STRAIGHT from the HEART

Goa Plus-6th August ’04

Jazz Goa’s second monsoon session at Gonslaves Mansion, Campal was all from the physical realm. Everything else that followed was from the spirit!
Jazzy Joe flying in especially at his own cost for the show, George Fernandez and Lester Godinho playing scintillating stuff, Helen Louise Jones singing for the cause as if there is no tommorrow, Belinda Oliveira coming off her holiday to regale the crowd with her melodius voice, her father Remy Oliveira, frail as he is in his 90’s mustering all the strenth just to be there, Caetano Filipe Colaco leaving everything aside for 48 hours to see that all systems were working to a T, Valerio Sequeira putting the effort despite being on antibiotics, Anthony and Mac playing from the heart the way i’ve never seen before…could i dare to call it the politics of co-operation?
Goans have excelled in the music world be it in the films or in hotels or in live shows all over the planet. But, if you look closely, things are not as rosy as they have been in the past. Despite being the hub of music talent and the place that has been the cradle of musical genius, live music is alive and kicking no doubt, but lots more needs to be done. And co-operation amongst musicians themselves and administrators too is paramount to ensure that Goa remains firmly in the saddle. After all, there is so much more than our own personal small worlds to look forward to.
The relationship between the music industry and the musician is like the relationship between a mother and her child or a teacher and her pupil. Of love, understanding, caring, teaching and forgiving if need be. There will never be any doubt that music flows in the veins of goans but can we be happy with only that? After all that is God’s gift and that gift will have that much a lesser meaning if it is not shared with others, if it is not there for others to tap for inspiration and learning. And that is were you come to admire the man, the phenomenon, the genius, the caring if sometimes, eccentric patriach, Jazzy Joe who not only enthralled the audience to a tizzy but had the time to have an impromptu workshop for kids who actually encouraged the likes of Veeam Braganza, Nikhil and Sahil Tavora, Nathan, Rukhma Narkar and others to come forward and play at the show. And this is where our future is. In encouraging our kids or hidden talents even among adults. And you’d be surprised at the punch that they carry.
It was exciting to have a jam packed crowd of people of all hues to create a brew of excellence, passion, genius and financial support. And, if you want to know how good the show was and to actually feel your heart beating, be there for the next one, for words just cannot acurately describe that racy feeling!

Armando Gonsalves

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