Islets of Langerhans Sea Chanty

My friends, your long dark night of waiting for an a cappella T1 sea chanty is over at last.



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Thank-you, @DrBB. That brightened my morning!

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hehehehe. Drunken Sailer - Irish Rovers - YouTube

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What do you do with a drunken sailor? Check to make he’s actually drunk and not a T1 having a hypo!


Exactly, LOL.

I remember telling one of the Music Ministers at church that sea chanties were going to be popular as I sang them to him. Right after that, Sting came out with that musical that killed it all.

There’s one thing I’d change about your performance(s): Don’t make the singing TOO clean. It’s the slight variation in rhythm and pitch that gives music its character and depth. I would sing one part to the click track and then ditch it. It will give the singing a more natural feel-- more like it’s a live performance. (Just try it one time and see what you think).

Good advice, @Timbeak48, though again, I didn’t actually have anything to do with this one, just passing it along.

Personally, my favorite sea chanty is Orange Claw Hammer by Captain Beefheart.


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The thing itself, yes!

Didn’t know what to make of the album when I first heard it back in, gulp, 1970 or so, but the more I listened to it the more I realized how incredibly organized all that apparent chaos was, and I absolutely fell in love with it. Helped that I was a huge Zappa fan back then, along with a lot of other avant-garde stuff, so listening to “opaque melodies that would bug most people” wasn’t a problem for me.

There’s also a version with Zappa playing a very folksy sea-chanty-ish rhythm guitar part underneath that makes clear(er) that was the genre Beefheart had in mind.

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When I DO want to hear a sea chanty, I would probably want it to be sung by a guy with a deep, booming voice. I nominate Thurl Ravenscroft (Admiral Ravenscroft to THIS land lubber). While his voice was not the lowest ever, he was very expressive with it. Plus, he was one of the Sons of the Pioneers.

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Thank you all - that brought smiles!

Just love thiis! A capella science!