I have been collecting sea songs, and came across Stan Rogers a Canadian musician who died in 83 in a plane fire. I bought the album “The Very Best of Stan Rogers”. Wow I can’t believe I hadn’t heard his songs before now. I can highly recommend it if you like I guess what you might call an Irish style of music. I am currently listening on Utube to his brother Garnet Rogers singing “Next Turn of the Wheel” his own song in a different style. So now I am going to be buying another CD. Oh and another song new to me is “Molly May” sung by J. P. Cromier.
The first sea song that I learned to love was a small record for a child’s record player. I had listen to the song hundreds of times before the age of five. It was “What Do You Do with a Drunken Sailor”. Other favorites at that age were “How Much is that Puppy in the Window” and “Ghost Riders in the Sky”, but I digress. I have to wonder how much these songs influenced my later life choices. So I guess when Country Joe came out with the song “Save the Whales” I was immediately drawn to it by his use of the melody from Drunk Sailor.
A few of my favorites are “Southern Cross”, “Cool Change”, “Sailing”, “Downeaster Alexa”, “Brandy”, and "Son of a Son of a Sailor.
I would love to hear your favorites.