Invasion of the noise-makers
OUR creative workers have garnered world-class recognition over the years. Peter Minshall, Beryl McBurnie, Winifred Atwell, Lord Nelson, Sparrow, Billy Ocean, Shadow, Ras Shorty I, Carlisle Chang, Denyse Plummer, Machel Montano, and many others have put our country's name on the international arts map.
I am a teacher/singer/songwriter who wishes to continue doing the same for this country. Lately, however, every opportunity I take to start focusing on brainstorming and developing ideas for my work is interrupted either by maxi or taxi drivers who in playing their radios or CDs have no concept of the phrase "happy medium", or private drivers of cars who blast music, some of which even contain obscene language, at top volume, so that I can not only hear it, but feel it, while I sit in my home, working on my lyrics, disturbing no one. This is not fair! I have tried earplugs; they create painful wax-buildup for me. Headphones are dangerous in this crime-infested nation; fully open ears can save your life.
My work often requires focused uninterrupted thought. T&T is my country too, and my process of work ought to be respected by the people towards whom I do already show citizenly consideration.
I am going to do my utmost to find and insist on the enforcement of noise legislation for these people who too frequently disturb my peace and to lobby for quiet zones, in which it is illegal to make such disturbances, ever; "noise variations" be damned.
Nzinga S Job