With so much BACCHANAL drawing so much attention in the next couple of weeks, I feel like I need to EXPLAIN myself to some of the newer readers.
And as one person asked me before: Well, what the hell yuh doing here on THIS FORUM if yuh doh like PAN MUSIC -- YUH BRAVE!!!
NO!!! It is not about BEING BRAVE. I would say that I am SYMPATHETIC!!!
It just so happens that I was dealt a HAND in life that allowed me to see the GLOBAL POTENTIAL OF PAN. And my relationship to THE MUSIC is of little importance to the BIGGER VISION of PAN. (Because PAN keeps doing what PAN is supposed to be doing GLOBALLY!) So I try to make a CONTRIBUTION from an UNEMOTIONAL VANTAGE POINT.
What I would like to see PAN DO -- is years ahead of the LOCAL RESOURCES available to PAN right now. But, even so, a lot can be accomplished with what we have -- the LITTLE SKILLS that we have. And that has been DEMONSTRATED by the efforts of EXPATS who have LABOURED long and hard in the fields with ZERO APPRECIATION from THE LOCALS in TRINIDAD. The same LOCALS who left INCOMPETENT THIEVES to run PAN TRINBAGO for the last 21 YEARS. And might just be on the verge of handing power over to FORTEAU and SHEPPARD and JOSEPH for another 21 years -- PROVEN CROOKS!!!
GLOBAL PAN MUSIC could BE MADE!!! But GLOBAL PAN MUSIC has NOT BEEN MADE. And that has been MY CRY on THIS FORUM for years: WHERE IS THE MUSIC?
We have "PAN MUSICIANS" from the musically illiterate in the PAN YARDS of TRINIDAD to MUSIC PROFESSORS in UNIVERSITIES across the GLOBE. Yet NOBODY could compose and record A DECENT PIECE OF PAN MUSIC.
How do you EXPLAIN that? It's a SIMPLE ANSWER to me!!!
People CUSS ME OUT on THIS FORUM for LIKING ANDY NARELL!!! (As JAMMA tried to compose: IS INGORANCE!!! He had a GOOD TOPIC but he needed help with the STORY LINE!!)
ANDY was able to come down to TRINIDAD and HEAR and FEEL the SOUL OF THE CULTURE and CONVERT IT into a MUSICAL EXPRESSION that the REST OF THE WORLD could understand and appreciate. That is the DEFINITION of an ARTISTE -- in my books at least.
Do you all think that the "VIBE" he captured has disappeared? NO!!! That "VIBE" is still RIGHT there in the SAVANNAH/RIGHT THERE INSIDE ah ALL STARS BAND (ah does always let my CALYPSO LYRICS THING DISTRACT ME).
We need MUSICIANS (LOCAL MUSICIANS and EXPAT MUSICIANS) who could CAPTURE WE TING and PACKAGE it for APPRECIATION by the OUTSIDE WORLD. (Not just ram jam/act like ah monkey /just to make people happy!!!)
That has always been MY MESSAGE on THIS FORUM and I don't think that I will LIVE to see that message manifest. So I remain a CRITIC!!!
GOD BLESS all the CANDIDATES running to BECOME PRESIDENT OF PAN TRINBAGO and INSPIRE THEM!!! But they are still TWO GENERATIONS SHORT of GETTING THE MESSAGE about GLOBAL PAN and GLOBAL PAN MUSIC!!!
The BIGGEST ADVICE that I could give to THE TRINIDAD PAN COMMUNITY after seeing the MASSIVE AMOUNT of ADMINISTRATIVE TALENT fighting to gain control of PAN TRINBAGO is to think WE and not I!!!
Small groups of LIKE-MINDED PAN LOVERS and ADMINISTRATORS have to join forces (and overcome differences) and come up with strategies to TAKE PAN MUSIC TO THE WORLD!!!