April 4th, 2010
Track 3 is just pure fun, a tug boater thinking about all the things he's going to get done when he's back on land. "Get Off The Boat" is a toe tapping song, fast paced and very well produced, and sees Lorne Jones in top form - You can tell this is a song he truly enjoys singing, the happy comes shining right through the speakers. Think about it, two or three weeks out on the rocking and rolling ocean, would give a man lots of time to think about everything he is missing and what could be more natural for Lorne Jones then to write a song about it. This is it, and it is what I like to call a smiley song.
A natural progression of "Get Off The Boat" follows with "Get Ready Debbie", a much more personal and heartfelt look at what or rather who a man misses most when at sea - his wife, and in this case it is Lorne's charming and buxom wife, Debbie. The song says it all, and says it in a way that shows the tremendous love shared by this delightful couple. It's a love song all right, but it ain't a slow mournful ballad. This is a rip snorting tribute of love from Lorne to Debbie. A great couple - a great song.
Track 5, "Hours of Boredom" in a few short verses describes as well as a 200 page book could, what life on a tugboat is like - So much cannot happen for so long, and so much can happen so quickly. And again the song is sung by Lorne with what this writer sees as a very unique sense of humour - brings to mind that country artist who was always pickin' and grinnin'- that description fits Lorne to a T. - when he is pickin’, and a singin' he is a 'grinnin' .
Henry Crevier and Jess Lee share the vocal chores on cut 6 of the album -
"Jungle Fever ". The Jones family has a long tradition of tug boating, and they are as comfortable on the ocean as most of us are sitting on our toilets. This song tells the tale of what it was like growing up in that environment, and the lure of the "Jungle" the term giving to the Pacific Ocean waterways, the passages, and inlets. The lure is strong, and this song is an autobiographical tribute to the way of life that has been in the Jones family for generations and likely will be for generations to come thanks to Captain Sane and others sure to follow.