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What Is a Waverider?

Updated: Aug 19, 2023

Good question! Well, for one thing, it is the title of my new single. However, the question deserves a more robust answer.

The word wave has so many meanings. Of course, there are water waves. That's what I was thinking of when I named this song. Besides that water kind, there are many different types of waves. There are the waves from the electromagnetic spectrum: radio waves, microwaves, infrared (IR), visible light, ultraviolet (UV), X-rays and gamma rays. In physics, there are longitudinal and transverse waves. There are sound waves, radio waves, microwaves (that power the oven of the same name), sine waves and cosine waves. Then there are all the phrases that use the word. You can great someone by waving at them. You can find yourself on the crest of a wave. You can catch the wave. Or catch the next wave. You can do the wave. You can wave a flag. You can make waves. You can ride the wave of the future. You can wave a magic wand (if you are Harry Potter). There's even such a thing as a square wave, but I hear that's pretty tough customer. Look it up if you don't believe me.

When I combine the word wave with the word rider, my first thought is the human sport of surfing. However, I immediately start thinking about other "waveriders" in the ocean. Pelicans are fascinating and graceful. They ride the waves for their meal, looking for a fish to nab. When I was on the internet, I actually saw an elementary school with a pelican mascot. They named themselves "The Waveriders." Other birds seemingly ride the waves too: albatrosses, puffins, perhaps even the common seagull. There are other sea creatures who literally ride the waves. Dolphins definitely come to mind. Seals (I even saw a video of a baby seal on a surfboard). Sea turtles.

As for the song, I composed it before I named it. When that happens, I let the feel of the song speak to me and give me the title. In this case, the song screamed "waverider." I heard something in the music that evoked waves and, more importantly, people, dolphins, birds and other beings riding those waves. I also felt the pull of the moon and the relentless tides when I listened closely. That's how the song was named.

Finally, I love the photo accompanying this blog post. It's a calm day and the waves are almost nonexistent, but I chose it as the cover art for "Waverider" because there's always a wave on the horizon and always someone waiting ride it. Besides, the beauty of Torrey Pines Beach here in San Diego is always beckoning, telling me to come and ride a wave. Then there are the birds that always seem to riding just above the waves. It just felt right for this song.


You can hear "Waverider" on Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music and other online stores. You can watch the video supporting "Waverider" on and YouTube. You can also check out my artist pages on Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music and YouTube Music, where you can listen to my first album Audiostrata and my last three singles "Lemon Cello," "Sky's the Limit" and "Ascending Acoustic."

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