Archive for May, 2010

Seagulls by Ty Curtis

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010


flock of seagulls at the beach

Seagulls at the beach

Floating through the salty wind, gliding with such ease, just above the sand dunes and the foamy rolling sea, we can hear the big waves crash as they reach the shore, churning up that sandy beach where there’s so much to explore. And we’re flying like the seagulls through the air. Feel the golden sunshine bouncing off our hair. Me and my friend Chase; well we haven’t got a care. We’re flying like a seagull in the air.

These are a few of the words that make up our personalized kid’s song called “Seagull.” The inspiration for this song didn’t come from one single event as did some of our other songs. This song came from several experiences over the years while living near the water. I have had many encounters with seagulls. Some of them were really quite funny.

I remember one sunny morning when I was a child, I was walking along an empty stretch of beach at Debordieu Beach, just beyond the south inlet of Pawley’s Island. It was the latter part of spring. Suddenly I became the target of a swarm of angry seagulls. They were diving down on me from all directions, just missing me with each swoop. I later found out that I had wandered into their nesting grounds. I didn’t know at the time that they lay their eggs on the warm sand. It didn’t take long for me to find my way away from them.

Another seagull encounter happened when some friends and I were taking a boat ride across the Charleston harbor. The sun had just started to drop down near the horizon. As we cruised over the peaceful swells of the harbor, an old shrimp boat was coming in from the sea with their catch in the hold. As we passed the large vessel we could see the deckhands cleaning up and tossing things back into the water. That old boat was surrounded by a swarm of clamoring seagulls. Some were flying in circles around the shrimpers as others dove into the water to gobble up what was being returned to the sea. It was a very peaceful and defining sight; one that you might see on a Charleston postcard. Little did I know at the time, but this scene would find its way onto my album of personalized music for kids called Sea Animal Adventures.

This acoustic song was written with peaceful images of free-flying seagulls at sunset. We intentionally placed the song near the conclusion of the album. We did this because many children who listen to this CD use it for bedtime music. We placed all of the relaxing songs near the end of the CD so that it would have a lullaby-like quality.

You can listen to “Seagulls” today. Just click the the audio clip when you visit our music samples page. While you are there listen to some of the other music samples from our kid’s personalized music CD. We think you will enjoy what you hear!