Would you agree floating a sailboat from the St. Lawrence, across the North Atlantic, all the way to Ireland, takes some balls.
I mean we’re not talking a mud puddle or weekender’s recreational lake here.
Dude, we’re talkin’ Swordfish territory.
For all he knew, he was bobbing right over the sunken Andrea Gale which was lost in the early 90s in the Perfect Storm.
You know, the storm also producing a movie of same name starring George Clooney?
This sailor cruises the frigid deep waters of Lake Superior’s North Shore area just for grins.
I’ve heard his wife tell me of some of the storms he and her waited out.
It’s got to be a hellofa feeling out on water…
No land in sight…
Dark ominous skies blown in by a raging storm.
Waves nearly laying your sailboat across the swells and white-capped waves.
And, the only thing between you and the creatures feeding off your water logged carcass are planks of wood and Fiberglas.
And the skill to keep ‘er upright of course.
This sailor, he also is a guitar picker and singer.
Always has one acoustic stowaway onboard.
Whether playing at the harbor onboard his vessel or among the shoreliner townies, he’s got his six-string humming.
He knows the coolest folk tunes with lyrics as deep as the waters he sails over. And you should hear him sing them too.
He’ll lean in right at you and nod to drive emphasis on a lyric. He’s no fake.
I’ve jammed with him for years, and it’s always a good time.
As good as he is a player.
And the fingerpickin’ riffs he lays on his acoustic.
Even all those dramatic lyrics and vocals…
Imagine my surprise when I found out he never wrote a tune of his own.
He figured he never could do it.
And seemed almost scared of it.
Come on. A ballsy sailor, someone who’s traveled the world, is well read, very intelligent, and a gifted player whose sung tunes by the great writers of today and years gone by?
Well, even after he was adamant about not trying to pen a song, I got him to help me finish one.
I feel fortunate he accepted my invite to finish a tune.
I know he did because he respects the songs he’s heard come from me.
We differ because all he does is cover tunes, and I rarely ever do anything but my originals.
He’ll lean in and listen with the same effort he plays his cover tunes.
I explained how I approach writing.
Not even close to the stuff I have in Tune Booster for you.
Still, despite his 70+ years, all that playing experience, all that world traveling, he still needed to be coaxed to even co-write his first tune.
I haven’t seen him in a while now… it’s hard to catch him on dry land in the summer months.
But, I feel good I was able to help him with something he had never done before.
If I can help a confident, eclectic player like him…
Maybe I can help you too.
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