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One very early morning before the sun was up, I was walking home from Ahora, a beach bar in the small village of Cofresi, (the North coast of the Dominican Republic). I could hear the sound of a group of my friends still up, drinking rum and having some fun on the balcony across from my apartment.

When they saw me approaching they called out “Elena, come join us!” A silly, lighthearted and animated conversation ignited and my Spanish ears and impeded tongue were working overtime!
 
I didn’t understand much Spanish, but could get by, especially after several shots of rum!  As I listened, some of the same words kept coming up.  I asked what the difference was in the Spanish words of Pequeno, Poquito and Poco, because in my understanding they all meant the same word; small.

A rather confusing and incomplete explanation was that the sequence of the three words meant small, little, little.   I couldn’t understand half the conversation as it was, and began laughing at the idea of small little little, and a song popped up in my head as I began to sing “Pequeno, Poquito, Pococo, all of my friends here are Loco!" 

And so it went, with lots of laughter and encouragement from my fun-loving Dominican friends. This song spread through the small community, and for a few years, whenever I came to town they would ask me to sing it.  It was never the same twice until I sat down with Lloyd English, my co-writing producer and a person who is always entertaining and makes me laugh, and asked him to help me turn this into a real song.

So we rewrote and Lloyd gave me a fun musical arrangement.  And here it is, a story of a Canadian woman who has a love affair with the Dominican Republic, and whenever she drinks rum, believes her Spanish is perfect.

Hey wait, is this song about me?
WATCH PEQUENO POQUITO POCOCO DEBUT
CREDITS
CANADA
Elaine Lakeman
Vocals
Lloyd English
Guitars
Kaitie Sly
Fender Electric Bass

https://www.kaitieslymusic.com/
Buff Allen
Drumkit

http://buffallen.com/
Brett Ziegler
Organ and Pads

http://www.brettziegler.com

Diana English
Background vocals
Zak Cohen
Drum & bass tracking Woodshop Studios, Duncan,BC
Myles English
Mixing, Mastering & tracking at
Das Hous Studio,
Salt Spring Island, BC

Dylan Davies
Scratch sessions tracking
PUERTO PLATA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
PERCUSSION & PIANO RECORDED BY:
Alexis Diaz De Fama Studio Puerto Plata RD. 
 famastudio@outlook.com
Amauri el Swing
Conga
Ramon Emilio Cruz Hernandez (Rey Kruz)
Piano
~ PEQUENO POQUITO POCOCO ~
WILL BE PLAYING SOON ON THE NEW
VISIT RADIO SIDNEY
ABOUT ELAINE
Elaine was born in Edmonton, Alberta and began performing and singing as a child. Her endless energy and need for a stage was often answered by her mother locking her in her room which didn’t deter Lainey from attending Grant MacEwan College in the theatre arts and dance program.

This new and larger venue not only gave her the opportunity to perform on stage and dance without knocking things over but it also likely contributed to saving her parent's marriage.

After graduating from Grant MacEwan, Elaine moved to Montreal where she became a member of the Actors Studio. This connection landed her several parts in American films as well as some local professional theatre productions. In turn, this led to a European tour with a theatre group that entertained troops overseas. Upon her return to Quebec, Elaine continued to act and perform in local theatre and film. Exhaustion and family eventually pulled her back home to Edmonton where she continued to do commercial work and soon landed a lead actress part in the film Sentimental Reasons. The smell of ocean air eventually called her to the British Columbia coast where she continued to work as an actress and got a supporting role in an American/Canadian film called Honeymoon while at the same time continuing to do commercials.

Over the years Elaine developed a special relationship to the Dominican Republic where she has become a Dominicanado. This adoption has led her to perform on many occasions with local professional musicians in a number of diverse local venues and events including television. Locally Elaine has rededicated herself to singing, writing and performing as a chanteuse in local venues. Her recently released album When It Rains, recorded in Victoria, has received an enthusiastic response locally and internationally.

Currently, her second and this time all original album has been recorded by some of the most respected musicians on the west coast and is due for release in 2019. (Note: Songs being released as singles over the next few months, with first release January 7, 2019). Elaine is now developing and rehearsing a show for this new album which will be presented live in the Fall of 2019.

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