Written by: Sandra L Blood
Cool jazz began to soothe the brain from 7:45 P.M. on July 16, 2020, from the hectic workday, some traffic getting home, then from attending to the children’s school work to preparing dinner and cleaning the dishes, in helping ready self to enjoy the musical offerings of the sixth instalment of the PanMotion live, virtual concerts.
It was live steelpan entertainer, educator, recording artiste, musical arranger, panist and digital music marketing entrepreneur, Keishaun Julien of Logwood, Scarborough, Tobago, who would then appear 15 minutes after, and welcome his audience to the one-hour event that opened on a love note with Cherish the Love by Kool and the Gang followed by Sweet Love by Anita Baker, and Never Give Up, Yolanda Adams.
After appreciating the host for the concerts, PanoGrama Entertainment within the first fifteen minutes, for including him on their wall of chosen artistes, diverse renditions flowed, seeing Julien introduce his guest artiste, T&T Fire Fighter, panist and saxophonist, Ricardo Seales, who threw down a mean horn supplying accompaniment during the tune Vivir Mi Vida, and some others.
Other renditions forming the night’s repertoire were: Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Memories, I Feel Good Love and Reggae, I Said I Am, Feel the Love, Full Extreme, Gyal Owner, Play Hard, Savannah Gras, Big People Party and Hooking Meh.
Like the late veteran T&T calypsonian, Shadow, stated in one of his compositions, “Yuh lookin for horn. Plenty, plenty horn girl,” and if yuh lookin for horn, the only type of horn you should be looking for is the type that will add comfort, happiness and true love to your life, as delivered by Seales up until his last tune – the second-to-last for the concert.
Hoping his back remains in good stead, a flame-spirited Julien from start to end, and Seales, secured 3,300 views, capturing a regional audience.
Julien, again, thanked the host, but this time for affording a platform that is keeping panists motivated with exposure to the world.
He also thanked Seales, and, his audio and video technician, Leeandro Noray and Leetch Photography (Tobago).
Carded for July 23, at the seventh concert is St. Maarten’s Isidore “Mighty Dow” York. No doubt, the virtual pan motion is continuing to keep pannists musically afloat and feeling worthy.
To keep up with Keishaun Julien: Instagram, @keishaunjulienmusic