Trinidad Carnival 2012 My Top 5 Soca Songs

It’s Ash Wednesday! A day that marks the start of the Easter season. A time of repentance, reflection and spirituality. Often, Ash Wednesday is filled with cleaning up the streets of Port Of Spain, begrudgingly getting back to work after a 4 day weekend and hangovers. Ah Trinidad Carnival, how I love you.

As the season comes to a close, I’d like to document some of my favourite songs. Songs that left an impression on me for one reason or the other this year. Don’t worry, I’m not going to overpopulate this list with Machel Montano!

Baddist – Destra ft Kerwin Du Bois

Kerwin was Midas this Carnival, anything he touched turned to gold. With arguably the most popular groovy soca song (Bacchanalist) this year and numerous features in other artistes’ songs he was, for me, the man to get me in the mood to party. The initial sound in this song, as they sing “Hmm feel that breeze” is my favourite sound in any song this year!

 

Action – Supa Jigga TC

I playfully coined this song the “ballad” of 2012, because of his smooth voice, and the sweet, groovy rhythm of the song. It feels almost like a love song when I listen to it. It’s impossible not to love the command to “Wine on a stranger, worry bout it later”. This song just epitomises Groovy Soca.

 

In Charge – Machel Montano

Of course, Machel had to make it on this list. I don’t know if many people would have picked this song to be their favourite Machel this year because he had at least 6 songs that were extremely popular. In fact, anything Machel does is extremely popular. Once you know it’s Machel on the track there’s an expectation of excellence. I like this song because of its tempo and because of the lyric “Like yuh bumper have a Nike sign, just do it girl and wine.”

 

Bucket – Swappi

Swappi rampaged onto the soca scene fairly recently but his style feels almost aggressive as he sings. His fast-paced energy gets people so hyped up they lose control. This song is testament to that, as many patrons carried their buckets to throw up in the air for him at the International Soca Monarch.

 

No Pain – Iwer George

Perhaps a controversial entry, but it’s actually my favourite song this year and I had to include it. I agree, it sounds eerily similar to his 2011 song “Come to Me” but that doesn’t change the fact that this song has an inviting beat. Its high energy and the pounding sound of the oil drum encourages poor conduct and no behaviour! I was sold as soon as I heard the first line, “If you know they rob me last year put yuh 2 hand in the air” not because I believed him, but because I was amazed that he would be so bold. Then I remembered…its Iwer. Love it bad bad still.

 

Be Extraordinary!

As a result of reading one too many self-help books, I’ve decided to share something! Recently I attended a seminar by FranklinCovey on the ‘5 choices to Extraordinary Productivity’ and it got me thinking. They share a really simple recipe to push oneself past the borders of average results and sometimes I use it to inspire myself to do something special or get rid of a lazy mood.

1. Divide your life into the most important “roles”. I like to use a pie-chart:

Some examples of roles could be :

  • Daughter/Son
  • Mother/Father
  • Student
  • Self
  • Child of God
  • Businessman/woman
  • Cousin
  • Friend
  • Spouse/Partner
  • Manager
  • Coach
Make sure the roles you list are truly important to you!

2. Then ask yourself (and write it down): What would it take to be an extraordinary __[role]__? 

3. List some simple things you would like to achieve or do differently to become extraordinary in each role. An example could be “To be an extraordinary daughter I am going to call my parents every day to make sure they are ok and I will take them out every month.” Another example could be “To be an extraordinary student, I will dedicate 2 hours every day to revise my work and aim for a 90+ average.”

4. When you’re finished with this list, examine your life and see where the gaps between ordinary and extraordinary are.

5. The most important step is constantly thinking about what you are doing and always asking yourself if you are doing it in extraordinary ways. When you have a moment of boredom or you’re looking for something to do, reach out and do something special for someone. They will appreciate it more than you know.

Top 5 Valentine’s Day Songs

After watching the Grammy’s I realised how much I miss music of the 60’s, 80’s and 90’s. The Beatles’ ending was the best part of the night for me and seeing Sir Paul McCartney rocking out on stage like that at 69 years old made me realise that for truly great musicians, music is timeless.

So I decided to compose a list of my favourite love songs in honour of Valentine’s Day. Here they are, in no particular order (except # 1):

 

1. Something – The Beatles

This song is my favourite because it was written by my favourite Beatle, George Harrison. Frank Sinatra called it “the greatest love song ever written” and if you listen to the lyrics you can see why. It played an important role in getting George recognised as an individual songwriter and paved the way for his solo success.

2. The Search is Over – Survivor

It’s a personal favourite of mine because it was my parents’ wedding song. The lyrics are eerily applicable to their tumultuous marriage and to this day, it still holds the power to bring me to tears.

3. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers

This song sends chills down my spine when I hear it. It always reminds me of the movie “Ghost” that I watched as a child. It was a beautiful depiction of true, selfless love and you can feel the passion in every word of this song.

4. Please Forgive Me – Bryan Adams

He has one of those voices that make you stop and pay attention. His songs seep with sincerity and you feel every word is genuine when you listen to him. The song is about an everlasting and pure love that will remain, even if it must remain alone.

5. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

RIP Whitney. This song would have made the list regardless of the events of the last weekend. As soon as it starts, you feel the power that the song brings with it. Her vocals are flawless in it and this song will remain forever in the hearts of those lucky enough to have been exposed to it. I remember this song with fondness because as a child I would be lifted and danced with, every night to it until the neighbours complained. I will always love you…

A Game Of Two Twats (Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool)

I can write about this game now, I think I can remove all bias and give my take on the match.

This season, Liverpool have been poor but they’ve managed to step their game up in some ‘big matches’ so as to give the impression that maybe they’re better than they seem. When a team that is filled with such expensive, sought-after players manages to draw 8 times at home, questions should be asked. That same team would then find themselves in the Final of the Carling Cup after eliminating the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City and eliminating Manchester United from the FA Cup as well. Yet they manage to find themselves floundering around in 7th place, with 4th place looking more and more elusive with each passing gameweek.

This game today showed the real Liverpool, it showed that the team is simply not good enough and there are players that manage to be completely ineffective both defensively and offensively. Where was Stewart Downing? Don’t be misled by the fact that the first half ended 0-0. We may have had possession in the right places (as we’ve done on numerous occasions this season) but it means nothing if we don’t test the goal keeper or get shots on goal.

It was a wake-up call watching this match. Manchester United showed Liverpool the difference between challenging for the title and settling for a mid-table finish. Perhaps a more telling tale is the difference between United’s attitude after they were 3-0 down last weekend at Stamford Bridge and Liverpool’s attitude after going 2-0 down at Old Trafford today. We looked deflated, defeated and largely uninterested. Truthfully we were lucky to get a goal so late in the game and we never looked like scoring.

United’s midfield was confident and domineering, resulting in them having a calm control over the game in the second half. Liverpool gave the ball away and didn’t apply enough pressure, allowing United players to get comfortable on the ball. There was no sense of urgency from Liverpool, even though they needed to score 2 goals.

Besides the football, there was a lot to talk about in this game. The pre-match hype for the reunion of Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra was overdone and affected the game too much for my liking. It was a terrible decision by Suarez to refuse to shake Evra’s hand and I think many Liverpool fans would feel disappointed in his attitude throughout the game. That sort of behaviour is not acceptable at this club and we would expect our players to carry themselves with more dignity and sportsmanship than that. Innocent or guilty, by reacting the way he did, Suarez only made matters worse. Ferdinand refusing to shake Suarez’s hand was also uncalled for. He should know when to involve himself and when to stay out of situations that don’t concern him. Overall, Suarez seemed to be drawing too much attention to himself and the situation was given too much importance.

Both teams needed to get up and get on with it but they allowed it to fester which ultimately resulted in a rather childish reaction by Patrice Evra after the game. Gloating and goading the players, he paraded around in front of the United fans, trying to make a point and clearly loving every minute of it. Had he reacted more professionally, I would have felt more embarrassed for Suarez than I do. Evra’s “celebrations” just ended the game on a bitter note that left Liverpool feeling disrespected. Both players were up to no good, and both players behaved foolishly. At the end of the day, it’s about football and Liverpool have a lot to learn.

Suarez Evra Handshake <— Video Footage