I'm not sure if anyone's written about it but every Saturday(ish) we have
Field Day, a day of fun and games for everyone aboard. The games include wiping down toilets and deep cleaning the nastiest corners of the galley - I actually don't know why it's called Field Day, but it's basically when everyone dedicates about 2-3 hours of time to deep cleaning the boat together, and during that time people are allowed to play music which makes for an adventure as you travel through several different people on aux playing all sorts of things. Vuki, for example, loves his country. He's in charge of cleaning the doghouse and is usually playing Johnny Cash or something similar. Last Field Day, which happened on a Thursday for schedule reasons, C watch, in charge of cleaning the aft of the ship, came together to belt out some Ring of Fire and Chicken Fried, era-defining music. Up on the quarterdeck, Tobi was alternating with Captain playing their musical soundtracks, I think some High School Musical and Thirteen the Musical? It's been a while since my phase. I had to pop into the engine room for a bit that day to do a boat check and ran into Sil, jamming out to music in his headphones while the loud whir of the generators blasted behind him. Turns out it was the Lilo and Stitch soundtrack, Hawaiian Rollercoaster at the moment I walked in.
There was another day coming off Tuvalu where there was some music going, when we were all scraping coconuts for milk so we could cook a local squash we got from Afe's island. As we sat in the fading sunlight scraping coconuts, I played the album Lonesome Dreams by Lord Huron, which is an absolutely incredible album I think anyone who wants to go adventuring should listen too.
There are also some outlandish things that come into my head that really make me feel the pain of not having downloaded enough music. This morning during dawn watch I suddenly had Snoop Dogg's "Affirmations" stuck in my head without enough lyrics memorized to get it out (I get better every single day!). The watch before, Grace, Katherine and I had the most brutal bacteria filtration I think anyone ever has and ever should experience. Without going in to too many details, things were broken, lives flashed before eyes, samples contaminated and lost, and uncontrollable giggles were had. During this, that song that goes "every little thing, is gonna be alright"(is that what it's called?) just came into my head and it was the little affirmation we sang together to get through it.
Music is also a tool! One time we were setting the mainsail and Fredi, who was leading the haul, used the sea shanty Fish in the Sea to get us hauling together on rhythm, and later I transcribed it into my journal and sing it on helm when I'm bored sometimes. Less seriously on one night watch we set the jib hauling to various choruses of Taylor Swift songs because there wasn't a song all of us knew well enough to go for any meaningful amount of time.
Standing lookout is also a great time to sing and play music in your mind. Lately I've had "Off to Sea" by the Longest Johns on cloudy, gray days on lookout. It's a song I started listening too when I first signed up for the program, which is funny because the whole song is telling people not to sail because life sucks when sailing but it makes me feel like melancholic and it fits my vocal range so it's really perfect when you stand alone on the bow. Although sometimes, you need a little Mama Mia because you're falling asleep and anything even remotely solemn is going to have you snoozing on the bowsprit.
Although the rule is no music on speakers during most days, there always seems to be songs somewhere. Grant and Satya up on the lab top strumming guitars and singing about Jesus's Astrovan, people with earbuds in as they work on personal projects, Arctic Monkeys in the control room while Sil tinkers with his scrounged materials. Cher La Luna when talking about Jake's expressive hand motions, or "Do You Hear the People Sing" from the galley when Tobi and Grace are putting the finishing touches on breakfast. There are jingles for people giving reports during ship meetings, (ooh, ahh, science report), or the occasional "that's a morayyyyy"(Thank you Sil for sourcing).
I'm much more of a listener than a maker or singer, but music is still such an important part of my life and being on this ship full of music, albeit in an unconventional way, is such a treat and brings this little boat community to life. If any of you are reading this either on the ship or looking back - keep singing, everyone's better for it. Hi friends at home or in other fun places! I hope you're all still having a good time wherever life took you and that you're still being awesome! To Mom and Dad, I can't wait to see you in again, I promise I've been safe and risk-averse.
To Susu - Happy 5 months! I think because of our time zones and the blog upload pace you're not going to see this on the day, but I love and miss you lots - Good luck at Waves, you're gonna kill it!(I think that's the one oops)