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So what have I been up to? Well I started sending out follow up emails to pick up where andrew and emma left off. This is the boring part of it all... I think. It's been nice getting to explore the archive more. If I had to say one word that would describe my experience with the archive, it would be;
It took me a little while but I'm finally starting to just dive right into the archive. I must say; This. Is. Awesome.
Hello OIMA! Did you guys miss me?
So, what have I been up to? Well, I uploaded two new artists to the archive; Peter Sackaney, and Jack Pyl. Peter is an aboriginal folk artist from Thunder Bay, Jack makes this really interesting experimental rock music, and he's from Ottawa. I'm also starting my outreach planning for Resonating Reconciliation, and threw together my first PSA. Yay!
Hello there, OIMA world!
I'm the new guy, Will Lafrance, doing his first ever blog post. For the next nine weeks I'll be acting as the Aboriginal Music Coordinator and also doing general OIMA music collection and support. You can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I look forward to the long Labour Day weekend coming up, I am also lamenting the loss of summer; my time here as Aboriginal Music Archive Coordinator for OIMA has been an incredible experience. I have discovered new music and artists which I never would have come across if I wasn’t offered this position. It has given me a greater appreciation of the immense challenges artists face in gaining exposure and trying to make a living off of their work.
The summer is dwindling down to its inevitable end, taking my time at OIMA with it. It's been fun, to say the very least! I managed to get a ton of awesome music onto the site, and blog about topics deeply meaningful to me. But tomorrow, I clear off my desk, pack up my bags, and hand in my key to the office. And this, sadly, is to be my final post!
Like it or not, we are influenced by the music our parents play when we’re young. You might fight and resist this fact for a good chunk of your life but, sure enough, it’ll creep up on you (generally after puberty and you settle down). I was once a punk-listening teen refusing to conform to the music of my parents, but then one day, when I was well into my undergrad – BAM – I was blaring a Steve Earle album while driving and singing along.
Ahoy mateys! You’ll never believe it! As I was digging through general copyright research, I came across something that will (maybe) change your life! And no, it’s not loot, but it’s just as exciting! It’s called the public domain!
‘What are these strange waters you speak of?’ you might ponder.
There once was a creator. She wrote the catchiest music that ears have ever heard. And because her work fit the criteria for copyright (it was unique and in a permanent form), she enjoyed great success and recognition for her tunes throughout her life.