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Much like the last three posts, I’d like to keep the same format for the next several posts (a 3-part mini blog-series, with the first two parts featuring two famous people, and the third part directing you to the audio website of L’Autre midi à la table d’à côté, where you can hear the conversation between the two famous individuals). In this case, we’ll be focusing on Ariane Moffatt and Guylaine Tremblay. With that, lets get into the first post of this next mini blog-series.
In any culture, there seems to be two types of singers & musicians who garner mass public attention.
There are those who are one-hit wonders (you know the type – they come out with a catchy tune, are overplayed on the radio for a few weeks or a couple months, and then people get sick of them and they disappear forever).
Then there are those other ones who consistently come out with high quality work, a major hit or album here and there over the years, and they always seem to be there in the background, making long-lasting contributions to a society’s music. Eventually they become part of a society’s collective cultural identity. Ariane Moffatt is one such singer.
She was born in 1978, and her career really took off in the early 2000’s with a hit album Aquanaute. Over the last decade, she has released a number of other albums. Her numerous Félix Awards – one of Québec’s highest music awards – and her platinum and gold albums attest to her popularity.
A couple posts ago, I mentioned that Charles Lafortune is a host of the hit television singing competition program La Voix (The Voice). Likewise, Ariane Moffatt is a judge on La Voix (You don’t become a judge on a show like that unless you’ve made it, bigtime!).
When discussing singers or actors, it’s always tricky when trying to describe who might be a similar Anglophone Canadian equivalent. Everyone is truly their own person, with their own style – so I hesitate to give comparisons for fear of overgeneralizing. But if I had to pick a couple names, I would say that many of her songs have traits in common with the “softer” side of Alanis Morissette’s (and perhaps even the softer side of Ireland’s Sinead O’Connor). But even with that, Moffatt definitely ventures into other genres, and usually remains loyal to heavy guitar tones to carry many of her songs.
In a couple posts from now we’ll be looking at the conversation Moffatt has with Guylaine Tremblay, Therefore, I’ll quickly mention a bit about her personal life to set the scene for this later post. Moffatt came out a couple of years ago on the wildly popular show Tout le monde en parle. She has a spouse, and they’re raising their two children. Much of the conversation with Tremblay will focus on this aspect of her life.
If you’re looking for some of her work, some of Ariane Moffatt’s better known songs include:
- Je veux tout,
- Point de mire,
- Mon Corps,
- La barricade.
- Also, if you want to hear her interpret an Anglophone song in French, check out her interpretation of “Everybody Hurts”.
Ariane Moffatt’s official website is: www.arianemoffatt.com
Her music is for sale through various venues. Please stick to official sites and do not pirate (our artists are part of our cultural fabric).
MINI “EAVESDROPPING” SERIES
- Ariane Moffatt – An “eavesdropping” short series: Moffatt-Tremblay – Post 1 of 3 (#150)
- Guylaine Tremblay – An “eavesdropping” short series: Moffatt-Tremblay – Post 2 of 3 (#151)
- “L’autre midi, À la table d’à côte”; Moffatt-Tremblay discussion summary post 3 of 3 (#152) (with link to the radio episode)
A couple of posts ago (Examples of Stereotypes France has of Québec, and vice-versa), I wrote about a discussion between a well known Québecois music reporter and a well known French (France) song writer, André Manoukian.
It was Manoukian’s comments about a Québécois singer, Pierre Lapointe, which touched off the entire discussion. So who is Pierre Lapointe?
He’s a multi-award winning, top-album selling singer. His awards include multiple Felix awards (some of the highest music awards available in Québec). Two of his albums ranked first-place best-sellers on two occasions in Québec, and two other albums ranked second place best-sellers (two platinums, one gold). His songs and albums have also had high rankings in France.
His music is truly quite different. I’m not sure how to describe it. I’ve read others describe it as “melancholic”, “cloudy”, “foggy”, “out-there”, and “psychedelic” (I’m not sure how this latter one applies to music, unless the listener is on something).
Myself, I’m not sure that any of these apply as an accurate description in any great substance. His genre is certainly different. So here is my own attempt to describe his music using well-known Anglophone Canadians as comparisons: -Imagine rhythms similar to those of Leonard Cohen, but much more modern and with more melody. Mix that with a beat similar to many of Jan Arden’s songs (with the ability to carry lyrics in a much more patterned manner), and then wind it up with a spattering of Rufus Wainwright-styled lyrics and tones, but with a voice much more like that of Michael Buble (actually, I’ve thought on a number of occasions if Buble were Francophone, his voice would be very similar to Lapointe’s, and he’s 6 years younger than Buble).
See if you can find some of his videos (on official sites of course), and see what you think. Am I sort of in the ball-park with my description? I don’t really think his songs are melancholic… but they give you a fuzzy-foggy kind of feeling – yet strangely give you the desire to keep listening (they’re mesmerizing in that sense — is that “psychedelic”?).
He has been regularly coming out with albums from 2002 to present. Some of his more popular songs have been (but are not exclusive to):
- Je reviendrai
- L’étrange route des amoureux
- Nos joies répétitives
- L’étrange route des amoureux
- Deux par deux rassemblés
- Tel un seul home
- Dans la forêt des mal-aimés
Pierre Lapointe’s official website is : http://www.pierrelapointe.com/nouvelles.php.
His website lists his next concerts (all in Québec for the next few months). But if you are in the area, it would make for a really nice out – some fine dining then a night out with friends at the concert hall 🙂 .
His songs and albums are available through various venues and platforms. Please do not pirate and stick to official sites. Our artists are part of our cultural fabric.