I'm excited to share a new song and video, "Old Language". More about it below, but here's where you can watch, listen, buy it and share it:
Watch - https://youtu.be/FHumBZLwpMA
Listen / buy - http://smarturl.it/oldlanguage
I wrote this song when I was living in New Orleans in the summer of 2017. I had just spent a month volunteering in the First Nations community Wikwemikong on Manitoulin Island, and here I was surrounded by other cultures struggling to hold on to their traditions. It made me think about how hard it can be to get out of our comfort zones and get off the beaten track to discover the richness of other cultures. Middle of the road mainstream culture is taking over everything these days, it seems. I wrote this song as a humble call-to-action.
The video is made up of some footage I shot during that summer on Manitoulin Island and New Orleans, but mostly it's footage from my summer 2012 trip to Matanzas, Cuba, where I was learning to play bata drums. The irony is not lost on me that one of the lyrics is 'leave your camera far behind, keep it in your hearts and minds', and here I am sharing footage I took with my camera. But rest assured, it was with much hesitation that I filmed this, because I always want to stay present and not watch from behind a screen. In the case of the Cuba footage, after a week there, my teacher Gilberto (who dances with me here) started to urge me to film stuff! The dancers and musicians in the schoolyard was during a rehearsal for the carnival, and I took most of it in without my phone, but again my teacher was getting me to film it. While the footage is good, none of it will every compare to the feeling of being there, and most of the really great stuff I didn't film. I hope you enjoy this and it inspires some traveling! Big thanks to all my friends in Matanzas, Wikwemikong and New Orleans for taking me in!