My comments about my enjoyment of the recent steelband parades have been misinterpreted as an endorsement of steelbands on trucks , so I wish to further clarify my thoughts, to clear up any misunderstandings.
Now , I fully appreciate why it's done , but I don't like steelbands on trucks.
Like I've said many times, I think something about the steelband vibration is lost , with the distance created between the steelband , the natural environment , and the people.
Having said that , I've never been about necessarily returning to the way we did things in the last century , and I've also stated this on many occasions..
My thing is, and always have been, about the importance of the steelbands participating in Trinidad's main cultural event , the carnival street parade.
I'm convinced that modern , efficient , twenty-first century means can be used to mobilize the steelbands , but if we must settle for trucks , so be it.
I however will never accept the fact that putting steelbands on trucks is the best way to display and demonstrate the beauty and power of a steelband on the move.
Other forms of motor driven conveyances , platforms closer to the ground for example , may prove more effective., but the truck bed , though it affords a convenience we cannot deny , is certainly not my preference.