Recently I have heard people calling for dis and dat for artistes. I’m not getting into the worthiness of the calls. What I want to do is add my voice to the clamour.
I think it is time some serious award was given to Eric Lewis of MADD. Lew is one of the best writers in Barbados, don’ get tie up. You may not approve of his characters such as Archibull Cox and Rudefus but that’s not the point.
When it comes to humorous writing in song, yuh don’ want nuttin wid Lew. The man is a giant, tossing out killer lines like rice at a wedding. One of my favourites, Don’ Call Back Hey, nearly made me run off the road while driving one evening, real ting, when Lew sang: “Don’ call back hey/does not call back hey!” Sweetness self, I tell yuh.
It’s no surprise that he is such a brilliant comic writer, though; the man naturally igrunt. I heard him, in the character of Archibull, say on a sponsored programme last week that Bajans should not complain about “the few cents” rise in the price of bread.
Archibull said: “Imagine, wunnah mekkin noise bout few more cents fuh bread to feed wunnah children, but spennin’ $300 fuh a backpack fuh a dunksy child who head hard, hard. De only reason de boy got a head is cause hair don’ look good pun shoulders!” It takes a different kind of mind to go there.
But Lew is not all about comedy, though. As I have written here already, his Last Saturday Night is a classic anti-violence song which should be played every weekend. It addresses violence from the perspective of a “bad boy” and is chillingly graphic in its demonstration that senseless violence reaps a grim harvest. When last have you heard it?
His song this season about the treatment of the elderly is another song that should be played often, as it speaks with directness to very real issues among the elderly.
It’s time to big up Lew; he’s a boss.