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Day 24: Merry X-mas!

This has been a real labor of love for Cherry. We’re so excited to finally share it with you. Although we are going to miss you guys asking where the Jenny video is. ;)

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Machel Montano - HMA (Steelpan Cover) “Happiest Man Alive"by Leeandro Noray and  Keishaun Julien

Watch on kechawachaflocka.tumblr.com

I was asked to play a piece at the reception for my grandma’s funeral, and my cousin said she would record it. What I didn’t know was that she would put it on YouTube. So yeah. Here it is. Description from the vid:

My cousin Desai Spanos learnt this song on very short notice and dedicated it to his grandmother (my aunt) at her funeral reception this past Monday, because it was her favorite song from back home. She still had the original on vinyl y'all! Thank you Desai for this wonderful memory. You lifted everyone’s spirits up during a very emotional time. #RIPAuntieCynthia

The song is Government Boots by Mighty Gabby. It’s about how the government of Barbados decided to use tax money to create a military, and how everyone thought it was a stupid idea.

I can pick out so many things wrong with this performance, but in the end it just comes down to I whipped up a solo arrangement and a backtrack in about 6 or 7 hours of practice time total, and was able to perform it with only minor mistakes. I’m proud of myself, but most importantly I know that my grandma would be even more proud of me. And she’d probably be dancing if she were there.

Big thanks to my cousin Anndrea for recording this.