Friday, December 10, 2010

Dock of the Bay

Today's Sea Song of the Week is in honor of Otis Redding

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Each week we post a nautical tune to help you get your weekend off to a great start, even if you can't get out on the boat. It's not always about boating, but usually the songs have some reference to the water - enough, hopefully, to get your mind wandering and thinking about boating.

Sadly, Otis Redding died on this day back in 1967 in a plane crash at the way-too-young age of 26. So, in honor of Otis, we picked his classic (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay, which was released a month later, as our Sea Song of the Week.

Of the hundreds and hundreds of covers of this song - by artists as diverse as Michael Bolton, Pearl Jam, Cold Play, Bob Dylan, Sammy Hagar and Willie Nelson - we picked one of the newest and most compelling versions.

We'd like to think Otis would have been proud of the way Sara Bareilles belts out his song. We found this version on YouTube, but you can find more videos, concert schedules (she's playing Tucson this weekend) and all things "Sara B" on her official website.


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