Need a little escape? Check out this new music video by modern folk artist Sparxsea, which features footage from solo-sailor Holly Martin’s voyage aboard her Grinde 27, Gecko. Curious how this partnership came to be, I caught up with Sparxsea for a little background on the project:
What is the story behind “Little Wooden Boat”? When did you write it?
It’s interesting. I wrote “Little Wooden Boat” about 10 years ago while living inland, never having stepped on a sailboat in my life. I was inspired to sing about how imperfections, spontaneity and freedom should be embraced even if they create a space “as big as the sea” around us. Everyone who’s out there on their own wonders if they’ll be alright sometimes, but they keep going onward with their expedition despite the unknowns.
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Summer of 2018 is when I finally began to sail, and I’ve since completed my 16-hour ASA course and sail frequently in Penobscot Bay, Maine.
What led you to Holly Martin and what was it that made you want to use footage from her voyage for your Little Wooden Boat video?
Holly and I met in Portland, Maine, on the boat of a mutual friend who is also sailing around the world. She was finishing repairs on her boat Gecko before taking off down the East Coast. Her solo journey is exactly what this song embodies, and she is doing it right now as I work on my debut album “On the Sea”, so everything just lined up in a cool way. I’m excited that we were able to collaborate on this fun project!