Song of the Day #3,342: ‘Sailing’ – Christopher Cross

My Amazon Echo recently introduced me to “Yacht Rock,” a musical genre that I’d somehow never heard labelled quite that way. Soon after, I discovered that the Love channel on Sirius/XM is, in fact, a Yacht Rock channel (it’s #70 on your satellite dial, recently moved from #17).

Yacht Rock has been called the West Coast Sound or, more generally, Soft Rock, and is typified by smooth, melodic, catchy songs with high production values and clean vocals. Think Kenny Loggins, The Doobie Brothers, Christopher Cross, Hall & Oates, you get the picture.

I have a confession to make, and I characterize it as a confession because I suspect this is more a badge of shame than honor. I fucking love Yacht Rock.

I trace this appreciation back to my deep-seated longing for the Pacific Ocean. Damn you, California and Hawaii, for awakening this passion for not just the sea, but the dulcet tones of Michael McDonald, the plaintive guitar strumming of the Eagles.

Over the next two weeks, I will feature ten classic Yacht Rock songs, starting with the granddaddy of them all, Christopher Cross’s ‘Sailing.’

Well, it’s not far down to paradise
At least it’s not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away
And find tranquility

Oh, the canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

It’s not far to never never land
No reason to pretend
And if the wind is right you can find the joy
Of innocence again

Oh, the canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

Sailing
Takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
Soon I will be free

Fantasy
It gets the best of me
When I’m sailing

All caught up in the reverie
Every word is a symphony
Won’t you believe me?

Sailing
Takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

Well, it’s not far back to sanity
At least it’s not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away
And find serenity

Oh, the canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Really, believe me

Sailing
Takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,342: ‘Sailing’ – Christopher Cross

  1. Dana says:

    Too funny! I’ve never heard the term Yacht Rock, but I too am probably a fan. Looking forward to a couple of weeks of west coast mellow.

  2. Rob says:

    This is a classic album … every track is a winner. If Yacht Rock turns your crank, check out Ambrosia’s “Biggest Part Of Me”, “You’re The Only Woman” and “How Much I Feel” – these tunes are classic Yacht Rock.

  3. Peg says:

    I never heard of Yacht Rock either, but I believe I am a real fan 🙂

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