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Fire and Steel

"Combine the Trini spirit, with the years of struggle and frustration with the instrument, and the energy is unpredictable."

There is a unique formula when one combines the Trini spirit and the sound of the pan, to produce an energy that knows no bounds and yet still has very much to be discovered by the rest of the world. Both have been forged through fire & passion, struggle and frustration, yet it is through this process that our latent talent & free spirited nature comes alive and our creativity flows. One only sees or hears the end result, but sometime fails to recognize what we really have, a true reflection of our soul captured with an instrument invented right here in Trinidad.

This was the first song in a musical relationship of 7 consecutive years with Denyse Plummer, who came to my house, to hear me sing the song for her with my guitar.  She did not know me at the time, but she was very professional and got into the song by singing along. I knew then, that this would be a good song for the pan world. 
I am grateful to Errol Peru, Kitchener’s manager, for supporting me on my Passion for Pan album, and he was one of the first people who had heard the raw melody of the song. His reaction was great, and I thought if there was anyone who would be accustomed to hearing good melodies, then that person must be Errol.

I was on my way to live and work in Norway in the year 2000, but the song was composed and written that year for release in 2001, with Boogsie and Pelham Goddard arranging the production of the recording.

Then something happened. The music was being played in Panorama on the Grand Savannah Stage, New York and Montreal.

Fire and Steel was later arranged and scored by Pelham Goddard for Exodus on the Pan in Education CD.  Thanks to Ainsworth Mohommed for his support.
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Music & Lyrics by Mark E. Loquan
Arranged by Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe, Pelham Goddard (2001), by Jason Dasen (2004)
Pan by Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe on 2001 version, by Duvone Stewart on 2004 remake
Sung by Denyse Plummer
© 2000 All Rights Reserved
Published by MLQ Music Ltd., email: mlqpan(at)hotmail.com
Released 2001 on Alvin Daniell's 2001 Calypso Compilation for Kitch
Remake in 2004 on Denyse Plummer's Caribbean Woman Album
 
  Theme:
 
   
  Lyrics:
 
Verse
No one could understand
How Trini born with pan, invented in dis land
Doh ask meh to explain
Pan fever in meh brain, it driving meh insane
Is music in we soul, with roots in Calypso
Had our pain learning, feel like ah flame burning
Well we yearning for fire and steel

Chorus
Can ya feel de energy, meh heart start to pump baby
Ya making meh jump baby, doh hold back for... anybody
In dis century... we go find out just how great pan appeal, through our fire and steel

Band Chorus

Verse
We laugh, we love, we cry
A born Trini till I die, taking meh mamaguy
Ya see not long ago
Pan struggle high and low, right here in Trinbago
With fire on de pan, dat's how it all began
Add some raw passion, mix in some frustration
Then ya molding some fire and steel

Chorus

Bridge

Inderlude (Intro)

Verse
We jump, we dance, we wave
Going till Ash Wednesday, doh care what nobody say
Pan struggle long and hard
Now watch how we going mad, in all de bacchanal
Doh try to understand, where all dis soul come from
As de flame burning, slowly de pain healing,
And we feeling de fire and steel

Chorus
Can ya feel de energy, meh heart start to pump baby
Ya making meh jump baby, doh hold back for... anybody
In dis century... we go find out just how great pan appeal, through our fire and steel
Listen to dis melody, turmoil in meh whole body,
Meh blood start to boil baby, dis heat not for... everybody
Yes is time dat we... show respect, love and conviction we feel, for our fire and steel

Repeat and Ad Lib

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2004 Remakewww.markloquan.pan-jumbie.com/mp3/fireandsteelremake.mp3">
2004 Remake
   
 
Instrumental improvisation by Len "Boogsie" Sharpe
   
   
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