Standing at the Wheel
This is a Live performance - not available on any of
Lee's CDs. Includes Lee's spoken introduction, a story
learned from Commodore Ed Baganz, who sailed on the
Great Lakes for over 50 years.
The song was written by Lee Murdock, and is performed
solo, with just voice and guitar, and a live audience
in the radio studio.
This performance was recorded on Saturday, August 4,
2001, at WFMT Radio in Chicago, for their live performance
at the Wheel - Length: 6:44, File Size: 7.67 MB
In a Handy Four-Master
This song, a halyard chantey, comes from the Walton
collection of traditional music from the Great Lakes,
housed at the Bentley Historical Library in Ann Arbor,
Michigan. Captain Henry Erickson wrote it out for Professor
Walton when he was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the summer
of 1932. At the time, Captain Erickson was in his early
sixties and retired from active duty, having worked
on salt water and fresh, on sailing vessels and stem.
This traditional song, and others from the Walton Collection,
can be found in the book, Windjammers.
a Handy Four-Master - Length: 1:59, File Size: 2.37
MB, Taken from
Lee Murdock's CD, Standing at the Wheel
The Men and the Old-School Craft
I found this poem in the Walton Collection, too, and
I set it to music. Lyrics by Alfred Burritt; music by
This poem was printed in the Evening Telegram of
Toronto on February 11, 1933. Originally, Professor
Walton was so taken with the melancholy imagery that
he felt it would be a good ending for his book. Though
it didn't make it into the Windjammers book, I obliged
him by using this song to close out my latest CD, Standing
at the Wheel.
Men and the Old-School Craft - Length: 5:29, File
Size: 3.87 MB, Taken from Lee Murdock's CD, Standing
at the Wheel
Guitar Tab -- Downloads for Musicians
For Guitarists, here are three relatively easy-to-learn
instrumental (finger-style) guitar pieces, written in
guitar tablature notation. Enjoy.
Silent Night - Download
Hark the Herald Angels Sing - Download
The First Noel - Download
Click on links above to download or open on your screen.
if the file does not open, right-click and choose "download