I am just a vessel between the Creator and this instrument. As a sculptor would say to you, the clay has a spirit of its own and decides what it will become; so it is with the flute. These songs came from those who walked before me.
Native American Mary Youngblood, half Seminole and half Aleut, born on June 24, 1958, in Seatlle, Washington, is the first woman to professionally record the Native American Flute, and the first woman to win not just one, but two awards. Grammy for “Best Native American Music Album”.
Mary started studying piano at six, violin at eight, classical flute and guitar at ten. As an adult, when Mary received her first native wooden flute, she was led to seek mastery of this instrument so linked to her own heritage and which was traditionally played only by men.
Mary Youngblood revolutionized the way of playing Native American flute. The first native flutist to achieve national acclaim. Youngblood's music is created to embrace atmospheric spirituality and allow the mind and spirit to heal.
Although an excellent musician, Youngblood had no contact until her 30s, with the instrument for which she is known for playing. "It felt so natural." she remembered.
I took it, touched it and thought, 'This is cool.' I had no idea what I was doing. I had never heard Native American flute music before. The melodies came to me immediately. It was as if there was a magical connection between me and this instrument. He told me how to touch it. This is a very native way of thinking about it, too.
Mary's fifth album, "Dance with the Wind", won the 2007 Grammy Award for "Native American Music Album". In an interview after receiving her award, Mary told the media that “'Dance With the Wind' was created during the 2006 winter storms in northern California.
At that time, the storms brought extremely strong winds, where a tall, good-sized oak tree lost some branches and the edges were beaten. Having an incredible affinity for trees, Mary looked at them in her backyard and thought it would be difficult to be a tree at that moment. But as he watched them, he noticed how the trees were almost moving at a determined pace, with something that looked GAY. Mary related her own personal storm times to the dancing trees and realized that she could be like them, learning to “Dance with the Winds”
Now, years later, with five unique and talented albums under her belt, Mary has more than 250 hand-carved Native American flutes in her collection and uses a wide variety of them on each of her albums. Each of its flutes is masterfully crafted in different types of wood, bringing a unique sound and texture to each song.
When Mary introduces herself, one soon realizes the profound spirituality of the sacred Native American flute and its historic courtship attribute. Your music is much more than a song ... it is liquid poetry, a prayer.
Mary Youngblood gives herself little credit when she realizes the intense emotions that people feel when they hear her music. “I am just a vessel between the Creator and this instrument. As a sculptor would say to you, the clay has a spirit of its own and decides what it will become; so it is with the flute. These songs came from those who walked before me. “