The Dock of the Bay – Is Contemplation Ever a Waste of Time?


Every time we make the trip over to Dunedin to watch the magnificent rays off the dock of the bay at sunset over the intercostal side of the Gulf of Mexico on the West Coast of FL, I think of the tragedy of Otis Redding’s untimely death in a private plane crash at age 26.  Otis had just finished recording what would posthumously become his signature song, (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay, shortly before the crash.

It seems a cruel twist of fate that Redding never got to hear the final version of his song, one that is the subject of much folklore as detailed in this insightful piece in Rolling Stone  magazine.  Much as fellow passengers who perished in the recent tragedy of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter mishap will be footnoted in history, a very talented group of teenagers who opened for Otis, the Bar Kays, were killed along with him.  Those of you who were raised on Sixties music will remember their big instrumental hit, Soul Finger.

The scene in Dunedin is best appreciated when the sunset is neither too pure nor too cloudy.  And it always invites contemplation …


About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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