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

A happy independence…? My beloved T&T

  I don’t know what to feel. I love my country. Not just because I was born and raised here, or love the natural environment; the playfulness and creativity of our people (sometimes I wonder if we don’t actually have a higher than average talent quotient per capita, despite all); and the simple pleasure of going everywhere from a house lime to the grocery to … Continue reading A happy independence…? My beloved T&T

Heather Headley: a star with her feet on the ground | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2012. The full interview transcript is published here, and at Discover Trinidad & Tobago. In 2000, news spread about a Trinidad-born actress making waves on Broadway. Her command of her emotions made you sure that her onstage tears must come from some fresh real-world trauma. The truth was very different. “I would be in the moment, thinking of the … Continue reading Heather Headley: a star with her feet on the ground | Caribbean Beat

Heather Headley: One of Trinidad’s Brightest Stars

This interview was done for and published in full on Discover Trinidad & Tobago, and formed the basis of another article in Caribbean Beat magazine. It took a while, but I finally caught up with Heather Headley for a proper interview in late January 2012, just a few weeks before Whitney Houston’s passing. We talked about her memories of and ties to her homeland, Trinidad; preparations for her latest … Continue reading Heather Headley: One of Trinidad’s Brightest Stars

Break a leg to the RENT and West Side Story folks!

Tried to tag you all in a regular ole status, but was rudely rebuffed by Facebook for too many tags… So now I shall just write a little more to justify the note. 😉 All that to say, in bocca al lupo guys! West Side Story and RENT  are two of my favourite musicals ever (which I’ve geekily seen on the West End four times!), … Continue reading Break a leg to the RENT and West Side Story folks!

My Carnival 2011 soca picks

There’s a lot of good music out there this year, methinks. These are my favourites for 2K11. Would love to hear yours, since I’m sure there are any I haven’t heard, forgot, or should revisit! 🙂 So in alphabetical order, but categorised a la Soca Monarch…except for a list of things I’m ashamed to say are growing on me. *sigh* I’ve put asterisks by the ones … Continue reading My Carnival 2011 soca picks

Arts criticism/reviewing in Trinidad & Tobago: is there any?

Why isn’t there a culture of real feedback, reviewing or criticism in T&T? It’s something I’ve heard artists and (good) journalists & editors complain about for years: that there isn’t a real core of reviewers and “critics” (however infuriating they me be) to actually give feedback on our cultural products. I can’t remember the last time I read a proper review of local art, music, … Continue reading Arts criticism/reviewing in Trinidad & Tobago: is there any?