My mother was always singing or playing records of different kinds of music while I was growing up. The I started playing guitar in the third grade - I took lessons from my sister's best friend. Almost 40 years later and I'm still playing. But I discovered that I always had tunes running through my head. And then one day I realized they were my own tunes and not something I was remembering. Sometimes these tunes in my head were so strong that I forgot where I was, or what I was doing. I'm used to it now, and I always have a melody or harmonic structure, some kind of riff rattling around in the back of my mind just looking for the right medium.
My music is about my soul. Every time I try to put it into a box and define it, or limit my music to one kind of form/genre, I get writer's block. So every tune, piece, riff, whatever is different from everything else I've committed to paper. And I do mean paper, I end up sketching a lot of my stuff out on standard staff paper before going stepping in front of a microphone. It's coming from me, from my life, from my questions, from my soul.
This is a hard question for me since it is very rare that I get to interact with other musicians is a collaborative situation. Being isolated means I have to try to hear more than what I can play in my own hands. I would just depend on what kind of music my current thought was tending towards.
My challenge has always been not allowing myself to be type-cast into a certain type of musician or composer. I didn't get involved with the PowWow circuit, and sing with all those fantastic singers, because of the New Age movement. I did it because these people were my friends, and I respected their intuitive musicianship - their ability to render a song in a live situation and interpret the mood of 500+ dancers on the fly. I played flute for them because they shared melodies and stories with me. In return, they asked my to play songs and interpret the tune to make it fresh. I write blues when I feel blues, I write Gospel when my faith takes me some place new. I write fun party songs, when my family inspires me to chill out and remember my fun side. It is all one to me.
I hope to take stillness and set it into motion. I hope to take the colors of my soul and create a texture that is vibrant in the air, attractive to the heart and soul of people around me. I want my music to connect with the souls of people around me.
Lou Foote - Lakota Sioux
Bruce Whitecalf - Lakota Sioux
|Come drive with me||4:25||Clean|
|Carry Your Heart||3:08||Kid Friendly|
|Your Best Friend||4:52||Clean|
Welcome to my first album performing on the Native American Flute. Such a beautiful instrument and there is such a rich pool of existing work from within the Native American community. This instrument is not just a historical object that you hang on the wall. Instead it is a valid musical instrument possessing all of the expressional qualities that we admire in other classic instruments such as violin, piano, and harp. The musical style itself is rich with improvisational opportunities, expression, contour, and phrasing. There are forms and variations of forms. Each has its own possibilities. This music is very much alive.