Canadian Musician - March / April 2018 - Page 52

feel. Everyone is dealing with something I think we’re afraid to talk about: loss and grief. CM: I was somewhat stunned to hear [The Recording Academy President] Neil Portnow suggest that women need to “step up” if they want to win more Grammys. I loved your responses on Instagram. How much of a strug- gle has it been as a woman in the industry? Has it gotten better? CM: Ventriloquism is a collection of covers. What led to this project? MN: There was a lot going on in my life, to be honest. My father passed away and my mother was very ill. I have a lot of original music in me, but it was just energetically a very difficult time. I listen to a lot of music and I thought maybe I’d just play some songs I’d loved in my childhood. I thought, “Let’s make a covers record and that would take some emotional pressure off of me.” I was listening to “Waterfalls” the other day and I was like, “Wow, this sounds so sad.” The guitar player’s father also passed away during [recording]. There’s just something in the record you can MN: It has, for me. I kind of live in my own universe. It’s really okay because those are not the standards that I am trying to live by. After meeting that guy, Neil Portnow, that was the day I freed myself from ever wanting to participate in that system again. There are all kinds of music. Everyone has something going on in one region or another that speaks to the mind, the body, and the heart, that is not in the zeitgeist. Once that epiph- any happened I just felt so much better. I just have to trust and believe that I will make enough money to feed and care for my family. Music is a gift and I have to be mindful of that. I’m not trying to woo the masses. Sandy Horne is a founding member of the Canadian band Spoons, whose music helped define the sound of pop and new wave in the ‘80s. CM: How did you come to play bass? SH: I started playing acoustic guitar when I was about 13. The action was so high it shredded my fingers. I took my babysitting money and went for a few lessons just to get myself around the guitar. Then I started going to the music store to get sheet music for the most popular song that was being played. I’d learn the song and go, ‘That’s the wrong chord!’ They were always wrong, those sheets. I’d have to sit there for hours and hours fighting with the songs, which was a great learning tool. I knew I was going to play trumpet going into high school. I took some lessons before, so I wasn’t lame going in. You always have to be prepared! I acted like I didn’t know how to play, then 52 • C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N when it came time for the first test, I wanted to get the best mark I could. I played my scale up and down really fast. The teacher was like “Okay, we need a first trumpet player for the junior band.” I said okay. Getting close to Christmas, he came to me and said, “We just lost our third trumpet player in the senior band and I think you can handle the part.” When I did that, it opened a new world because Gord [Deppe of Spoons] was the first saxophone player and I sat right beside him. He wouldn’t talk. He was super shy. I would look at him and say, “I’m lost,” which I wasn’t. He would just point and I would think, “I’m getting nowhere with this guy!” Then there was a big competition coming up in another town and the school had rented a big bus. I brought my guitar with me