For the Yacht Weather…
It’s freaking gorgeous out today. And it’s supposed to be a gloriously pleasant Philadelphia weekend the whole way through kiddies. And you know there’s no better way to celebrate it than to head outdoors, sip a cocktail filled with coconut rum and such, and let the smooth grooves take the stress away.
So here’s a list of some personal favorites out of the Yacht Rock genre very near and dear to my heart–
Please don’t bother listening to these sweet grooves if you love to hate this music. Or if you consider it a “guilty pleasure.” I’m with Chuck Klosterman in thinking that there’s no such thing. These are finely crafted pop delights. If you have a problem with the overpolished production, then I beg of you: Have another drink and focus on the melodies.
Also, I cannot put this list forward without acknowledging its major inspiration: Yacht Rock, the Channel 101 series created by JD Ryznar and Hunter Stair. It’s a loving homage to the interwoven careers of a group of musicians in the late 70s/early 80s that created incredibly smooth sounds. While many of the stories and musical connections portrayed in Yacht Rock are true, Ryznar takes them to a whole other level. For example, many music fans know that Toto played the music on Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature,” but did you know that they had to enlist Vincent Price’s paranormal expertise to pry a rock-twisted Jackson from the clutches of bad boy Eddie Van Halen and back to the sounds of Smooth?
Such tales are the meat of this series that centers around the relationship of frenemy singers Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins as they attempt to “keep the fire” of Smooth Music burning despite the temptations of hard rocking. It’s a must watch. Check it out on the above Channel 101 link or on this YouTube playlist.
And without further ado–