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Passion For Pan

 
Music & Lyrics by Mark E. Loquan
Arranged by Junior 'Ibo' Joseph
Pan by  Mark Loquan, Andy Sheafe
Sung by Shanaqua
© January 1999 All Rights Reserved
Published by MLQ Music Ltd., email mlqpan(at)hotmail.com
Released 2000 fr Passion for Pan Album
 
  Theme:
 
“Hard to describe the torment of wanting to share this passion with the world”

“Passion for Pan” happens to be one of my favorite melodies, with the song composed and written in probably in a period of days. Unfortunately, it was not played for Panorama in the year 2000, and I would have wait another year to hear my music on the big stage. By that time, I had performed as a stage side tenor player of Silver Stars, played in Panorama, Pan is Beautiful, Bomb competitions, et al, in conventional and pan round the neck bands. In a sense I had been bitten by the “pan jumbie”, but started to focus on doing an album of songs not necessarily geared for Panorama, but certainly geared towards describing the world of pan. There was this feeling of disillusionment and wishing that things were different for the world of pan, which had so much fragmentation, and politics. In a way I was hoping the Passion for Pan album released in the year 2000, named after this song, would reveal some insight into what I was observing and feeling at the time. It was a plea for the pan world to progress to its fullest potential, to take the instrument that has been born in Trinidad beyond its traditional boundaries, and to elevate an awareness and vision for the next century. 

While we were in Jason Dasent’s studio waiting for the finished version of “Glory”,
I remember picking up the guitar and started to play a series of chords that sounded great for a verse. Andy Sheafe at the time was there to see and hear the melody of this song appear before our eyes and ears. A few days later, I had a chorus, and the lyrics were written in no time at all.

Shanaqua did the energetic vocals, with the background vocals done by Soca to Socah (Shanaqua and Abbi Blackman, Ras Shorty I’s daughter) and the song was arranged by Junior “Ibo” Joseph in his previous studio in Embacadere, San Fernando. It was the first time that I had worked with Ibo, a person whom I would work with for several years to come.

The song would later be arranged by Duvone Stewart for CFS Pantasy, and scored by Kareem Brown for the Pan in Education CD.
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  Lyrics:
 
Verse
Ah have this passion for pan
How de jumbie bite meh so, ah doh understand
Is it a curse, is it real?
'Cause what I feel, there's no cure, for this addiction to steel
And in meh head, is dis melody... making meh feel so bazodee

Long Chorus
It make meh feel to play meh pan, jump up and wave meh hand
The music flowing through meh veins... ah can't explain
It must come from up above... this love, for the pan
Beating like a rhythm inside ah me
Ah want to go in every yard, play meh pan and get on bad
Something inside of me, say just to be free
Passion for pan is ah mystery

Verse
The jumbie nowhere in sight
Ah cyar sleep without sweet pan, in meh head tonight
Is there a cure for this fire?
Well ah real sure, ah want more, from this burning desire
So please just play this sweet melody... and put meh out of dis misery

Short Chorus
It make meh feel to play meh pan, jump up and wave meh hand
The music flowing through meh veins... ah can't explain
It must come from up above... this love, for the pan
Beating like a rhythm inside ah me

Bridge
Now, where do I go?
How I got here, ah doh really know
Tell meh how dis all began, this passion for sweet pan
It must be a musical infection

Instrumental

Verse
The bass line moving in style
(Bass Interlude)
Is so strange ah find myself confused for a while
Is this the start or the end?
'Cause in my heart, well ah know, that I'll always depend
On this vibe deep inside of me... oh how it flows so easily

Long Chorus
It make meh feel to play meh pan, jump up and wave meh hand
The music flowing through meh veins... ah can't explain
It must come from up above... this love, for the pan
Beating like a rhythm inside ah me
Ah want to go in every yard, play meh pan and get on bad
Something inside of me, say just to be free

End
Passion for pan is a mystery
Ya know it's always haunting me
Ah cyar describe dis high, it go make meh fly
Ah cyar deny dis... passion for pan, passion for pan, passion for pan
(Repeat and Ad Lib)

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