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Playing Mandolin Strikes A Chord With Me

January 11, 2018 | 11:09 am

There has always been something about the sound of a mandolin that has interested me. Not sure what it is? It has eight strings and is tuned G, D, A, E. What you would call “fifths” if you know your music theory. The way the chords are produced is somewhat of a challenge because of…

Survival: On The Land, And In Music

December 11, 2017 | 4:07 pm

I’m in my cabin washing dishes while the boys get sucked back into their electronics, and feeling far away and disconnected from the music industry. Taking time to teach my sons the Cree traditions, building survival skills, and developing resilience into their very core is important to me. Someday they will walk in my footsteps,…

The Dream: My First Gibson Les Paul

December 1, 2017 | 3:47 pm

“What kind of guitar is that?” I asked my dad as I pointed to the TV.  “A Gibson Les Paul”, he answered. At that moment, I knew I wanted that guitar. I would always snoop through my older brother Robert’s CD’s and tapes in attempt to discover cool music. When I was 11 or 12…

Learning About Climate Change

November 24, 2017 | 12:58 pm

As part of my work with Moose Cree First Nation (MCFN), I sometimes get to go to interesting conferences like this one about ‘Climate Change and Traditional Knowledge’ that was held in Boulder, Colorado in 2017. There were Indigenous peoples in attendance from Africa, Mexico and Scandinavia that were dealing with climate change in their…