favorite sea songs of the ancient
by howard hornstein
"for much of his adult life, howard
hornstein, pediatric dentist had indulged in a beguiling musical hobby.
he sang old-time sailing songs, worked
on harmony and played fife and concertina for the ancient mariners
chanteymen, a musical brotherhood whose unwritten motto is ''all things
hornstein 56, was so intrigued by old-time
sailors' worksongs that he researched their history, eventually composing
his own ballads and laments. last spring he published a book of sea
chanteys, some of them ribald (''...she swung her hips, she tripped
her feet, she winked her sassy eye...''), some historical, some like
"the last leviathan, "so vivid and poignant that they leave
audiences in tears.
the simple spiral-bound book - a blend
of musical scores, seafaring poems, and lively, witty accounts of
chantey history and sailing lore - is titled "favorite sea songs
of the ancient mariners chanteymen." promotion has been almost
exclusively by word of mouth."