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Tom Mason is available to teach you how to “Talk Like a Pirate!” (and swab the deck) just in time for “Talk Like a Pirate Day” (September 19)
Seaworthy Songs from Nashville’s Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers
If You Want To Be a Pirate: Songs for Young Buccaneers
Ahoy, me hearties! Tie a scarf around your head, make a ship out of your bed… or simply listen to the title track “Talk Like a Pirate”.
My Thoughts on the Album
If you have a pirate lover in your house, you won’t want to miss this album! If You Want to Be a Pirate: Songs for Young Buccaneers is a brand new album of original songs from Tam Mason and the Blue Buccaneers. We had so much fun listening to these swash-buckling tunes .
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Ahoy there! Whether you’re just a wee scallywag or an old salt, your day will most certainly improve by donning a tricorn hat and eye patch and singing a sea shanty or two. You’ll be lucky this Talk Like a Pirate Day when a new album of original piratical songs sets sail from Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers. Digital editions of If You Want To Be a Pirate: Songs for Young Buccaneers are available now for a few doubloons, from Amazon, iTunes, and direct from the captain’s quarters. Physical CDs are available on September 7th, in time for the band’s fall performances.
Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers is a wild band of Nashville musicians who dress like pirates and play a rollicking mix of piratical sing-alongs, rousing historical rave-ups, Afro-Cuban tinged ballads, Cajun sea shanties, and bluesy Irish jigs, all celebrating the days when the seas were ruled by great sailing ships. If You Want To Be a Pirate is their fifth studio album, inspired by the band’s legions of younger hearties from their tours through North America, Europe, Australia and beyond. Favorites of the tall ships and pirate festival circuits, the band will perform for the fourth time in a row at Pilgrimage Music and Culture Festival, and they plan to invade more ships and stages in the coming months.
The songs are enhanced by multilayered instrumentation – from accordions to violins – and jolly harmonies. If You Want To Be a Pirate launches with the aspirational and welcoming title track. Next up, the song “It’s a Lot of Work To Be a Pirate,” confirms the bilgey deck-swabbing reality of life aboard a sailing ship. Listeners meet “Kristofer the Kindly Kraken” and “The Parrot of a Pirate,” a and a curiously “Invisible Crew.” There’s no sign of rum (exactly) in the kids’ version of the Blue Buccaneers hit “In the Drink.”
While quite a rowdy bunch, Cap’n Tom and his crew bemoan the state of the world’s oceans and “messy humanity” when “You Can’t See the Treasure through the Trash.” Meanwhile, all the “lusty lads” and “lively lasses” in the crew can instantly “Talk Like a Pirate” (a song written with Talk Like a PirateDay co-founder John “Ol’ Chumbucket” Baur). Time moves swiftly in a pirate’s life. Before you know it, you’re “Sailing On” with the wind.
More about Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers
Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers have been performing together since 2010. Over the past few years, they’ve presented kid-friendly shows at libraries and other venues. The idea of recording songs for kids surfaced in response to the audience. “As a band of pirates, we’ve spent a lot of evenings encouraging adults to get in touch with their inner child,” explains Mason. “I thought it was high time we helped kids do the same. It’s natural for both children and adults to be self-conscious and fearful, and all that shyness melts away when people pretend to be pirates.”
How cool would it be to see them perform in person? They will be at the Pilgrimage Festival in Nashville in September and other festivals through the year! Check out their show calendar here.