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The Last Word - in the WST Panorama Enclave

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‘The Last Word’

composed by Andy Narell

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Tune of choice: Birdsong



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Comment by Greg Franklin on February 1, 2013 at 11:34pm

why is the steelpan industry in Trinidad afraid of change?  When will we be open minded to accept new ideas and push the arrangements of the steel orchestra to another musical level, instead of frenetic chromatics and the same chordal phrases.

Comment by Francescoli on January 28, 2013 at 9:26am

Comment by Orleron Depeza just nowDelete Comment

Very good song by Narell for listening and enjoyment not for panorama. By the way, there was a rule that you must have someone singing the song but they may have changed the rules I suppose. The rule must have changed with this song otherwise most Panist would not go through the expense to include vocals and brass in their song.

Tel me I am wrong. 

Pantrinbago must update their rules on the what the judges are looking for because some arrangers have done songs like this and they were thrown out. 

I have said that panorama should be like the Soca and calypso competition.  One category should be all about musical arrangements and technique in orchestra style and the other in the form it is presented right now.


Comment by Michael on January 27, 2013 at 4:37am
Yeah, (responding to Gerald Pinto) Mr. Narell is doing a very good job. But somehow his music -to me- doesn't add up in the Panorama. Sorry... But I do love his music.
Comment by Sweet Eustace on January 26, 2013 at 12:08am

I played some really great music in panorama, and heard some great music, from arrangers,"Sugar for pan" was a very innovative piece however, Pandemonium did not deliver the goods, "I come out to play" Scherzando developed technical ensemble problems on stage, and another great piece of music feel off the wagon, I can go on and on, but the deal is, what is delivered on stage is all that matters, some past panorama winning pieces especially in the 60's and 70's were very simple but the performance was what did the gig, some time ago a very lousy video of boogsie was on this page, the audio was no good one could clearly see boogsie was having a bad hair day, wind blowing in the mics etc, people who never really hear boogsie had rash comments about him, this is carnival, its all about jump up etc, sometimes if the playing real good and there are enough show stoppers in the song the audience will listen and shh u and ask for quietnees, it is up to the band and the arranger to capture that, some  of boogsies  sweet ones went unnoticed , back in the day because of the old pans, a good song is one that is performed good, and not whether its 2 chords or two hundred,some of the best songs were "KISS"siple and stupid but very entertaining, music is to be enjoyed and appreciated not assessed and critisised

Comment by masai hall on January 23, 2013 at 10:08pm

Now you know, the allegro version gonna kick ass.

Comment by Herb Hasenpusch on January 22, 2013 at 8:47pm

Sounding sweet.... Be down this weekend to hear it...

Comment by Danny Serrant on January 17, 2013 at 1:44pm

I have been a fan of Ray's music since" Pan on the run" and "Pan on the move".They didn't change panorama,so what's so special about this piece that there should be this" great debate"over it.It's no better than anything Ray has done.There we go again taking our own for granted while seeking a solution somewhere else.That being said,All Stars last year were wonderful. I could listen to that music over and over.Like the man said;there are 12 notes in music and you just use what the mood of the music demands .



Comment by ronald on January 16, 2013 at 5:46pm

not only is this piece electrifying it allows you to hear the sweet sounds of the pan with an uptempo you will be listening to a heavenly sound. last year when that young arranger set the standard for despers no one gave him a chance they all said it was all to slow it was the best thing i heard all year .now that you have a maestro that dares to bring something new maybe the name recognition will help but the judges and the great masses will fight it down because its not the usual monotonous of speed and non listening music that they interpret as panorama music we trinis are clones and stuck in a time warp of ignorance .i hope andt starts a new trend as to what is smooth lovely intelligent and appreciative music as the pan has evolved from just mono tones to that of a majestic instrument 

Comment by jerome ebenezer clarke on January 16, 2013 at 9:04am

Many may disagree with my comment ,But! if Andy can embrace the God Given Instrument of T&T  The Steelpan  as his own not leaving out the vision that he has for the the uplifment of such ,,I cannot see why his kind of music for the panorama should not be accepted  appreciate ,there is a repetition of the said type of music by many Steelbands for years now  being played so an intro of another style shouldn,t be discarded for there are  listeners during the carnival season do enjoy a variety of arrangement and I,m commenting as a panman/tuner/trainer.with respect for all ,we do have a right to voice our opinion

Comment by kurt c shade on January 14, 2013 at 7:45pm

best wishes andy do your thing, remember there is the girl you bring home to meet your parents and the one they tell you not to bring home! well  the one you cant bring home is PANORAMA!!!

Comment by kambiri de suza on January 10, 2013 at 1:41pm

while Narrell might be good this tune is a Jazz tune and really has limited place in Panorama apart from that I note some similar music of our calypso Boogsie Fresh air and other little sparks good tune not for Panorama

Comment by Judith Laird on January 3, 2013 at 6:08pm

Andy may well have the last word with this beautiful joyous sound from a man who is one of the best exponents of the art it will be interesting to see this jazz/Latin genre in a Panorma context Sweet! looking forward to this Interesting too because we have here the purity of the instrumental version but you can sing along to the melody

Comment by Dhanesh Kumar on December 27, 2012 at 11:46am

Beautful music, and all those out there that seem to like the two chord stuff that has been winning Panorama these past couple of years, well take a listen to what real music is all about.  Take in Birdsong and Skiffle Bunch this year.  Music that is pleasing to the mind!

Comment by kelvin junior stowe (lyder) on December 14, 2012 at 11:36pm

love this song good work Andy narell

Comment by Dave Coar on December 12, 2012 at 11:36am

Well said Ansil..You must mention "Ray the Great"Holman

Comment by cheo cato on December 11, 2012 at 2:21pm

Panorama is and should always be about the expression of oneself in song and the way it communicates with the listeners. The Panorama music today is so repetitive and easily anticipated that it becomes boring due to lack of creativity and in order for panorama music to evolve the likes of Boogsie (Magic Drum, Sharing Licks) Narell (Coffee Street, Appreciation) Carlton Alexander (Radica, Trini) the Arrangers and listeners need to give due values to their arrangements and add/experiment for further developments. If you're contented with one thing over and over then change is not for you! We need trendsetters and Mr. Narell you're surely one of them on my list. Good luck to you for Panorama 2013 and Birdsong is happy to have you on board.

My best regards

Comment by ama belfon on December 10, 2012 at 9:33am

The hysteria has begun....people wait and see what he does with it before prejudging...we are always to quick with the negative comments. Nice music Mr. Narell.

Comment by Curtis Betaudier on December 10, 2012 at 9:12am

A beautiful piece (as expected). The beneficiares of Birdsong's performance would be musicians. Let us not forget that Andy is an accomplished and competent musician, we must also not lose sight of the fact, that 'High Mas" and 'Radica" achieved panorama victories.

Comment by Cecil hinkson on December 9, 2012 at 11:29pm

Kaiso, Andy is ah good arranger, I hope he has it kicking by the prelims. Here is what going to happen in 2013 Andy is going to travel on the same road Ray has been traveling on, beautiful arrangement, well rehearsed  then polite applause, it takes more to be panorama champs.

Comment by Charlene Lusk on December 9, 2012 at 10:28pm

Princess Rollock,/Cecil Hinkson That name Rollock rings a bell. It  belonged to an early member of the Shell Invaders, a bass player when I played with the band.  Anyhow I just wanted to thank you so dearly for the way you described what you felt about the song in question and how so very sweet you put your thoughts into words.  If one does not see clearly then they must be deaf as hell. Oh, another thing: someone said we should give him a chanc. Pay attention. He has been given a chance. He has been asked to arrange the piece for Birdsong if I am not mistaken.  Maybe it's just a misunderstanding of the Queen language..ha ha. They don't pay attention. They are so into themselves they just talk and don't even realize that we invited these people because we chose to with open arms, without prejudce too. or maybe they have't noticed. Now they say the art form doesn't belong to the people of Trinidad. What's funny is that it took Pan players like Boogsie and Ray Holman years to get their music accepted in Trinidad to be judged as Panorama tunes and these people who just heard about Pan by reading about it are mad about our reasoning about a piece of music that we can see clearly does no fit into the catagorie of Panorama music.  I guess that's why they are saying Pan don't belong the people of Trinidad. Weird...just weird.  A. Joseph

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