Tony Grimaud - Hi, the future is what interests me. I am also interested in the need to keep the memories of our past alive.
We cannot fully appreciate what we have and achieved as a nation unless we knew about it. One reason why the Maltese, as a nation, do not have national pride is simply is because we don't know enough about Malta and it's people. I am saddened with the lack of information one can find about some of Malta's great musicians such as Freddie Mizzi. These people must have tons of stories about their career to share with the world. Their memories would be lost forever if we do not do something about it NOW! But as a nation, we still do not appreciate our own culture enough to preserve it. We have started to appreciate the legacies left by our island's past foreign rulers, which have now become part of Malta's heritage. That is a good start...but we have a long way to go yet.
I grew up in Malta at a time when, as an independent nation, it was still in its infant years. Many things were happening fast. It was an interesting time, a violent time, a time when things were tangible, a time when the struggle for power between the two main political parties was fierce and brutal, a time when you could really be creative and revolutionary in your thoughts and actions, and be punished for it - unlike today, when you are still punished for not conforming, albeit in a more subtle way by the powers to be - what is worse is that you come out of it without a single visible bruise to write home about.
It was during this time that I plugged my courage and strayed beyond my bedroom of the family home in Naxxar (where nothing ever happened except the two weeks of Trade Fair in July), and came out as the singer-songwriter, writing and singing my songs to audiences of alienated youngsters, just like me.
I delivered my songs during major rock concerts at the Polytechnic Auditorium in Msida, Sir Temi Zammit Hall, University of Malta, and all the rock festivals of the time - MaltaFest at Tigne, MaltaSajf at Ta Qali and Marsa, RockIndipendenza at Xaghra, Floriana, FestaZghazagh, Spinola...
At 50, I am now continuing my personal revolution as an academic researcher at the University of Hull's School of Arts and New Media in Scarborough, England. My current academic areas of interest include: Incidental Learning, Computer Aided Learning, Communities of Practice, the Multisensory Approach to Learning, Popular Culture.