On June 27, 2012 my mother, artist Yvonne Maximchuk, texted me about a contest she heard on the CBC Radio show ALL POINTS WEST to win tickets to the Vancouver Island Music Festival. I had thought about getting tickets weeks earlier to join my mom and stepdad in a rare oppourtunity to share it with them, since they have not been to a music festival in over a decade, but tickets had sold out!
Besides the chance to win tickets, I thought it would be fun and get me a bit of exposure on cbc, since I am gearing up to release my new Singer Songwriter CD, and first album of my written songs!
All I had to do was post a video to the FB page of me singing a song by one of the festival performers! I quickly learned Universal Soldier by Buffy St Marie, a powerful song that speaks deeply to me, made the video and shared it! To my delight, I did end up winning the tickets and they aired my version and announced my name on the radio! What a thrill, and just the beginning of radio play as far as I'm concerned!
Buffy St Marie and Theda!
As divine providence and synchronicity would have it, Jo-Ann Roberts the host of the cbc show All Points West, was doing an onstage interview with Buffy St Marie at the festival, so, while they were getting ready to go onstage I took this perfect oppourtunity to introduce myself to both these lovely women!
Buffy was so warm and friendly, excited to see the video of me singing Universal Soldier.
It's hard to believe she is 71 years old, since she is so vibrant and gorgeous! She just radiates love, enthusiasm, curiosity, passion and genuine caring. I was really struck by how present and relaxed she was with meeting me and the way she remembered and said my name with such fullness and accuracy, pronouncing it exactly (ThEEda) after hearing it only once.
This presence is a mark of greatness as far as I am concerned and after hearing her speak of her life and share her passions, I am so inspired to call her a mentor and inspiration to me as an active and educational songwriter.
She shared a message about War being an invention and not a built in part of humanity and suggested a book called "The End Of War" by John Horgan.
Another Book she recommended is "The Female Brain" (also "The Male Brain") by Louann Brizendine about the differences between the brains of men and women.
I totally relate to her desire to make a difference to humanity thru educating and empowering others with her speaking and songs. She is an inspiration, mentor and musical ally to me, I am so grateful to have met her and been touched by her spirit and energy! Seems she is making quite a comeback lately doing alot of performances all over Canada. If you have a chance to hear her speak, I highly recommend!
Listen to Buffy's Music Fest interview with JoAnn Roberts here..
Part 1 ~ http://www.cbc.ca/allpointswest/2012/07/10/buffy-sainte-marie-part-1/
Part 2 ~ http://www.cbc.ca/allpointswest/2012/07/11/buffy-sainte-marie-part-2/
Listen to more parts this week on All Points West or go to the Facebook Page... https://www.facebook.com/pages/CBC-Radio-All-Points-West/110382965661099
View my contest video submission of Universal Soldier below..
Watch for info about my new CD coming soon! Thanks for reading... Theda