Sailing the Seas of Smooth

Captain’s Log: November 3, 2014, Mancora, Peru.

I recently arrived in Mancora, a sleepy little beach town on the north coast of Peru not far from the border with Ecuador. The bus ride was long, 18 hours, and I was tired when I got into town, but I perked up as soon as the warm rays of sunshine hit my face. After the cold weather in high altitudes (La Paz, Cusco), and the gray doldrums of Lima that remind of February skies in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this was what I’ve been waiting for. Not to mention, it’s a surf town, so now I have the chance to ride some waves, or at least try to.

But before I could hit the waves, I had to check into my lodging, the Loki hostel. I’ll put it this way, it’s a big joint, it’s got a very nice swimming pool, and it has all the other stuff you’d expect from a place that caters to backpackers with a thirst for partying and good times, e.g. bar, free breakfast (bread, jam, coffee/tea), daily evening events (beer pong, BBQ, pub quiz, et al.) What I didn’t count on was the decorative rickety half boat decoration tucked away in the corner of the common area a few meters from the swimming pool. Lacking a sail and the sturdiness you would expect in a real sailing vessel, it still has two rope ladders tied to the mast and a nice white wooden anchor, which actually helps identify it as something more than just a jettisoned heap of wood in a corner. What’s more, the sun falls directly on it, and because all the deck chairs were taken, it looked like as good a place as any to soak up the rays.

While I was getting ready to embark, however, a fellow traveler was struggling to put a large, unwieldy mattress on top of one of the big outdoor lounge beds a few meters away from the pool. I thought she could use some help, so I lent a hand, and together we go the mattress in place without any trouble. She expressed her thanks, and as she did so I suddenly decided I wanted photos of me on my new ship, so while I had her attention, I asked if she wouldn’t mind taking a few photos. She was happy to oblige. And I’m happy she was there to take them. They turned out well. Here’s a couple:

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After the brief photo session, the utter silliness of it immediately made me remember Yacht Rock. Suddenly everything was smooth, and I was humming Christopher Cross.

Still riding that wave, I’ve decided to revisit Yacht Rock in my blog because it’s a show I can watch over and over. And for a show that pokes fun at music, it does so in an endearing way, and honestly by the end, it has you jamming out to all the Yacht Rock hits, sailing the seas of smooth.

Before I go any further, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a link to Wikipedia for a brief run down of Yacht Rock: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yacht_Rock

Good to go? Great. Without getting to detailed, I’ve decided to briefly describe my top 5 Yacht Rock song tie-ins. These aren’t necessarily my favorite funny moments per se; they’re just moments where I love the hit songs the creators weaved into the show. If you haven’t seen Yacht Rock, I hope this will give the urge to check it out. If you have seen Yacht Rock, perhaps you’ll want to revisit the show after you read these. In any event, here are my 5 favorite song tie-ins:

5. Van Halen are smoother rockers than you ever imagined (Episode 9).

Smooth Jesus provokes Koko to punch Ted Templeman in the groin, and Koko cranks the “smooth” fader to the max, “Bah baddah shooby do wah.” Don’t tell Mike ever!

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4. Michael McDonald’s smooth grooves make it to “at least #2” (Episode 7).

Michael McDonald finally wins his dollar bet with Kenny Loggins when his song “I Keep Forgettin’ ” rocks the charts with Warren G.’s “Regulate” featuring Nate Dogg in 1993.

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3. Steve Perry helps Kenny Loggins take flight (Episode 3).

Kenny Loggins undergoes his transformation from smooth singer to hard rocker. Who better than Steve Perry of Journey to show him the way?

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2. Bacon is a five-letter word for “The Boy Who Dances Away Oppression” (Episode 11).

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Gene Balboa needs a hit song, but he’s not convinced by Jimmy Buffett’s offer to collaborate. So he teams up with the guy from Friday the 13th who got stabbed in the fucking neck, and together with some help from Buffett and Jimmy Buffet fans (they’re not people), they get Kenny Loggins to rock out a hit song.

1. Christopher Cross is master and commander of the smooth seas. “Sailing” says it all (Episode 2).

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Tragedy strikes the whole crew after McDonald & Loggins have it out with Hall & Oates, but Christopher Cross is there to right the ship following such devastating circumstances.

And with that I hope you’ve enjoyed my little list. What started out as silly photo session turned into a smooth voyage.

Until next post, keep the fire.

JN

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