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Calypso

Love and loss, sex and skullduggery, conquests, failures, foibles – these are the elements of calypso, the stories in song that personify the islands of the West Indies. Calypso’s origins and rhythms are African, but somewhere along the way they were seduced by the innocence of the Caribbean. Originally a medium of communication among the poor, calypso stories were originally sung by the chantwell, a sort of town crier who provided information spiced with social commentary. Over the years, the commentary became the driving force, and the story-songs sought to entertain, amuse, and poke fun at everything from errant spouses to jaded northern tourists attempting to step out of their button-down world into the leisurely pace of the islands. The following stories also seek to entertain, amuse, and poke fun, particularly at those of us who think we have a corner on reality.

What other folks have said about Calypso.

Calypso in paperback is available through your favorite book store.  It’s also available here.  Various ebook formats are available at Smashwords.

Sample a story and listen to some calypso:

 

Stone Cold Dead in de Market

A naked body sits in the sunny marketplace while five American tourists sweat out the consequences on a balcony above.  Continue reading.

Island in the Sun

They told Santo his tree would never grow.  Continue reading.

 

16 comments on “Calypso

  1. Thomas Phelps
    December 28, 2010

    Well, you forgot to mention “bookmobile driver” in your biography. Okay, so I’ve found your books and intend to get ’em and read ’em. Linda looks out for you, she mentioned the books in the holiday card you sent. And I thought that you were still changing bed sheets and lighting fires in the big Vermont fireplace… Send me your email.
    tom

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    • rdaybell
      January 2, 2011

      Tom, I obviously should have mentioned the bookmobile — it’s the most important job I ever had. I see you’re still actively working (and winning awards — congratulations). My email is rdaybell@gmavt.net. I’m also on facebook if you do that sort of thing.

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      • vyvacious
        November 5, 2012

        So I’m a creeper apparently who likes to stalk other people’s comments… Do you happen to have a fan page on Facebook set up? I searched for your name but so far have only seen your actual profile. Just wondering!! 🙂

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        • Richard Daybell
          November 5, 2012

          I don’t. Because what if I did a fan page and no fans showed up?

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          • vyvacious
            November 5, 2012

            Then that would be a sad day indeed… But I don’t think that would happen.

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