Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Our TOP 5 SONGS FOR OUR ON BOARD LIFE

Nothing goes along with our on board life like having some great music playing along with us. Whether we're piping some rowdy stuff through our flybridge stereo while we're underway, or we're enjoying some quieter music in the salon in the evening, we always like  to fill the air with music. And Lisa and I have very broad and varied musical tastes. We both have a background in musical theater (she, in the chorus, me as a musician) and we both love to sing along with our CDs or digital music. We like classical, operas, folk, sea shanties, international, choirs, rock and roll, funk, R&B, country, techno-dance (That's me mostly), swamp rock, jam rock, top 40 and lots of jazz. I even have a collection of circus music that I like.

But what are our absolute favorites?

Here they are. Our TOP 5 SONGS FOR OUR ON BOARD LIFE.

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



Who doesn't like a good 'ol sea shanty? We do, and Strike the Bell is our favorite. This is our favorite version.

#4 Erie Canal (traditional folk song)  vers. by Bruce Springsteen


What do you get when you take an old-time folk song written in a major key and turn it over to Bruce Springsteen? You get a new arrangement written in a minor key that is soulful and evocative. And let's face it, if you're cruising on the real Erie Canal and you don't listen to this song at least every other day, you're not getting the full effect of the experience.

#3 Rock and Roll Doctor - Little Feat


I admit that this song has zip to do with anything boat-ish. Busted. But I don't care about that in this instance. This is one of the greatest swamp, boogie rockers ever. And there are times where that is the only vibe you need.

#2 Wagon Wheel - vers. by Darius Rucker


A great song by any measure. And, my God, can Darius Rucker sing. What a great voice. I've got the harmony on the chorus down pat. This is the  version we prefer, but the version (below) from the Live From Daryl's House internet show is very good too. 


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

Tishomingo Blues (trad. jazz) There are a zillion versions of this. Pick one. We prefer the Prairie Home Companion version with Garrison Keilor from the album "Shake it, Break it, Hang It On The Wall." You're welcome

Sailing To Philadelphia by Marc Knopfler, with Jame Taylor



You Won't Succeed On Broadway from Spamalot, the Broadway musical


You: Eh, Darrell? This really has nothing to do with boating.
Me: Yes it does! Sometimes, after several hours of cruising, when we're bored to tears, we need a change of pace. This does that nicely.

And now, our NUMBER 1 SONG FOR OUR ON BOARD LIFE

Knee Deep, by the Zac Brown Band, with Jimmy Buffett


The reasons that this is our #1 song are as many as beats in the song itself. It really did change our life. More than anything else, it affirmed our decision to set off on this on board life together. It's a great song, very singable, and having Jimmy Buffett in the song is its crowning glory. Of course, it has Jimmy Buffett as a singer. Who else would it be?

So, what do you think of our list? Leave your opinion in the comments below.