“Yearning to Sail,” by Moss Hills
In March of 2020, the global Covid-19 pandemic caught cruise director Moss Hills on the last segment of a Grand South America voyage aboard Silver Shadow. They made it as far as Recife, Brazil after covering the continent’s Pacific coast and a sizable portion of the Atlantic, en route to the voyage’s final destination in Fort Lauderdale. Florida would have to wait, as the 63-day circumnavigation of South America was cut slightly short.
Now at home in Liverpool, Moss has turned the global lockdown into inspiration. Used to the freedom of the open seas in his role as cruise director, he has channeled the unfamiliar feelings into an upbeat original composition, aptly titled “Yearning to Sail.” “It was just a way of expressing my desire to start sailing with our Silversea family again. I had so much fun putting it all together, and it expresses exactly how I feel,” the cruise director explains.
As Moss croons about his highly-relatable desire to break free from the “lowdown lockdown blues” and rediscover the riches of our planet, he brings home an essential point: at its core, traveling on a cruise is about sharing unforgettable experiences with family and friends. A yearning we all share… until it’s time to sail again.
How long did it take you to write and record “Yearning to Sail”?
I was asked to record something musical, and because we had no time to obtain any copyright permissions, the song had to have been published before 1940 to ensure that it would be out of copyright. Well, that limited the choice… and I just could not find a song that I thought would be suitable. So, I decided I would write a song, and it only took me about 30 minutes. I was inspired by the frustration of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and I was really missing my Silversea family of guests and crew. I recorded at home and I had to do all of the instruments myself. I then set up my mobile phone to film myself singing, and spent a full day editing the video. It was all very rushed, but I had so much fun doing it.
Tell us a bit about your musical background.
I was born and raised in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia at the time), in Africa. I began playing drums in my senior year in high school. I loved it and decided I wanted to become a professional musician. I left Zimbabwe and went to Johannesburg, South Africa and became a full-time professional drummer. I then taught myself to play guitar, keyboards and saxophone. I met and married my wife Tracy, and although I still loved being a musician, the constant touring kept us apart. I taught Tracy to play bass guitar, and we formed a musical duo and began performing on cruise ships. It was the best decision and I still love working at sea.
What are some of your musical influences?
I grew up listening to rock music, especially Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and many others. Much later I started listening to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and other bands from back in the 60’s. I listened to many other musicians from all styles of music and every one of them has had an influence on me.
While on board as cruise director, do you regularly participate in musical performances?
We have excellent entertainment on board our Silversea ships and it is always a privilege for me to be able to perform with them when I do my show each voyage for the guests. It is always fun for me and I still enjoy it every time I perform.