Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 17th 2016 Contents WOW! It feels like the year is speeding by faster than
a greased pig on roller skates...or maybe the year is
moving along at its usual pace and I'M the pig on roller
This morning, as I'm editing, it's almost as if there is a
part of me that is coolly pondering the Oxford comma,
while another part of me, who's trapped in the back of
my head, is running in circles, screaming.
I've found that the best way to soothe and quiet feral
me, so that professional me can get on with her day, is
through meditation. It's a rare day in which I boot up
before embarking on the ritual of slipping quietly inside
I use an app for that, Calm.com, but naturally you can
do it any way you like, with music or without, with in-
cense or scented oils, or without; all you need is a few
minutes and some patience.
What has meditation done for me? Plenty. I've used it
to reduce stress and smooth away anxiety. Lull myself
to sleep or energise and motivate myself in the morn-
ing. Meditation has taught me to steer clear of self-
doubt or self-pity, and to tame the "monkey mind". It
has even taught me to exude forgiveness to those who
don't deserve it, and loving-kindness to everyone, even
people who get on my last remaining --- and Lord
knows they are legion.
You should try it. The great thing about meditation is
that it can be whatever you want it to be. If you have
religious convictions about the subject, you can think
of it as centering prayer. Chant... or don't. Use a
mantra...or don't. Just embrace your calm and take it
into the rest of your day.
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Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt January 17, 2016
| FROM THE EDITOR |
QUOTE OF THE WEEK "How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to
build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself."
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write a song for me in order to have a career, or to do
something different, or to experiment with music."
She has developed and maintained a solid brand as an
artiste, and has done so without wavering, although she
has been given grief about her intense approach at times.
When asked about this, she is firm about who she is, "The
first thing you have to figure out when becoming an
artiste, is if you want to be a fake artiste or a real artiste.
A fake artiste is someone that will pose backstage with
artistes they don't deal with, they will do stuff for public-
ity, and they don't really back it up in reality. They don't
walk what they talk; they just say stuff because it will
sound nice to the public. A real artiste makes mistakes,
has faults, is not perfect, tries their best, and if they are
not into something, even if everyone else is into that, they
are willing to stand up and go against the grain. I am one
of those persons who is not afraid to say if something is
not me, even if it makes me unpopular, if people think, 'Oh,
she feel she better than everybody else', that's fine. You
are free to think what you want to think, I'm comfortable
enough to absorb that and keep moving. "
Having been an artiste for more than a decade, and hav-
ing weathered ups and downs in the musical industry her-
self, Fay-Ann is also determined to give a hand to
upcoming artistes. Both she and her husband, Bunji Garlin,
dedicate five minutes of their performance time at events
to a new artiste. This way, new artistes get the exposure
they need to survive in the industry. Last year, the Soca
couple promoted Flipo, this year, they are promoting
On the other hand, she is also experimenting with music
as she continues to evolve as an artiste, and roll with the
waves. She has shown her versatility by blending EDM
with Soca on her 2014 hit 'Catch Me' and last year's 'Raze'.
In late 2015, she also teamed up with BET'S International
Artiste of the Year, Stonebwoy Burniton, out of Ghana, to
create a new genre, Afro-Soca. As her artiste persona de-
velops and evolves, Fay-Ann has become Aza Sefu,
Swahili for powerful sword.
However, she is not just Fay-Ann the artiste. She is also
Fay-Ann the wife that loves to cook up a storm in the
kitchen, and try them out on the very willing 'guinea pig',
Bunji. To her daughter, she is simply Mummy, not the
holder of musical titles. "When you have kids, you want
them to grow up normal. When we are at home, we try
to keep it as regular as possible. If you ask my daughter
what does your mummy and daddy do, she will say -- they
sing. That's it. She does not understand celebrity status.
Peppa Pig is her superstar, at a point in time Dora had
more forward than me," she laughs.
In essence, this woman is quite candid about who she is
and what she believes. It is very refreshing to interview
someone and not feel like they said what they thought
you wanted to hear.
"The first thing you have to figure out
when becoming an artiste, is if you want
to be a fake artiste or a real artiste."
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