I'm gonna be bold in a minute here.
I've heard a lot of gondoliers sing.
Some have sounded better than others.
I feel like I've heard more gondoliers sing than most folks.
There are opera singers, scratchy-voiced gondoliers that sound like the Godfather but who can carry a tune like a pro, and there are some who sound like Sinatra (and many more who try to sound like him).
Comparing the different styles seems wrong.
Andrew McHardy has a particular style, one which you'll hear once you click on the following recording.
I'm gonna be bold now and say that
Andrew is one of the best singers rowing a gondola today.
In his style, I've not heard anybody as good.
When we rowed out into Huntington Harbour on that Wednesday night, I shared a boat with Andrew and he sat down with a guitar under the bridge to sing this song.
The song he sings in this recording is known by many Southern California gondoliers as the "Gondolier's Song". Get a bunch of them together and you're likely to hear a rendition of it.
One thing we as gondoliers are good at, is singing a song over and over, night after night. As you listen to this one, you'll hear character notes and personal touches that can only come from that kind of perpetual performance.
When I listen to it, I'm right back there under that bridge, trying to row with one hand, record with the other, and soak up the moment as a memory I'll want to hang on tight to.
I'll be bold once more and say, that for me, that was a perfect moment.