Dance Your Way Through May

We have dancing on the mind for the month of May. And when we think about dancing, we have a chain thought reaction: dancing…fun dancing dresses…color…colorful patterns…inspiration for patterns…the beach…well, you get the picture. Most of the time, our thoughts end up back at the beach! We are Fresh Produce, after all.

What do you think of when you think about May? Anticipation? The summer is coming, which brings longer days & warmer nights, bright colors and (oh, yeah…) summer vacation! Let the countdown begin.

We think our new, fun Calypso print best exemplifies all that May is about. The bright, warm hues of pink, orange, yellow and green in Calypso bring a feeling of happiness in each color it comes in. Here’s a sample of Calypso in white:

Inspired by the beat of island music and the bright colors found all over the Caribbean Islands, Calypso makes us want to dance!

We don’t think this is a coincidence, since Calypso is also a type of music. Described as the music indigenous to the West-Caribbean people, Calypso was brought to the island of Trinidad from African and European roots. The music grew popular when Carnival was brought to Trinidad; there were many Calypso competitions at the festival. If you’ve heard musicians playing steel pans (or steel drums), you have most likely heard Calypso music.

Steel pans (drums) played in Calypso music

1912 is said to be the official birth of Calypso music. Famous Calypso-style songs include the song “Rum and Coca-Cola,” originally by Lord Invader but redone in 1944 by the Andrews Sisters and the “Banana Boat Song,” a traditional Jamaican folk song redone by Harry Belafonte.

We hope you can find time during the month of May to kick off your shoes and dance, and if you need inspiration, consider a dress in Calypso!

What are you most looking forward to in May? Have you started the countdown to summer? Let us know by commenting below!

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