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Attawapiskat rock band Midnight Shine puts Indigenous spin on a Neil Young classic – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 5, 202064 Views

Adrian Sutherland explains what it was like to translate ‘Heart of Gold’ into Cree

Mar 05, 2020

Neil Young’s Heart of Gold has been covered by a lot of artists. When Midnight Shine, the rock band from Attawapiskat, decided to do their version, frontman Adrian Sutherland said they wanted to do something nobody else had done with the song.

“So we decided, well, why not do a bit of chanting in there, add in some tribal drums in there as well, and then we said why not sing the first verse in Cree and add it as a third verse?” said Sutherland.

“I spent the evening, you know, writing out the lyrics in Cree, and trying to think about how to say certain lines in there without getting away from what the meaning of those lines were,” said Sutherland.

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