Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Under the Influence: SAXOPHONE (Chubby Checker, Lupe Fiasco, Jack White & Alexandra Stan)

Under the Influence: SAXOPHONE
The saxophone is an instrument invented by the Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax in 1846. It was originally very popular in the military, and eventually in jazz and classical music. In recent months, the saxophone has become more and more popular in pop music, rock music and even rap! Check out these examples of the awesome sax! (Check out Wikipedia on the Sax here)

Chubby Checker - The Twist (1960)
So for a long time I have enjoyed saxophone. It goes back to my younger days listening to the old fifties tapes my parents used to listen to. The most memorable of these early songs that I really loved was Let's Twist Again which came in 1961, one year after the original twist. Not only did it have awesome singing, background singers, but one of the awesomest saxophone solos. Songs like this made me fall in love with the saxophone.

Return of the Sax in 2011 and 2012!

The following songs have made use of the sax recently in 2012!

Lupe Fiasco - Around My Way (May 2012)
This song is awesome because it draws attention to the issue of Aboriginal land rights and other civil rights issues that are relevant to America. It also uses an awesome saxophone loop sampled from Pete Rock & CL Smooth's 1992 release "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) ...this will be its own UTI someday!

Jack White - Love Interruption (Jan 2012)
This is a great rock song released in January that is very simple in composition, but is awesome. It is like a trio between male voice, female voice and sax.

Katy Perry - Last Friday Night (June 2011)

I do not like the lyrics in this song, but another example of a pretty cool saxophone solo.

Lady Gaga - Edge of Glory (May 2011)
This song was my first indicator that the sax was coming back. I always loved sax solos and when I heard this one, it gave me hope that more were coming!

And, just for fun, here is Homer!
Homer's Saxomophone

Monday, June 25, 2012

National Chief Candidate Videos (by Wab Kinew)

So if you didn't know there is an election for Assembly of First Nations National Chief about to happen and this will decide who is our main voice as First Nations people is to the Government of Canada. The current Chief Shawn Atleo is facing 7 candidates that are also looking at getting the top job. The candidates are:
  • Shawn Atleo
  • Bill Erasmus
  • Ellen Gabriel
  • Joan Jack
  • Diane M. Kelly
  • Terrance Nelson
  • Pam Palmater
  • George Stanley
Now I have been checking out Wab Kinew's Website & blog and am very happy. He has committed to independently checking out the AFN Candidates and posting summaries of their interviews (and even the whole interview). Check out these videos that were put together so far with 3 of the candidates!

Joan Jack
So I have never met Joan but she seems like she wants to let young people decide how to get involved. I would be interested in hearing a more complete answer on youth engagement. [WAB's ARTICLE HERE]

Shawn Atleo
I have never met him either, although we were in the same building on the same day at some point last week. I would also like to hear what his take is on youth engagement and let us know how he has engaged youth during his 1st term! [WAB's ARTICLE HERE]

Pam Palmater
She is the only candidate I have met. I also love her blog and book and so have a slight bias. Also, she is a very charismatic speaker and is a outspoken 'fighter'. So far, since she is the only one I have met, she is my favourite candidate. She has a natural advantage here as two of her main strengths are social media and public speaking. [WAB's ARTICLE HERE]

Other Vids to come

I met Bill Erasmus' brother at a speaking engagement 2 weeks ago, but have never met any of the other candidates.

Thanks Wab for doing this great work. if you wanna see what these folks are up to on Twitter, check out my twitter list AFN Election 2012!

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Representin the North End of Winnipeg since 1987. I will share my journey tryna set an example and live a proud Cree life. I'll include my challenges and feelings and progress in terms of AYO! Aboriginal Youth Opportunities. You(th) are the reason.