Written and Performed by Bill Pere
Appears on : Crest of a Wave (1981, 1991)
2007 on the Maritime Heritage Network. The entire "Crest of a Wave" saga
told from the point of virew of the whaling ship Cerulean Blue.
Played on several radio stations despite it's length of almost 8 minutes.
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All of the songs in the "Crest of a Wave" collection are just different parts of one big story, all inspired by the exhibits at the Mystic Seaport museum. As in a movie, the same events are being seen from different angles and perspectives. Cerulean Blue was written as the last song in the collection. When I starting writing the "Crest" songs, I didn't intend for them all to be related, but as they progressed it started painting a picture of one grand maritime adventure. So when it came time to do one final song, I thought about which perspective had not yet been told -- and I decided to tell the tale from the point of view of the ship itself. Thus, it is the ship doing the narration, describing through its "eyes" all the events it has seen, which are essentially all of the stories in the other songs. This was the first time I had told a tale through the "eyes" of an object, and it worked very well. The song, at eight minutes in length , is my longest, since it weaves together all the other events, and then adds a major twist to the end of the whole tale. Musically, the 3/4 time made it easier to keep the pace going with rhythmic interest for that length of time. The entire "Crest" collection still stands as one of my best examples of interwoven tales. The title "Cerulean Blue" comes from the sky-blue color in my childhood box of Crayola crayons.