KEY TAKEAWAYS on International Women’s Day
- Angele Arsenault – Acadian Ambassador
- Buffy Sainte Marie – Indigenous Awareness
- Loreena McKennitt – Mystical Magic
- Women of the World
- Leaders of The World
International Women’s Day is a day of celebration, inspiring / motivating each other and a day of shout outs to those who have blazed the trails before us.
Therefore, in the spirit of the day, I would like to pay tribute to those who inspired me early on in my music career. A salute to the Canadian musical artists who inspired me to quit my day job to become a full time singer/songwriter.
Celebrating Women Who Inspire
My first musical idol in my formative years was Angele Arsenault, my mother’s sister. She was a bilingual singer and an ambassador for the Acadian culture in Canada. She was joyful, funny, empathetic, and a person who could totally command the attention of her audiences. In addition, she was a brilliant wordsmith.
Angèle received many awards including the Order of Canada, Gold Hugo, Felix, among many. Further, she had radio & TV shows, toured nationally & internationally and a wide following in the French music world.
She was one of my biggest encouragers and mentors. In my youth, I wanted to grow up to be just like “MaTante Angèle”. I absorbed her songs, her mannerisms on stage and her love for her audience who adored her.
Added to this was the best part – she was the same person on stage as she was behind the scenes. A truly authentic person.
We were all devastated when cancer took her life in 2014. Her music lives on as other Acadians continue to sing her songs.
Buffy Sainte Marie
As a singer/songwriter, hearing Buffy Sainte Marie’s album “Coincidence and Likely Stories” (1992) was transformational for me. She was unique, powerful, compelling and her music was and still is, timeless.
Plus, it was a bonus to discover that Buffy & Angèle shared the stage together on many occasions in their early careers.
Some of her most well-known songs are “Universal Soldier” (which won an Academy Award), “Until It’s Time For You To Go”, “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee”, to name but a few.
However, for me, it was her “Coincidence and Likely Stories” album that had me riveted and indirectly helped shaped the songwriter I became. Being authentic, finding my voice, writing & singing about what I knew and who I was.
I had the joy of hearing her perform live in Charlottetown for PEI 2014 – not only are her songs powerful, but so is she. You could feel her energy from the stage right from the audience.
Buffy Sainte Marie website: http://buffysainte-marie.com/
YouTube documentary: https://youtu.be/y1nNbR791go
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A magical mystical artist with a haunting voice who fills the senses and moves the soul. That’s how I would describe Loreena McKennitt’s album “The Mask & Mirror” and how it spoke to my musical muse.
One of the comments on her video by Kurt Hagedorn beautifully captures her diverse musical stylings:
“I love how Ms. McKennitt can combine such diverse musical elements: Gregorian chant 2:22, Irish Uilleann Pipes 3:40, the Indian Tamboura 2:55 and Spanish castanets 3:10 into a song that works perfectly.”
While many were enchanted by Enya, we were mesmerized into the marvellous musical musings of McKennitt. An accomplished vocalist, pianist, harpist & accordionist, Loreena McKennitt won worldwide acclaim which continues to this day.
On a personal note, when I was first starting out, I admired McKennitt. She was not only a unique Canadian artist but also a trailblazer in “musicpreneurship” (see my previous blog on musicpreneurs).
In a time of artists chasing record deals, she was doing it her way.
I was impressed with her skills as a business woman and reached out to her for some tips. Her team generously responded by answering my questions and encouraging me in my career.
I never forgot that. Here she was, a star blazing a trail and still taking the time to help those who were forging their own path.
I encourage musicians to follow McKennitt’s lead because you can learn a lot to help your own career. I am grateful to Loreena McKennitt’s team at Quinlan Road for helping me out early on in my music career and want to do the same for others.
Loreena McKennitt: https://loreenamckennitt.com/
YouTube: Mystic’s Dream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFAfWH_CKVw
Women of the World
Finally, I can’t let International Women’s Day go by without sharing my own celebratory song “Women of The World”. I am sending it out nationally & internationally to all the wonderful women of the world.
Special mention to BPW Canada and BPW International (Business & Professional Women) who embraced my song from the very start. Thanks to them, Women Of The World is available in English, French, Spanish & Italian (their 4 official languages).
Also, shout outs to these fabulous women doing fabulous things for other fabulous women not only on International Women’s Day but every day:
Leaders of the World
As you celebrate International Women’s Day, go forth & celebrate all the wonderful women of the world – both on a national and international level.
Enjoy this remarkable video of all the women leaders around the world – who knew there were so many!
Watch this video: Leaders of the World
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