Throw The Bums Out!!
Recently an obnoxious New York Councilman publicly lamented or should we say, gloated over the fact that so many steelbands wore T-Shirts he provided with his name on them... It is time for the politicians to worry about which bands' T-shirts they are going to wear. There are thousands of pan people in the city of New York who vote directly and indirectly. Throw the bums out!!
The drums of steel are out in
full force in the concrete jungle known as the Big Apple. It's 90 degrees
in the shade and the rumbling of the basses are beginning to be felt
throughout Brooklyn. Yet another generation of pan players have begun the
trek down long road annual ritual we call Panorama... Indeed, they are the
true keepers of the flame. Over the next four weeks the pan people will
toil round the clock, shed much blood, sweat and tears as they perfect
their craft until they are ready to deliver that momentous performance
that summarizes all of their dedication, hard work and talent...
Will this be the season when NY panmen will not feel like Muhammad Ali after his "Thriller In Manila Fight" against Joe Frazier? That was the fight that left both fighters close to death, and asking themselves "why do we do this again?" Is this the season when steelpan management will feel that this year made financial sense?
As we get older, the reasons
become unclear or un-motivating for participating in New York's panorama
competition... Most New York steelbands are left "close to death" after
panorama... The intake never matches the outlay in terms of economic,
financial and human sacrifices... Yet we do it because "beating pan" is
one of the noblest and highest forms of human cooperation, spiritual
communication, and is intellectually stimulating... It has been said
that "he who plays pan walks, with the Gods..." Those
of you feel it, know it; and those of you who don't - well......
Next a close look at the 2004
New York 2003 Panorama Results In Review - http://www.basementrecordings.com/asp/SteelTalks/Results/ny2003panorama.htm
August 7th 2004
August 8th 2004
Great Steelpan events coming soon...
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