Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 4th 2014 Contents than just having an MP3 on your hard drive.
When shops like the one I ran close, you lose
something more than a store. Growing up, going
into Rhyner s Record Shop on Prince Street there
was like going into a museum. Mrs Rhyner would
explain about all kind of old music like KC & The
Sunshine Band. You buy a CD on the street and the
man don t even know what he selling! Is kinda sad.
The best thing about working in a music and
movie shop is, I get to see and hear everything
before everybody else! When we get new stock, is
like Christmas Day every day. The worst thing is
when a customer with a terrible voice come in and
sing one line from a song totally off-key. And then
ask you who sing it, because they want to buy that
There is a lot of good music you just don t hear
about in Trinidad. You could have heard it in my
A Trini is a lively, outstanding individual. Any-
where he goes, you can spot a Trini.
The cliché is that Trinidad and Tobago is paradise.
But it is. We just need to look at what we have and
try not to destroy it.
Through a freak accident with a
broom handle when I was 13, I lost
my vision in the left eye. Children
could be cruel, and I got my little
taunts and thing. But the whole key
is not to let it keep you back. My bas-
ketball coach didn t want me to try out
for the team but I forced the issue and
eventually played for the school.
The one-eye could be a sports
advantage. It real hard to beat me in
I started working in the CD store by
accident. I came on for a summer job
and they kind of realised I got along
well with people and knew a lot about
music. I started helping with the order-
ing, what we should bring in. Making
the genre choices wider, bringing in
more opera, jazz, that kind of stuff.
The only way you could really enjoy
your job is if you know and like what
you re doing. Regardless of how big or
small the job may seem, you ll find
yourself getting up every day wanting
to do your job.
We sold a lot of our stock on sale.
One of the last was a Harry Potter
VHS tape. You wouldn t think Harry
Potter would have been around in
videotape days but there you are.
Kids nowadays don t know any-
thing about any era other than their
own. They live for now and now alone.
There re still a lot of people who
like to buy hard copies of their music.
It s kinda nice, too, to have something
in your hand: a booklet to open, liner
notes of a new CD. You feel a lot better
Monday, August 4, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
What or who is God? When the answer to this question is
sought, one discovers that God is the glory immanent in
Nature. The earth rotates on its axis at a speed of thou-
sand miles an hour. As a consequence, we have alterna-
tions of day and night, which helps us to live on this globe.
Besides, it moves around the sun at the rate of 66,000
miles an hour, causing the seasons which bring rains for
crops and vegetation which sustain human life. The earth
does not profit in the least by these rotations but human
beings survive, enjoy life and prosper on account of them.
Nature must indeed be laughing at the sterile frenzies, the
endless pursuits, and the countless miseries to which
human beings submit themselves to, in their search for
achieving the unachievable! You must search in Nature the
sacred lessons it holds for you; then, you will understand
how deep and how everlasting is the Truth that it conveys
My name is Shannon De Castro and the CD store
I ran for 12 years recently closed down.
My mom and dad named me after a song by
Henry Gross. "Shannon was lost at sea/ Blah-blah-
blah". Years later we found out Shannon was actually
his dog. So I was named after a lost dog at sea.
De Castros have a rich Portuguese heritage. I
know bout garlic pork! I can t make it though.
I live in Maraval but I m originally from Belmont.
I go back every Sunday to play football in the Savan-
nah in front of Cadiz Road.
People have this thing Belmont is a bad area.
They wouldn t believe how nice it is! The area is
so compact, the houses so close together. My neigh-
bours, one is African, the other is Indian. Two houses
down is Chinese. Everybody close together.
The Harts are my cousins and, when I was a
young boy, Edmond Hart had his mas camp on
Jerningham Avenue. My dad used to play bass for
a band called Embryo, with Nappy Myers. David
Rudder used to pass through, to check my dad. Two
blocks from me was Jason Griffith s original sailor
band mas camp. The area is a rich area, cultural-
I have a nine-year-old daughter, Hileigh Rose.
My ex and I get along well, so I see Hileigh every
Shannon De Castro
TRINI TO D BONE
as told to BC Pires
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Last of the CD Mohicans
People have this thing Belmont is a
bad area. They wouldn't believe how
nice it is! The area is so compact, the
houses so close together. My
neighbours, one is African, the other is
Indian. Two houses down is Chinese.
Everybody close together.
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