My first ever blog entry! hmmm…..not sure what to say to the world. let’s see… how about “Is Rob Ford for ******* real!??!?!” Like really, is this a joke being played on the city of toronto?!? and in a few months a proper mayor will come along and say….”April Fools! we were pulling your leg. just wanted to see how long you’d put up with utter nonsense in the place of leadership.” But then again, Bush was real, or at least the bombs he dropped on I-raq were. (Remember how he used to pronounce it?)
ANyways…i think i was supposed to be talking about my album, right….. so my album is about to be launched. I’m trying to fight the urge to curl up under a rock and say “sorry. it was all a big fat lie. I don’t sing. can’t perform. leave me alone”. yes, i have stage fright issues. (blog confession #1)
but really, i’m happy that it’s happening in many ways and I’m really moved by all the support from friends and family. the show’s being produced by the R3 artists’ collective, which is a group of artists committed to resisting colonial oppression and supporting Indigenous peoples to reclaim lands and lifeways. they also happen to be wonderful friends of mine. i’m in the group too, so it all works out rather beautifully ;p
And in addition to working with great friends to produce the show, we’ve got Billy Bryans (yes, the drummer from the Parachute CLub. wut! wut!) on publicity. i’m pretty honored and feeling blessed right now.
so about the album…. i guess in many ways this album is my offering to the world. it’s one of my small contributions to shifting the balance. it’s full of songs for and from my ancestors, the trees and such. it’s full of righteous political statements (some may say obnoxiously so ;p, but i made certain lyrics in-your-face for a reason.). It’s got songs that i made to help us dance, chant and stomp our way to freedom….to remembering ourselves….returning to our birthplaces and harvesting the seed- the goodness that our ancestors have to offer.
so it’s an offering.
i was ever hesitant to make it cause I’m an aspiring luddite and the idea of mass producing something is not appealing to me. But …my people told me to do it, so I did it. not sure if i’ll do it again. i really just wanna move to the bush and sing for the trees and whoever else is around…..but in the meantime (while i’m working on the exit plan) i shall share some tunage. i hope you enjoy it.