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"Vibes" - Starlift (2012 Panorama Semi-Finals)

Starlift steel orchestra. Large Band category. Arranged by Liam Teague. Performed at the Queens Park Savannah, Trinidad & Tobago, February 5th 2012.

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Comment by Danny Serrant on February 9, 2012 at 7:28pm

You've stated it much more eloquently than I did. It was almost like playing a serious game of soccer in sneakers because they fit better.

Comment by S. F. Thomas on February 9, 2012 at 5:56pm

Whatever Liam Teague's considerable and proven talents, this did not work. 

The point of music is to evoke or excite some emotion. In the case of Panorama, with its rootedness in Carnival, and coming out of a folk tradition, it has to "make people want to wine" to quote Bradley. This arrangement came across basically as too thin, too weak, to evoke or excite anything. 

I don't know why that is. But I know it's nothing technical or to do with broadcast quality. The players also were not excited about what they were playing. 

Liam Teague is a proven and accomplished master, and definitely is capable of much more. So whatever the problem, it's in his head. He doesn't approve of the Panorama, and it shows. 

Bradley also had a problem with the judges, but he didn't have a problem with Panorama as such. He did say, "to hell with the judges!", or words to that effect. But what he also said was he was going to make music to "make the people want to wine"!

In all of Liam's criticisms of Panorama and the judges, he has not clearly articulated a mission statement like Bradley.  If he doesn't want to make people want to wine, then he should not be in Panorama. 

I am not hating on Liam, btw. I enjoyed his arrangement of "Pan night and day" (Skiffle Bunch, 2006?, if memory serves). But even that was a little too laid back for a Panorama offering. This one is not just laid back, but too thin to excite any emotion.

My two cents, for what it's worth.

- Big Sid

Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on February 9, 2012 at 3:39pm

You're right, Randi.

Anyone judging the performances based on these videos are simply expressing their prejudices.

I'm sure that's not how the arrangers would wish for us to hear their music.

Comment by Randi Curvan on February 9, 2012 at 1:53pm

I cannot comment on any of the performances I heard on the night or from the internet recordings uploaded so far.

The only reason for this is the very poor quality of the broadcasts. It can ony be described as abysmal. When will we  ever learn? We used to be a nation who could copy anything and in so doing strive to make it better or as close to perfection as we could get.

But the sound quality served up for world-wide audiances on the internet fell way short of bad. There is a constant hum throughout each performance at least that's what I hear. I doubt whether it can only be attributed to my equipment. Can anyone else hear it? or is it just me?



Comment by Danny Serrant on February 9, 2012 at 1:35pm

Great player! Great arranger? Not even close.Either you have it or you don't.Universities and Acadamies can't teach you this art- form.This is a cultural, down-in-the- dirt kind of music that has to do with your soul and the experiences as a steel-pan player who has been in the struggles and hardships of our climb to respectabily and acceptance.Ask Boogsie,Smoothe,Edwin and the other great ones.They'll tell you their stories.

Comment by patrick on February 9, 2012 at 1:10pm

Sad to know this is Starlift tune for panorama 2012. Sorry to say very poor.

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