Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Carl Pannuzzo - Week 23

Bec Reid

This week, we’re exploring courage and our next artist has been described as vocally fearless. We welcome Carl Pannuzzo. Carl, how are you going?

Carl Panuzzo

Good, thanks, Bec. Thanks for having us.

Bec Reid

Carl, we’d love to hear about your musical journey and how you found your voice.

Carl Panuzzo

I think it was never really a decision. I was just incredibly drawn to music from - as a baby. There was a piano in the house and a few people played it and I would just try and find things or remember stuff. A theme on the TV, I’d go after the show and try and work it out on the piano. I finally met some musicians at high school and we formed a band together. The piano player left the band and he was the singer at the time. So, I started singing. I didn’t even think about it. It wasn’t a question of whether I was on the drum kit at the time or not. As far as I understood, music is not a finite thing. It’s a piece of clay that can be turned into any form and, so, I would listen to classical music as easily as I would jazz or whatever it might have been that I discovered on, for example, through PBS, you know, public radio, when I discovered that, my life opened up another billion fold. Just because there was the world of music accessible to me. Yehudi Menuhin, I think, at the age of 96, was interviewed and they said, look, at this point, you’re probably the best in the world. Why do you keep on practicing? And his answer was, I believe I’m making progress. So, I’ve really taken on the idea that there is nothing that I’m going to want to do more than keep exploring music and until I drop dead.

Bec Reid

Carl, speaking of that fearless curiosity and really navigating all those multiplicities, has there been a time, as an artist, that you felt most courageous?

Carl Panuzzo

I think I’m told to be courageous every day, as an artist, because it’s about the relationship of one’s own experience and self-expression. So, you never fear music leaving you. It’s a wonderful friend and it’s loyal. You can’t afford to put too much pressure on the way the world perceives you, because what music’s greatest command is, is to ask of yourself, to be yourself, because that’s the only way that it is different and that it is unique.

Bec Reid

And, Carl, is there a particular song that gives you courage?

Carl Panuzzo

You know, one of the earliest pieces that I can remember is Solsbury  Hill by Peter Gabriel. [Carl singing] ‘Going down on Solsbury Hill. People thought I was a nut. I always liked that line. Turning water into wine. Open doors would soon be shut. But the driving force of the music, the - the momentum in it, the sense of this sort of rising expansion within the sonisphere was enough to bring me a sense of ‘I think I can’. You know, there was something in that.

Bec Reid

You’ve collaborated with all sorts of extraordinary artists, Vika and Linda Bull, Shane Howard, even Cirque de Soleil, across jazz, rock, even comedy opera. Is there a genre of music that really makes your heart sing?

Carl Panuzzo

When I sing and play drums in the blues band, Checkerboard Lounge, I feel as though the entire of me is activated and expressed. It is up and out.

Bec Reid

Carl, can you tell us about the song that you’ll be sharing for the Victorian Seniors Festival?

Carl Panuzzo

Essentially, it’s a song about dealing with the human condition in - warts and all, you know, everything that we are, how to embrace it, how to accept it, how to hold it, how to be humble within it and how to not - and how to not sink into a despair of - of how difficult and how challenging it is to be. Rather, look towards the simplicity.

[Carl singing]

Little light keeps the fire inside

Like a child that it burned bright

Threw away my anger

Threw away my fear

Threw away my bitterness

Bad feelings here

Little light keeps the fire inside

 

In the cold and darkness

In the cloudy skies

There’s only confusion

Between the truth and the lies

 

A little time

A little silence

Is all I’ll need to help me see

By the humble light of a candle flame

I can remember the power in me

 

Little light keep the fire inside

Like a child that it burned bright

Threw away my anger

Threw away my fear

Threw away any bad feelings here

 

Fortify my courage

Fortify my will

Fortify forgiveness till my mind is still

Little light keep the fire inside

In the stormy winters

Of my hearts unrest

There’s only anxiety

Put me to the test

A little quiet meditation

On the peace that is my soul

Brings me back to that candle flame

And that nothing more can take its toll

 

Little light keep the fire inside

Like a child keep it burning bright

Threw away my anger

Threw away my fear

Threw away any bad feelings here

Fortify my courage

Fortify my will

Fortify forgiveness ‘til my sky is clear

Then fortify my faith that my love will fulfil

 

Little light keep the fire inside

Little light keep the fire inside

Little light keep the fire inside

Little light keep the fire inside

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29 September 2020
Duration: 7:54

By the time he had finished high school, Carl Panuzzo was a multi-instrumentalist and member of a band that was juggling up to 13 gigs a week.

Read Carl's Performer Profile

Check out Carl's music at https://carlpannuzzo.bandcamp.com/

Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Carl Pannuzzo - Week 23

Bec Reid

This week, we’re exploring courage and our next artist has been described as vocally fearless. We welcome Carl Pannuzzo. Carl, how are you going?

Carl Panuzzo

Good, thanks, Bec. Thanks for having us.

Bec Reid

Carl, we’d love to hear about your musical journey and how you found your voice.

Carl Panuzzo

I think it was never really a decision. I was just incredibly drawn to music from - as a baby. There was a piano in the house and a few people played it and I would just try and find things or remember stuff. A theme on the TV, I’d go after the show and try and work it out on the piano. I finally met some musicians at high school and we formed a band together. The piano player left the band and he was the singer at the time. So, I started singing. I didn’t even think about it. It wasn’t a question of whether I was on the drum kit at the time or not. As far as I understood, music is not a finite thing. It’s a piece of clay that can be turned into any form and, so, I would listen to classical music as easily as I would jazz or whatever it might have been that I discovered on, for example, through PBS, you know, public radio, when I discovered that, my life opened up another billion fold. Just because there was the world of music accessible to me. Yehudi Menuhin, I think, at the age of 96, was interviewed and they said, look, at this point, you’re probably the best in the world. Why do you keep on practicing? And his answer was, I believe I’m making progress. So, I’ve really taken on the idea that there is nothing that I’m going to want to do more than keep exploring music and until I drop dead.

Bec Reid

Carl, speaking of that fearless curiosity and really navigating all those multiplicities, has there been a time, as an artist, that you felt most courageous?

Carl Panuzzo

I think I’m told to be courageous every day, as an artist, because it’s about the relationship of one’s own experience and self-expression. So, you never fear music leaving you. It’s a wonderful friend and it’s loyal. You can’t afford to put too much pressure on the way the world perceives you, because what music’s greatest command is, is to ask of yourself, to be yourself, because that’s the only way that it is different and that it is unique.

Bec Reid

And, Carl, is there a particular song that gives you courage?

Carl Panuzzo

You know, one of the earliest pieces that I can remember is Solsbury  Hill by Peter Gabriel. [Carl singing] ‘Going down on Solsbury Hill. People thought I was a nut. I always liked that line. Turning water into wine. Open doors would soon be shut. But the driving force of the music, the - the momentum in it, the sense of this sort of rising expansion within the sonisphere was enough to bring me a sense of ‘I think I can’. You know, there was something in that.

Bec Reid

You’ve collaborated with all sorts of extraordinary artists, Vika and Linda Bull, Shane Howard, even Cirque de Soleil, across jazz, rock, even comedy opera. Is there a genre of music that really makes your heart sing?

Carl Panuzzo

When I sing and play drums in the blues band, Checkerboard Lounge, I feel as though the entire of me is activated and expressed. It is up and out.

Bec Reid

Carl, can you tell us about the song that you’ll be sharing for the Victorian Seniors Festival?

Carl Panuzzo

Essentially, it’s a song about dealing with the human condition in - warts and all, you know, everything that we are, how to embrace it, how to accept it, how to hold it, how to be humble within it and how to not - and how to not sink into a despair of - of how difficult and how challenging it is to be. Rather, look towards the simplicity.

[Carl singing]

Little light keeps the fire inside

Like a child that it burned bright

Threw away my anger

Threw away my fear

Threw away my bitterness

Bad feelings here

Little light keeps the fire inside

 

In the cold and darkness

In the cloudy skies

There’s only confusion

Between the truth and the lies

 

A little time

A little silence

Is all I’ll need to help me see

By the humble light of a candle flame

I can remember the power in me

 

Little light keep the fire inside

Like a child that it burned bright

Threw away my anger

Threw away my fear

Threw away any bad feelings here

 

Fortify my courage

Fortify my will

Fortify forgiveness till my mind is still

Little light keep the fire inside

In the stormy winters

Of my hearts unrest

There’s only anxiety

Put me to the test

A little quiet meditation

On the peace that is my soul

Brings me back to that candle flame

And that nothing more can take its toll

 

Little light keep the fire inside

Like a child keep it burning bright

Threw away my anger

Threw away my fear

Threw away any bad feelings here

Fortify my courage

Fortify my will

Fortify forgiveness ‘til my sky is clear

Then fortify my faith that my love will fulfil

 

Little light keep the fire inside

Little light keep the fire inside

Little light keep the fire inside

Little light keep the fire inside

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