One of the things I love most about my trips to Anguilla is how often wildly crazy and fun situations just seem to materialize out of thin air. I used to believe that I was just that lucky to be in the right places at the right times (a lot), but now I think it really has more to do with the personalities of the people that live on the island. Somehow, they just seem more open to engaging with others and including everyone around them in their seemingly constant quest for laughter and happiness.
I often emerge from these spur-of-the-moment bouts of hilarity feeling giddy and wondering how I could possibly explain what just happened to friends while properly conveying the magic of how it all seemed to come about. I usually decide that it would be impossible to describe it accurately and just hope that the memory lives on in my head for as long as possible.
Well, on my last trip to Anguilla, one of these very special moments came about on a random day when I was hanging out at The Sunshine Shack on Rendezvous Bay. There just happened to be a sort of all-star cast of people there relaxing and having fun, when Sprocka, a well-known and extremely talented musician on Anguilla, picked up a guitar and treated us all to an impromptu concert!
And this time, I managed to pull out my video camera in time to catch most of it. I am so excited to have captured it on “film”! Of course, this means that I’m able to share it here with you and, hopefully, you can get a sense of what I mean when I describe these moments as being truly magical. At the very least, you should at least get a few laughs out of it!
A bit of background on this first clip:
Just a few minutes before this video was taken, Elvis (aka ‘Ela”, in the Knicks jersey) of Elvis’ Beach Bar in Sandy Ground, Anguilla, had just tried his hand at sailing a one-person Sunfish sailboat around in the water. (You can see it, with the red, blue & white sail in the background of the videos below.) I’m not sure exactly what happened, but he ended up sailing it right into Sprocka’s boat, luckily without causing any damage (as far as I know!).
Sprocka took that as an opportunity to invent a new song right then and there, called “Ela F*ck Up Mi Boat”. He entertained us with this hilarious song, and with Floyd (drummer for Omari Banks’ band “Eleven”) providing masterful percussions on a nearby bar stool, continued on into a song called “Big Bamboo”. Also in attendance are Garvey and Perry Lake, two of the three brothers who own The Sunshine Shack, Anguilla. (Yes, you might want to use discretion when deciding the volume at which to play this clip…)
In this second clip, we all joined Sprocka singing Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” with solos by Garvey, Elvis, Perry, and unfortunately for you all…me (Patty)! (Sorry about the bad camerawork, especially while I was trying to sing – I’m not too talented at doing more than one thing at a time…or at singing! Ha!)
Next, Sprocka treated us to his version of Eric Clapton’s (and CCR’s) “Before You Accuse Me” and showed off his unbelievable guitar skills. He left us all in complete awe! Be sure to pick up your jaw when the clip is done. :)
In this final video, Sprocka did a bit of the Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun” and once again, we are amazed by what this guy can do with a guitar.
I know I’ve seen Sprocka perform at the CuisinArt Resort in the past, but I’m not sure if that’s still a part of his schedule. For more information, contact him via his website at http://www.sprocka.com.
I hope that, after watching the above videos, you get a sense of how incredibly joyful it was to actually be there for this unplanned moment in time. I’m so happy that I had my video camera with me that day, or it would’ve all just faded into a distant memory that no one could prove ever happened. All of life is kind of like that, I guess, but I’m glad to be able to hang onto this bit of time for a while…