musician, writer, publisher, radio personality, and the (former) Mayor of the City of Marathon. Back in 2002, when this album was first released, John was in his first term as Mayor during his six-year service on Marathon’s City Council. John’s real career, however, is and always has been music. If you like the music of James Taylor, Elton John, the Eagles, Dan Fogelberg, or Jimmy Buffett, then the songs on this CD will appeal to you! Digitally remastered, and with bonus tracks never before available on CD, there’s never been a better time to import these songs into your iPod or smartphone and chart your course to the Keys!


Keys Disease – I’m not the lawyer in the song, but the song is loosely based on the life of a friend of mine who really did give it all up for a life in the Keys.

You & I – A seaside love song.

The Way It’s Meant To Be – Based on an allegedly true story I saw one night on Channel 7 News.

Nothing I Wouldn’t Do – A love song for Marlene.

Carolina – While the story might be imagined, the setting of a small Southern railroad town in South Carolina comes directly from my memories of 13 years spent in the Palmetto State, a beautiful and historic place.

Lucky Man Again – A song about being grateful for finding true love.

Palm Trees In Paradise – For such a beautiful and wonderful place, there are way too many people in the Keys who complain about almost anything. Yeah, no place is perfect – but these islands are all right by me! After 28 years (and counting), there’s still no place I’d rather be!

Always Understood – Written way back in 1982, this song is ultimately about sacrifices that are necessary in order to achieve one’s ultimate goals.

Velvet Elvis – A lot of the imagery of this song came about on a late night drive home from a Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers concert in pre-Andrew South Florida. There were cops traveling with lights blazing, there was a dead black cat on the side of the road, and “Love Me Tender” came on the radio. The Black Lung Café was actually a hole-in-the-wall 24-hour doughnut shop near the railroad tracks in Homestead, where patrons looked as if they had been sitting, drinking coffee, eating doughnuts, and smoking cigarettes since the 1950s. The only thing the place needed was a painting of Elvis on black velvet…

Dawn’s Early Light – I spent most of the 1960s growing up near Cape Canaveral where my father was actually a rocket scientist! He was on the Saturn IB launch team, and I got to see a lot of rockets and missions blast off literally from my back yard in Merritt Island. This song is dedicated to the astronauts who lost their lives in Apollo 1, and the Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia… as well as my Dad.

Once More – A song about screwing up and asking forgiveness.

The Islands of Marathon – The official song of the City of Marathon and a love song to my hometown.

Give Me A Sign – My first love song for Marlene.

From This Day On – From my first Live CD, and our wedding song.

I Saw A Sign – Also from my first Live CD, it’s a true story about a fire at the Hurricane here in Marathon. Some of the names were changed…

Eye Of The Storm – “Bennie And The Jets” was a fake live recording for Elton John. This is mine.



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John Bartus - a force to be recorded with!
John Bartus could well be a force to be recorded with, in the very near future. The song, "Velvet Elvis," is reminiscent of the soft sarcastic style of Warren Zevon: a man, eating donuts in the Black Lung Cafe, receives a vision from "The King" through a velvet Elvis hanging on a wall, and is inspired to go to Graceland to steal one for his own, even though it means jail time.

The remainder of the CD is done in the story song style of Joshua Kadison with the Florida themes of Jimmy Buffett. A pure storyteller in a minstrel's soul, Bartus' voice is crisp and clear, and the music is easy to enjoy. Let's have more!