Music Theme: Seas, Oceans and Anything Therein


1.  Blue Whale ———————————————————————————————–

Requiem 2019 – The last remaining blue whale

The last remaining blue whale comes eye to eye with its only enemy; mankind.  The film was directed by Rutger Hauer & Sil van der Woerd, who felt an urge to bring attention to the ongoing whaling.

Rutger Hauer has been closely involved with Sea Shepherd for many years as an Honorary Board Member. Hauer: ‘This is why I look upon Requiem 2019 as a gift to Sea Shepherd.’

2.  Watery Deep ————————————————————————————————–

“Les Massacres” – Bruno Coulais   from soundrack “Oceans”

3.  Light Houses in Storms ———————————————————————————————–

Ocean’s Fury Unleashed

One of the most recognizable lighthouse photographs in the world. Perceived optical illusion at end.  When first seeing the famous and historical photograph, most people assume that the lighthouse keeper must have been killed. In fact, the keepers had been living in fear of death during the 1989 storm and at one point had taken refuge in the lantern room of the tower. Waves the night before had smashed through the lower windows of the tower, causing the structure to flood, washing away everything in its path including the television, table, chairs, coffee maker and even the refrigerator. The keepers in fact were waiting to be rescued by helicopter.
Assuming the rescue chopper had arrived, one of the keepers opened the lower door of the structure and looked up at the helicopter but realized that it was not the rescue chopper.  He also realized that a giant wave was about to engulf the tower. He immediately turned about and pulled the door closed behind him. Had he not done so at that second, he surely would have been killed.


“Requiem Mass in D Minor, K. 626: I. Introitus: Requiem aeternam

This video was taken on the 7th of december 2007 in “Raz de Sein” at the western tip of France, in Brittany, on a (very) stormy day.

Those lighthouses isolated in the open sea are/were called “Hells” because of the roughness of living conditions inside these isolated buildings, frequently harassed by the elements.

The first one seen in the video is Ar Men (“The Rock” in Breton), one of the best known lighthouses because of its isolated situation and the considerable difficulties its construction has presented (14 years were needed to build it !!), and the danger in evacuating its personnel.
Considered as one of the most challenging workplaces by the community of lighthouse keepers, it has been named “The Hell of Hells”.
It has been automated in 1990.

Later we can see Tévennec, a little known lighthouse situated on the east side of the Sein Island. It had such bad luck in store for its guardians that it was suspected to be baleful, or even haunted. Indeed, during stormy weather, some keepers reported that gloomy screams could be heard. Recently a cave was found in the rock on which Tévennec was built, that may explain the weird noises heard by the keepers.
Since nobody wanted to live on this rock anymore, this lighthouse was automated way before the others, in 1910.

Nowadays, general automation makes human presence useless aboard these ocean look-out posts.  In 2004, Kéréon, the Palace of the sea, the last lived-in open sea lighthouse, definitely closed its doors over its magnificent woodwork and its compass rose made in ebony and mahogany.

The previous automated lighthouses were : Armen (1990), la Jument (1991), les Pierres Noires (1992), le Four (1993), la Vieille (1995).

As nobody is here to scour, fix and maintain those lighthouses anymore, they are slowly detoriating. If nothing is done they may collapse in the coming years, like it happened to an auxiliary tower at La Vieille lighthouse during a storm on the 10th of April 2008

4.   Ships ————————————————————————————————————-

Angry sea

A collection of clips demonstrating the power of the sea, furious winds and gigantic waves that are not for the faint-hearted.


Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Gergiev · Vienna Philharmonic · Salzburg Festival 2005

THE SEA AND SINBAD’S SHIP is the first movement

Gran presentación de la Orquesta Filarmónica de Viena dirigida por Valery Gergiev, interpretando la famosa obra “Scheherazada” del compositor ruso Nikolai Rimsky-Korsavov, en el Festival de Salzburgo 2005.

Great presentation of Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Russian Maestro Valery Gergiev, playing the Russian work “Scheherazade” of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, at Salzburg Festival 2005.

The opening movment is The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship

5.  Pirates ——————————————————————————————————

Pirates of the Caribbean Medley Live – Epica – The Classical Conspiracy


Two Steps From Hell – Norwegian Pirate

Song: Norwegian Pirate
Artist: Two Steps From Hell
Composer: Thomas Bergersen
Album: Power of Darkness

6.  Lovers——————————————————————————————————-

Joan Baez – The House Carpenter

The House Carpenter

“Well met, well met, my own true love,
well met, well met,” cried he.
“I’ve just returned from the salt, salt sea
all for the love of thee.”

“I could have married the King’s daughter dear,
she would have married me.
But I have forsaken her crowns of gold
all for the love of thee.”

“Well, if you could have married the King’s daughter dear,
I’m sure you are to blame,
For I am married to a house carpenter,
and find him a nice young man.”

“Oh, will you forsake your house carpenter
and go along with me?
I’ll take you to where the grass grows green,
to the banks of the salt, salt sea.”

“Well, if I should forsake my house carpenter
and go along with thee,
What have you got to maintain me on
and keep me from poverty?”

“Six ships, six ships all out on the sea,
seven more upon dry land,
One hundred and ten all brave sailor men
will be at your command.”

She picked up her own wee babe,
kisses gave him three,
Said “Stay right here with my house carpenter
and keep him good company.

Then she putted on her rich attire,
so glorious to behold.
And as she trod along her way,
she shown like the glittering gold.

Well, they’d not been gone but about two weeks,
I know it was not three.
When this fair lady began to weep,
she wept most bitterly.

“Ah, why do you weep, my fair young maid,
weep it for your golden store?
Or do you weep for your house carpenter
who never you shall see nomore?”

“I do not weep for my house carpenter
or for any golden store.
I do weep for my own wee babe,
who never I shall see nomore.”

Well, they’d not been gone but about three weeks,
I’m sure it was not four.
Our gallant ship sprang a leak and sank,
never to rise anymore.

One time around spun our gallant ship,
two times around spun she,
Three times around spun our gallant ship
and sank to the bottom of the sea.

“What hills, what hills are those, my love,
that rise so fair and high?”
“Those are the hills of heaven, my love,
but not for you and I.”

“And what hills, what hills are those, my love,
those hills so dark and low?”
“Those are the hills of hell, my love,
where you and I must go.”








24 comments on “Music Theme: Seas, Oceans and Anything Therein

  1. Bear, I finally was able to view the entire Blue Whale video–that is fine piece of art work indeed. The scenes playing out within the whale’s body are –welll now I WANT to know how to do that sort of visual art making.
    Thank you so much for selecting that piece.


    • Are you enrolled in some media classes? for the tech? Can you set up a studio/tech lab/ work shop? or maybe you could do something through the school. With audio artist and tech, visual graphics, moving graphics, hand art and live actors blending technique-ing required a coordinated crew. But a talented class could get together, too. For me, that medium is beyond my reach in this lifetime. But you might be able to take advantage of your urban setting and art/music world contacts. You could probably do something nice within a few months. If you want to, you should give it a go.


  2. Oh and what a song by Joan Baez you’ve shared. I had not heard that before. Dark, tragic and compelling–shivers.


  3. Johnny Ojanpera says:

    Here’s mine, in tribute to the rough seas we are having for the next few days, and for the challenge of course. : )


  4. Reblogged this on 47whitebuffalo's Blog and commented:
    Wow, Bear has posted some very dramatic footage of Lighthouses under siege by the sea. It’s incredible viewing from an aerial perspective. That’s not all she’s serving this round: pirates and Joan Baez and Whales and—-Oh just surf the cyber sea link and explore her take on everything “SEA”!


  5. Hello Bear and willow! Yes, willow picked a wonderful theme indeed. Bear, don’t take this wrong–but I’m sort of glad to learn that I’m not the only one having WP and computer issues lately. I don’t think it’s just “us” not knowing what we’re doing.
    I LOVE what you posted about the lighthouses. Wow.
    Okay, I am going to try to do this a ‘simple’ way and just ‘reblog’ your post since ‘editing’ is taking forever to load up.


  6. willowdot21 says:

    Fabulous thoughtful pieces bear and with so much information, brilliant post. 🙂 Xx


    • It is not how I put it together…4 different times … when half disappeared, all disappeared, it rearranged itself, and then one video posted twice while omitting another, and I couldn’t find what I wanted on you tube to redo …. and I kept getting the message “wordpress is not responding” and I had a scheduled time to post, but I couldn’t access it to cancel and well, I just changed the one that replaced Scheherazade back to Scheherazade and I’m leaving it as is now. Sheesh. But I do like your theme, Willow 🙂 Except for computer glitches, it was a lot of fun. Thank you for picking such a glorious theme. XXXOOO Bear


      • willowdot21 says:

        I love a theme anything that makes you stop and think is good. 😉 I hate it when WordPress plays up. Your post is all the more worthwhile considering the effort it cost you xx


        • It was bizzarro. But I think it was my server rather than WP. Except when it reverted to a saved version which I didn’t save from two hours before.

          Haha They’re coming to take me away…

          Maybe I just don’t know what I’m doing? Sigh. It is sorta funny. The actual problem may be my not so good wireless mouse. I didn’t know there could be so many odd glitches. 🙂 Well, off to see The Wizard.



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