Speaking of spring - with the Onanole Elementary School Spring Concert on the horizon for next week, I feel compelled to write about the event, which takes place on May 26th at 7PM at the Onanole Rec Centre. I’m STOKED to have a small role in the concert this year! My dear friend Ayanaquinn, who is 10 and a student at the school, asked if I would be interested in singing a song with her at the concert this year (to which my heart did a little somersault). I didn’t realize this meant that her and two of her girlfriends wanted to learn one of my songs and perform it (to which my heart grew approximately 3 sizes). I’m beyond flattered and honoured to be teaching these girls one of my songs, particularly because the song they chose to learn is so important to me.
“Olive Branch” is the opening track on my album, and I was very nervous to make an a cappella song the first thing that people hear, but it seems to be making an impression. I wrote the song as a reminder to myself and all women that we are stronger when we work together, rather than as opposing forces. It is a song for my sisters. I am so thrilled that these girls are excited to learn and share this message together. The strength of the women in this community continuously inspires me and fills me with utmost respect and admiration for these people I am proud to call good friends.
(*** BREAK *** I went to jump in the lake. It was glorious, and you should all do it!)
I always admire the ability of kids to just SING and DANCE and so joyfully make music and movement a part of their lives, without any inhibitions. I think adults have a lot to learn from children in that respect.
I moved out to the Riding Mountain area in part due to the the incredible community here, which has built up a remarkable following of folks who appreciate and support music and arts of all kind. This is a huge reason why the Harvest Sun Music Festival is so special - our community is already top-notch, and to bring everyone together in one celebratory weekend is always bound to be a great time. In the meantime, I hope to see some of you out at the Onanole Elementary School Spring Concert to enjoy the music and dancing of some of the young superstars in our midst!
Listen to the recorded version of Olive Branch here: