06 April 2022

6 April 2022 - Cœur de Pirate - Crier Tout Bas

I had this one song, "Crier Tout Bas", that I wrote a long time ago.  It talks about depression; it talks about opening up a conversation with somebody when you're feeling down and low and, I think, after the Paris attacks, that song took a different meaning to me.  I would see people at shows, because, you know, we toured right after that happened, and I would see people at shows comforting themselves in that song, even though it didn't really talk about that. So, I mean, that's the beauty of it, that's the beauty of feeling strongly about certain issues. You know, you get to actually navigate through them through your music without specifically talking about them. - Béatrice Martin
This felt right to post today.   It would have been appropriate last month, but for today, it seems right.

Last year, I discovered this musical artist from Quebec - starting with this song - whose music I was really growing to love - a lot.  For those who don't know, I was a Spanish major in college (and math, too.  I know.  Odd combination).   French is a language that always baffled me, and yet here I was, grooving on la chanson française

Now, I know it might not seem this way, but beyond this blog, which is a great way to share my love of unusual and fun music with people, I have not talked about the music I like very much.  In fact, I am sometimes embarrassed by my personal taste in music at times.  So, it's somewhat tough for me to be evangelical about some of my favorite artists. 

So when I evangelize about Cœur de Pirate so hard, you have to know it's outside of my nature to do so.  But this music that Ms. Martin has made - it's brought something new - an awakening.  She's brought joy to my life, through her music, and I look forward to seeing what comes from her and her record label for years to come. 

If everything goes as planned, I am going to be seeing Cœur de Pirate in November, in Boston. Doubtless she will perform this song, which has deep personal meaning to the artist.  As it was written, it was about depression, communication, and recovery.  It is a deep and beautiful song that took on a new meaning for the artist as she performed it live.  The song starts with what sounds like thunderclaps in the distance, and, like the mood of the narrator, rises and falls throughout.

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