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?

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