Robert Palomo | Fridge On the Bridge of Atyla

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Fridge On the Bridge of Atyla

by Robert Palomo

A rollicking new sea shanty modeled on the old songs of the sea. Dedicated to the crew of the schooner "Atyla" with thanks for a great time aboard.
Genre: Folk: Sea Shanties
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In May of 2014 I had a great time playing banjo and singing with Saint Petersburg's "Shanty Choir Mir" at the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta while the ships were in port at Sochi, Russia. The group was supposed to bunk aboard the Mir, but oops... we couldn't because the group has non-Russian members and since Mir is a naval training vessel, they could not have foreign nationals living aboard. God save us from politicians and protocol.

Well, the silver lining in that cloud turned out to be the beautiful Spanish wooden schooner "Atyla". They had only the crew aboard, and they cheerfully welcomed our 9 piece music group. Good move I guess, because we held our rehearsals on deck while the ship was open for public visiting. Our sea shanties attracted rather a LOT of attention for the ship.

The jolly young crew (the captain was only 25!) lavished us with paella, tortilla de patatas, and sangria. One of the crew lavished certain attentions on our pretty young fiddler-ess, which were reciprocated if absence at rehearsal counted for anything. And that made for a fun verse for this tune... woo hoo! - ain't sailing life grand!

As to the song title, I was sitting in the big aft cabin one sultry evening with fellow a shanty chorister and we were discussing where we might get a really cold drink, and one of the crew said, "Oh, we've got a fridge on the bridge with some really cold water"... which proved to to be the case. Then my companion, dang his piratical soul, had to go and say, "Fridge on the bridge. That sounds like a song!" After which I couldn't rest until I'd done something with it. And rest was in mighty short supply to begin with!

Well, it was a joy to get to speak some Spanish again, and all in all, definitely one of the most amazing musical experiences of my life. You can never repay such generous and genuine hospitality. The best I could do was to write this song especially for the Atyla crew. This one's for you, guys! ¡Mil gracias, amigos, y muchos viajes felices!

I will donate all of my income from sales of this song to Médecins Sans Frontières ( a.k.a "Doctors Without Borders". MSF delivers emergency medical aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural or man-made disasters.

MSF's medical professionals could be earning a comfortable living most anywhere in the world. They choose instead to serve those most in need, in the worst of conditions, often at personal risk to themselves. For less then the price of a coffee or a beer you can help me support this amazing organization. Thanks for your support!



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