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Steve Bergeron La Tribune Monday, September 21, 2020. Quebec has not yet dramatically turned towards too hot pandemic colors. Chat between two Steve by phone. They haven't had a conversation for almost six years, but have known each other for eighteen years.
No, they are not strictly old friends. But there is a powerful point in common between them, which we call music and which arouses a kind of instant connivance. The first is a singer-songwriter, he creates songs, sends them into the air and plays them on stage. The second, who is a journalist, captures them, comments on them, helps to propagate them when they are worth it and is regularly found in the audience to testify to the unique relationship between the artist and his audience.
“It's so precious to have journalists who follow you like that and who can go back to their archives! comments Dumas. Precisely, I was recently chatting with my bassist at the time, François Plante, and it reminded me of that time when I fell into the crowd. François also remembered it: “Yes, there was a journalist in the room and he had written it.” “
Back in January 2010, at the late Vieux Clocher in Sherbrooke, during the first show of the Traces tour. Dumas comes a little too close to the edge to commune with his admirers… and disappears into the human mass. A fortunately smooth incident, which the singer had turned into a joke as soon as he got back on the boards: “Sherbrooke, I'm ready to dive head first for you!” Can we read in the review signed at the time by the other Steve.
Pride of the LP
But all that does not say the why of this conversation of “good old days”: the reissue, in vinyl, of a remarkable disc, The course of the days , initially released on April 29, 2003. This opus 2 of Dumas, album of consecration, at the same time launched eight years of musical effervescence for the Victoriavillois, and more than placing it on the list of essentials of Quebec song. Titles like Vénus , J'erre , Je ne sais pas , Vol en explosives , Arizona and Linoleum were then permanently engraved in people's minds.
That this record now exists in LP form engenders a form of pride in the songwriter. But, Dumas does not hide it, he had to make peace with Le cours des jours . As much as such a puck is a blessing in an artist's career (especially when you made it at 23), it can become a thorn in your side by overshadowing the rest of its creation. But the singer ended up seeing the glass half full.
“It's a great privilege to have made a record that has taken up so many places with people. It is thanks to him that I still compose music at 41 years old. He was never an obstacle. I am lucky to still do this job, although it is not so intense anymore. Every week someone tells me it's my best album. Of course, I wondered if I would ever manage to do something so important again. Sometimes I listen to other records of mine and still find them cool. But I'm really not bitter. There are so many things out of my control anyway. Despite everything, I had a tour of 120 shows with My Ideals , but a record made at 38 cannot have the same impact as another made at 23 ”, he believes.
Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Bobr Times, Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7116