The first CD I ever bought was Tori Amos’ Winter single

I can’t believe it took me 52 posts to write about Tori Amos. As the title says, her Winter single is the first CD I purchased. It took me a long time to build my CD collection because back in the 90’s I had made such amazing mixed tapes… And I kept listening to them most of the time. In fact I would still be listening to them if the machine did not die on me… Anyway, point is, Tori’s songs were a very common thing on my tapes. Especially the songs from her first three albums. Gut wrenching songs, beautifully executed.

I saw her live too, during the Choirgirl hotel tour. Her warm voice would fill the whole stadium.  And it’s always impressive to see her go from the classical piano to the harpsichord or another instrument, or play them both at the same time…

Here’s a little taste of Tori live (songs: Past the mission and Not the red baron). By the way, you did know that Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails does the backvocals on the original version of Past the mission?


It’s time to know Pierre Lapointe!

Pierre Lapointe has been around for more than 10 years already, releasing several albums which were both commercially and critically successful in Québec and in France. I think I know “La forêt des mal-aimés” by heart! He also collaborated with numerous artists, like Québec’s Malajube, or France’s “M” (Matthieu Chédid).

His style is a unique mix of rock, electronica, and “chanson française”. Also, often times, he’s alone on the piano, and these performances are beautiful and impressive.

This talented young singer/songwriter and musician also seems like a very down-to-earth guy, who isn’t afraid to laugh at himself. In short, he is one of the coolest “new” music acts in Québec.


The unique voice of Nina Simone

I remember back when I was a kid, so many people took piano lessons for like a year. Looking at this next vid from the amazing Nina Simone, I was wondering about the devotion needed to become an actual pianist.

Here’s a soulful interpretation of Love me or leave me. What a distinctive voice! So warm, and deep (no, it’s not a guy singing, Einstein ;P – I hear that all the time).