I hate talking on the phone. Maybe it comes from my Dad having been a telephone engineer who took seriously the old "Ma Bell" ads "Don't live in an under-phoned home". Maybe it was a call center type day gig I once had. Maybe I'm just misanthrope at heart. Maybe all of the above. Anyway, my mobile phone is not a huge part of my life. It's a "necessary evil", and I all too often miss calls because I'm in the studio with headphones on, or the phone is upstairs, or in a coat pocket, or who knows where.

In November of 2014 my iPhone 3 gave up the ghost. I had inherited if from my telecom engineer Dad, who hated it. R.I.P. Dad. R.I.P. iPhone 3. As a "phone challenged" person, no way was I going to drop the cash for another iPhone. So I picked up a basic and cheap Samsung unit running Android.

Ringtones to barf by

The above pretty well sums up my impression of stock ringtones on my phone. I felt like I was rounding the Horn in dirty weather. Bleah! Plus, none of them seemed like they would stand a snowball's chance of being heard if the phone was downstairs and I was up... or vice versa (not to mention the headphones!) I knew I was gonna miss calls and catch a lot flack from my spousal unit (totally justified, dear, totally justified!)

Fresh, breezy, salt-flavored audible ringtones without the pirates

Shanty choirI've had tons of fun performing with a sea shanty group and participating in various seafaring and nautical events. From that, and  reading sea stories, I know that a ship's bell is an important thing aboard. It has a piercing sound that cuts thru fog and the noise of wind and waves. I thought that a ship's bell ringtone might just be the ticket for missing fewer calls and consequently caching less spousal unit flack (totally justified, totally justified!)

I was underwhelmed by ringtone offers online. Lots of malware delivery sites using ringtones for bait, seems like. From recording my own original sea songs, I knew I had a decent bell sample and I quickly realized I could produce original ringtones with the time I'd spend hunting around online and dodging the pirates... and have a lot more fun to boot. And so, here's my first (and probably last) set of Robert's Nautical Ringones for Android and iPhone!

Play this little video to hear all 4 ringtones in the package. My personal fav is "Skipper"! Which is yours? Leave a comment and let me know!

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