Honey in his music
We have lost ah great Musician in the passing of Roland Sardine. Ah donât know how many instruments he actually played, but in addition to his skills in playing and tuning de Piano, his high point would be de number of youngsters, male and female he would have taught to play just about every instrument, as well as vocals. Rolandâs home, first de Sardineâs family home in Long Wall and later at Arnos Vale, has always been like a music nursery. He gave music lessons to ah lot ah youngsters foh Free! Somehow he had de technique in getting his students band-ready in quick time, de trouble was, as soon as dey learned dey basic, dey abandoned him and moved on to greener pastures. Beneficiaries of Rolandâs musical expertise are my two brothers, Len, who still plays de Key-boards and Bass Guitar, and Don, the Drums.
Ah very interesting revelation surfaced during ah “Best Combo Side Competitionâ at Russells Cinema, dat would be as far back as in de 1970-80âs. Dey were about six groups including Rolandâs. All of ah sudden, de MC announced dat he had made an observation, dat there was at least one member in every band dat appeared on stage who began their musical journey playing with Rolandâs band. It was ah proud moment foh Roland, who did not even take a bow; he just sat next to his key-board, in his usual “neither here nor thereâ manner.
Roland was one of de better Entertainers (Pianists) in SVG. He would have honed his musical talent entertaining some of de worldâs richest and most famous personalities on de Grenadine islands of Mustique and Canouan.
Ah want to welcome de Bo-beer-john Psychiatrist, Dr Ermine Bell to SVG. Her contract states she will be wuking here five days ah month, dat Lie-Za says, is Madness. Your first assignment Dr. Belle should be at Belle-Lie but Lie-Za needs yuh. She is Mad like hell and needs your attend-shun, she recently got her PHD lie-son (Pot Hole Dodging) and says, dat yuh will need ah PhD like hers if yuh have to drive on de roads in SVG. And Lie-Za says dat by your second assignment which should be at Cabinet Room, in addition to being ah Psychiatrist, yuh will need to be a Psychic to psyche out all the madness that pass fuh good govern-ants. Come what may, please enjoy your visits to SVG. And wid dat is gone ah gone again.
One Love Bassy
Bassy Alexander is a land surveyor, folklorist and social commentator.