Friday, December 18, 2015

Episode 296 (12-28-15): Setting a Course for 2016 with “On a Ship” by Kat Mills

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From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of December 28, 2015.

This week, music by a Blacksburg, Va., singer-songwriter helps launch our journey toward the horizon of the New Year.  Have a listen for about 40 seconds.

MUSIC - ~43 sec

You’ve been listening to part of “On a Ship,” by Kat Mills, from the 2015 album, “Silver.”

The imagery and metaphors of the song allude to ships traveling the waters of the earth.   But the real subject is the collective journey of humanity aboard our watery, space-traveling, planetary ship.  The lyrics note that 21st Century humans on that crowded ship need supplies of clean air and water, food and sunshine, but that “most of all” we need qualities that sustain human relationships, such as love, trust, generosity, and even fun!  Point taken; after all, humans are only mostly, not completely, made of water.

Thanks to Kat Mills for permission to use this week’s music, and we close this episode and 2015 with about 40 more seconds of “On a Ship.”

MUSIC – ~38 sec

For more Virginia water sounds, music, and information, visit us online at, or call us at (540) 231-5463. Virginia Water Radio is produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, part of Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment. Thanks to Stewart Scales for his banjo version of Cripple Creek to open and close the show. In Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.


“On a Ship,” from the 2015 album “Silver,” is copyright by Kat Mills, used with permission.  Accompanists on the song are Ida Polys, vocals; Rachel Handman, violin; and Nicholas Polys, banjo.  More information about Kat Mills is available online at


Large commercial ship on the Chesapeake Bay, as seen from the Bay Bridge-Tunnel, October 7, 2007.

U.S. Geological Survey, “Water Science School/The Water in You,” online at


All Water Radio episodes are listed by category at the Index link above (

Previous New Year’s episodes are the following:
Episode 142, 12-31-12: Encore of John McCutcheon’s “Water from Another Time.”

Episode 195, 1-6-14: Wading into the New Year, the New River, and Water Thermodynamics.


This episode may help with the following Virginia’s 2010 English Standards of Learning (SOLs):

Reading Theme
8.5 (symbols and figurative language)
9.4 (imagery and other literary devices)
10.4 (imagery and other literary devices)
11.4 (imagery and figures of speech)

Virginia’s SOLs are available from the Virginia Department of Education, online at