Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
The bomb tunes of the 60s was one of the high points of the Steelband thus far, we have moved so far from that it's hard to visualize that there was such a period.
What have we done to the steelband in the name of progress.
Glenroy, odw, Val please take us back with some of the bomb tunes from this period on this snow filled Tuesday, lets show young people where the steelband went back in the day.
Cecil ''TRADITIONALLY Bomb Competitions Has always been on Jourvert Morning. That Wont Change. After Jourvert Most Steelbands Dont Really Venture on the Road except for those that are Playing Mas. Another Thing - You will never See A Bomb Competition Getting the Same Prize as a Band Winning Panorama.
Val it's not written in stone that the bomb competition has to be j'ouvert mornin. What I am proposing here is a plan to get more bands involved in coming on the road, no j'ouvert mornin, no Tuesday just 8-9 hours on the road carnival Monday afternoon. Lots of people would like to see more steelbands on the road, even major sponsors would support this, their is this feeling of guilt for short changing the steelband. Monday afternoon t-shirt and jeans steelband street party and bomb competition can't go wrong.
patrick ramdoo wey yuh talkin bout "one more year" this is the way back to the future for the steelband.
Cecil: Watch your choice of words: BACK TOTHE FUTURE!!!
Yuh have me laughing with that one!
Parick Ramdoo: I can't discern your sarcasm from your content any more. Very Good!!!
Claude. It is simple to understand, the first thing you have to ask yourself is, what's the use of the steelband? when you find the answer you'll see that they ran into a brick wall. Now what do you do when you can't go forward? you either stand still or you go back, the steelband has to go back to move forward. In the 60s there were more of less successful, they have to revisit this period and see what they can apply to today.
To answer your question Cecil , many people see the steelband playing classical music and jazz on a stage , instead of calypso music on the streets.
Problem is however , neither classical music , or to a lesser extent jazz , have much market appeal in this , the 21st century.
Both of those genres only appeal to hardcore music fans , not the popular music consumer.
Glenroy, fads come and go but quality withstand the test of time. It is said beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, it is almost impossible to see of hear something that's beautiful and say it's not. Young people has the ability to conform to whatever the program is.
Cecil and Your Point is Well Taken. I Understand. What I am Saying if There is to Be a Bomb Competition to Be Held on Carnival in Should Be Held on Jourvert Morning that is Traditional. Besides The Pan men Wont Come Out in The Evening Most Panmen Now Place Mas in Other Bands. On Jourvert Morning The Spectators and Pan Lovers Would Already Be Outside on the Roads. After Jourvert Pan and it Supporters Done - They Gone Home.. Another Thing They Would Be up against A Lot of Mas Bands with their Big Trucks and Loud Noises. On Jourvert Morning there is not Much Opposition on the Road. If This Has to Bear Fruit it Must Be Done on Jourvert Morning
Val, can you put ALL STARS Words are Impossible on this thread so we can have them all together? I love this piece of music, Jules did it like a BOSS. I like how you hear the Iron in these tunes, these days it look like if they are ashamed of the Iron, they drown it out in the rhythm section.
Now about the Monday afternoon steelband, my thinking was that the young people like their dutty mas j'ouvert morning, they give the steelband the afternoon and go with their mas band Tuesday.
This whole thing is like a rebirth, everybody have to be on board, sponsors, management, spectators, players, with proper marketing and hype I believe it could work
Cecil a little correction here, Words are Impossible was arrange by Leon Smooth Edwards, Anthony Guy, Anthony Guerra and Bunny Wells when the four of them used to arrange ALL STARS Panorama Tunes.