Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Following last week's admission that this blog isn't going to change the world, I decided to use it to chronicle the answering of some heavy questions that weigh on my mind.

For starters, how did a form of Caribbean music end up named after a chick from Greek Mythology?

I know, you're thinking, "WTF?" but I don't waste my time with easy things like not giving a flip about why things are the way they are, I wake up with Taj Mahal in my head and start wondering, how. How the hell did that crazy Odysseus suddenly end up somewhere in the general area of Trinidad and Tobago while cavorting on Malta?
Banana Boat by krapzapper
Boat, I know.

Naturally, Wikipedia has an entry on how whitey discovered the music when slaves of the French were allowed to make sound.

That doesn't really tell me anything except a faction of humanity is totally insane and another--thankfully stronger--chunk of the population manages to keep singing even when living under really really messed up circumstances. Which I'd grasped by the age of four.

Looking up the musicians themselves, I found out the type of song called Calypso started out as Kaiso. Which brings my quest to an abrupt end. The only connection exists in the confused minds of the fans and writers of the Pirates of the Carribean franchise.

I realize I could have just asked my neighbors' cousins, but I didn't want to seem like a total ass. So I put it on the Internet.


Wigwam Jones said...

And here I thought this was about Jaques Cousteau. "'ere we have de pencil fish. Note how it glides along de current, unawares of the approaching doom in de form of de pencil-sharpener fish." I miss his Undersea World...

BrideOfPorkins said...

So do I, Wiggy. I used to watch that all the time as small fry.