Posts Tagged 'music'

the music of sailing

love this abstract picture I found over on H2uh0’s blog: Bonehead Moves on the Water from SF Bay and Beyond!

at first glance, I thought it was a bunch of sailboats off in the distance on a grey horizon.

maybe it’s the sheet music for Christopher Cross’s song “Sailing“?

the D’yer Mak’er

saw this photo posted on the Dinghy Shop Instagram account and had to wonder:

how can this boat builder not be called the D’yer Mak’er?

When I read the letter you sent me, it made me mad mad mad
When I read the news that it brought me, it made me sad sad sad
But I still love you so
And I can’t let you go
I love you
Oh, baby I love you, oh

today’s tunes: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds “Galleon Ship”

for today’s tunes, a selection from the latest album “Ghosteen” from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

For we are not alone, it seems, so many riders in the sky
The winds of longing in their sails, searching for the other side

if you don’t know some of the back story about Nick Cave in recent years, look into it a little bit (his teenage son died in an accident in 2015).  you can feel the raw emotion in a lot of his songs on this album.

here’s an album review from Pitchfork that gives some background on it:


today’s tunes: eminence front (snow jam)

stranded in Asheville, North Carolina due to the snow storm, Dave Grohl joined Gov’t Mule for what sounds like it would have been an amazing set – playing some great covers of iconic rock songs.

because, why not?  sure, he could’ve laid around in a hotel room watching crappy TV, but instead decided to jam for a couple hours and put together an amazing set of songs.

“Play” (Foo Fighters)
“Since I’ve Been Loving You” (Led Zeppelin)
“You Don’t Know How It Feels” (Tom Petty)
“All Apologies” (Nirvana)
“Breakdown” (Tom Petty)
“Helter Skelter” (The Beatles)
“Bitch” (Rolling Stones)
“Hunger Strike” (Temple of the Dog)
“Dear Mr. Fantasy” (Traffic)
“Eminence Front” (The Who)
“No Quarter” (Led Zeppelin)
“Simple Man” (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

here’s their version of “Eminence Front” by The Who.

The snow packs as the skier tracks
People forget
Forget they’re hiding
Behind an eminence front

several more videos from the concert are available here.

h/t: rolling stone

today’s tunes: floating in the forth

I awoke to tragic news today – the lead singer for Frightened Rabbit, Scott Hutchison, has been missing for a couple days, and a body has been recently found on the banks of the Firth of Forth near the Forth Road Bridge – feared to be that of Scott.  I’ve loved this band since hearing them years ago on WOXY – great sound, intricate lyrics, and a passion for music.

I turned on a few songs this morning to listen to some of their early music, from their fantastic album Midnight Organ Fight, and the lyrics from the song “Floating in the Forth” are just chilling.

And fully clothed,
I float away
Down the Forth,
Into the sea
I think I’ll save suicide for another day.

So you just step out of the front of my house and I’ll never see you again.
I closed my eyes for a second and when they opened you weren’t there.
And the door shut shut I was vacuum packed, shrink-wrapped out of air
And the spine collapsed and the eyes rolled back to stare at my starving brain,

And fully clothed,
I float away Down the Forth, into the sea
I think I’ll save suicide for another day.

And I picture this corpse on the M8 hearse and I half run away to sleep
On a rolled up coat against the window with the strobe of the sun and the life I’ve led
Am I ready to leap is there peace beneath the roar of the Forth road bridge?
On the Northern side is a Fife of mine and a boat in the port for me,

And fully clothed, I float away (I’ll float away)
Down the Forth, into the sea (into the sea)
I’ll steer myself through choppy waves (through choppy waves)
As manic gulls scream it’s okay (it’s okay)
Take your life give it a shake (give it a shake)
Gather up all your loose change
I think I’ll save suicide for another year.

if you are having suicidal thoughts, reach out: to a friend, a family member, or even a stranger.
call 1-800-273-8255 (USA) or see the Suicide Prevention website.

today’s tunes: the gloaming – the Booley House (live at the NCH)

this is a beautiful instrumental song by the group known as The Gloaming (I’ve posted previous songs from them here).

the video is a brilliant time-lapse of a pen and ink with watercolor sketch by Donegal-born Limerick-based illustrator Jacob Stack.

the Booley House will be on their upcoming album: Live at NCH (will be released on Real World Records on March 2nd 2018.)


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