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It might seem crazy

07 DEC 2018: This Friday’s music video was inspired by a recent incident. Three women involved in our industry were having a conversation at the next table which we just happened to overhear. Their voices were loud - and okay – we were eavesdropping. These women - on an all expense paid cruise on a high end ship were listening to one of their colleagues bitching loudly about the treatment she had received from a staff member on the phone – she was literally furious at some – from the sound of it, imagined – slight. Her companions listened, commiserated and added their two bits. Need I add, the service on board was exemplary.


GALWAY GIRL
Ed Sheeran

30 NOV 2018: Friday’s music video brings back memories of my recent visit to Ireland. It was an amazing experience in that rather than being a visitor, our Irish friends – old and new – and even the local people in restaurants, bars and stores made us welcome and part of a community.


MEDITERRANEAN MERMAID
Penelope Cruz Becomes a Mermaid for the Costa Cruises

30 NOV 2018: Costa Cruises’ new international advertising campaign features a new and exceptional testimonial: Penélope Cruz. The Spanish actress will star in the Italian company's film as a beautiful mermaid who, bewitched by the sound of a Costa ship, decides to go aboard through a "magic passage" and experience the excitement and “happiness squared” that are part and parcel of a cruise holiday.


CHEAP TRICK

23 NOV 2018: Earlier this week we stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach. Each room is named for a different singer or group and somewhat to my amusement mine was Cheap Trick. Checking out the band I discovered that they had actually played a concert on the beach at Daytona back in 1989. So that's what I chose for this week's music video. 

 


BIKEOBERFEST

23 NOV 2018: Last month’s Biketoberfest 2018 in Daytona Beach, was the place to see and be seen for motorbike aficionados. There were amazing cycles of all types, but mostly Harley-Davidsons.

 

 


THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA
Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz

16 NOV 2018: This is the music I grew up on. Getz, Brubeck, Baker, Mulligan. But this particular song is from an album simply called Getz/Gilberto and features Joao Gilberto’s wife, Astrud, singing The Girl from Ipanema. It’s a classic and I have owned this album through the years as an LP, an 8-track, a cassette, a CD, it was on my Ipod and is now on my iphone and ipad. It was first issued in 1963 (hold the age jokes).


EVERYWHERE

09 NOV 2018: The song, “I’ve Been Everywhere” written by Geoff Mack, originally had Australian locations, but has since been adapted to countries all over the world. In the North American version Mack (using an atlas provided by Hank Snow) rewrote the lyrics. In this version, sung here by Johnny Cash, 91 locations are mentioned and there is an image to illustrate each.


A CITY OF TOWERING TEMPLES IN THE FOREST

09 NOV 2018:  The temples of Angkor are architectural masterpieces laden with artistic treasures, like the bas-relief galleries that tell enduring tales of Cambodian history and legend.


FINDING THE AFGHAN GIRL

09 NOV 2018: One of National Geographic’s most iconic covers was that of ‘The Afghan Girl.’ Readers around the world wanted to know more about her and wondered how they could help her. The response to the image created such a stir that years later, armed with only her picture, the magazine went back to see if they could find her.


GEORGIA ON MY MIND
Annie Lennox knocks it out the park

02 NOV 2018: The iconic version of this week’s music video is undoubtedly that of Ray Charles from his 1960 album The Genius Hits the Road— but ‘Georgia on My Mind’ – now the official song of the State of Georgia, has been performed by any number of artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Willie Nelson, Louis Armstrong, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom Jones, Coldplay, Oscar Peterson and Gladys Knight. The cover here is a personal favourite by Annie Lennox, from her 2014 album, Nostalgia.


MARRAKESH EXPRESS

26 OCT 2018:   Today’s musical video comes at the request of one of our readers, who suggests that it fits in with the ‘Riding the Rails’ story’ earlier this week.  Perhaps some of those ‘train geeks’ have actually ridden the Marrakesh Express. (VIDEO)


SCULPTURE BY THE SEA

26 OCT 2018: Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, the world's largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, transforms part of Sydney's coastline into a 2km long sculpture park and features over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world. VIDEO


LIGHTFOOT AND WHALEN

19 OCT 2018: One of the requests we received for our Friday City/Destination music video was for Gordon Lightfoot’s Alberta Bound. As I was researching that, I came across another, much, much earlier, Lightfoot album on You Tube – it’s not a video, but some old timers in the industry might recognize his singing partner – Terry Whalen.


CITY OF NEW ORLEANS

12 OCT 2018: When we asked for city or destination music references several readers sent in suggestions. It’s been fun for me going through them – and this one written by Steve Goodman and performed by Arlo Guthrie is, I thought, a good choice to cheer us up on a cold Friday morning.


NOT READY TO MAKE NICE

05 OCT 2018:  Our Friday music video reflects some of the turmoil we have just witnessed.  Given the events this past week in Washington DC, we dedicate this to Christine Blasey Ford, and all women and men, who have been belittled, insulted, humiliated and abused for speaking out.


WHALE WATCHING IN QUEBEC

05 OCT 2018: One of the most serene times I have ever experienced was whale watching in Tadoussac, Quebec. It was silent and beautiful in the early morning, the only sound was the whales breaking through the water or seals swimming by.


THE LAND OF FESTIVALS

28 SEP 2018: Bhutan, is a small Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is a popular trekking destination also known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys.


BLISS IN VANCOUVER

28 SEP 2018: The Norwegian Bliss is about the length of three football fields at 333 metres and is capable of carrying nearly 6,000 guests. The new ship will dock at Canada Place in Vancouver on Sunday for the first time and has several more scheduled stops in Vancouver for the 2019 cruise season.


FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR

28 SEP 2018: Last week we asked for some suggestions from you about places that we could feature in our music videos. This one surprised us – because when we think of San Francisco we generally think of Tony Bennett’s iconic song. However, this song, written by John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas, and sung by Scott McKenzie will likely bring back memories for our “Boomer” readers.


MUSIC OF THE CITY
Streets of Philadelphia

21 SEP 2018: The Sting video, 'An Englishman in New York', that we ran a few weeks ago, was so popular that we thought it might be an idea to regularly feature music videos about places. And why don't you help us choose - we welcome your suggestions for future ideas. This week we’ve chosen Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Streets of Philadelphia (because I like it), but feel free to suggest any place/country/ locale that might have a song you enjoy connected to it.


OPEN WATER DIVING
Royal Caribbean offers something new

21 SEP 2018: Royal Caribbean has partnered with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) to offer a full Open Water Diving course for guests onboard. They are the only cruise line in the world to do so and once the course is completed guests are certified to discover incredible new world of underwater beauty on their own.


WHERE ON EARTH III

21 SEP 2018: It’s not just on this side of the pond that we are so tragically geographically-lite. These Brits were given the task of trying to name all 44 countries in Europe and failed miserably. Let’s be fair though, naming all the countries in Europe is definitely harder than picking out a single country on a world map, but come on guys – Italy is just hanging out there for you to see!


WHERE ON EARTH II

21 SEP 2018: So here in the second, ‘We pretty well don’t have a clue’, video. National Geographic Bee host Soledad O'Brien takes to the streets to see how worldly New Yorkers are - compared with Nat Geo Bee participants - who are in fourth through eighth grade. Think you could handle the challenge?


WHERE ON EARTH

21 SEP 2018:  In researching YouTube for videos on travel for this edition we were astounded to find a number of them pertaining to the relative ignorance of people today when it comes to geography.  This is not limited to any one country, but we have selected three videos to illustrate the generally dismal state of world knowledge.  


ONE YEAR LATER
Dominica gets back on track

21 SEP 208: One year after Hurricane Maria devastated Dominica, the island nation is rebounding. Dominica’s airports – Douglas-Charles and Canefield – are fully open for commercial operations with same-day connectivity with international carriers to and from Douglas-Charles. Several cruise lines are planning calls to Dominica in 2018 and 2019 and the ferry service operated by L’Express des Iles is also available.

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