Author: Jean Miso

The Right Honourable Paul Martin and First Nations Languages

Was at a luncheon today with guest speaker, The Right Honourable Paul Martin, Canada’s 21 Prime Minister.  The focus of discussion centered on education and First Nations children.  I particularly applaud his belief that cultural languages need to be preserved.  In my book, “Legacy and Tradition” I have taken quotes from each of the Ranger interviews and had them translated into their community’s language through syllabics and through phonetics.  An example of a quote in the Oji-Cree language is written below:

MUSKRAT DAM RANGER

“The Ranger program has given me a second chance to learn how to survive,” says Master Corporal Emily Beardy. “Find yours!”

“ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᒪ ᐅᓄᑎᓂᑫᓯᐃᐧ ᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᓂᑭᐅᒋᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᑯᐣ ᑫᑐᑕᒪᐣ ᒋᐱᒪᒋᐦᐅᔭᐣ,” ᐃᑭᑐ ᒪᐢᑐᕑ ᑲᐧᕑᑊᕑᐊᓫ ᐁᒪᓫᐃ ᐯᕑᑎ. “ᑫᑭᐣ ᑕᐡ ᑲᑫᐧᒥᑲᒪᓱᐣ!”

“Egwa ohmaa ohnodihnikesiiwi kihkinohahmaakewinik ni’kii onhci wiihcihikon ke’totamaan ci’pimaacihoyaan,” ihkito Master Corporal Emily Beardy. “Kekiin tash kakwe mihkamaason!”

 

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Filming at Prospect Cemetery

We couldn’t have asked for a better day to shoot the video.  We spent most of the day at Prospect Cemetery.  Bill and I were waiting off to the side while Rob worked with the 6 girls from the ESA choir.  While we were standing there, we noticed our silhouettes and I took a photo of it.  I think it is a really neat shot!

 

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Glenn Gould Studio Concert on October 30th

Today, I worked in another practise with the Royal Regiment of Canada band.  I was most appreciative of this!  Lieutenant Kevin Anderson is their music director and before my rehearsal, I saw Kevin writing up the program order for the band.  WOW!  What a line up of great music being played by great musicians.  Please go to the link below and find out how to purchase tickets!

I know you will be fully entertained!

http://www.cbc.ca/productionfacilities/m/toronto/Glenn-Gould-Studio

Creating a music video

This weekend was certainly a busy one!  Rob DiVito is producing a music video for my Vimy book song. Here are some photos …more to come over the next few days!  I thank the students from the ESA choir who participated in the video, they were so much fun to work with!  I also thank Rick Cowan and Gary Irving, managers of Prospect Cemetery who embraced this project from our first conversation.  Thank you for allowing us to shoot at this beautifully maintained site.

 

 

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The Band of the Royal Regiment of Canada

Tonight I was at Fort York Armoury, a beautiful old building with lots of character.  I was rehearsing with the Royal Regiment of Canada band for a concert on October 30th.  They all made me feel very welcomed and all were excited to be rehearsing Howard Cable’s arrangement of my first song, “We’ll Never Forget/N’oublion jamais”.

I asked Danielle Bourree to assist me in singing the chorus in round, as I think the song sounds best this way.  She has a beautiful voice and I feel very happy to be working on another concert with her.

This arrangement includes bagpipes (I love the sound of bagpipes).  Unfortunately, there were no bagpipes there tonight.  I know  a few more rehearsals are scheduled from now to October 30th…meanwhile, I have a new song to learn that the 3 soloists will be singing for the finale…more on this later!

Below are pictured the advertisement poster, army training at Fort York Armoury, Kevin Anderson, conductor, and the Royal Regiment of Canada band.

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100 year old cards from WW1 soldiers

Tonight after school, I drove a load of cases filled with books to CF Borden, ordered food for the video shoot on Saturday and listened to the mastered Vimy song with Rob…when I got home, I went through my treasures and found these beautiful embroidered cards that I had purchased years ago.  I was happy to find them because I hope to use them in the video shoot this weekend.  They are postcards/letters that WW1  Canadian soldiers sent home to their loved ones….all hand embroidered and each a work of art.  My brother is bringing over a few more for me tomorrow that my Great Uncle sent to family 100 years ago.  Can’t wait to see them too!  Special.

 

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My hired help!

The work of inserting CDs into the book continues and is going well.  As you can see, my help is being worked to the point of exhaustion, but Charlie has done a fantastic job, so I will not be upset if he sleeps on the job now and again!  Charlie…WAKE UP!  There are 8,000 more books that require CDs!

 

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Legacy & Tradition books have arrived!

What an exciting week it has been!  My books and CDs arrived on Friday.  We have 12,000 CDs to be placed into the books before they are ready for sale. The stack of cases in the first picture below are cartons, each filled with 750 CDs…YIKES!  I had several teams of people working very hard over the past week to help me get about 4,000 CDs into the books.  Hooray!

Between Monday night and Wednesday night, I delivered 78 cases of books to CFB Borden and 14 cases of books to John Newman.  LCol Matt Richardson met me to help unload the books from my car.  Matt is the Commanding Officer of 3CRPG and he wrote an excellent foreword to this book!  He is passionate about his work with the Rangers of Ontario and makes every effort to see that they are well supported.

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Scouting out location shots for music video

I started my day having breakfast with veterans and then met Rob DiVito, the Sound Engineer for my CDs at Prospect cemetery.  We are shooting a video in the WW1 section of the cemetery.  As you can see from the photos, a beautiful location for sure!  3,500 WW1 soldiers are buried in this cemetery.  Mount Pleasant Group have been so supportive of us coming into their  beautifully refurbished cemetery for the music video.  I thank Gary Irving, Property Manager and Rick Cowan of Marketing and Communications for Mount Pleasant Group.

 

In preparation for a 2017 ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, Mount Pleasant Group worked with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on the refurbishing.  Their efforts certainly have payed off…it looks amazing!

 

 

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Dress fitting

Went for a dress fitting with Alba…she has made this dress from scratch with no pattern.  We have modified the pattern somewhat with one pocket instead of two and we made it larger.  This will be better for me to hold the microphone headset attachments when I perform the song “A Letter from Home”.  Still lots for her to do, but on Tuesday she believes that it will be done.  She has sleeves to put on, the pocket needs to be finished , hemming and buttons.  The dress is very comfortable.

 

 

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