Sunday, February 19, 2006

Happy Music

I just finished listening to a compilation CD of music by David Rudder, just about my favourite Calypsonian, not counting The Mighty Sparrow of course. The music was perfect, not just to keep me motivated as I scrap, but also because it is a grey, cold, cloudy and windy day here, and having that music in the background makes me feel as though I am on a sunny island, on the beach eating roast corn.

Though when "Soca Music Take me Back" (or is it called "Trinity Mountain"? Anyone know?) came on I about burst into tears. It starts off:

Soca* music take me, won't you take me, take me back to my island
It's sung from the perspective of someone living in a big (and no doubt cold) city and he talks about all the things he's missing, like sticky mango juice running down his chest, the strength, faith and perseverance of the people, the island breezes etc. I think the phrase I like the most goes
Don't get me wrong this big city really made a man of me,
but a concrete jungle drum can't play no calypso
He finishes off by suggesting to:
Sing a soca melody
You can sing it and be free
Sing a happy soca melody
The last thing you hear as the song fades out is the sound of children playing on the beach and the waves crashing on the sand. This is totally bittersweet for me. I'm happy that I can listen to this music I love, but it so makes me want to jump on a plane and be there! But since that isn't about to happen I think I'm going to listen to Sparrow next!
* According to Soca is a dance music which is a mix of Trinidad's calypso and Indian music and rhythms, especially chutney music -- it is not, as is often said, a fusion of soul and calypso. It combines the melodic lilting sound of calypso with an insistent percussion.
Update: Georgia from Caribbean Free Radio gave me the correct name of this calypso. It's actually called Song for a Lonely Soul. Quite fitting isn't it?


Anonymous said...

What are you doing up so late??????????

Georgia/Caribbean Free Radio said...


That song is actually called "Song for A Lonely Soul", hence the nostalgia-inducing effect!

Francine said...

Thanks Georgia! And it really fits!

Guanaguanare said...

I loved this song too and posted it on my blog last month at:

On the CD liner the explanatory note says that this song was especially composed for the Trinidadians and Tobagonians who approach Rudder when he is on tour for news from home. In this song Rudder attempted to capture the sights and smells, the indelible images that remind a person from Trinidad and Tobago of home. It really came through for you.