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Panorama 2006 Trinidad and Tobago

Date: 01.26.06

Exodus Moving
In New Music Direction

says arranger Pelham Goddard

2006 T&T Steelband Panorama Season
 

Trinidad - A very upbeat Pelham Goddard -  resident arranger for Exodus Steel Orchestra says he chose this year's tune as a means of changing the outlook and musical direction for the 2006 panorama competition.  He decided to go with a song that is popular and appeals to the masses.  Mr. Goddard went on further to explain that the so-called 'pan songs' rarely get exposure or air play on the local radio stations, thereby creating an atmosphere of disconnect between the steelbands and the fans, as they are seldom familiar with the songs the bands are playing at the panorama competition.

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Pelham admits that he has been committed to doing popular 'party songs' from two years ago, when he arranged the extremely popular "Bonnie and Clyde" by Destra Garcia in 2004 for Marsicans Steel Orchestra in New York, and then "Dead or Alive" by Shurwayne Winchester one year later.  Also, Pelham warns that as an arranger, using songs by the same composer every year is limiting and "will make your music sound the same ever year."  Moreover the young people have different musical interests and concerns than the trappings of traditional panorama competition.

 Exodus made a conscious decision to go with more of a "road march/party field" type of music.  Pelham said he expects that within a matter of time, this [party] music will become pan music.  "This is the music of Carnival right now" says Goddard.  "People want to hear the music of the party circuit."

Pelham also reports that he is more than halfway through his tune at six and one half minutes out of the total competition-length eight minutes.  And there are already one hundred and fifty-eight players learning the music right now partially due to the popularity of the tune.  That number will most likely rise, before it is reduced to the regulation limit of one hundred and twenty players.  Everyone is appreciative of the change in music - including the veterans, according to Goddard.

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