calypso joe/spirit girl jo

Soon after stepping out of a small simple wooden boat onto a dock in the town of Old Bank on Bastimentos Island, we were greeted by Calypso Joe. Joe was born on this island. He helped us find the only place open for lunch on the island. After we ordered our fish dinners he offered to serenade us till our food arrived.

He asked after 3 or 4 reggae and calypso songs if we liked his music. I said yes. He then responded with: “It may not be my voice, it is because I sing always from my heart” , as he placed his hand over his heart and smiled that bright smile.

I thought to myself that in life isn’t that what makes songs sound sweeter and smiles seem brighter… when they come from the heart ? Calypso Joe is an inspiration for another spirit girl: “Jo”. She has been conceived and her image and message await her canvas back in my studio. What a sweet way to commemorate such a simple connection with such a lovely wise island man.

Peace from the islands,


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