400 Questions on Pan
By VERDEL BISHOP
In an attempt to raise awareness about the past happenings in Pan, Ian R Franklin has unveiled and recorded historical events about pan which are not known to many in the country that invented the beloved instrument.
“I have done something that needs to be done. We need to document our pan history. I cannot fathom pannists who do not own a single album, tape, video, compact disc or digital video, although they played on the recording,” Franklin emphasised. “We must begin to become pan lovers instead of band lovers,” he said.
“Pan book” includes the pan era of the 1960’s straight through to the pan era of the 2000’s. There is a “Did you know section and a “Who did it first” section which taxes the brain of many pan lovers. The trivia questions are followed by guided answers at the back of the book. .
“When I mentioned that I was writing a book on Pan Trivia, a certain individual said to me, “no one cares about that”. Franklin mused that “We need to change whatever is negative in our areas rather than saying “we meet it so”. “Why have ideas and not implement them? Franklin lamented that we must begin to approach this art-form with professionalism and economic value. “Some of us place expensive chromed pans on the ground like garbage. Our up-coming pannists must be exposed to the history of our domain because they are the future, who will take the pan movement up to another plateau,” Fraklin said.
Franklin was born in Tobago but grew up in Laventille where his back yard served as Desperados panyard. His interest in pan peaked at a young age and he began learning to play the Double Second in 1966. A year later, he joined Desperados.
Retaining the results and happenings in the pan world over the years was easy for Franklin. He now lives in Fort Lauderdale and works as a logistics specialist. His skill for retaining information is what has served him well in compiling this book . “I did not write this compilation for momentary gain. It was done out of my love for pan,” Franklin said.
Franklin’s next project is to compile more historical events about pan such as the single pans, the zonal, small/medium and Tobago pan history.