Louis-Jean Cormier, a great evening with friends
Louis-Jean Cormier has given free access to these “Secret Passages”, the title of his new solo show, Friday evening, at the Outremont theater, which seemed converted into a musical temple as much the communion between the artist and spectators was imbued with respect, listening and openness.
By opening with “L'au-là”, the singer invites us to go beyond our barriers and live this evening as we hear it. “Outremont, know that you have the right to do what you want tonight, he explained. You might come home feeling like you've heard only one song, that's sort of the original idea. It could also be that you feel the anxiety of a classical concert knowing when to clap. Tonight, you do what you want when you want.”
At the center of the stage, with his microphone and his guitar, Louis-Jean Cormier continued with “Bull's Eye”, interspersed with a sip of water (“If there are no rules for you, there doesn't have any for me either”, he joked), before resuming “The wind calls me by my first name”, which he wrote with Michel Rivard for Marie-Pierre Arthur.
< p>“La 138” and “Even wolves shed tears of joy” fit together perfectly, while we forget that Louis-Jean Cormier is alone on stage, his sounded kicking allowing him to beat time, brilliantly lit by Mathieu Roy.
Voluntarily stripped down, this show leaves plenty of room for songs, deep lyrics and moving melodies, which strike our hearts and make us experience all kinds of comforting, reassuring and beneficial inner journeys.
“Head first” responds to “Échapper au fate”, before “St-Michel” resounds, followed by “Tout falls à sa place”, for which the public does the chorus, and the rhythmic “Je me moi”, which works very well in this acoustic formula.
We revisit known lands that have different looks, but which remain songs that we have listened to and loved a lot.
Let him go and draw from his oldest repertoire, such as “Traverser les travaux” , or in the more recent songs, “100 Meters Hurdles”, they are surprisingly all part of a cohesive and complementary whole, the work of a great singer-songwriter.
Special mention to the completely bare version of “Croire en rien” which gives an even more dramatic dimension to the song.
As during an evening with friends, Louis-Jean Cormier invites us to a benevolent, rocked vigil through his deep songs, sometimes harsh and often black, during which everyone is free to let go, to applaud or to react when they want.
Simply, naturally, fraternally, Louis-Jean Cormier conquers our hearts and our souls by letting us into his.
The “Secret Passageways 2” Tour continues across Quebec and Europe until next summer.