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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: J.P. Cormier: 'A Life in Music'

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Old Scratch - Posted - 08/06/2020:  18:45:56

Some of you may be familiar with J.P. Cormier - he's best known as a virtuoso guitar-picker, but he's a masterful fiddler as well, nephew of the prominent Cape Breton fiddler, the late Joseph Cormier. He has a series of youtube videos in which he just talks about what made him the musician and person he is; I've been watching it and find it captivating.  It's not for the faint of heart; a lot of the family stuff is really dark and disturbing - all manner of abuse, violence, alcoholism, mental illness, disease, poverty, dysfunction, the whole gamut - that's your 'trigger warning' - but he's very thoughtful and articulate - and there's a lot of interesting talk about music.  I just watched the seventh installment; I don't know how many there are; looks like fifteen or twenty.  Here's a link to #1:

I'd be curious to know if anyone else gets as caught up in it as I have.

Edited by - Old Scratch on 08/07/2020 12:03:24

The Violin Beautiful - Posted - 08/07/2020:  10:38:32

I started listening after reading your post while at work. I’m on the third episode now and am enjoying the series. Courmier is a good storyteller, and his stories are compelling.

So many musicians have brushes with tragedy as well as the sublime. It just seems to be a part of the life.

Ceanadach - Posted - 08/07/2020:  11:02:56

Thanks for posting. He’s a classic example of great talent developed in hardship. Im hooked after episode 1.

Johnbow - Posted - 08/07/2020:  11:41:47

I watched the 1st episode and I agree, he tells his story well. He certainly does not paint a very nice picture of his mother’s upbringing - very sad indeed. It’s astonishing the amount of suffering we’re capable of inflicting on others. It will be interesting to see how this develops.

Old Scratch - Posted - 08/07/2020:  15:25:34

Glad you guys are liking it - I wasn't sure if it was just me ....

Old Scratch - Posted - 08/11/2020:  15:29:00

I just thought I'd put this one up front and center again in case anyone who might be interested missed it - then I'll let it fade away.

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