Well, here we go! It’s that time of year again folks! I know some of you have missed it and some of you probably not so much, but my Monsters of Rock Cruise ramblings are back for another year as I count down the weeks remaining until I set sail aboard the third instalment of the voyage, Monsters of Rock Cruise 2014: Escape to Monster Island.
long about cruise related business. I’m often met with blank stares as I arrive for the shift all excited about the latest band announced, development or travel plan I’ve concocted. They’ve realised that the best way to shut me up is to allow me to don my headphones and play my playlist peppered with Monsters Of Rock Cruise artists, which also entertains them quite well as I have been known to randomly start air-drumming with whatever utensils are readily at hand during the cooking of that customers meal, I just have to remember that it’s not safe to use knives…lol. The only thing on my Christmas list each year is to do with my upcoming voyage from the few albums of bands playing that I don’t already own to gift cards for new cruise wear or hotel vouchers for pre and post parties. This year will be The Meister’s third experience with MORC as it’s become to be known but surely won’t be my last!
Nassau Bahamas and back during three days of pure rock and roll bliss from February 26th to 28th. I was so excited leading up to the cruise, singing songs at work and making it a quest to purchase the discographies of every band aboard. I left Toronto that night for the first cruise, so timid and shy, even though I had done a fair bit of solo travelling in the past, this was with goose bumps to see some of my rock heroes and my first venture on a cruise ship. I met a few different folks on board the floating rock party during the first year and generally had an excellent time….it was everything that I’d hoped for! To read about my adventures from the first year, here’s the first in my 2013 “Views of the Cruise” series of blog articles: (“Views of the Cruise #1-The 2012 Recap”).
with. Between the 2012 trip and the 2013 excursions I had been fortunate enough to become involved with The Decibel Geek Podcast as a writer for their website submitting concert/album reviews, interviews and commentaries. I love discussing this music, introducing people to new bands and Decibel Geek was a great fit for me, so when it got close to the 2013 voyage I decided to start a series of articles called “Meister’s Views of the Cruise” about my beloved MORC vacation. The series swelled to twenty volumes encompassing personal stories, interviews, band bios and generally anything and everything cruise related with the final instalment being me as a guest on the live podcast to recap my “top twenty” moments from the 2013 voyage. Listen to the episode here: (“Episode #88-Meister’s Morc 2013 Memories”), just click the play arrow in the centre of the graphic at the top of the page to listen or download through I-Tunes. I will include the links to the whole series at the bottom of this rambling.
e all aboard. In another of my brilliant ideas I collected a group of “MORC’ers” that I knew from the Toronto area in an attempt at a “countdown shot” with Ted Poley/Bang Tango/Enuff Z’nuff when their 80’s Invasion tour rolled into town
given as they were all MORC alumni. A “countdown shot” is a photo from a cruiser, usually something creative or with a MORC band, to depict the number of days remaining until we set sail that year. The group grew as people added other Torontonian Cruisers that they knew and I even had t-shirts made for our group. The excitement was high between us all as we prepared for the countdown shot, some of us veterans and some first-timers to the cruise. The veterans anxiously answering the questions from the virgins as the Facebook page became alight with chatter. (STORY OF THE COUNTDOWN PHOTO). I began to find other Canadians from across the Great White North and our “EH Team” group has now surpassed forty “Canadian Cruisers”!! My next plan is to attempt to gather us all (and more Canadians yet to be discovered) for a huge “Canuck Photo” aboard ship…..let’s see what happens……Hit me up on Facebook if you’re a “Canadian Cruiser” and want to join in!
The Meister (The Meister on Facebook)