No more Reef...er."
"And now back to... Hawaiian Eye."
"The soft island breeze brings you strange melodies."
Ah, yes. The Music. When Space Pirate Radio began broadcasting from the Eighth floor of the Granada Building, that nighttime view, looking down State Street to the Santa Barbara Harbour. The frightening offshore oil platforms by day, now reflecting ocean lights in the after midnight morning. They were vessels at sea, Matey. And this Captain? Playing the hypnotic electronic sea songs and progressive shanties. We were on course. Full speed ahead!
Gong's "Isle of Everywhere." PFM's "L'Iosola di Niente." King Crimson, singular. Mike Oldfield, plural. Or something on the Island label.
Les Baxter and "Caribbean Moonlight?" Or maybe Martin Denny and "Quiet Village?" Arthur Lyman? Let's all sing in calip sync.
"Appearing Nightly, Cricket Blake in the Shell Bar."
Or we can just lie back and enjoy the night sky with the sound of the waves. SHORTWAVES? Checking out the wave length.
What does this all mean? Should I be Morse Pacific?
If the Pirate comes back for another takeover, than the course is...set sail for the Seven Seize. Arctic, Antarctic, North Pacific, South Pacific, North Atlantic, South Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The Big Pitcher.
Perhaps I can blame these musings on our Summer Heat Wave. Tropical Madness. Hugh Midi Tea and the Barrow Metrics. It's those Waves again. Love a woman in uniform. Love a woman out of uniform. Naval gazing.
It could be in the blood. My Father was once in uniform. US Army Air Force. Stationed in the Forties on Spy Island. Up all night watching radar for German submarines off the coasts of Africa and South America. And other Hush Hush stuff. Carmen Miranda meets the Fathers of Kraftwerk while the Master Musicians of Jajouka play in the background. Creepy environment, I'm sure. Mood altering nights. Like Indiana Jones on the Island of Dr. Moreau. And the poor tired Turtles are not quite "Happy Together."
So choose your land mass. Oahu and Maui? "The hands tell a story," while the night air is filled with the scent of plumeria. The Seychelles? Isle of Skye? Cuba Libre? A touch of Voodoo? "This is your Haitian Divorce." The Giant Rat of Sumatra? Greenland or the British Isles? Singapore, Hong Kong or Manhattan?
Catalina and the Channel Islands? After all, California was believed to be an island from the 1500s up to 1747, when the King of Spain declared it was not, despite maps that claimed otherwise. A land of Gold, ruled by a Queen and her Amazon women. A Treasure Island indeed.
Or one can always read another book. Ernest Hemingway and Sigmund Freud: Islands In the Stream Of Conscious.
How about The Isle of Yew?
"Isle Of Yew???"
I love you, too. :)