The whistle of the wind through the rigging.
The rustle of Dacron in the wind.
The rush of water past my hull (I hear it quite well in a ferro-cement hull)
The song of the seabirds.
The cry of the sea lion.
The crash of waves ashore at anchorage.
The rythm section of waves and swells which accompany these sounds.
These are my music at sea.
Music is communication of emotion; or often creation of emotion. I prefer to have my own emotions, and be influenced by the music of nature to experience truthful emotions, rather than creating artificial ones to "accompany" my experiences in nature.
I do urge against compressed digital music while at sea. The harshness of compressed, digitized audio rakes on the brain and creates enough hidden discomfort as to form a baseline which could perceivably affect one's abilities, especially in social environs. In other words, give silence a chance. Or make your own music!
I for one am trying to find an accoustic bass guitar, a trumpet or baritone, and perhaps an instrument completely new to me for the chance to learn a new skill, a new way of expressing emotion, and new way of expressing how wonderful the sea makes me feel. And I suspect I will be doing my best to join that jam session that nature provides those whose ears are still tuned to the sea and the music she can provide us on our voyages and in both good and bad seas.
How wonderful would it be to think of accompanying nature rather than fighting her when Force 10 conditions open up. I do enjoy a variety of music, and once in a while, do like banging my head...so I think in that regard, I might enjoy those Force 10 conditions. I just need to figure out which instrument I want to play...
Thank you for letting me stray a bit here. It is only when we stray off course that we discover new things after all.