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Steel Drums in New York

Saturday, December 22, 2012


I first came across live Steel Drum Music in New York.My father was a fan of Calypso Music of West Indies and he spoke often about the beautiful and catchy Beats it had.For me it was always fascinating--the beautiful rhythmic beat striking a chord deep within.Till I saw this Instrument I had no clue what it actually looked like and I first set eyes on it in New York City---and as the Music washed over me in bright energetic waves I gazed awed at those young West Indian men who played it with such open enjoyment and aplomb--their obvious delight in the Music they made added a new dimension to it.
It was our first visit to New York and we were standing in line for Tickets of the Ferry which would ferry us to the Statue of Liberty.The day was bitterly cold and windy and despite wearing Thermals next to our skin for additional warmth, we were still chilled to the bone and shivering terribly each time a gust of Wind caught hold of us.Sudhir,Sayali and I began listening to the beat---Sayali swaying to the rhythm much to Sudhir's discomfiture and as the Music grabbed hold of our senses even he unbent enough to hum along to the more familiar tunes.Most of these were old Calypso Music--some old Songs like Harry Belafonte's Yellow Bird, Banana Boat Song, Jamaica Farewell, Island in the Sun were well loved favourites--but the highlight for me was the Bobby Mcferrin Song "Don't worry Be Happy".It was the Cherry on the Cake!!!The warmth of this Music stayed with me throughout that chilly day---and when I discovered You Tube at Sayali's that year I just went berserk looking up all my old Favourites--and found almost 90% of these there!!
I have always loved this Song--but then I love all such upbeat Songs!!These are always the ones to put me in a sunny mood--and listening to these old Favourites on Youtube is something I love--and of course they help to make Life that little bit easier!!
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BOVEY63 12/26/2012 3:47PM

    I like to search you tube for old favorites too!
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DRASADAF 12/24/2012 11:59AM

    emoticon i can feel the winter u felt but loved those songs...

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MIRFA71 12/24/2012 11:24AM

    Beautiful memories. emoticon

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IMEMINE1 12/24/2012 8:22AM

    emoticon Great blog.

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/23/2012 6:21PM

    I am a fan of You tube too.You can find such treasures there !

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OVERWORKEDJANET 12/23/2012 9:02AM

    A soon as I read the title, I heard the sound in my head!
It is wonderful.
Thanks for reminding me!

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PHEBESS 12/22/2012 3:05PM

    I taught on the island of St Thomas for 25 years, and almost every school from elementary through high school had a steep pan band. I always thought it was wonderful too!

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MILLISMA 12/22/2012 2:27PM

    Wonderful memories and I love the steel drums. emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 12/22/2012 12:03PM

    Beautiful memories. I love YouTube. So many old favorites are there. : )

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