I've been meaning to update this site with some comments on the songs on 'Migration Songs, Too" (For those who are unfamiliar with this album, it is my newest collection of songs released on CD in July).
I know that I really enjoy when artists talk about their songs and stories, their inspirations and influences. So, I figure that's something I can do to promote the music, and perhaps generate some dialogue...let's see...
All the Way to Sept Isles
When I was a child we regularly travelled by train to and from Western Labrador to the St. Lawrence River town of Sept Isles, Quebec. This ride embodied the blending of distinct cultures, the First Nations peoples, the Metis, the French, English and other nationalities. Global demand for Iron Ore had cut the Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway hundreds of miles into the Wilderness. I started early on to contemplate the personal relationships that develop when societies meet. I especially remember watching native people walking along the rail lines and feeling very odd with the whole scenario. As a youth I didn't understand the things I understand now.
As I pondered the events that might have led these First Nations people to be there, walking along the track I got to thinking about how cultures mix and blend over time. What if these two kids, one the descendant son of European settlers, and the other, the daughter of Nascopi parents ('Nascopi' is the name of one of the groups of native peoples that lived and traveled around Labrador West) a few years on, were to meet and fall in love? What if? I'm certain that some form of this scenario has played out countless times across our country. I like to think that this thought is a part of the fabric that I hope will help to heal the wounds between our peoples.