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I cranked out another one today - On the Open Sea
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iBud
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Aloha everyone,

I wrote yet another tune today, one I call "On the Open Sea".  Having been a US Navy sailor for 22 years, I spent a fair bit of time at sea.  I  once observed a training ship of a foreign navy, replete with three masts and under full sail.  I couldn't help being a little resentful of the sailors on that ship - what it must feel like to have been there, the wind whipping through your hair, feeling the wood of the ship creak and groan with the forces pushing and pulling every which way.  That memory was on my mind this afternoon and out came this tune.  I would like to take full credit, but me thinks I would be remiss not to mention the Man upstairs, as that is the only logical explanation for my creative surge these past couple of weeks.  Anyway, I've scored the whole thing, with chords and piano accompaniment.  Please feel free to take a look and let me know what y'all think.  

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That's an "I like"from here.

I always have fun with chords being they work so well with Band in the Box and it is a nice detour to just play along sometime.

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Aloha @Oliver,

Thanks for your response.  I'm trying different things with respect to accompaniment. I have a Korg Kronos, and one of the voices is a Honky Tonk piano.  That particular voice sounds outstanding with this tune and gives it an "old timer" feel, which is exactly what I wanted.  How do you like the violin part?

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Ah, now that is some inspiration to work from, iBud!   A memory, a feeling, a wish..

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DanielB said
Ah, now that is some inspiration to work from, iBud!   A memory, a feeling, a wish..

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Aloha @DanielB,

My first job in the Navy was working on the flight deck of the USS Eisenhower (CVN-69), so I have lots of good (and bad) memories of being out at sea.  The worst one, even worse than being in the North Atlantic in inclement weather conditions, was when we sailed past Singapore, but were close enough to almost rub up against some of the boats anchored out.  Singapore is a really nice port, but we could only say "Hello Singapore ... goodbye Singapore".  I may have to write something about seeing the only "true" enemy opposing force, one of the several of Soviet naval ships we saw.  That was the only navy that scared me, personally.  I'm glad the Cold War is over and we don't have to worry about that any more.  I've started work on another one, but I don't know what to call it.  I should be able to complete it within the next couple of days.

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I'm not good enough to do this tune justice, yet, but as a fellow Sailor of the USN (GSE on USS Leyte Gulf CG-55) I remember being out on the 'Big Blue' and have a lot of fond memories of it too.

 

There was this one day out in the Persian Gulf where I woke up just before sunrise to go smoke on the after fantail. Over the night the Gulf had calmed down to the point it was flat as a pane of glass. As the sun rose it turned the sea into a mirror of the sky. I could not tell where the ocean ended and the sky began, it just seemed as though the sky went on forever and under the ships as well. I remember just looking at the whole thing in wonder.

I wish I'd stayed in the Navy sometimes.  

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Aloha @Joe_Average,

That sounded awesome!  I never got to go to the Gulf - just far enough into the Straits of Hormuz to get that one particular medal (the skipper just HAD to get that medal).  I, actually, was stationed at NSGA Clark AB in the Philippines, waiting on a ship to leave Pearl Harbor so that I could participate, but the Admiral had to shift colors, as the Engineering Department was pretty poor.  I was TAD onboard to learn the new version of CCSC (Cryptologic Combat Support Console), and a major engineering drill had to be delayed for 24 hours.  Needless to say, the CO, XO, and Engineering officer got the axe, and I missed the deployment for the Gulf.  Fun times.

When I was in the 6th Fleet, there were some days that the Med was like glass.  We were fortunate to have such a day for one of our steel beaches.  I was going to go into the water, but Sammy the shark (a nickname the Marines game him) showed up before my group's number was called.  Still, it was a beautiful day - the best part was listening to the officers complain because they had to actually, gasp, wait in a line for food!  

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I am lovin reading this....

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