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Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Music

 

Darry White (right) records Troy Square for a Facebook Live performance last week in the green room at Garden Greens Organics. Photo by Derrick Lafrance.

"As Food is Medicine, so is Music."

These are the words from local "promoter" Darry White who is on a quest to make people eat healthier while discovering what amazing talent Akwesasne has.

To accomplish this he is using the internet and his Garden Greens Organics store at the Peace Tree Mall.

In his business on Kawehnoke, White has a studio set up called the Green Room where local musicians play, and that performance is live broadcast on White's Facebook page.

The Green Room is a simple set up. Two chairs, speakers, microphones, lights and a large poster of Johnny Cash flipping the bird.

The musician will perform and White records them with his iPhone and puts it out on his Facebook page. This will be temporary as White has plans to give the artist more exposure through CD recording.

"Eventually all these performances will be put on a CD to sell, while pushing their originals. I will be doing albums as soon as I raise enough money for proper equipment."

But until that gets off the ground his other love is his Garden Greens Store, which specializes in healthy meals and smoothies. That came from his job at the Akwesasne Mohawk School where he is the head cook.

He wanted his students to eat more healthy and while doing that he came up with the idea of Healthy eating for everyone as well as sharing his love of music.

"I tried to promote it and I tied my love of music to help me along with just that. I always wanted to bring music to people and it just so happened I can accomplish that with my cooking and drive for a healthier alternative in my smoothie I produce at the shop," said White.

Promotion of homegrown music and healthy food go hand in hand.

"People need this I think, bring the old music back and show everyone that this place has so much talent," said White.

Earlier this week the Green Room hosted local guitarist/singer Troy Square. He has eight original compositions under his belt but for the Garden Greens Facebook set he performed a cover of Lightning Hopkins' classic "Baby Please Don't Go."

In rehearsing for this broadcast he plucked away at an original composition called "I Won't Let You Down."

This was written and composed in just a few days, although some songs can take months to write.

He said when you have a certain tool at your disposal it can be easy.

"Composing songs can be difficult or it can be easy depending on the circumstances at the time; creativity is key and it seems that is all you need," said Square.

With his song "I Won't Let You Down" in the can he is already writing a new one called "Where is The Love."

Square has had a guitar around his neck as far back as he can remember. This comes from a family musical background.

My grandfather James Square and father Andrew Square were great musicians and the biggest influences of my life. I was fortunate enough to sit and learn," said Square.

Tota James taught him the basics and he went on from there.

"He taught me my first chords which led to a song called the "Wildwood Flower."

Troy grew up in a musical household as his father had a band called the Young Mohawks. They would practice in his basement and being in that environment he knew he had to become a part of it.

"There were always guitars hanging on the walls at my homestead. It just made it that much easier to learn and I took the initiative at a young age," said Square.

As with most musicians in the business his mainstream influence was Stevie Ray Vaughn.

"My first tablature book was from the Texas Flood album. I remember spending a lot of time studying his style," he said.

Square said he has no dreams of putting out CDs. He just loves music and wants others to benefit from music as he does.

"My long term goal is to just keep playing music. Hopefully people will relate or accept the healing that music has to offer."

 

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