August 28, 2012

Steel Impressions

Last Wednesday evening, I went to the public library to see a free jamboree by New York's premier steel drum band, Steel Impressions. The group specializes in the music of the Caribbean which includes reggae, soca, and calypso. Within the first ten minutes of the show, the audience was clapping along with the songs and all of the children in house were dancing in the aisles. It was definitely a feel-good type of night. The steel pans have a very unique timbre and each piece was carefully woven into a tapestry of bell-like tones. Selections included Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" and the energetic "La Bamba." The only damper on the evening was the actual weather; the show was supposed to performed on the library's outdoor green patio, but rain had moved it into the Community Room. I can only imagine how beautiful this whole experience would have been in the fresh air under a canopy of stars.

After the performance had concluded, the members of the group were ready and willing to answer questions from the audience. They talked for quite a while about their instruments and their music. They were very friendly and I was intrigued by the history and background of the steel drum. It was nice to see people so excited to share their gifts with others. They also took the opportunity to show the range of the instrument by playing Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor." A fascinating night, for sure. I couldn't help but think that I would really like to experience this music again someday in a tropical setting. Love & light...

"If God is for us,
who can be against us?"

~Romans 8:31