Sunday, June 19, 2011
Acting as a 67 year-old groupie.
Shy-Anne to me is one of the graduates from Red Lake District High School that I counselled during my years as a high school counsellor. I remember Shy-Anne as perhaps the only person who sang with the high school band as it performed. Shy-Anne went on to study music at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, and is now in the midst of a successful music career, teaching career and a career in advocacy for children of First Nation ancestry to be able to fulfill their dreams.
Her performance was outstanding. Her songs reflect the struggles in her life with racism, but go much beyond the protest songs of that genre. I was most impressed with the quality and range of her voice, and of her ability to sing so movingly in so many different styles: jazz, latin rhythms, gentle acoustic guitar accompanied songs as well as loud, strident rock and roll. I think Anne was just as impressed as I.