Have you ever noticed
how some of your favorite activities are even
more enjoyable with music?
Take boating, for
example. That just happens to be our favorite
past time. Of course we love to go cruising when
our schedule permits. We also love to take along
our favorite music. It’s always been that way.
I can remember playing
our favorite cassette tapes on when we lived on
our sailboat in our younger days. Back then it
was everything from Jimmy Buffett to the Eagles
and from John Denver to Frank Sinatra. Whether
entertaining friends on board or just sitting
under the stars, there was always music – well,
Now, as we have gotten
older our preferred vessel has changed, but not
so much our taste in music. When we cruise
aboard our trawler, we bring along a very
eclectic selection of songs on our iPhones and
iPads. There will always be Buffett and the
music from our liveaboard days, but now we can
easily download anything from Willie to Elvis
After more than thirty
years and many more vessels later, we still love
cruising and, as with life in general, certain
songs remind of us certain boats and adventures
on the water. Like the song by Trisha Yearwood,
“The Song Remembers When,” so many times a song
will evoke a memory of a time and a place in
It’s amazing how many
songs there are about boating when you really
start to think about it.
Of course there’s
Christopher Cross’ “Sailing,” Buffett’s “It’s
Been a Lovely Cruise,” Alan Jackson singing
“When Daddy Let Me Drive,” and a recent hit,
“Pontoon” by Little Big Town. We’ve got them all
– and about a thousand more I’m sure.
Boating just seems to go
with good music. Think about it. How many songs
do you know about golf? Not many. There is no
romance in golf. No adventure. No “je ne sais
Many boats are sexy.
Golf clubs not so much. Boating takes you places
some people just dream about. The beauty of the
water and nature coming together is unlike any
other sport. If you have ever watched a dolphin
breaking through your bow wave you know what I
Oh, I’m sure golfers
will argue that their courses are lovely, too. I
get that. Yes, you can golf all over the world,
but really, doesn’t one hole look like another
after a while?
How about bicycling?
That is one sport that hurts my backside to even
think about. Oh sure, I suppose you can listen
to your iPod inside your helmet. That is, if you
can even hear it over the traffic, your heavy
breathing and the trucks whizzing by you at 60
mph! It’s not exactly relaxing to be riding on
the side of a road and hoping you aren’t
flattened by the next F350 that goes by!