His father, small as he was, held him by his neck and threatened him the day he declared that he wanted to arrange music too. Jit Samaroo did not give Amrit an easy passage into his world. He made him earn it because he knew it was no easy road. Never mind that he is the only son. But on that fateful day male pride made Amrit swear that he would prove his father ..the legendary little Indian who harnessed the talent of the Renegades and over time helped to make them a force to be reckoned with...wrong.
At El Dorado Secondary Amrit arranged for the school band. But his father held the bar high.
Listening to his father create the music at their home and then walking up Charlotte Street to hear the full band playing with the music wafting towards him would blow his mind.
Better yet when he heard the contribution he made to the end of Kitchener's Guitar Pan when Jit was arranging at home and asked Amrit to play something on the tenor which he liked and added to the now legendary arrangement.
These are snapshots in time gathered from a conversation with Amrit.
And then there would have been the most painful memories of Jit's struggle with Alzheimer's. Of the days when Amrit worked closely with him as he shared the music for the Renegades gently reminding him when he forgot.
And then he had the privilege of having his legendary father arrange his composition Band from Space. And the struggle when he was handed the baton and asked to arrange for Renegades after his father retired.
With all that he proved to his father that he was cut from the same cloth. Amrit's uncles..the elders in the family would tell him that he is, musically, almost a reincarnation of his father.
He cannot escape it. Its in his DNA. But he is Amrit. Last Wednesday night I watched him working moving like a jet between the sections..sharing notes.
It's a FarmerRama he says while noting the number of bands playing Farmer Nappy's Hooking Meh for Panorama 2019.
Nestled in the hills of the Northern Range the Supernovas...the community band which Jit dreamed of is the future.
When all of Surrey Village went to town to support their son Jit with the Renegades they are now happy to be on the hill where the air is rare...in a galaxy of their own.
The full is yet to be told.
Chronicles of a Panorama 2019
A lovely story.
Thanks so much
Having thoroughly enjoyed the above delightful piece by Sharmain Baboolal, how can one not be hooked?
Amrit, in your quest, this 'FarmerRama', I wish you the ultimate best.
The entire galaxy supports you.
Renegades - Guitar Pan (slow version)