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

I can’t believe it took so long for me to write about Tori Amos. She is the first artist who’s music touched me this much. It genuinely blew my mind.

As a kid, I listened to whatever I could get my hands on. My parents had some good vinyls. When I was ten, they gave me my own radiocassette player and a few blank tapes. For years, I taped every good song I heard on the radio. It felt great, but it was still mostly commercial music or music I was too young to really appreciate.

One day, when I was 13 or 14 years old, I was attending a highschool talent show. I was amused listening to these kids and their elaborate theatrics, screaming their guts out. Then this girl dressed in white walked towards to the piano and performed Winter by Tori Amos. I was blown away. It was so different from what I had heard before.

It was the early 90’s. My friend’s older brother knew of Tori Amos and lended me a CD. That was the defining moment. It opened a door for me, opened up new dimensions. I became a real music lover. And I owe that to Tori, to her free spirit, her unique melodies, her emotional soothing vocals that elevate the soul, her strange and poetic personal imagery, and that amazing piano playing. What a unique artist.

Tori’s music accompanied me for a decade, a very intense and formative decade, and then, for some reason, I lost touch with it. Little Earthquakes, Under the Pink, Boys for Pele, and Choir Girl Hotel I have listened to pretty much every day for those ten years. To Venus and Back, Strange Little Girls, Scarlet’s Walk, and Beekeeper I also have in my collection.

Listening to this right now is like opening a souvenirs’ box. Some performances still send chills up my spine.

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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).