Last update: 24-Apr-2014 4:55 pm
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian Online
You are here
Remembering Bunny Rugs
Sometimes dreams come true in the most unexpected ways. Once upon a time—30 years ago to be exact—when I was a technical writer at the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company in cold, dreary and rainy Seattle, I dreamed of starting a new life in the sunny Caribbean.
I fueled those dreams by going home every evening and listening to the strong, melodic voice of William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke, lead singer of Third World, crooning Try Jah Love and Sense of Purpose. Bunny Rugs’ voice had a gritty strength that emerged from a warm, strong tone and that, to me, felt like the perfect voice. My life, I felt, strongly needed a sense of purpose—minus the love part of the song.
I had visited T&T on a Christmas vacation, and I had a couple of Sparrow and Swallow albums—real albums, the kind you could drop and break—but it was much easier to relate to Third World’s universal themes of love, faith and hope at that point in my life. The far northwest corner of the US is a far cry from the Caribbean, and I didn’t quite know how I would turn my dream into a reality.
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment writer and are not representative of Guardian Media Limited or its staff. Guardian Media Limited accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Please help us keep out site clean from inappropriate comments by using the flag option.
Guardian Media Limited reserves the right to remove, to edit or to censor any comments. Any content which is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will be removed.