Watch: Midnight Shine [Heart of Gold]

At 16 years old, Attawapiskat’s Adrian Sutherland borrowed a harmonica from an elder, fashioned a homemade harness using sticks, elastic bands and a coat-hanger, and set out to learn Neil Young’s Heart of Gold. He had no way of knowing that 25 years later his musical journey would come full circle with the release of a music video that not only pays homage to the song, but also to the place where he learned to play it.

“Growing up in an isolated area, I listened to a lot of music, especially once I started playing guitar,” says Sutherland, the front man of Midnight Shine. “Neil Young was one of my biggest musical inspirations, and Heart of Gold is still one of my favourite songs. We wanted to record it, but in a way that’s different from everyone else. That’s how we ended up giving it a little ‘shine’ of our own, and we’re really happy with the way it turned out.”

That “shine” Sutherland speaks of is a heavy drum beat, some slide guitar, pow wow singing, and a verse performed in Mushkegowuk Cree. Like their last music video, Heart of Gold was shot in Sutherland’s home community of Attawapiskat. It was directed by Cliff Hokanson and produced by RoseAnna Schick, with Sutherland as executive producer.

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