About the Book
About the Author
Three Impressions From Aboard The U.S.S. Blaisdell was composed in 2004 and was my second composition assignment at West Valley Community
College in Saratoga, California. I gave it its first performance in
late Spring of that same year in the recital hall of the College's music
Performance time: 12'14"
II. ÆVÉLO THE WHALE
III. GOODBYE TO ROMANCE UPON OUR JOURNEY'S END
The U.S.S. Blaisdell is a submarine on display in Juneau, Alaska. Its christening in 1955 was a milestone in history, for this new class of submarine was to be the flagship of the U.S. Naval Submarine Fleet. Its commission spanned nearly 50 years with several crews. The christening brought much excitement and angst to its first crew as they looked forward to the adventures that were to come.
One of the crews assigned to the submarine had quite a character of a chef in the mess hall. The sub was in its second decade when it had an encounter for several months with a curious whale. The chef, Ævélo, spent much of his free time watching this whale and singing to himself in a mock whale-song. This behavior went on long before the whale had arrived and long after its disappearance. The captain and crew, from the whale's departure onward, nicknamed the chef, Ævélo the Whale.
Finally, when the sub had reached the day of its decommissioning, all the crews from over the years had a celebration to give their final farewells to the submarine and all the memories that came from the long years of adventure.