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Mar 23, 2010

On the Street where you live.

Wherever you live, you dream. You dream that one day you will live in Goa. Where the skies are bluer and the sand more golden. Where the feni is.. feni. Colin did that. Born in Kalina. Lived in Bombay all his life till four years ago. Made a living doing what he loves. Which is play guitar. Stuck to playing guitar while everyone and their dog told him he should get a regular job. Played with bands, with choirs, in hotels auditoriums and churches. He does the samething now. But in Goa. In his home set in the fields of Sangolda. Right at the Lightning Club if you’re coming from Porvorim, left at the Lighting Club if you come in from Calangute. On any given Monday or Tuesday right thru to Sunday he’s at a gig. Where he does the whole nine yards. From playing wedding songs to which only the eighty pluses in the audience know the words to, to music that rave DJd a nomencalature for. In his home strewn with guitars he makes music. He runs JazzGoa. He records local artists and sends them out into the world thru the internet. He does it for free. He matches up music impresario X with musician Y. Musicians from all over the world come to Goa. He Beatles and Peter Framton and The Who. Who? Go suck on your dudu bottle. Musicians find their way to Colin. Even though he’s hidden behind a guitar almost as big as himself.
He uses a fretless bass guitar. Whats that ? The equivalent of finding needles in a haystack on a superlong fretboard and then arranging them in height order to give you bass lines that stay in your head long after the bands gone home. He’s in august company. Legendary company. Lester Godinho, Yvonne Gonsalves, Darryl and Sharon Rodrigues. Yes Lester who called Leslie Godinho dad. And Yvette who called Chic Chocolate Dad. And Sharon who calls Braz Gonsalves Dad and Yvonne Mom. Genes that made music strumming umbilical cords. And havent stopped since.


The Cloudcutter said...

Will take the right at Lightning Club next time I'm there.
And hey, I went to school with Sharon and her sister Laura. They were amazingly talented even back then.

Welcome back :-)

Colin D'Cruz said...

hey clement, i'm truly honoured! just one thing, you forgot to mention architects and bollywood stars who make it to my place aswell ;) thanks a lot, have to share this blog on facebook

Anonymous said...

Clemzzzz - gud 2 have u back, men. So u were in Goya'n....sucking caju from the garrafao'n. Missed you in Bandra on the tventeeth. Nxt time men. Luv to Abbers
Anders from Anderi
(I know I know dis is a Bandra buggers site. Just got lost, men wot 2 do. Altu faltu time pass no.)

mentalie said...

yup, everyone dreams of living in goa. one of the great truths of life.

Banno said...

Good for Colin, to have made his dream (and a lot of other people's dream) come true. :)

Anonymous said...

I remember Colin from his Choir days in St Anthony's Church Vakola. Very quite and composed, more of a listner. Happy to see and appreciate the good work he does thru his FB page and studio in Goa.