Zodiac followers describe Aries’ eyes as sharp, alert, intense and very focused. Such eyes are particularly apt for night watch, when alone on deck in the wee hours vigilance is particularly important. Aries eyes of a different sort, coincidentally, played an important role in Eric’s night watch ritual. Over four years, our division of watches for night passages fell into a comfortable (or at least routine) pattern. Lal would stand the 6:00-9:00 pm (dog watch) and 12:00-3:00 am watches. Eric claimed 9:00 pm to midnight and 3:00-6:00. Eric often used the artificial stimulus of audio books and music to keep alert (i.e. awake). As sunrise approached, Aries Eyes, a stunning trumpet solo by Seattlite Alan Vizzuti would augment the sun rising over the eastern ocean. The confluence of nature’s gradual and finally blazing awakening with Vizzuti’s quiet to soaring brass is enough to make a grown man weep (at least one grown man). Eric’s journal notes his last night watch after rounding Cape Hatteras with a pledge that he will not forget such mystical moments.
To savor the magic, click on the link below, close your eyes and imagine a wind rippled sea, sunlight creeping over the horizon as Vizzuti’s horn makes its climatic cry.