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02-01-2017 09:20 PM
travlin-easy
Re: South seas music

The Steel Drum, or "Pan", is a unique instrument, and one of the most recently invented! It is a skillfully hammered 55-gallon oil barrel which has been carefully tuned by hand to produce perfect musical tones. The drums were developed on the Caribbean island of Trinidad during the early years of the 20th century.

Gary
02-01-2017 07:57 PM
willyd
Re: South seas music

Speaking of music not native to the islands it's connected to, I've noticed that virtually every video of sailing in the Bahamas has steel drum/Caribbean/Jamaica-style music in the background, but it turns out that's not Bahamian at all; their music is quite different.
02-01-2017 06:02 PM
travlin-easy
Re: South seas music

Yep, had an Indian and wore a black leather jacket with a skull painted on the back. Did that for about a year, then my dad insisted that I join the US Navy. While I was deployed in the Med, dad sold the bike and the jacket. When I got home, he gave me the money and said "Now go buy yourself a car." The Marlin Brando look went away real fast. However, my wife said that back then I looked more like James Dean, and she has a photo in her wallet to prove it. One day, I'll scan the photo and post it. I was a real skinny kid back then, 20 years old, 6 feet tall and tipped the scales at 145-pounds.

All the best,

Gary
02-01-2017 04:04 PM
miatapaul
Re: South seas music

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I was when I was young, motorcycle jacket and all when I was a kid. But that was a very long time ago.

Gary
Yea I used to ride a bike, now I am just an old curmudgeon. But I was never Brando.


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02-01-2017 03:59 PM
travlin-easy
Re: South seas music

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Well your no Marlen Brando, if you were, you might get such a reception. (especially the young Marlen!)
I was when I was young, motorcycle jacket and all when I was a kid. But that was a very long time ago.

Gary
02-01-2017 03:06 PM
miatapaul
Re: South seas music

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Whenever I go ashore it's exactly like this. Entertaining but so time consuming.
Who cares how time consuming it is, that would be awesome!

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Willy, I've been to loads of islands, never really saw anything that looked that great except at some of the resorts. Unfortunately, most of the stuff we hear and see is generated out of Hollywood, which is not remotely close to being the real thing. But it sure made Hollywood a lot of money.



Good luck,

Gary
Well your no Marlen Brando, if you were, you might get such a reception. (especially the young Marlen!)
02-01-2017 07:15 AM
mbianka
Re: South seas music

Try the Super Mamas https://youtu.be/GQ8kgNRldbg?t=6m2s
01-31-2017 02:50 PM
travlin-easy
Re: South seas music

Ah, Betterton. I remember those scenes very well, Willy. I was there as a kid and the way we traveled there was aboard the Bay Bell, which was operated by the Old Bay Line. It seemed like it took all day to get there, but I was really just over an hour trip for the boat. Back then the water was clear enough for us kids to see bottom while standing in chin deep water, we always found soft shelled crabs hiding in the nearby grass beds, and picked up shells on the beach, most of which were clam and oyster shells. Amazingly, the summers seemed endless then, the winters were always quite short, and the girls, of course, were prettier.



Thanks for the memories,

Gary
01-31-2017 01:44 PM
willyd
Re: South seas music

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Willy, I've been to loads of islands, never really saw anything that looked that great except at some of the resorts. Unfortunately, most of the stuff we hear and see is generated out of Hollywood, which is not remotely close to being the real thing. ... it really does not reflect the music native to the islanders, which is mostly slow to intermediate drumming with a few whistles. Yes, they did have some dancing ladies back then, but nothing like the ones portrayed in the above video. But, keep those dreams alive my friend - dreams are what keeps us going.
This sounds like when I sailed to Betterton and found out there was no ice cream, only much worse.

http://www.kilduffs.com/BG603_BeachT..._Betterton.jpg
01-31-2017 01:32 PM
willyd
Re: South seas music

I thought the incorporation of Melanesian choir music into the film the Thin Red Line was pretty cool: https://soundcloud.com/tahalangi/the...ine-melanesian
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