As Panorama celebrated our 20th year, we were joined by another New Orleans institution, ArtSpot Productions, which also began performing around the same time and whose evolution paralleled ours those two decades. In 1996 Panorama clarinetist and founder, Ben Schenck, appeared in a piece ArtSpot and director Kathy Randels produced called How To Be a Man in the 21st Century. This month’s release is a song that Ben wrote for that show and ArtSpot included in their 2012 CD, I Know This To Be True.
Meant as an ironic lullaby, the lyrics explain that the father will come home when the child can find a tail feather from a peacock and display it in the right place. The music is in the style of a waltz, perhaps more Mexican than Viennese.
Thanks to ArtSpot founder and director Kathy Randels and music director Sean LaRocca for producing the session and for sharing the master with us. Congratulations on making it this far, y'all. Here’s to the next twenty years!


Peacock Tail Feather

There are many types of birds and they all wear feathers
I should know for I was carried off one day
And many things one can’t explain such as tides and whether
Or not people mean exactly what they say
You miss me since I left you it’s raining while I’m gone
But if you really want me back you’ll listen to my song…

Go and find a Peacock Tail Feather
Hang it on the wall
You can use it to determine whether
I’ll be home by Fall

Then you get that Peacock Tail Feather
Place it on the door
Leave it there to show the neighbors
I’ll be home by four

But if you really need me
You’ll know just what to do
Just go and fetch a fat young goose
And cook enough for two and…

Then you grab that Peacock Tail Feather
Stake it on the moon
Someday soon we’ll be together
I’ll be home by June

I’ll be home very soon!


from Song​-​of​-​the​-​Month Club: Good Music For You, released May 1, 2015
Recorded January 27, 2010, @ Piety Street Studios, New Orleans, LA.

Ben Schenck - Vocals
Aurora Nealand - Alto Saxophone
Charlie Halloran - Trombone
Patrick Farrell – Accordion
Patrick Mackey - Banjo
Jon Gross – Sousaphone
Sean Clark - Drums

Produced by ArtSpot Productions
Written and arranged by Ben Schenck
Session engineered at Piety Street Studios by Wesley Fontenot
Mixed by Mark Bingham
Mastered by Paul Marinaro
Graphic design by Ben Schenck
Cover photo by Greg Miles


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The Panorama Jazz Band and the Panorama Brass Band have been working steadily in New Orleans and beyond since 1995. Many hundreds of nightclub gigs, festivals, weddings, crawfish boils and Mardi Gras parades have added to this community of musicians' collective experience, all of which they bring to each of their recordings. ... more

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