The Silent Victim (continued) and Ushered to Serendipity

(This seemed a tad long to post in the comments of The Silent Victim.)

The snowplough guy eventually showed up, just to clean out the snow barrier left by the city plough, but still… gotta give the man some credit. We’ve had three of four jumps of electricity in the day. It’s still howling outside this evening, the wind’s strong enough to push people sideways. Supposedly the same tomorrow.

I’m not really mad at the weather now: we have a safe and cozy house – there are people who live in far worst – and nature is certainly creating an interesting atmosphere tonight. We usually forget the environment around us; tonight the sound of the wind is ecstasy for the imagination.

Ushered to Serendipity
Also, serendipity crossed my path today. I scarcely ever attend a concert – with the exception of some of our good friend Éric‘s hommages – and when I do it is usually in the summer, at city-sponsered outdoors events. I’m also notably unaware of upcoming events around here. AND I’m not usually downtown during the day. I had an appointment at the bank this afternoon and chanced to notice one of my favourite composer/singer, David Usher, is in town on Thursday (and apparently has a new album out!). I’m thinking I might go, if I can find someone to come (Frank won’t, but said he’d babysit). I saw him before in summer 2005 at the Canada day show, and it was a great night.

The new album seems nice from the samples on his site, although I don’t think I’ll like it as much as « If God had curves ». For one, the lyrics seem less intuitive than what he used to do, which was what I liked so much about his songs. Themes changed, too, but evolution is a strong point of his career. For those who don’t know him, he was the lead singer of the Canadian band Moist, back in the 90’s. He’s lived in a couple different countries, and he’s settled in NY now, but his label is still a Canadian one, so I think that allows us to claim he’s a Canadian musician. Oh, and – you know, totally irrelevantly – he’s mighty cute. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album. I’m taking my leave with some lyrics from « Brilliant » that stood out for me. Good night!

« but i’m older now got a little girl of my own
and her fears are my fears now »

David Usher – « Brilliant », Strange Birds, 2007
(Trad. « La Victime silencieuse (suite) et Fortuité » – Ceci semblait un peu long pour placer dans les commentaires de The Silent Victim.)

Le gars du déneigement s’est éventuellement pointé, juste pour nettoyer le remblai de la gratte, mais quand même… c’est tout à son honneur. Nous avons eu trois ou quatre sauts d’électricité dans la journée. Le vent hurle encore dehors ce soir, assez fort pour pousser les gens de côté. Ça sera pareil demain, apparemment.

Je ne suis pas vraiment fâchée contre la météo maintenant: nous avons une maison sécuritaire et douillette – il y a des gens qui vivent dans des endroits vraiment pires – et il est vrai que la nature créée une atmosphère intéressante ce soir. Nous oublions habituellement l’environnement autour de nous; ce soir le son du vent est de l’ecstasy pour l’imagination.

Aussi, la chance a croisé mon chemin aujourd’hui. J’assiste rarement à un concert – à l’exception de quelques hommages par notre bon ami Éric – et quand je le fais c’est habituellement l’été, à des événements extérieurs organisés par la ville. Je suis aussi notamment pas-au-courant des événements à venir dans mon coin. ET je ne suis pas normalement en ville le jour. J’avais un rendez-vous à la banque cet après-midi et suis tombée sur un poster annoncant qu’un de mes compositeurs/chanteurs favoris, David Usher, est en ville jeudi (et il a apparemment sorti un nouvel album!). Je crois que je vais y aller, si je peux trouver quelqu’un pour venir avec moi (François ne viendra pas, mais dit qu’il garderait Xavier). Je l’ai vu en show à l’été 2005 à la Fête du Canada, et j’avais beaucoup aimé.

Le nouvel album semble bien d’après les extraits sur son site, quoique je ne crois pas que je l’aimerai autant que « If God had curves ». D’abord, les paroles semblent moins intuitives que ce qu’il faisait avant, ce qui était ce que j’aimais tant de ses chansons. Les thèmes ont changé, aussi, mais l’évolution est un des points forts de sa carrière. Pour ceux qui ne le connaissent pas, il était le chanteur du band canadien Moist, dans les années 90. Il a vécu dans quelques pays différents, et il est établi à NY maintenant, mais sa maison de disque est toujours canadienne, alors je crois que ça nous permet de dire que c’est un musicien canadien. Oh, et – fait totalement non pertinent – il se regarde bien. J’ai hâte d’entendre le reste de l’album. Je vous quitte avec quelques paroles de « Brilliant » sur lesquelles j’ai accrochées. Bonne nuit!

« but i’m older now got a little girl of my own
and her fears are my fears now »

David Usher – « Brilliant », Strange Birds, 2007

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