The ocean is a mighty harmonist.   –William Wordsworth Listening to  “Beyond the Sea” is like starring  in your own personal musical.    I imagine  sand, surf, sunshine and fun!   I'm the lead (of course,) gracefully dancing alongside a dreamy surfer WHO CAN SING.    There's  an ensemble  of  dancers and extras moving melodically to the beat.   And in unison,  the  cast perfectly depicts life on the […]

The ocean is a mighty harmonist.   –William Wordsworth

Listening to  “Beyond the Sea” is like starring  in your own personal musical.    I imagine  sand, surf, sunshine and fun!   I'm the lead (of course,) gracefully dancing alongside a dreamy surfer WHO CAN SING.    There's  an ensemble  of  dancers and extras moving melodically to the beat.   And in unison,  the  cast perfectly depicts life on the beach…all while belting out the chorus!

Long before I ever visited the ocean this song painted an amazing picture…one that didn't disappoint.   In real life, the ocean is  a force all it's own and being near it provides some sort of “magical power” (I believe they call it positive ions.)   Whatever it is, it's calming and peaceful.   It's mesmerizing and energizing.   It's blue perfection.

Bobby Darin's rendition of “Beyond the Sea” made the song famous in 1959 when it reached no. 6 on the Billboard  Hot  100.    However, his version was one of several remakes of Jack Lawrence's  rendition of  “Beyond the Sea.”  And Lawrence's adaptation was  actually taken from the French song “La Mer” by Charles Trenet.   Trenet's original melody was an ode to the ocean while Lawrence's interpretation was rewritten to be that of a love song.   Quite a history for a  little ditty  that has been featured in countless movies and televisions series since  it originated in the 1940s.   All that aside, it's the perfect addition to my summer music playlist…taking me oceanside…even if it's only in my imagination!

UP NEXT:   Song 3drums, please!