Wow … !!!!!
As the skies darken, after having produced a morning & early afternoon of beautiful sunshine & heat, I am now chillin’, listening to some of dat Tribe Called Quest … GOODNESS … “Game Day feat Rodney Hampton” … !!!
It has been my conversations of recent times, that have proved to be very revealing, and thankfully, artistically, as well as culturally driven !!!!!
The talents that reside here in Bim, are few & far between, but … There is talent here, beyond the Calypsonians … !!!!!
I am surrounded mostly, by younger talents, who are expressing & developing, slowly but surely, but, then there are those who have ventured here from foreign lands, like myself, who, upon having convo’s with, clearly have experiences & interests, that, go beyond the realms of the written arts !!!
I remember being told, in my darker times, that, one day, I would be sitting on a beach chillin’ …. “CHECK !”
I also remember this same friend of mine, saying to me that …
“England & it’s people, are not the only people on the planet, and that there are good people further afield V ….. you just need to go, meet, greet & explore the mindstates of these people … !!!”
Well, Mr. B …
I can thankfully say that you were right. “Check !!”
When you hear of men sailing the Caribbean, and their experiences of doing so …. it just leaves you somewhat amazed & a lil’ bit jealous, that, you haven’t done it yourself !!!!!
However, everything is not for everyone right … !?! …
…. but, meeting people who can relay such tales, is indeed, a privilege of learning, not to be treated lightly !!!
I have experienced, what I believe to be, a multitude of things in this life, that, have rounded my persona & thinking, however, there are those people who make you realize that, you ain’t really done chit !!!!!
Ofcourse I have, but, you get my point … !!!
Certain conversations, especially when it comes to your art, and your passion for it, your experiences, learning & crafting of it, and the environments in which you were raised, are highly interesting things !!!!
Could you imagine being raised in Woodstock, yes, Woodstock … !!!!!
…. around so much creativity, whilst living next to, some of the most ignorant, rednecks on the planet, especially when you’re half white & black …. !?!
Well …. could you …. ?????
No you can’t … Right … !!!!!
Well, that’s the sort of man i’ve been connecting with in recent times ….
…. and Marc, let me just say, it’s been a pleasure, thus far ….
Long may it continue … !!!!!
The different energies that people have & share, can be enlightening, educational & spiritual.
The latter, being what feeds & keeps me moving, and, willing to engage with more people. Something that London was draining from me over the last few years.
I guess … A change is indeed, as good as a rest !!!!!
Conversations have ranged from poetic inspiration, writings that are not based on masses of thought, but, instinctive bursts of free expression !!!
Things that are denied to the majority of people, by the regimented programming of western societies !!!
Issues surrounding Afrocentrism, (whatever that actually is ???), which, too many, in my view, are now becoming dangerously obsessed with, when, in essence, whatever claims these individuals make today ….
…. Their sources of information, have to at least, have been tainted, twisted, or manipulated, to some degree …..
I speak about the past from my perspective, but, am a pragmatist, I hope, in how I reflect & then express, particularly on subjects, that are closely linked to slavery, race & unity.
It is rare to have conversations with people, where, that level of pragmatism is coming from both sides of the conversation, but, it is a great place to reach with an individual, who is getting to know you.
It is interesting, that, amongst all the Bajans that i’ve met, thus far, the conversations, that avail, what I deem to be higher levels of reasoning, are coming from Non-Bajans, who are now living here.
Hmmmmm ….. well, beaches, food, women & the weather, are things that have me thinking, that, leaving isn’t such a good idea, especially having just arrived really, even if the people here, can sometimes, drive you up the wall, due to their small island mentalities & behaviour …..
YES … I f’ing said it …. !!!!!
Pretty much, ALWAYS on some PROVING themselves pish ….
Testosterone levels, Ridiculously High … !!!!! ….
…. in male company, especially when in large groups, and, as discussed in recent posts, women ACTING all shy, when they are ones who love to be spreading dey thighs wid all & sundry, as recently discussed, for money ….
Hmmmm … once again, a not so attractive quality, but, in these convo’s that i’m having, there are so many favorable things said of Bajans, that, they themselves, seem reluctant and unwilling, to embrace in themselves ???
Yet, in conversation, they can be far from shy in expressing themselves, when they should perhaps, reign in their need to be heard & LISTEN … !!!!!
As a born & raised Englishman, I come from Big Brother, literally, so, barring the street moves & levels of skulduggery, that, is of course, gonna be somewhat different to the UK, much that Bajans get amped about, they speak on from a limited view, in many cases.
There are Bajans who have travelled & come back & therefore, see things from a bigger, broader perspective, for sure.
….. but …..
Those of us who connect, who are from foreign shores, can see much that Bajans choose to claim as being defined, as being, anything but, that straightforward.
Living & more importantly, working in environments filled with folks of multiple nationalities, reveals much that this island, beautiful as it is, still has to see, first hand.
As my man, Marc & I have discussed, to some extent over recent evenings, there is much to love about being here.
The fact that, in my case, i’m now surrounded by a majority who look like me, is a very pleasing feeling … !!!!!
Regardless of the ignorance, arrogance & cowardice, that is in evidence, on so many levels, it still feels more like home, than my home of the last 40 years or so … !!!!!!!!
As I await a visit from one of my newly acquainted, Rasta bredrin, who has been a revelation, in terms of being an exceptional Bajan, in terms of his mentality, values & movements, it strikes me more & more, that, my friend who I spoke about at the beginning of this post, who has travelled to much of the world, but, has yet to reach here, was right about meeting people outside of Pussyclaat … St-Engnk-land … !!!
…. Get yoself ova here Mr. Bhups !!!!!!
I’ll be interested to see what your assessment of the people of Bim will be ….. ???
Annnddd … all I cans say is …. be they with Bajans or Non-Bajans ….
May conversations of the type, that i’ve had, over the last few nights ….
Long continue ….. !!!!!
Peace y’all …. and don’t forget, the Iron Mic / Animekon event, on Friday, at ….
Elements on The Bay, Carlisle Bay, St. Michael ….
…. where I shall be unveiling, an altar ego of mine, you superhero & anime fans, will, I GUARANTEE …. ENJOY …. !!!!!
Peace y’all and watch out for some other artists words to be posted up shortly …..
2 Responses to “Okay … New Levels of Convo … written by Big Virge 15/8/2012”
August 15th, 2012 at 9:19 pm
Big man, it’s been an absolute pleasure and let the adventure continue. The mission go forward while at the same time see the sights around you.
Your knowledge and talent need to be heard.
August 16th, 2012 at 4:38 pm
Yes, Barbados does have its strong and weak points. Some are still learning day by day on the things they need to change and look at the bigger picture. I’m glad you came over and feel somewhat at home, even if – the only favorite part of yours is that the majority all look like you… FINALLY! huh Big V? LOL