...by Emma Jade Gunn
Doug Barron. Dougie. Dougie. Dougie!
What is a girl to do with you, honey? First I get a glimpse of that cut above cleverness you have. You know the one where you say, "Do Not Eat/Chew." on the CD insert? Yeah. That one. You had me at that one. Then you go on and tell me "The Best For Your Head" which is pretty much all I needed to know to jump on the Dougie Wagon.
"Wow! The seashore is endless!" He said.
"We're going to have a lot of fun here," she said.
He said, and she said, and I was taken to Barron's Land of Surf. I hoped for some new surf music because, well, Dougie's from Canada, you know? Surf music with a Maple Leaf twist. See? NEW. SURF. MUSIC. I'm thinking wahoo, baby! And I got wahullabaloohoo! Thanks, Dougie! Now I know what a girl does with you; she grooves on the quirky and sexy voicing tucked in here and there, and she wriggles with, well, with, um, deeeelight!
Surf music fans, I like this stuff!
Waiting for the Sun to Go Down - The riffs go on and on like the waves at a point break and that's a good, good thing. The voicing is fantastic and the musicianship transcends. I love the sound of the sirens - women who live in the ocean, not cop cars, that is.
Lineup at Larrytown - Surf rock music on caffeine. Lots and lots of caffeine! If you can listen to this song without vibrating like a bowl of JELL-O, you're dead. Really. You are.
Peter Kelly Must Surf - There once was a man named Kelly, who checked if Haligonians were surf ready. When the wave did arrive, at Cow Bay to reside, Kelly made .... oh, duck's feet! I cannot, for the life of me, write a decent limerick! It's a good thing Dougie can write great music. Listen to the song. It's cool.
Single Fin Soul Surfer - I'm not taken by surprise often, but Single Fin Soul Surfer not only surprised, it delighted me. Honest. I was reaching for my peach soda when it came on and I. Just. Stopped. In. My. Tracks. I can't really explain it, but I felt like my best buddy, Dougie, may have been channeling some of that southern soul I so adore.
Offshore Rip - Sizzle and rush - if you don't have a surfboard, put this in your mp3 player and get on a motorcycle. Do be cautious not to run into the guard rail at the half way point.
Mighty Left - Just like one coming in from the left, you can use this to get trashed. I like getting trashed. It wakes up every single inch of my skin.
Big Day at Rudy's Head - The best thing about this song? It slowly and sensationally builds exactly like the perfect day on the waves. You start off easy, get a bit braver, take on more. And, finally, you are just one with the waves.
Purple Longboard - One minute and forty seconds of the perfect board! 'Nuff said. (Unless, of course, you want me to talk about an invasion of alien surf monsters. I'd be happy to, but only if you want.)
Wear a Hood - Emma knows what you may be thinking and you're probably wrong. In the great northern climates you need a wetsuit hood to surf. Now behave yourself.
Cow Bay Dawn Patrol - This song is about surfing in Canada. YES! There is surfing in Canada. Only the tough and noticeably insane need apply. Play it again and again.
Psilocybin Session - Back in the Good Old Days, there were Magic Shrooms. They were for euphoria. They were for spiritual attainment and they were prone to get you in trouble so the Good Old Days became the Dark New Jail Cell. Ah. Now we have my Dougie Dougie Dougie and I can hit psilodaze legally. AWWRIIITE!
Drop In the Barrel - You know how if you drop in the barrel there is this weird sound in there that gets stuck in your head and replays (especially when you're trying to drop off to sleep) and it's never going to go away? And then your BFF the hippie slash surfer slash billionaire slash guy with torn flip flops repeats the same story again and again but it's okay because you really love that guy and he always cracks you up?
Ashram Wave Booty - Just what the name implies, you get to choose between the lotus position or hanging ten. Or both. C'est magnifique!
Smile and Wave Boys - Okay, Emmie is going to be serious here. Honest. Serious! Who could have guessed the new surf could be so clever and employ so many stylistic journeys? Bravo, dear Dougie! You done good!
Lazy Surf at Point Pleasant - This is the perfect song to end a great CD. I love it just like I love Peter Gunn and Misirlou, but for oh-so-many different reasons. Do not skip this track.