I added one of my favorite songs to my playlist today called "Downeaster Alexa" by Billy Joel. And it got me to thinking....
There seems to be a trend and fasination out there in reality TV right now about the dangerous profession of deep sea fishing. Don't get me wrong, I love it, but when exactly did this all become "cool".
I've been intrigued by commercial fishing ever since I first heard Billy Joel's "Downeaster Alexa" back in the early 90's. There was something romantic about the song. Just as truckers had the song "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses" fishermen had Downeaster Alexa's "Tell my wife I am trolling Atlantis, and I still have my hands on the wheel". I suppose fishermen are gone for days, sometimes weeks at a time. And I'm sure that being a fisherman's wife is tough in many ways and real fisher-wives would tell you that it isn't romantic at all. (Maybe Bravo Channel should jump on board with "Fisher-Wives"! I mean, if we can have shows like "Basketball Wives" and "Mob Wives" why not?
Anyways, here is his "Downeaster Alexa" video from 1989. If you give it a listen, make sure to pause the playlist at the right so that you hear the video only :)