Story Behind The Song - “Seaplane!
There's a romance associated with a seaplane. In most minds eyes the view is a seaplane flying in the tropics, with crystal clear waters waters below and the clear blue sky with white puffy clouds above. There's also the mystique of being in a by-gone era.
In writing music, I do my best to stay diverse and I write in many different genres. My album “Shanghai'd and Marooned In Key West (things could be worse)” has ten songs in eleven different genres. That's because one song, “The Beach!” is in Afro/Cuban, and the bridge is in Motown. There's also Bahamian, Blues, Southern Rock, Brazilian, Country... The point here is that I don't stick to one genre. I like things to be different.
This song, “Seaplane” I wrote in the vane of being a big band song. Think Glen Miller Big Band style. Lyrically, I painted the picture with the above in mind. First and foremost, with the romantic side as a focal point, and in achieving that objective, by having the it taking place in the tropics.
Both short, and far off destinations are embedded in the song. Key Largo and Islamorada are just a “hop skip and away” here in the Florida Keys. Whereas, the Bahamas, Jamaica, or even Montserrat are possibilities! The seaplane can take you to your favorite destinations!
Caribbean Club, Key Largo
Islamorada, Fla. Keys
Consequently, it's not written like a Country, Rock, or Blues song with three, to maybe six chords. I get my fair share of ribbing because a lot of my songs fall in a different direction from that formula.
When my friend Bobby D. heard it he asked “Oh geeze! How many chords does that have?”
“I don't know? Maybe about as many as I have in Island Blue?” I replied, referring to another song I wrote which had fourteen.
Then I counted them...... twenty-four. Yikes!!!!
It's been suggested that it has more chords than any other Trop Rock song.
Like Island Blue, it's a non-specific gender song, so either a man or woman can sing it.
Who'll sing it? Me? Dani Hoy? Misty Loggins? Who knows, perhaps even Michael Buble!
I'd love to record it, complete full band, maybe a fifteen to twenty piece band. Trombone solo, maybe a clarinet as well?
If there are any philanthropists out here looking for a tax write off, let me know! You'll be listed as “Executive Producer” for the song!
I JUST WANT TO FLY ON A SEAPLANE RIGHT OFF THE WATER AND UP INTO THE SKY
WE COULD FLY TO NEGRIL, MAYBE THE BAHAMAS, OR KEY LARGO CARIBBEAN CLUB HERE WE COME
LOOK AT THOSE PROPS SPINNING, LISTEN TO THOSE ENGINES SINGING AS WE LIFT OFF THE WATER INTO THE WIND
AND IT WOULD BE JUST LIKE TAKING A STEP BACK IN TIME
TO A LIFESTYLE THAT'S UP UP AND AWAY
ISLAMORADADA YOU’RE JUST A HOP SKIP AND AWAY
ISLEMORADA THINK I’LL FLY THERE TODAY
LOOK AT THAT WATER BELOW, THE COLORS THEY JUST SEEM TO GLOW AS WE FLY OVER THE REEF IN OUR SEAPLANE
AND AT THE DROP OF A HAT, WE’RE OFF TO WHERE IT’S AT, A LITTLE ISLAND OFF MONTSERRAT
WE’LL FLY UP IN THE CLOUDS THEN WE’LL SWOOP ON DOWN, LAND ON THE WATER NOW AIN’T LIFE JUST GRAND
MONTSERRAT YOU’RE JUST A DAY AWAY
MONTSERRAT THINK WE’LL FLY THERE TODAY
IT WOULD BE JUST LIKE TAKING A STEP BACK IN TIME TO A LIFESTYLE THAT'S UP UP AND AWAY
IN OUR SEAPLANE! IN OUR SEAPLANE! IN OUR SEAPLANE!
© 3/6/2013 By Christopher R. Rehm BMI
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Key West Chris Rehm