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A Ship Called Endurance

By NWSPR on September 2, 2018 11:45 pm

Not much time this week since I just got back from vacation today and spent a few hours putting this together. Named for the book I am reading about the failed imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, also known as the Endurance Expedition in 1915.  The ship called the Endurance was locked in ice for over a year before being crushed to splinters leaving the 27 sailors to try an walk home from the antarctic wasteland.

This week, I did an 80's club track. Would have vocals but not currently set up to record vox so may come back to it. Hope everyone is enjoying the last unofficial weekend of summer!

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September 3, 2018 3:21 pm

Hearing this while imagining a ship trapped in ice really made my morning. Thanks!

September 3, 2018 4:01 pm

Full of resolve, these are tough sailors! Synth goodness all around smile I especially like the icy rhodes/organ you got going on!

September 3, 2018 7:12 pm

It has a really upbeat and positive vibe.  I kind of imagine those sailors singing and dancing as they go about the work of busting out of the ice.  Nice huge sound to this also.

September 3, 2018 7:15 pm

Such a chipper song for such a tragedy.

September 4, 2018 5:09 pm
Devieus wrote:

Such a chipper song for such a tragedy.


What!  Does it end badly?  I haven't finished the book yet. They all seem so happy camping on the sub zero ice floe drifting about eating an occasional penguin. I was certain it would all work out smile

September 4, 2018 5:10 pm
CosmicCairns wrote:

It has a really upbeat and positive vibe.  I kind of imagine those sailors singing and dancing as they go about the work of busting out of the ice.  Nice huge sound to this also.


Well, they did have a banjo with them. And puppies (until they had to shoot them).

September 4, 2018 6:39 pm
NWSPR wrote:
Devieus wrote:

Such a chipper song for such a tragedy.


What!  Does it end badly?  I haven't finished the book yet. They all seem so happy camping on the sub zero ice floe drifting about eating an occasional penguin. I was certain it would all work out smile

Oh I don't know, call it a hunch. But any ship crashing into anything is tragedy enough.

September 5, 2018 4:09 am

makes me want to get on the dance floor!

September 5, 2018 8:54 pm

When I read the first part of the description I expected a really dark and somber track, now I just picture a line of sailors doing 80's dance moves through the ice desert. :-)

September 5, 2018 10:06 pm

This is a fabulous song. That bouncy bass and the steady high notes make me feel groovy.

September 7, 2018 9:50 am

Rockiiiiin stuff... Would get up and dance if wasn't in lazy mode smile Peace

September 9, 2018 11:38 pm
Jim Wood wrote:

Hearing this while imagining a ship trapped in ice really made my morning. Thanks!


Thoughts of being trapped in the ice, not as bad in the middle of last heat wave of an awfully hot summer. 

Gab Manette wrote:

Full of resolve, these are tough sailors! Synth goodness all around smile I especially like the icy rhodes/organ you got going on!


Yes, gave it a festive feel to keep their morale high smile

CosmicCairns wrote:

It has a really upbeat and positive vibe.  I kind of imagine those sailors singing and dancing as they go about the work of busting out of the ice.  Nice huge sound to this also.


They kept a positive attitude for 17 months and walk out alive. Pretty amazing.

Devieus wrote:

Such a chipper song for such a tragedy.

Devieus wrote:
NWSPR wrote:
Devieus wrote:

Such a chipper song for such a tragedy.


What!  Does it end badly?  I haven't finished the book yet. They all seem so happy camping on the sub zero ice floe drifting about eating an occasional penguin. I was certain it would all work out smile

Oh I don't know, call it a hunch. But any ship crashing into anything is tragedy enough.

I just finished the book today and all 28 of them survived after accomplishing some miraculous feats not duplicated since including building small boats and sailing through sparsely charted waters and the most dangerous region in the world that even larger ships avoid.  They did have to kill 69 sled dogs, 1 cat, and a dozen puppies (they ate everything but the cat).  A couple of guys lost feet to frostbite.  The captain never gave up and they never lost hope or let morale slip.

orangedrink wrote:

makes me want to get on the dance floor!


Boogie down to the polar bear beat and do the penguin slide.

Plantrain wrote:

When I read the first part of the description I expected a really dark and somber track, now I just picture a line of sailors doing 80's dance moves through the ice desert. :-)


They were a cheery bunch. I wanted that ridiculous British pomp and tally ho spirit that they had... toasting with warm milk and whacking penguins with boat oars as they made their way out of the ice floes.

scottux wrote:

This is a fabulous song. That bouncy bass and the steady high notes make me feel groovy.


The Moog Grandmother in ARP mode makes an infectious groove. Thanks!

Podling wrote:

Rockiiiiin stuff... Would get up and dance if wasn't in lazy mode smile Peace


Ha... I'll try harder this week and see if I can get you up on the dance floor.  Thanks!


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Hey everyone, thanks for listening and commenting!

I just finished the book on the Endurance's failed Antarctic expedition, and spoiler alert, all 28 sailors made it out alive after 17 months trapped in the ice floes of the Weddell sea and part of the time on Elephant Island. This news is over 100 years old but new to me.  A great story and book.

September 10, 2018 3:25 am

Poor cat.

September 10, 2018 8:33 pm

powerful instrumentation, I love the bass. the leads rock! nice

September 12, 2018 6:40 pm

If the sailors could have listened to this, their journey would be happier and include more choreographed dance moves on the ice.

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