F- Y- AYE!
Q: How did you get the name Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate?
A: Let's break it down: Rockin' is about music, attitude, and a ship's motion on the sea; Ron is the name given to me by my mother; Friendly means thoughtful and nice; and finally, Pirate is a daring, fun-loving, and costume wearing purveyor of nautical-themed mischief.
Q: Why don't you wear your patch on your eye?
A: It is non-threatening to little children, it is less cliche than wearing it on me eye, I get dizzy when I wear it over me eye for an extended period of time, and it looks silly on my nose.
Q: A pirate in Vermont?
A: Me mum, Penelope the Fruity Pirate, loves pineapples. She was told Vermont had pineapple trees. Alas, there are only pine trees and apple trees in the Green Mountain State, but we dropped our anchor anyways. Seriously, Pirates are defined as thieves on bodies of water, as opposed to thieves on land (who are called Highwaymen, Robbers, etc.). Let's make it clear right here, that I am a "Friendly" Pirate, and the only thing I want to steal is your heart. But, where I live is close to the Lamoille River- which flows into Lake Champlain which flows into the St. Lawrence Seaway which flows into the Atlantic Ocean. So, on nautical grounds, I can be a Pirate. Wait? Isn't nautical grounds an oxymoron? On another note, I am originally from Wisconsin, which like Vermont is not typically associated with Pirates, but is referenced in the classic chantey Pinery Boy.
Q: A pirate in Vermont (part 2)? What about Vermonter Captain Richard Phillips famous for his encounter with Somali Pirates?
A: I do not condone any act of Piracy and I salute Captain Phillips for his bravery in very trying circumstances.
Q: Where's your sword and where's your cannon?
A: I am a peaceful, non-violent pirate. "I don't have a sword and I don't have a knife, I roll like a pirate, but I roll real nice" are the syllables I sling in "FP Rap (Pirates on Board Go RRR!)"
Q: Do you ever get tired of your songs?
A: Very rarely. When I first wrote them, I would sing them in my sleep, but not anymore. Parents often ask me when my next CD is coming out (so they might hear something other than my first CD- haRRRdy haRRR).
Q: Which Pirate do you find most interesting?
A: Black Sam Bellamy aka the Prince of Pirates. His story involves romance, adventure, cultural history, and piracy. You can find out about him at the Whydah Pirate Museum in Provincetown, MA, established by Barry Clifford. A National Geographic exhibit called Real Pirates documenting Black Sam's era is currently touring the country. There are also a couple of books dealing with this subject matter: Pieces of Eight by Joshua Blair Delaney, and Master of the Sweet Trade by Elizabeth Mosian. I was fortunate to meet Mr. Clifford and both authors. For my second CD, I have written a song called 1717 (Black Sam Bellamy).
Q: Are you a teacher?
A: Not by profession, but I like to include educational elements in my songs. I believe that life is a classroom and you can always learn something new.
Q: Isn't the subject of Pirates rather limited?
A: Hardly. All around the world, since people have been sailing, there have been pirates. In fact the subject of Pirates touches on many areas of interest- including history, geography, and culture.
Q: What is your favorite Pirate music/song?
A: Roger McGuinn of Byrds fame wrote a song called Jolly Roger which is most excellent, and he released a collection of sea chanteys entitled CCD which I highly recommend.
Q: What is your favorite Pirate movie?
A: The first Pirates of the Caribbean movie- the Curse of the Black Pearl is high up on the mainmast. The subsequent movies in the franchise lacked that initial spark and to my mind, weren't as
well written. Errol Flynn's Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk are all-time classics. For documentaries, I like National Geographic's Blackbeard: Terror at Sea.