“Maersk Alabama,” By Paula Cronan

“Maersk Alabama,” By Paula Cronan

  • Source: Elana Mann
  • Year: 2011
  • Submitted by: Elana Mann


This song was composed by Paula Cronan in honor of her brother, John Cronan, and his fellow crew members of the Maersk Alabama. John was third engineer on the Alabama during its attack by Somali pirates on April 8, 2009. Against all odds, the courageous, unarmed crew was able to fight off the pirates and maintain control of the ship. To our knowledge, never in recorded maritime history has a merchant or civilian ship been boarded by gunmen and not been taken over by them. 

Resonate-Reverberate-Roar (Re-Re-Roar) is a growing archive of original sounds that express an experimental, independent, and socially progressive spirit.  The sounds on Re-Re-Roar include field recordings, interviews, songs, speeches, experimental music, and more. Re-Re-Roar is a site for activ[ist] listening, with the purpose of distributing sounds of resistance to eager ears around the globe. Visitors are encouraged to add their own sounds of resistance to the archive through the website's submit function.

Re-Re-Roar originated from artist Elana Mann’s collection of sounds of resistance, which she began during the Iraq war in 2007 by recording commuters in Los Angeles and Iraq. The website was incubated during Mann's time as the 2013 Amy M. Sears artist-in-resident at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, amongst a group of peace activists from the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet & Consociates. Re-Re-Roar was designed by Roman Jaster and Nicole Jaffe, with production assistance from Reilo Dahl. For more about Elana Mann visit: elanamann.com