My Corn Tree | Kurt Allen | Trinidad and Tobago Calypso 2017

The art of double entendre, when used properly, is an effective communication tool. The use of words, done for ambiguity (double meaning) or just to get you involved and attentive is what it is all about. Now that brings us to this moment in time... it is story time again and we have a good one to review. For this story we head to the mountains where an astute gardener (The Last Bardjohn of Calypso) is about to sow his seeds (My Corn Tree). The seeds are planted to bear fruit for consumption or, in another scenario, it could be seeds of knowledge planted to enlighten us all.  How you interpret it (the song) determines your understanding of the conversation taking place between the teacher (chantwell) and the student (you, the citizen).

Most of the time people don't have an idea what a song is about but get hooked by certain words and phrases used in the song. Over and over again you will hear, 'they fork it up' and from that, you may rush to judgment and consider it smut without realizing the deep meaning behind the thought process. Are you a student of the process or a simple minded individual who would demand that the song is played at nights because it is too risqué. On the other hand, you get it and truly understand the double entendre used causing you to shout out, Kaiso, Kaiso!  Which one are you?

Too much talk and not enough about the song. We have to credit Kurt Allen and Mr. Kenny Phillips for their excellent work on this song. The lyrical content, the music and the drama to release the song. Well done. Kudos to everyone who had input in this project.

Kurt tells the story of the growth or trouble to grow his crop and in this case, he is bemoaning the problems, the setbacks and the people who constantly try to hold back progress. From the time we envisioned independence for the country people, for various reasons, have attempted to stifle progress. Who is to blame? Every time his 'corn tree' starts to blossom, someone 'forks it up'. Likewise whenever we see progress in the development of the country (Trinidad and Tobago) someone (he keeps asking the question who is doing it) impedes the growth and progress of the nation.

However, it goes deeper than just material growth, it is also about intellectual growth. The situation is the same today as it was in the past (education that teaches us to pass tests never thinking and resolving issues) and for that reason, we are living like rats in the city now... each man to himself forgetting that we should seek out each other's interest.

We all took a beating in the story when he talked about his 'blind neighbor Ram say he saw a man'. You can interpret that however you want but to me is simply tell me that the problems and answers are right there for us to see but because of our partisan ways our blind allegiance to our own selfish causes that we simply can't see our way out of the morass. One can't see the forest for the trees.

He ends with hope and took into consideration what is taking place in America and the problems that that 'great country now has to endure'. As such he is staying home to help cultivate the hearts and minds of his fellow citizens. He ends with the hope that the present custodians of the garden (government) have a plan to do right, to follow a path of righteousness and good governance to lead us all to a better place.

Nice story telling Mr. Chantwell but from my vantage point the gardening methods used need to be updated. The soil has the potential but the gardeners all come from the same broken school and, to be honest, the school is in need of dire repairs! This model of governance has been seen before, and it looks like 'ground hog day' all over again...  keeps repeating itself every five years!

This song is well crafted and will succeed on its merits. However, this is where we encourage you to support the artist and the production team. We want you to spread the word about  the song and share this post. Please keep in mind that the success (of the song) will accelerate if you act. Let me say it again, now it is up to you to ensure that this song rides the airwaves. Please call in to your favorite radio jocks and request the song. We invite you to share your thoughts about the song and music production.

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Good luck with the Calypso Kurt. Ah  Wanna Fly... Kaiso, Kaiso!

Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title: My Corn Tree
Performed by: The Last Bardjohn of Calypso (Kurt Allen)
Written by: Kurt Allen
Arranged by: Kenny Phillips
Produced by: KMP Music Labs

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