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#249343 - 05/09/14 07:38 PM [User Showcase] Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale.
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On utube with some old slides.
http://youtu.be/RdkRG6GpqPA

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https://soundcloud.com/tuigorge/where-are-you-willie

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Where Are You Willie

New Years Celebrations in the fishing village at Kaingaroa in the roaring 40's. About 1970. A workable bay nestled behind a scruffy rocky reef. We had a hangi with lots of food and a sleep. Then a party in the company hall beside the packing plant. The crews from the crayboats came ashore so we were all there.Oodles of grog and fine drunken performances all round to welcome the new year. Eventually we all wandered off to our caravans or huts to crash or continue drinking. The morning was bleak with staggering hangovers and a continuing offshore southerly gale. The word spread through the village like the wind. Two guys were missing. Willie and Spoff. Not in the hall. Not in the camp. Not on anyones boat.
Spoff turned up under his workboat. Curled up with a peaceful smile, weightless in a sandy nest, spectacles still in place, hair billowing with the tide. We stored him in the blast freezer with the cray tails.
Willie was more of a mystery. An aluminiun dinghy was missing from the beach. A keel furrow dragged through the sand. Bootprints. One old oar on the beach. No sign of the dinghy on the rocky headland or reef. He must have set out after midnight to return to the boat. One oar and seaboots and drunk. Maybe he lost the oar and maybe the wind just blew him out past the reef. Maybe he fell overboard. We fired up our vessels and combed miles of restless ocean until dark. Never found Willie.

A New Year's Eve spirit flows through the camp
The crews are ashore for the party
There's plenty of food and and plenty of booze
The hall is uproarious drunken and glorious
Live for each moment a wild life we've chosen
and celebrate being alive

A fierce offshore gale companions and mail
Tall tales of fun fish and frolic
I crash in the night out like a light
And wish I was home with a girl of my own
where the wind didn't shriek in the rigging
And ghosts didn't cry in the night

Where are you Willie
How did you get there
What are the sights that you see
I hope your not cold
and never get old
and don't want to change places with me

It's a hungover morning and Willie is gone
in a dinghy dragged down from the beach
an oar and big bootprints marks in the sand
The sea is still foaming the wind off the land
We fire up the diesels and comb the wild sea
But there's no sign of Willie. He's gone

Where are you Willie
How did you get there
What are the sights that you see
I hope your not cold
and never get old
and don't want to change places with me
Cause it's dark and it's cold lost at sea.

Hope you enjoy. Cheers.


Edited by RichMac (05/09/14 10:50 PM)
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#249359 - 05/09/14 11:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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Interesting story Rich very vividly told. And singing the chorus was a nice departure from the narrative. Sad about Willie. I thought the music you choose fit it well.


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#249374 - 05/10/14 07:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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Hi Rich.

I enjoyed the story and the slide show enormously. Love this style of story telling and as Josie says the sung chorus is great.
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#249380 - 05/10/14 08:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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Rich,

Very enjoyable story song... Nice job on this.

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#249427 - 05/10/14 05:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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Thanks Sundance. I am delighted that you enjoyed it. Old memories. Cheers.

Thanks Joanne. The slides seem like another world when I look at them now. Cheers.

Thank you Bob. Am starting to enjoy telling stories. And of course the backing is so easy to add. Cheers.
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#249432 - 05/10/14 06:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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Hi, Richard !


A very beautiful but tragic story
so well performed by you !
I enjoyed your story and share
the sadness you must have felt after
having lost a good friend like that !

Dani

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#249441 - 05/10/14 08:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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Hi Rich ...

Very nicely done! The music is perfect for the flavor of the lyric. A story nicely told. Great job!

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#249473 - 05/11/14 04:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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Thank you Dani for checking the song out and for your sympathy! Cheers.

Thanks Al and Di for listening and for your wonderful comment. Cheers.
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#249478 - 05/11/14 08:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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Hi Rich

Excellent tune. Loved the story and slideshow. Love stories about the sea. Excellent playing and singing..

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#249491 - 05/11/14 10:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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Hi Rich,

you are a great story teller.
The music is perfect for the lyrics.
Liked the slides.

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#249534 - 05/11/14 05:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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Thanks Scott. Have a lot of almost forgotten fishing stories. glad you liked it. Cheers.
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#249535 - 05/11/14 05:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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Thanks Guenter. The incident made a huge impression on me at the time. Glad you enjoyed it. Cheers.
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#249560 - 05/11/14 08:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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fun song, some nice imagery thanks for sharing!
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#249587 - 05/12/14 12:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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Really nice emotion in this one! Feels alive! Great images and details. Love it. Keep it up. Take care. Greg

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#249605 - 05/12/14 08:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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Richard,

"where the wind didn't shriek in the rigging
And ghosts didn't cry in the night"

You are writing some good stuff! This is very well done. Original. Interesting. Good production and mix.

Nice.

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#249646 - 05/12/14 03:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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I really like your imagery. Simply top notch story telling wrapped in a nice supporting arrangement and mix. Great work!
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#249650 - 05/12/14 03:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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I had to stop it and go back and see the slide show version! I am glad I did. Good sea shanty feel and good story telling, for sure. Good chorus that contrasts well against the story verses. A fun listen (besides the story line!) and good visuals.
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#249660 - 05/12/14 05:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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Thanks for checking it out Robert. enjoyed your comments. Cheers.

Thanks Greg for the very supportive comments. Cheers.

Thanks Floyd for being so positive and encouraging. Cheers.

Thanks Janice and Bud. Wonderful comments. Cheers.

Kemmrich. I really enjoyed your comments. Thanks. Cheers.
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#294410 - 05/06/15 07:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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Every once and a while I am inclined to bring up a favorite that just absolutely sticks in my mind. Thank you RichMac. This is one if those times!

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#294414 - 05/06/15 08:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: Where Are You Willie - Fishing tale. [Re: RichMac]
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Glad this was bumped up again as I missed it first time around. Enjoyed the song, well written and I really enjoyed the slide show.


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