Steel drums can be heard on commercials or in movies as background music to invoke a setting such as when Jack Nicholson’s character Harry Sanborn describes his vision of the perfect place in Something’s Gotta Give. The distinct sounds of a steel drum begin to be heard as Harry is told to envision “something that gives you a feeling of peace and serenity”. The notes of a steel drum are the perfect background to his words of “A hammock. Palm trees. Clear, blue water. A peach margarita. A Cuban cigar. Miles...of soft beach.”
Steel drums are unique and are the perfect choice to set a specific feeling, mood, or imply a specific celebratory event or location. It shouldn’t be surprising to encounter the music or to read written words about a steel drum or steel drum band. Yet, we were surprised to learn of a steel drum reference in a popular book series.
It was recently pointed out to us by someone that the ever popular Millennium Trilogy Series’ late author Stieg Larsson must have been a steel drum fan. The author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo made the heroine of his series, Lisbeth Salander, a fan of the steel drum. For those familiar with Lisbeth from either the Swedish movies or the books knows that there are few things that Lisbeth is indeed a fan of, and so we take both her admiration of the steel drum and the author’s words as a very high compliment. In fact, we have decided it might be one of the best reviews of the steel drum ever written. For those unfamiliar with the books by Mr. Larsson, (Where have you been for last few years?), the American version of the film starring Daniel Craig is due to arrive in theaters in December, view the teaser trailer here: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Movie Trailer. Once you understand how reserved Lisbeth is at giving endorsements or compliments you will know why we just have to share her thoughts on the steel drum with you.
The second book in the series, The Girl Who Played with Fire has Lisbeth island hopping in the Caribbean and she finds herself at a resort hotel pool relaxing with steel drums playing in the background. It is in the first few paragraphs of the first chapter of that book that Lisbeth shares her thoughts about the steel drum:
“She listened to the strange music from steel drums flowing out of the speakers at the bar. She could not tell the difference between Sven-Ingvars and Nick Cave, but steel drums fascinated her. It seemed hardly feasible that anyone could tune an oil barrel, and even less credible that the barrel could make music like nothing else in the world. She thought those sounds were like magic.”
We agree, Lisbeth. We agree.
If you would like the magic sounds of the steel drum to set the perfect tone and ambiance for your event, wedding reception, or celebration CAISO would be more than happy to provide the unique steel drum music to set the mood so your guests too can marvel at the music that sounds like “nothing else in the world” and delivers “the feeling of peace and serenity”. For booking information, please follow this link: Book CAISO for Your Event.