Saturday, March 26, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Our Number One Goboat Song!!

I hope you've enjoyed counting down our top ten favorite goboat songs with me. They're all great songs, and we've enjoyed them being the soundtrack of our boating life. But there is one song that far and away has not only brought musical enjoyment to our lives, but was, in fact, the actual impetus for us to cast off from our lubber lives and start our on board lives.

It's difficult to describe why this song had such a big impact on me. I think it's because of the second verse.

Wrote a note said "Be back in a minute"
Bought a boat and I sailed off in it
Don't think anybody's gonna miss me anyway
Mind on a permanent vacation
The ocean is my only medication
Wishing my condition ain't ever gonna go away

That, in some strange way, conveyed exactly how I felt at that time in my life, especially the third line. (Lisa NOT included.)

It was at that moment, when we discovered this song, that Lisa and I decided that THE ON BOARD LIFE was the life for us.

We never looked back, and we have loved every second of it.

Our Number One Goboat Song is KNEE DEEP by The Zac Brown Band.

Here are the links to the first two parts of this list.

Goboat Songs 10 thru 6

Goboat Songs 5 thru 2 with honorable mentions

Here's the entire Youtube playlist.

So, what do you think of our song lists? Leave a comment and tell me.


Mind on a permanent vacation. The ocean is my only medication. Wishing my condition ain't ever gonna go away.


Friday, March 11, 2016

Our Top Ten Goboat Songs - Part 2 - #5 to #2

Welcome back. Here are #5 to #2 of our favorite goboat songs.

#5 Strike The Bell - from Steady as She Goes: Songs and Chanties from the Days of Commercial Sail

There are lots of great sea chanties, but this one is our favorite. Strike the Bell is an up-tempo jaunt that we just can't help but to sing along with. With its complicated harmonies in the chorus and fun lyrics, Strike The Bell is a mind-worm of epic proportions. Don't say I didn't warn you.

#4 I Am The Doctor - Murray Gold and the BBC Wales Orchestra

Hmm. How do I explain this one? Doctor Who is a British science fiction fantasy television show, and it's our favorite crazy indulgence. (I'm going to forego trying to explain the premise. You'll thank me later.) This song is the theme for the lead character, a mysterious alien known simply as The Doctor. It's triumphant, ominous and whimsical all at the same time, and it was the perfect song to  use as the musical bed for our video of when we completed our Great Loop adventure.

#3 Erie Canal - (traditional) Bruce Springsteen

I still don't quite know why, but cruising through the Erie Canal during our Great Loop adventure was, for some reason, an emotional event for me. Maybe it was the history or the challenge. Or maybe it was this haunting rendition of the traditional folk song by The Boss. The original song, which was almost chanty-ish in its tone and key, was transformed into a dark, dramatic, almost sad ballad by whoever did this arrangement. The main change was to set it in a minor key, and this mode, along with some changes to the melody, made this song jump to life during our time on the canal.

#2 All You Need Is A Boat - Dave Calhoun

Truth be told, until a couple of weeks ago, I'd never heard of Washington state based, trop rocker, Dave Calhoun. But I know him now and I'm digging what he's laying down! Especially All You Need Is A Boat, which I think needs to be the national anthem for all of us boaters. A great little sing-along song, it has a ton of mind-worm potential. 
Here's the link to his website.


Before I reveal the #1 song, here are a few honorable mentions.

Rolling Down To Old Maui

Another chanty. The chorus is terrific. Great story.

Central Time - Pokey Lafarge

My home may be in Denver, but St. Louis is my hometown.

Hula Girl At Heart - Jimmy Buffett

Here's some pics from Lisa's and my wedding on April 10. 2013.

And that's why she's my hula girl at heart.

Next, the #1 goboat song, and the complete story about it.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Our Top Ten Goboat Songs -- #10 to #6

'Goboat' - n. that overpowering feeling that it's time to fire up the CAT 3208, cast off and go somewhere. v. firing up the CAT 3208, casting off and going somewhere.

Everyone has a soundtrack for their boating life, songs that connect one's heart and mind with a locale or a destination. Or maybe it connects them with other boaters who have left an indelible impression. Or maybe it just gets their blood going, pushing them toward something more exciting.  We call them our goboat songs--songs that get us in the mood to go boating.

Here are our top ten GoBoat songs. Today, #10 down to #6

#10 Rock and Roll Doctor - Little Feat

I'm an unabashed featster, and Feats Don't Fail Me Now is my favorite Little Feat album. It has a swamp-rock, bayou-boogie vibe that fits perfectly with cruising on some backwater channel or just hanging out on deck. The whole album is a collection of one great song after another (the Cold, Cold, Cold / Tripe Face Boogie medley is particularly juicy) but Rock and Roll Doctor is my favorite.
"Two degrees in be-bop, a PHD in swing. He's the master of rhythm, he's a rock and roll king,"
Sounds like me!

#9 Sailing to Philadelphia - Mark Knopfler (w/ James Taylor)

This is one of Lisa's favorite songs. And for good reason too. Mark Knopfler and James Taylor combine to make this duet about the two surveyors that plotted out the Mason-Dixon line a semi-haunting ballad about their formidable task. For us as boaters its special place for us is that we did, in fact, boat to Philadelphia in the summer of 2014 to see our good friends Dick and Deanna of Sareanna. It was one of the best boating experiences we've had.

#8 You Won't Succeed On Broadway - Spamalot (Broadway Cast Album)

During the summers of 2013 and 2014, we spent a lot of time in Annapolis, MD, one of our most very favorite locales. While we were there in 2014, a local theater group put on a production of Spamalot, the musical version of Monty Python and The Holy Grail. We wanted to go see it live, but the entire run was sold out. Quit innocently, I assure you, we settled on watching a pirated version of the Broadway production on Youtube. To say we enjoyed it would be an understatement. So much so that Lisa bought the piano and vocal selections and we entertain ourselves quite heartily. This song, You Won't Succeed On Broadway, is the second act show-stopper. David Hyde Pierce's performance is hilarious, the music is fun, and the lyrics are just about as irreverent, yet affectionate, as they can be. No one is offended, yet everyone feels a bit of a jab. A very entertaining piece. And how does it fit in as a goboat song? It makes us laugh. We like to laugh.

#7 Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker

We completed our Great Loop in April 2013, and we decided that we wanted to head up to Chesapeake Bay for the summer. During the trip up we diverted ourselves to travel up Pamlico Sound instead of the ICW. One of our stops was at Ocracoke on the Outer Banks. It just so happened that we were there over Father's Day. We went to a nearby patio / tiki bar to spend the afternoon listening to some live music and drinking a few too many beers. The performer's name is Brent Nultemeier, and he was fantastic. He used an amazing multi-track recording and playback piece of gear to build multiple guitar tracks to build fully formed pieces of music. It was quite amazing. Since it was Father's Day, his wife and three daughters were there too, with daddy. His eldest daughter came up and sang Wagon Wheel. We don't know exactly how old she was, but she was young! She nailed the song. What was really funny was that she wore a pair of her mom's sunglasses and looked like quite the diva. Ever since that time, Wagon Wheel has been a favorite of ours. It always takes us back to that sunny Sunday afternoon in Ocracoke.

This video version, with Darius Rucker and Daryl Hall, is terrific. Not as good as Brent and his daughter, but they'll do.

It's also important to note that one of the reasons we like this song so much is the tight harmonies between Darius and Daryl. We like to sing and we harmonize well ourselves. You'll see this trend in other songs in this survey.

#6 Tishomingo Blues - Written by Spencer Williams.

A classic, traditional jazz song from 1917. Now, the song's title is about Tishomingo, MS, but it reminds us of Canada. Huh? We loved the entire experience of cruising on the Trent-Severn Waterway in Ontario, and the album, Shake It, Break It and Hang It On the Wall by Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, featuring Garrison Keillor, with its laid back vibe and gentle rhythms, seemed to capture the adventure perfectly. The link is to our YouTube video where you can transit the Big Chute marine railroad with us. Tishomingo Blues is the first song.  And this rendition of the song may sound familiar. It is used as the theme song to The Prairie Home Companion radio show . Every time we hear the song, we can't help thinking about Canada, not Mississippi.

So, that's 10 to 6 on our list of favorite goboat songs.

What do you think of it so far?