when I was a teenager
before I had status
and before I had a pager, or email, or facebook, or twitter, or gps, or blogs…
I recently celebrated my 38th birthday, which is always a good time to reflect back on one’s life. I have plenty to be grateful for: loving parents, a beautiful wife, inspiring friends, etc, but I’m also grateful to have just been old enough to have been a young adult before the last 15 years of technology. I say grateful because before all this “interconnectedness”, when there was something great going on right in front of you, there was nothing to do but connect with it.
We see it all the time now. At every live show there’s people with their illuminated faces looking downward at their phones and tablets while scrolling, texting, tweeting, deciding which filter to use for their Instagram photo with amazing music going on right in front of them. Contrast all that with this live footage from 1981 of Ti Mano and Gemini All-Stars recorded at a gymnasium in Haiti, and tell me who has it better?
Be sure to keep watching through the 2nd part of this long video with Ti Mano performing with the D.P. Express at the Château Royal (10:15 mark). More amazing music!
As always enjoy and don’t ever forget how to lose yourself in music.
I grew up in the age of disco’s melting over point, i.e. Kiss’s I was made for loving you, Disco Duck, and my redneck neighbors taking disco dancing lessons. By the time 1981 rolled around the backlash was in a full effect. To be honest, I was still enamored by that lit up disco floor in Saturday Night Fever which by no coincidence was the key visual ingredient in MJ’s video for Billie Jean. Around this time anything associated with disco was laughed at and verbally spit upon. Thankfully Ti Manno (formally of D.P. Express) and his Gemini All Stars didn’t let any anti-disco sentiment stop his amazing kompa band from expressing his love affair with the disco club. Then again this ain’t your tio’s disco. Brief footnote: Kompa is the official national music of Haiti that has it’s roots in traditional African rhythms (close cousin to Zouk and Merengue). For me kompa is one of the most celebratory forms of music and I certainly don’t need a lit up dance floor to have me dancing to this Haitian disco.
Vive Le Disco by Gemini All Stars De Ti Manno
Vive Le Disco
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