A week in August
Qey Psi-te wen (Hi Everyone!)
I spent this week compiling demos. Just some piano and vocal recordings at this point, but hopefully these will give me a solid foudnation from which to build off. I've even started to arrange the tracks to shape a narrative.
It's really exciting to see things take shape and i've very excited to share this material.
I also spent quite a bit of time this week working on my language skills. By no means do I consider myself a fluent speaker of Wolastoqi...conversational at best, but I've been doing my best to gain a working knowledge of the language through this process; at this point all tracks are either chant or in Wolastoqi. This phrase is a reminder to keep going with what can sometimes seem like an impossible task. "Sikeyu wen keti-skicinuwatuwet" -- "it's hard to learn to speak Maliseet" ...I know right?!
Another exciting happening this week was my brother Jon who is in town and decided to stop in and see how the songs were coming. I played through the tracks while he provided some feedback and then he got on the piano and tried some out himself. It is so great to have someone with such great technical skills at the piano to assist with in this process.
I was finding that ONLY working on these melodies was driving me a bit mad. I thought it would be a good idea to also surround myself with music I love and interrogate as to what makes a great song; maybe it will inform my music making process who knows?! So i've recorded a couple of my faves and below is one such recording of the aria turned standard "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess. Check it out and let me know what you think?
I've also been working with the music of Purrcell, Faure and Nina Simone....because why not?! Maybe I'll post those soon too!
Speaking of great music, another indigenous classical/contemporary artist just released their first album called Orchestral Powwow -- Cris Derksen. Mad respect for her as an artist so check the album out for sure. http://crisderksen.virb.com/bio
Apc oc klewestune (Until we speak again!)