Ella Andall: spirit dancer

Written and published in CariVele Magazine for their special issue commemorating the 50th anniversary of Trinidad & Tobago’s independence  “I am not afraid to sacrifice for my fellow man Prepare me now to dance this dance, spirit hold my hand… I could make de grade, I could make de grade, I eh ‘fraid…!”             – Spirit Dancer Ella Andall first captured many people’s attention en route to the … Continue reading Ella Andall: spirit dancer

Barter, or life has loveliness to sell…

One of my ongoing projects is digitising the Marionettes‘ almost 50-year historical archive. It’s a project I seldom have adequate time for, but the Universe has cleared the way and I’ve been going through some decades’ old footage. Much of it brings bittersweet memories. So many songs, events and performances brought me so much joy growing up, with this my extended family. The sadness comes … Continue reading Barter, or life has loveliness to sell…

“How can I keep from singing?” (All hail #MusicMonday)

Well first of all I’m annoyed I deleted the Marionettes version of us singing a beautiful arrangement of this classic (Quaker? Christian?) hymn. We sang it a few years ago, and it was almost an anthem for our likkle bu’ tallawah Trini community choir. The words and the beautiful arrangements helped steady restless or grieving spirits, and bring us all back in touch with the beauty … Continue reading “How can I keep from singing?” (All hail #MusicMonday)

Take 5: Beethoven’s fifth, and the triumph of imagination

Allegro con brio Andante con moto (7:28) Scherzo (17:25) Allegro (22:48) I refuse to be stripped of it. I refuse to have it reduced to anything less epic than it is (or can and should be). Everybody knows Beethoven’s fifth symphony, or at least those arresting opening notes. They’ve infiltrated popular culture almost to have become hackneyed. The symphony itself is masterful, dramatic and intensely … Continue reading Take 5: Beethoven’s fifth, and the triumph of imagination