Not done with you yet…

  I’ve been thinking about blogging a lot the last year or so, perhaps over thinking the when, how, wherefores… I blog for work (Marionettes & MEP Publishers), but hardly ever for, well, me. I suppose the closest thing is the “micro-blogs” of Twitter and Facebook status updates – not quite the longform musings that sometimes flit about in my mind but never find an … Continue reading Not done with you yet…

Reason to blog… Williams College makes an alum proud

I’m not great at blogging regularly here (this is the first one, in fact!). Just managed to scrape this site together last month – as MySpace endures multiple efforts at resuscitation – and it’s high time for an opening blog. The existing blog entries are actually transfers from my old sporadic MySpace blog… Whatever blogging capacity I have is usually spent on the MEP Caribbean … Continue reading Reason to blog… Williams College makes an alum proud

“Fare you well, my dear, I must be gone, / And leave you for a while…”

In loving memory of Aunty Astra Da Costa Fare you well, my dear, I must be gone, And leave you for a while; If I roam away I’ll come back again, Though I roam ten thousand miles, my dear, Though I roam ten thousand miles. So fair thou art, my bonny lass, So deep in love am I; But I never will prove false to … Continue reading “Fare you well, my dear, I must be gone, / And leave you for a while…”

On Masters and PhDs

So I’m three years out of my undergrad and I keep getting asked if I have done or will soon be doing my Masters or PhD. One of my beloved aunties, who’s like my grandmother, even went so far as to say she wanted to see me get my PhD before she died. She’s 90. And as much as I’d like to doctor myself post-haste … Continue reading On Masters and PhDs

“Prestige School” Ponderings

I have a kind of psychic claustrophobia. A fear of anything that confines me to a prescribed amount of space in the world. Labels, check-boxes, baggage, stuff like that. I’m so averse to it I wrote a one-woman play (soap box) about it called, appropriately, Pack Light. Trinidad is so small that no matter what school you went to, people tend to tote — or try to bestow others … Continue reading “Prestige School” Ponderings

Branford Marsalis in concert (2003)

This was written as an assignment for a jazz music class while studying at Williams College in 2003 The Branford Marsalis concert, which went up in Chapin Hall on Friday November 14th, was one of the most varied concerts I have had the benefit of attending at Williams, bridging the gap between two forms of music I enjoy very much: classical and jazz, while showcasing Marsalis’ own … Continue reading Branford Marsalis in concert (2003)

Strays Meets Svengali: a Concert Review (2003)

This was written as an assignment for a jazz music class while studying at Williams College in 2003 The Williams Jazz Ensemble (under director Andy Jaffe), and their guests, The Northern Berkshire Jazz Ensemble (under director John Menegon), presented a concert entitled Strays Meets Svengali at Williams College’s Chapin Hall on Friday October 24th. The concert primarily featured music composed and/or arranged by Billy Strayhorn (“Strays”, 1915-67) … Continue reading Strays Meets Svengali: a Concert Review (2003)

Review: Iron (2003) at the Royal Court

When going to a play called Iron (presented in early 2003 at the Royal Court, London), one hardly knows what to expect. Iron: it lends itself to phrases like ‘ruling with an iron fist’, iron bars, iron will, even ironing one’s clothes. All of these are useful as one mulls over exactly what takes place within the play. For Iron is, in the end, not … Continue reading Review: Iron (2003) at the Royal Court