Thanks for the people who are supporting me down here and at home, and for everyone who follows this discussion!
Thanks for all of these posts, Eric. You are so talented in the way your writing brings alive the sights and sounds (tastes, smells?) of your experiences. We have all enjoyed vicariously living out your first impressions of our Carnival and the pan scene here. Best of luck to you in all your future pursuits.
Good to know that you arrived home safely. Continue with your passion and dedication for the Pan ...surely good and positive things will come your way,..... best wishes with your Pan organization. It was a great pleasure meeting and sharing the 'Trini' experience with you..... stay in touch and visit us in Montreal in the future.
Eric... thank you so much for your blog about the 'land of oil and music' that Trinidad is. Sometimes we Trinis forget how wonderful our island is and maybe we focus too much on the negatives instead of dwelling on the positives which primarily are the majority of the people who live there and are so kind, generous, loving and cheerful even in the midst of adversity. I am absolutely certain that with people like you and the entire pan community that has finally been given an meeting place in WST to vent, talk, meet, chat and voice their thoughts and opinions; that Steel band in Trinidad will become strong again and take their place on the road and in the ears of the people of TNT. It is already in their hearts so it is not a long road to the end result.
Again....thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to bring us back to what we have in the heart and soul of Pan.
I'm sure by now you're waking up every morning pinching yourself in disbelief that it really wasn't a dream.
And as that thought swiftly vanishes, it is replaced by a very broad smile and a determination that it will be repeated hopefully several more times.
Although I left my home in Trinidad way back in 1966 and did not return until 2004. The food, atmosphere and steelband music was too much of a magnate for me to stay way. As soon as my wife Anna and I got back to England Carnival 2005 was booked. We have been back every Carnival since, up to 2010. Even though we missed this year, as an old Starlift boy it felt like you were my eyes and ears. For that we both thank you.
You no doubt have heard hundreds of stories of how it used to be, especially from guys like Hugh Borde. But you must not let that take anything away from your first encounter of the” fourth kind”
-being part of it, breathing it, feeling it, loving it. I really do hope next year God willing we meet in the House Of Music on Mucurapo Road extension. Until then, may you keep smiling, keep playing and enjoying life because you know what’s just round the corner, Carnival 2012! Life for Pan