Alexis Normand fransaskoise jazz-folk saskatchewan french musician

Singing with Daniel Lavoie was awesome!

A friend recently wrote me a message after listening to the song Sing Me Home. He shared with me that he listened to this song with tears in his eyes as he sat on the floor of his living room. It was the nostalgic feel of the song, he said, that moved him to tears. The melody reminded him of the beauty of the Saskatchewan prairies. 

I don’t know if it is the sunsets or something in the air that makes the prairies special... but either way, the horizon seems to hold the hearts of all those that have lived under the prairie skies. I even think this nostalgic feeling might be one of the reasons why Daniel Lavoie accepted to sing Sing Me Home with me as a duo. (Along with the fact that he thinks “the song is beautiful”!) 

I met Daniel when I was involved in a show in Winnipeg in 2010. Daniel was the artistic director. He is also a good friend of Marc Perusse (my producer). So when I had the idea sing a duo on the album, the choice of who to ask was obvious. 

Daniel came to the studio in Montreal one day with a 6 pack of Stella. I remember thinking to myself, “OMG! It’s Daniel Lavoie!...okay Alexis, be chill”. Two seconds later I thought to myself: “OMG Daniel Lavoie drinks Stella! Okay, mental note”. 

Once I got over being starstruck, we went over the song together, checked the harmonies and Daniel sang his parts. After that, we kicked back and shared the beers he had brought. It was awesome! 

Daniel has a great sense of humour and is so generous and creative. I had such a good time working with him. 

I don’t know if it is the snow that just fell or the end of December that is around the corner, but Sing Me Home has me thinking about the magic of this time of year - the magic of celebrations, reunions and happy nostalgia that comes when we’re home together with friends and family. 

This is what I wish for you too -  all these good things and more during the holiday season!

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