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Postcard from Cape Ann - Tommy's New Travelog Series

by Tommy Wiggins

Madeline, Madeline where have you been Down to the docks there, to see your boyfriend Son of a son of a fisherman, he Six generation, man of the sea Madeline, Madeline fell first in love Walking the beach with the moon up above Etching his name by the fire in the sand Counting the days when he’d ask for her hand Madeline, Madeline wind in her hair Down to the docks by the sea Salty air Madeline, Madeline married in June There on the steps of Saint Anne’s stood the groom Kissing his bride on that blue afternoon Everyone singing a tune Madeline, Madeline wind in her hair Down to the docks by the sea Madeline, Madeline married a son Son of son of a son of a son of a son Of the sea Madeline, Madeline babies has she Raised in a house with a swing and a tree Looks over the harbor for her daughters three Who sail with their Daddy on the sea Madeline, Madeline wind in her hair Down to the docks by the sea Madeline, Madeline married a son Son of a son of a son of a son of the sea Madeline, Madeline wind in her hair Down to the docks by the sea Madeline, Madeline married a son Son of a son of a son of a son of the sea Madeline
Morning Tide 29:57
Evening Tide 30:56


Tommy Wiggins presents the first of his sonic travelog "Postcard" series - songs and nature sounds gathered while immersed in beautiful places.

"Mountains, meadows, tumbleweed, tides. I love exploring new places and capturing the sounds of theses spaces.

These "Postcards From..." journeys are where new songs and memories are made. This is POSTCARD FROM CAPE ANN, as witnessed from my perch above Wingaersheek Beach, Cape Ann, MA USA. My mid-summer visit to this rocky point was sunny and warm. I am told that winter Nor'easters are neither sunny nor warm." tw

Surfers dream of the perfect wave, writers search for just the right words… and I spent a week at Cape Ann in Massachusetts trying to record the sound of a "perfect" tide. Why? I just wanted to take home some of the magic of my week by the sea.

This should be easy, right? Set up a couple microphones, hit "record" and presto, instant "sounds of nature" CD! Not so. Microphones capture a lot more than our ears do… power boats, children on the beach (left speaker), the occasional dog (despite the "no dogs" sign), airplanes and anything else that happens to wander into range. "Keeping it real" is ok for most endeavors, but I just wanted natural stuff, thank you. Also, I decided against recording the evening bacchanal bonfires on the beach to protect guilty participants and innocent ears. You know who you are.

The gods of the sea were kind. I was able to capture some righteous shore sounds. This CD contains three tracks for your listening pleasure, all recorded from my perch above the rocks at Jaga Cottage, Wingaersheek Beach, Cape Ann, just outside of Glouchester, MA USA.

For Morning Tide, I woke up every day around around four to check things out. If there was too much wind (mics hate wind), I went back to bed. If there wasn't, I'd set up the mics and hit the red button. The beach was empty of people, and things were pretty mellow until the fishing boats started filling the bay with their varying pitched engines.

There's more activity during Evening Tide and it shows. Track 3 is an absolute gift of a song that sometimes happens during my songwriting trips. Madeline of the Sea is wholly inspired by the locale, and is my way of giving something back to a special place that has such a rich and rugged history.

Astrid Matthews, whose family has summered at Jaga Cottage for over fifty years took these marvelous photographs. We decided to stay with black and white to give you a chance to color them in your own mind as you float away (wherever you are) listening to the sounds of the surf and the sea.


Tommy Wiggins

P.S. Here come the young boys (Evening Tide, right speaker) trying to catch that big striped bass that got away yesterday. I watched them reel it in twice! Maybe this time they'll take the hook out after they have the fish in the net. Either way, I like to watch.


released September 21, 2019

Tommy writes, sings, plays, records and mixes.
Raelynn Janicke masters.
Jeff Thornycroft designs.


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Tommy Wiggins Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville’s Tommy Wiggins began writing songs by kerosene lamp in a Rocky Mountain cabin. He’s been writing, recording and performing his own funky blend of folky, bluesy, country-funk ever since. Tommy recently bought a camper van and is writing songs along the road. New album in 2022 - "When My Brain Goes On Vacation." When your brain goes on vactation, where do YOU go? ... more

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