Dozens of Quebec artists sang about their neck-of-the woods, thus creating some their most beautiful songs. Thanks to La Presse, we can add another one to the list.
It rather rare for a written medium to be the genesis of a song that now plays regularly on the radio, but this is exactly what happened last summer when La Presse, set out to celebrate the national holiday. A contest, along with a report spread over six months, readers were invited to contribute by submitting a song about their city, town,village or region.
Popular Québec singer and songwriter Vincent Vallières accepted to set the winning lyrics to song. By mid-april, already 700 submissions were received, a team of journalist then selected the top six. Vincent Valliières picked his favorite amongst them and recorded it in a La Presse funded studio session.
That was the sole prize of the contest, and the song, “le desert habité” was born and inspired the winner, François-David Prud’homme, to pursue a songwriting career.
La Presse readers were able to read about the creative process all along (the part of the story we are here submitting for your consideration). As well as the contest, there was a report on the local that inspired the song, which we included as PDF file to give you a general idea, but not as a contest entry since it was not written by a journalist.
Cyperpresse visitors were able to listen to the song via an interactive jukebox -which required colossal efforts from our staff- And through it, they were able to hear exerpts from all submissions.
(To hear the song: http://www.cyberpresse.ca/desert) then click on the red stripe reading “AUDIO” in the middle column.
Six months latter, Vincent Vallières still continues to sing the song in his stage shows and the song also gets significant airplay on the radio. Readers were able to follow the entire process from A to Z. And the musical landscape in the province got a ltitle richer.
This post was submitted by Caroline St-Germain.