Dey blew John horn
Dem girls didnât just wake up last Fry-dey morning and decided dat dey were having ah 75th Birthday
Party foh dey Father de next day. Mek it better, Mummy was also celebrating her 75th around de same time.
Therein lies de challenge.
Mummy is a very private person, she not in dis âHorn fuh dem Dem!â She would prefer a quiet weekend wid blood-friends, some-way peaceful and quiet like de Grenadines, away from it all, sip ah glass ah wine, listen nice music and shake ah leg. She loves she dance, remember how she does carry-on while conducting Kingstown Choral concerts. But we talking bout real dance like âDancing cheek to cheekâ, or as Frank Sinatra sang: âI saw a man who danced with his wife in Chicago, my hometown!â Dats âJan Fuh Dem!â Ah will say no more, she done scold me off, threatening to sue me.
About ah year ago, daughters Zhinga and Oneka gave me early warning dat their dadâs âThird Twenty-fifth birthdayâ was coming up, and dey were planning ah surprise something, and ah must avail myself foh dat Big Day. Ah heard no more until dey âStormedâ, as in attempted âMutinyâ, my home, armed wid video camera and tape, and instructed me to spill my guts. Dey âStormedâ ah lot of Johnâs long-standing friends and colleagues as well, from Emperors and Kings to his faithful Grass Root friends. After looking at those short Videos on Sat-dey Night the consensus of everybody is/was dat âJohn was ah Johnny good Fellar!â
But John too was Stormed, and was invited to name ah few of de people whom he cherishes dearly and wanted to be with him at his Big Do. De list climbed from 150 to 500, as expected de majority ah dem were his former constituents from Rose Place, Edinboro, Block 2000, Largo Height, Lowmans, Montrose and Paulâs Lot! So whether yuh were Grass Roots or Royalty, Police or deputy, NDP or ULP, Starlift blasted it out â âHorn Foh Dem!â
De mood of de Party was clear: Blessings of course was taken care of by our beloved Schoolmate, Revâd Fr Ulric Jones who, along wid Revâd Fr Everton Weekes, will on August 7th, celebrate 40 years toiling in Godâs Vineyard. Dey was music and it had to be Pan, Starlift! Ah marathon dinner performance by two youngsters, Darron and Reajhuan, Violinist and Panist, currently âStormingâ de region wid great music.
Two videos of John, going back in time as seen in de eyes of his friends and relatives. John paid tribute to good ole Penny Bread and salt butter, dat bonded him and his dad with love. Everybody thought de food was tasty and plenty, Kodos foh Joche Caterers.
Patrons heard some short powerful tributes by Johnâs niece, Rosy Dopwell; a message from his sister-in-law Earline, famous for her beautiful âWilliamsâ Voice. She was hoarse, but never-the-less sang ah verse of âMemoriesâ ah duet wid me. Den dey was ah Harmonica Tribute by one of Johnâs treasured friends Ardon Bess, ah famous Vincentian Actor who has and is still doing big things on stage in Canada.
Emotions took centre stage when youngest daughter, Zinzi and eldest grand-daughter Maia rendered de song âSomewhere over the Rainbow.â Ah had to wipe my tears, especially when John âStormedâ de stage to join dem and mek it ah Trio. And den de Five Sisters showered Thanks and Praises on Daddy. It was clear datâDey Blew His Horn!
Ah John Horneâs Birthday Party is not over until dem young grannies and gran-dads âStormedâ de Stage to DJ Too Cool selections, blowing more âHorn Foh Demâ. Great party. And wid dat is gone ah gone again
One Love Bassy
Bassy Alexander is a land surveyor, folklorist and social commentator.