On a day that is teaming with rain and appears to require an Ark, I present the long anticipated Boating Mixed-Tape (Following the ever-popular RV Road trip Mixed Tape). If you are still longing to get out of boat storage and on the water, this may be a worthwhile distraction. I have to admit; I think this still needs some work. So if your still stuck ashore, let’s get to work…
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Is a “Boat” mention enough to make the list?
This is the struggle. I started with songs with “boat” references, but it gives you a very eclectic sound with some genres really fighting each other. Should the disco beat of “Don’t Rock the Boat” follow Jimmy Buffet? Should it even make our tape? Does it really capture the chill, cruising atmosphere of boating?
Styx has two great Boat songs!
This is a mixed tape. I wouldn’t normally repeat a performer. And Jimmy Buffet did have another contender. But, when faced with a choice — I could not pick between “Come Sail Away” and “Boat On The River”. “Come Sail Away” is a solid classic and makes you want to cast off immediately. “Boat On The River” has a very cool sound. This is for the sailor with a real calling for the water. I’m hooked. They both stay.
Nostalgic or Cheesy?
At the end of the playlist you will see two questionable choices: “Sailing” by Christopher Cross and “The Love Boat” by Jack Jones. Amazingly both released in 1979 — and that is the problem, are they dated or nostalgic? I want to love them, but after a minute I’m done. So, you decide where it should end. I’m thinking we’re running two songs too long.
And that brings you to the end or back to the beginning, I myself am going back to “Southern Cross” for the sixth time I have been around the world…
Bon Voyage! (Hope It’s soon!)