Global - Okay folks, now that the dust has settled from Panorama 2011 in Trinidad and Tobago, it is time for When Steel Talks (WST) to officially thank everyone for a fantastic lead-in to the global panorama season.
Thanks to all the WST regulars who write, edit, tape, shoot, record, engineer and answer to that single last name and first name “basement” - you know the deal.
Special thanks to every single steelpan player, and all the arrangers, tuners, managers, judges, producers, ground troops and fans - who make that thing called “Panorama” happen every year. You are the best in the world. Thank you.
Special acknowledgements to WST Panorama contributors - you are second to none. You are the most viewed, borrowed, quoted, duplicated in printed newspapers and on the net, talked about on the air waves and studied... On the ground, behind the scenes and in the mix, you were outstanding; hence - Panorama Central the most complete coverage of Panorama anywhere. You are the toast of the town and top of the class.
To all the office admin staff, scholars, educators, and academics - you brought expertise and credibility. Thanks for sharing and making the WST village credible, accountable, relevant, global, and totally a place for Pan 24-7 - without apology...
To all the songwriters of tunes for Panorama and carnival - you are special. It all starts every year with you. Never stop practicing your craft. Oh, and the lead sheets were greatly appreciated by the global music community.
To the WST forum members who continue to talk Panorama and Pan - fostering interaction and reaction while facilitating growth with your musical intellect, historical know-how, analysis and uncompromising interest in making things better - we salute you... You’ve become household names in Pan land... Momo, Eric, Glenroy, Sidd, Catt, Bugs, Eye4pan, GospelPan, Salah, Randisc, RONIN, Hameed Shaqq, MakeItPlain, Gregory Lindsay, Sarah-Ann, bigmac, Noah, Royce Russell and thousands more who read the forum posts daily... You are making a difference. Keep the feet to the fire.
To the WST facebook and Twitter posse: you’re on the cutting edge. The future is yours - big up! And to the tens of thousands on our WST mail-list, thanks for hanging with WST through another season. You are our anchor.
And a very special “thank you” to Pan Trinbago’s Angela Fox and Ann Ryan for getting the 411 to WST. And to all the bands’ PROs, managers and members who made sure your WST family had all the panorama information first, early and correct. Much Respect!!
Up next: panorama in Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada, New York, St, Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Virgin islands, Indiana, The Netherlands, UK, Montreal, Toronto, Nigeria and more...
I say thanks with a nostalgic pain in my heart that I have to go to a 'foreign' website, WST (of which I am a member), for information and coverage of the world's premium Steelband Festival which takes place on this same island under my feet but until we are able to do it properly ourselves...I am thankful to and grateful for WST.
Audley Sue Wing - Visual Artist and proud citizen of T&T
I can hardly wait for next year. No, I'm not wishing my life away but....