HEAD FIRST

by Rozalind MacPhail

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    HEAD FIRST is about pushing your limits, taking risks and moving into unknown territory without letting fear get in your way. HEAD FIRST explores Rozalind’s passion for combining music with silent film, and focuses on the people and places she has connected with during her six years touring across Canada in a wood-panelled station wagon. She features her favourite instrument, the flute.

    Filmmakers from across Canada were asked to create silent films inspired from Rozalind’s compositions. Film locations range from the Belcher Islands in Nunavut to the Dempster Highway in Yukon Territory to Fogo Island in Newfoundland and Labrador and finally Toronto Island where Rozalind grew up. Film mediums range from digital HD to hand-processed black and white (16mm Bolex) to 35mm Ektachrome colour reversal film.

    Over 24 filmmakers and musicians contributed to this project:

    Scott Amos, Jean-Claude Batista, Mark Borowski, Joel Heath, Darryl Hopkins, Nicholas Kovats, Roger Maunder, Flamingo Pudding, Gina Rae Anderson, Dan Sokolowski and Ed Tanasychuk, Curtis Andrews, Rick Bailey, Veronica Charnley (Plumes), Dennis Gamberg, Geof Holbrook (Plumes), Matthew Hornell, Rozalind MacPhail, MouthPEACE, Mark Neary (Novaks), Stephen Pitkin (Elliott Brood), Scott Stevenson, Brad Weber (Caribou/Pick a Piper) and Mike Yates (Amos the Transparent).

    HEAD FIRST was nominated for an ECMA and MusicNL award. It has been showcased at film festivals across Canada and the U.S and was featured at TEDx St. John's.

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ABOUT THE ALBUM

"The whole project explores a passion of mine, combining music with silent film, and focuses on the people and places I have connected with while touring Canada. I wanted the music to feature my favourite instrument, the flute.

The years: 2007-2013. I was touring across Canada and living in the “Little Prince”, a '91 wood­ panelled Buick Century station wagon. My travels took me across Canada three times, from the Yukon to Newfoundland and everywhere in between.

In 2009, I planned the last stop of my tour to take place in St. John's so that I could attend a good friend’s wedding. When I reached town, I was so tired of living out of my car and just wanted to find a place to call home. My friend found the perfect apartment for me on Victoria Street and it's been 4 years since I moved in. I am now proud to call Newfoundland my
home.

The Pieces: "Sombrio Smile" was inspired by a camping trip on Sombrio Beach, Vancouver Island. "Head First" was inspired by the exhilarating winter sport, skeleton, which I was fortunate to try during a past Banff Centre residency. "Springtime" is about the joys of falling in love. "Craziness on the Main" was written while I was apartment sitting for friends on a hot summer night in Montreal. "I'm a Filmmaker/Corporate World" was written after losing my waitressing job at a corporate restaurant. "In Between" was inspired by a poem written by American poet, Ana­-Marine Lara, who I met at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts in Florida. "Chasing Sunshine" was inspired by a poem a young man wrote for me during an open mic night at Bruno's in Banff, Alberta. "Chasing Sunshine" is dedicated to the Moksha Yoga community who has taught me how important it is to make the best of everything life has to offer.

For this project, filmmakers were asked to create silent films inspired from my composed music. Film locations range from the Belcher Islands in Nunavut to the Dempster Highway in Yukon Territory to Fogo Island in Newfoundland and Labrador and Toronto Island where I grew up. The film mediums range from digital HD to hand­ processed black and white (16mm Bolex) to 35mm Ektachrome colour reversal film.

Thank you to all of you who helped me make this creative dream of mine come true."

Rozalind MacPhail - November 30, 2014

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released November 30, 2013

Music by Rozalind MacPhail

Contributing Musicians:

Curtis Andrews, Rick Bailey, Veronica Charnley, Dennis Gamberg, Geof Holbrook, Matthew Hornell, Rozalind MacPhail, MouthPEACE, Mark Neary, Stephen Pitkin, Scott Stevenson, Brad Weber and Mike Yates

Produced by Rozalind MacPhail
Recorded by Krisjan Leslie, Don Ellis, Rick Hollett, Leo Bruce and Rozalind MacPhail
Mixing & Mastering by Josh Tidsbury
Artwork: Dennis Gamberg

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Rozalind MacPhail St. John'S, Newfoundland and Labrador

Innovative multi-instrumentalist wins MusicNL's Female Artist of the Year in a world of singer-songwriters. A classically trained flutist, Rozalind MacPhail explores new ways to combine image and sound in works that speak honestly of place, person and the human experience. ... more

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Track Name: Sombrio Smile
SOMBRIO SMILE
Lyrics by Rozalind MacPhail

I don't need the rest of the world when I got you.
Sounds insincere but the feelings are true.

That moment for you,
Only for you.
Thank moment for you,
Only for you.

Sombrio Smile
Track Name: In Between
IN BETWEEN
Poem by Ana-Maurine Lara

In between the grains of sand there is a space where we fit without fear or reservation.

In between the blades of grass there is a space where we stand, eternity unfolding.

In between the water and the shore, history is written and rewritten and written again.

In between the light of stars and the darkness of time, there is a universe expanding.

There is a universe expanding, in between.

In the music of morning, there is a note that rises unhindered by dawn.

In the glow of dusk, there is a speck of dust dancing in the setting sun.

In between the moment before and the moment after, there are a thousand glances.

In between each heartbeat there is a possibility of living, of dying and of living again.

And here, right here, between these words, between these lines, between you and me.
Track Name: Alone
ALONE
Lyrics by Scott Amos

Sometimes I worry that I'm happiest when I'm alone.
Track Name: Chasing Sunshine
CHASING SUNSHINE
Poem by Anonymous

So go now be happy and enjoy these days.

Smile for the weather is fine.

We can't let the notes lead to material antidotes because we can't buy back our time.

For me, happiness is the ultimate yet many people spend time doing things that they

believe will lead to happiness in the future.

Why not be happy now?

Chase your dreams,

Break boundaries.

Burn to shine.

So go now be happy and enjoy there days.
Track Name: Corporate World
CORPORATE WORLD
by Rozalind MacPhail

You let me down today when I needed you the most.

DIsmissing me for being something that I'm not.

Tell me, where the hell did your heart go?

I saw you eyeing me like a hawk.

No compassion as you gave me your letter.

With only three weeks left until Christmas.

What standard did I not conform to?

What rule did I ignore?

Tell me, are you only concerned about your sales, your profits and your image?

Oh Faceless Corporate World,

Why can't you ever keep your word?

You follow your book by the letter.

Is this how you make your money?

Through being a bully,

Through creating fear.

I want to believe that you are better.