Singing About Sailing (2007-07-14/17)

Sunday I noticed that many of my recently-purchased songs mentioned sailing. Beginning with the songs iTunes says I play most, below are my favorites:
  1. Blue October, "Into the Ocean", Foiled

    Now waking to the sun I calculate what I had done
    Like jumping from the bow (yeah)
    Just to prove that I knew how (yeah)
    It’s midnight’s late reminder of
    The loss of her the one I love
    My will to quickly end it all
    Sat front row in my need to fall
    Into the ocean end it all
    Into the ocean end it all
    "Into the Ocean" is the top of my list because I like the happy tune (despite the sad lyrics) and rapid verses. It's not merely the mention of flotsam and jetsam that leads me to like it.
  2. Crosby, Stills & Nash, "Southern Cross", Daylight Again

    When you see the Southern Cross for the first time,
    You understand now why you came this way.
    "Southern Cross" often goes through my mind while sailing, as my quote in an earlier post might suggest. Seeing the southern cross would be new and adventurous.
  3. Fleetwood Mac, "Landslide", Fleetwood Mac

    "Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?" is the only reference to sailing, but nevertheless "Landslide" is one of my melancholy favorites. I especially like the character of Stevie Nicks' voice.
  4. Mark Knopfler, "Sailing To Philadelphia", Sailing To Philadelphia

    Now hold your head up, Mason
    See America lies there
    The morning tide has raised
    The capes of Delaware
    Come up and feel the sun
    A new morning is begun
    Another day will make it clear
    Why your stars should guide us here
    I've mentioned my folk rock guitar interest, including Dire Straits, James Taylor, and Mark Knopfler. In addition to guitar, "Sailing To Philadelphia" includes both James Taylor and Mark Knopfler.
  5. Christopher Cross, "Sailing", Christopher Cross

    And if the wind is right
    You can sail away
    To find serenity
    Oh the canvas can do miracles
    Just you wait and see
    The mellow music and lyrics of this song come to mind when there's little to do but enjoy the wind and water. A breeze and gentle rocking is relaxing.
  6. Styx, "Come Sail Away", Come Sail Away - The Styx Anthology

    Come sail away, come sail away
    Come sail away with me
    Like "Southern Cross", "Landslide", "Sailing", and "Cool Change", "Come Sail Away" is a sailing song of my childhood. It rocks.
  7. Little River Band, "Cool Change", Little River Band: Greatest Hits (Expanded Edition)

    Well I was born in the sign of water
    And it's there that I feel my best
    The albatross and the whales they are my brothers
    It's kind of a special feeling
    When you're out on the sea alone
    Staring at the full moon, like a lover
    I was actually born in a fire sign, and rarely go out to sea, or sail alone. However, I do find sailing produces a special feeling.


On the Seattle Times Front Page (2007-07-17)

I am amused to learn from Allan and his friends that a photograph in a front page article of yesterday's Seattle Times shows his boat on the far right. The photographer confirmed taking the picture on July 10, so I was aboard--perhaps crouching on the starboard side--with the friends mentioned in my previous post. It appears the sailboats in the photograph are the "half fast" boats of second start positioning to cross the starting line between the committee boat and the duck.


Demonstrating Sailing on Duck Dodge (2007-07-10)

New Duck Dodge Crew
Got out of town on a boat goin' to southern islands
Sailing a reach before a followin' sea
She was makin' for the trades on the outside
And the downhill run to Papeete

Off the wind on this heading lie the Marquesas
We got eighty feet of waterline, nicely making way
In a noisy bar in Avalon I tried to call you
But on a midnight watch I realized why twice you ran away
--Crosby, Stills and Nash, "Southern Cross"

(Despite the lack of link, "making way" in "Southern Cross" is also a sailing term.) As my previous post on sailing may show, after the exhilaration of the wind in my hair and the bouncing bow beneath my feet, the next most enjoyable aspect of sailing may be explaining it, beginning with sailing terminology:
The July 17, 2007 Seattle Times article on Duck Dodge suggests that this aspect of sailing fascinates observers as well. Like the June 6, 2007 Seattle Post-Intelligencer article, the Times also mentions the "raft up" party afterwards (like what I wrote about last week).

At last week's Duck Dodge I spent most of my time instructing, since of Allan's usual crew I was the only one present. Allan filled the boat with friends from Banya 5, except for my guest J. Behmer and his friend. (I bring a guest each Tuesday, and whenever else we sail.) In the middle of a tack I announced, "I'm not usually this directive in social situations." My friend responded, "You, get me a beer! You, get some chips! You, make smalltalk!" pointing to a different crew member for each command.

(Switching from sailing geek to technology geek, I'll credit John with a photograph taken by his Treo and located precisely on the map of Lake Union using Allan's eTrex Vista® Cx.)

[Updated 2007-07-18 to remove redundant words.]

Remembering Le Chao-Ba-Café

Schmap added Chao-Ba to its list of Vietnamese restaurants in Paris and received my permission to use our photograph of le café. Driving to the Seattle office, I miss my morning commute in Paris.