In Your Ear: Chris Eyre

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Chris Eyre, director of the acclaimed 1998 film Smoke Signals, is the lead director of the current PBS documentary series We Shall Remain. Eyre shares some of the music that's playing in his ear, including poet and recording artist John Tudell's song Crazy Horse.


And finally we end today's program with a segment we call In Your Ear. That's where we ask people about the music that inspires them. Earlier this week we spoke with director Chris Eyre about the new PBS documentary series "We Shall Remain" which explores American history from a Native-American perspective. Today we'll hear what music is catching Eyre's ear.

CHRIS EYRE: The three songs I'm listening to currently - two old and one new are "Bone Days" which is the album by John Trudell and the song is "Crazy Horse." It's about the Oglala Dakota Chief Crazy Horse that was killed in 1877 at Fort Robinson in Nebraska and it's a tribute song to Crazy Horse and the fact that Crazy Horse never had his picture taken and that he never came in to the reservation.


JOHN TRUDELL: Crazy Horse we hear what you say one earth, one mother, one does not sell the earth the people walk upon, we are the land, how do we sell our mother, how do we sell the stars, how do we sell the air? Crazy horse we hear what you say.

EYRE: It's a beautiful haunting song about a man, a Native-American man, that is an enigma even today. I'm listening to Annie Humphrey from the album "The Heron Smiled" and the song is "I Can Hear You."


ANNIE HUMPHREY: (singing) I can hear you. I can hear you. I want to live inside your eyes(ph). Take me with you.

EYRE: She is a Native-American singer-song writer and she sings of a loss in which somebody comes to her in her dreams and it's a spirit that she connects with.

HUMPHREY: (singing) Somewhere soon, said the moon...

EYRE: And, of course, Neil Young one of my favorites. I can't believe, in the song "Cortez the Killer" he plays for about 10 minutes and sings for 10 minutes, and I think its just cool, cool song, somewhat like "Hey, hey, My My" with a big rock and roll sound to it.


NEIL YOUNG: (Singing) He came dancing across the water With his galleons and guns, looking for the new world in that palace in the sun.

MARTIN: That was director Chris Eyre who is by the way Cheyenne/Arapaho telling us what's playing In His Ear. And that's our program for today. I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's talk more tomorrow.

YOUNG: (Singing): In his halls he often wondered With the secrets of the worlds. And his subjects gathered round him Like the leaves around a tree In their clothes of many colors.

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