I've had the great pleasure of sitting at my new table and desk, working away this week at artwork that just makes me happy. Oh so happy. It's coming together beautifully, and I will soon be ready to share it (most likely on Tuesday, after the holiday weekend).
In the meantime, you might find a theme, or themes, in the music I've been listening to. A sampling from this week's soundtrack:
"Sunny Sailor Boy" * Luka Bloom
"Under the Sea" * The Little Mermaid Soundtrack
"Come All You Sailors" * The Wailin' Jennys
"A Cloak of Elvenkind" * Marcy Playground
"The Bad Squire" * Chumbawamba
"Yellow Submarine" * Beatles
"Fabulous Places" * Kevin Spacey (from the Beyond the Sea soundtrack)
"The Gypsy Laddie" * Benji Kirkpatrick
"Mexican Moon" * Concrete Blonde
"Bird From the Mountain" * Fairport Convention
"Tall Ships" * Show of Hands
"Mary Mac" * Carbon Leaf
"Ship" * North Mississippi Allstars
"Immigrant Song" * Led Zeppelin
If you're interested in legitimately free downloads, you'll find an incredible selection (particularly of folk and traditional music) at Alison Scott's Macademia (which I found through Making Light, a wonderful, thoughtful blog, one of the first I ever read regularly). Many props to Alison for creating such a great resource.
Amazon.com also has a terrific selection of free music downloads; it seems they don't have a good central page anymore, so you have to search by artist, but the tracks are still there, as far as I can tell.