Coner features Sanibel in video
A Southern Indiana resident was inspired to write a song about Sanibel Island while sitting at his kitchen table one snowy day almost three years ago. The song “Sanibel” was turned into an acoustic video series from “In The Studio With Scott Coner” that has generated more than 20,000 views in a few weeks.
“I had sat there many, many days of my life, at the edge of the beach looking at the water and letting the sun burn me up. Everybody has this special place they want to go to again and again,” Scott Coner said. “I have been to a lot of places. Hawaii is beautiful and extremely hard to get to. Sanibel is my place. It is where part of my soul is from. I love it there.”
Although the single will not be released until early next year, Coner was on the island this spring filming footage for the video, which was published on YouTube Sept. 8. The video highlights the sandy beaches of Sanibel, shells, the causeway and the Lighthouse, as well as footage from his studio with other musicians.
“People really seem to like the acoustic version,” Coner said, which has a “Florida groove.”
With Coner’s parents starting their marriage in Fort Myers, the Kentucky born singer, spent a lot of time in Southwest Florida, especially because his grandparents planted their roots off of McGregor Boulevard in the early 1950s.
“I spend a lot of time in Sanibel,” he said. “When I became an adult I always brought my family down there. It’s one of the prettiest places I have ever been to.”
The songwriter had the opportunity to work with Charlie Daniels when he was first married, which “was an awesome experience.” Coner released his Christian record, “Positive Country,” and continued to work with Daniels early on in his career. When his wife told him she was pregnant, he stepped away from music while his two daughters went through school.
“I didn’t feel like it was the right thing to do while my wife was home raising my daughters,” he said.
It was not until his oldest daughter reached her second year in college and his younger daughter entered high school that he pursued the song “Sanibel.”
“I wanted to make sure everybody was good before I got out here to do my thing,” he said of Sony signing and releasing the song.
Coner lives in Southern Indiana on a 277-acre farm he used to work on as a kid.
“My home is on the same road I grew up on,” he said.
The songwriter spends many of his days sitting on the back porch of his home writing music.
The video can be found at www.facebook.com/scottconermusic, www.scottconer.com or on YouTube.
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