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When Steel Talks - Special - Post-Trinidad and Tobago Steelband Panorama 2005

           Date: 2.18.05

After Panorama

Pelham Goddard
2005 T&T Panorama Season

When Steel Talks caught up with Pelham Goddard, ace arranger for Exodus Steel Orchestra, who is back at work in his Agra Street, St. James' studio, after another intense panorama season.   He is currently working on music for the Calypso King of the World, Slinger Francisco aka the Mighty Sparrow.

Gone are th e late nights of practicing for the arranger and the pan players, readying themselves for the 2005 competition.  This year Exodus came second in the finals, missing the  chance for the elusive "hat trick," a feat achieved only by Renegades Steel Orchestra under the arranging mastery of Jit Samaroo.

Goddard said preliminaries were good, but that from the semi-finals, you could see who [judges] were "for you and who not for you."  His observations were based on the score sheets that were made available for the first two first phases of the competition.  Noting that the comments were "good," Goddard said that "it was not that they [judges] could find any fault with the music."  He questioned the judges'' knowledge of musical terms and the context in which they were used as judging criteria.  At the end, Goddard believed that "there was not much that one could do about it."

There was additional music Goddard had done by Thursday night prior to the Saturday night competition, but it was decided it was too close to the finals.  Instead the band was allowed to "free up" and be comfortable with what they had already perfected and take that to the stage.  "Sometimes less is more and more is less" was the arranger's comment, in reference to changes between the semi-finals and finals.  According to Goddard, "one could see what was happening before."

He said that Exodus was a band which did not complain about results, and also that for them it was more important to give a "good show."  After the panorama finals, Exodus focused their energies on their tunes that they would perform on the road for Carnival Monday and Tuesday.  The steel orchestra also held its celebratory party on Carnival Sunday.

The stage side contingent (the smaller representation of a steel orchestra with numbers averaging twenty through forty or more musicians) of Exodus has their customary engagements lined up for 2005.  These include the World Steelband Music Festival scheduled for May in London and performances in Japan.  

Goddard took the opportunity to publicly congratulate Len "Boogsie" Sharpe on his win for Panorama 2005 with Phase 2 Pan Groove.    He wished him all the best, continued good health and another successful showing for Panorama 2006.


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