There isn’t much else that connects us to the sea than the music we travelled with and remember. If music was our only stimulus our senses were aware of, we could easily fall back to remembering many experiences of our life going to sea. The beat, the lyrics remind us of events, thoughts, and circumstances which have connected to our lives in ways, we don’t necessary clearly understand.
These days we can travel anywhere with hundreds of hours of music (and videos) right on our phone, slip on some buds, a headset or link to a blue tooth speaker and we are all set to rock. Yeah, you youngsters, I mean under 40 crowd, didn’t get to go through the whole evolution of how music is stored and played (nor the expense of it) so I will give you a very brief history
Now I am a young man, 63, so I cant go all the way back, so I will only mention reel to reel tapes which I have seen on ships in my early days, I’ll simply start off in the early 70’s. Initially, back when it was the 8 tracks, each about the size of a paperback, you could fill up a room with what you now have on your phone. Sometimes when you ejected an 8 track, well that tape just unraveled and you had to cut it out of the player. From there, we went to cassettes, usually these cassette players were included in huge combination radios (aka Ghetto Blasters) which were larger than brief cases and heavier. Well thank God, these quickly evolved, because it was just more shit to carry. Then, Sony Walkman’s came along, small players with headphones, yet we still had to carry individual cassette albums. So, of course, when came compact discs came a long we thought we were in heaven, but the drawback of these were you still needed a fairly, large player and speakers. A few years later, USB’s & IPODS finally broke into the market, and from there things quickly evolved so we now have our Smart Phones producing music in zero’s and ones..
Here is some of this old sea dogs music which refers to the sea. Try it, you might like it. Right click the hyperlink to open in new tab.
Grand Funk Railroad – Closer to home (I’m your Captain)
Van Morrison – Into the Mystic
Looking Glass – Brandy (You’re a fine girl)
David Gray – Sail away with me
Jackson Browne – Rock me on the water
Jimmy Buffet – A pirate looks at forty
Jimmy Buffet – Changes in Latitude Changes in Attitude
Bob Seger – Ship of Fools
Grateful Dead - Lost Sailor
Crosby Stills and Nash – Southern Cross
Styx – Come sail away
Blue October – Into the Ocean
Frank Sinatra – Somewhere beyond the sea
Gordan Lightfoot – Sundown
Gordon Lightfoot – Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Jimmy Buffet – Landfall