Sink into winter Saturday afternoon with a look behind the scenes of one of 2018's best local albums, Erin Costelo's Sweet Marie. Directed by Newfoundland songwriter/legend Amelia Curran, it covers the 10 days Costelo and her band spent in a very nice rural Nova Scotia house.
"I imagine it’s what the Desperate Houseiwives of Atlanta must feel—you just ignore it after awhile," Costelo said of the filming process back in November. "And that’s what I did. I think you can see the dissent of my attempt to look in any way decent. I stopped caring and did what I would normally do in the studio. ‘I’m not puttin’ on fake eyelashes to make a record.’ When I looked back there was part of me as a woman, realizing there’s part of this industry that puts a huge value on that, that made me go ‘Can I use this as promotional material?’ Because I don’t look very glamourous. I had to wrestle with that. Not because of content but because I wasn’t sure if I liked the way I presented myself in it."
Having Curran, a friend and fellow musician, run the filming side was calming and reassuring. "I feel really good about the doc," said Costelo. "It was meant to be a way to hold myself accountable to these 10 days. I know myself and I know my perfectionism would take over, and I would want to do overdubs or build things into a huge thing. But it allowed me to realize that taking longer or being more meticulous doesn’t make a better record. It just takes longer."
Sweet Marie: In Studio With Erin Costelo
Airs Saturday, January 5, 1pm on CBC