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Friday, January 18, 2019

Midnight Shine Covers Neil Young's "Heart of Gold"



While many may argue that the world really doesn't need yet another cover of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold", we beg to differ.

We say that the world really DOES need another cover of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold". Actually many, many more would be a thing of beauty.

Watch this cover and maybe you'll understand.

If you don't, you have a heart of stone. Please take our advice.


"It's these expressions I never give"

This cover is by the Canadian band Midnight Shine. From video clip:
In the fall of 2018, a production crew of three traveled to an isolated Cree community in Northern Ontario with 14 cases of gear and one ambitious plan: shooting two music videos in five days with Midnight Shine frontman Adrian Sutherland. Getting the job done in only four, they used the remaining time on the ground to shoot this awesome little video for HEART OF GOLD.

It came together spontaneously, magically, and with a little help from some little (and big) friends... Shot and directed by Cliff Hokanson, produced by RoseAnna Schick, Adrian Sutherland as executive producer, with video crew Jesse Davidson and Geeshig Sutherland. Edited by Bethany Fontaine, colouring and effects by Tony Wytinck. Shot on location in Attawapiskat First Nation. Thank you to everyone in the video, Judy Sutherland, The Moose Takeout, and the Rez Dogs, too.

ABOUT THE SONG: The lead single from Midnight Shine’s third album HIGH ROAD (released February 2018) is an exceptional cover of HEART OF GOLD, bringing a timely new sound to a timeless classic. This version is distinctly different, yet honours the heart and soul of the original.

“Quite a fascinating version of Neil’s song. Love the First Nations’ feel of it. Very cool...” -- John Einarson, Neil Young Biographer & Music Historian

"In a bold choice, the band pays tribute to one of Canada’s greatest songwriters and folk music’s greatest innovators, Neil Young. Their cover of his 1972 hit “Heart Of Gold” is stunning and not only links the group to the folk roots of rock and roll but also highlights the group’s Indigenous heritage through the vocal styling and with the final verse being translated into Mushkegowuk Cree. The track is not only a definite highlight among High Road, but also holds up to the original..." -- Gerrod Harris, Canadianbeats.ca

"Putting a fresh spin on a classic is a tough task, but James Bay-area Indigenous roots-rockers Midnight Shine manages to do just that. The familiar strummed guitar intro is accompanied by wailing Indigenous vocals that grab your attention instantly... Adrian Sutherland delivers a heartfelt and convincing vocal performance, and a section of the tune is sung in his Cree language. We reckon Neil would approve." -- Kerry Doole, FYI Music News


More on Neil Young's immortal, classic song "Heart of Gold" -- it's global impact, enduring legacy and heavy consequence.

And -- yes -- it really is all about The Kids, The Children of Destiny.

trust us, know the plan, defeat the plan
onward
mahalo, pono
namaste
#WT1sWBWO

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5 Comments:

At 1/18/2019 10:36:00 AM, Blogger Hounds That Howl said...

Sublime, magnificent. This cover ties together Neil's sound with what he loves and what moves him the spirit of North American First Peoples. I reckon that an entire album of Neil covers by Midnight Shine would be a welcome musical statement.

 
At 1/18/2019 10:42:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

Indeed HtH, indeed. Thanks.

The Cree influence is sublimely magnificent and a powerful statement because you know what it's really all about.

onward, mahalo, pono
namaste
#WT1sWBWO

 
At 1/18/2019 11:55:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi All. Great song, great interpretation, love Neil. Why must it always be a political statement or a "feel good" about or bandwagon support for a victim group (self- or other-labeled)? Peace and good Friday wishes.

 
At 1/18/2019 09:53:00 PM, Blogger Sergio Falcone said...

Masterpiece!

 
At 1/21/2019 11:55:00 AM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

TW Have you seen anything about NY+POTR Northwest shows in May? I saw something on FB. Thanks. Carry On.

 

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