“A song can only live in the presence of others”

Tire le coyote, stage name of Benoit Pinette, returns to the stage with his new album. In the first round of practice. Saturday 14 May it will be in Saint-Jérôme at the Gilles-Vigneault theater.

This album is very special to the artist as all creation was done in the countryside, while Benoit Pinette settled there during the pandemic. The pieces reflect the atmosphere of the village where he lives part-time, Saint-Élie-de-Caxton: its slowness, its calm and the feeling of freedom.

“It has greatly influenced my creative process, and also my approach to the profession, what I want to do with it”, explains Benoit Pinette, in an interview with the Journal. From writing to recording in the studio, passing through the composition, everything took place over a long period of time, “With small sessions”underlines the artist. “It allowed me to get to the bottom of my ideas. I’ve seen the benefits of going slow. I wondered what I liked and I am much more careful about what I want. “

Projects are lined up for Benoit Pinette, who released his first collection of poems last year,Memory is an ignition cord. “For me, each project is the result of the previous one”, He said. Furthermore, the title of this collection derives from a phrase from the refrain of the eighth track of the album, Raw material.

Love of the public

After all this time spent in the countryside, Tire le coyotes is back on the scene since March.

“Give me the substance that history will not burn in its path You must know our memory well It is a string of fire And life is a swing door”

“I’ve never liked shows so much. We have fun on stage with the band. We also feel that people are much more involved, they feel pampered in finding the shows “the artist rejoices.

This sharing between the artist and the audience is essential for him. “A song can only live in the presence of others. This intimate sharing is extremely important to the life of a song. We can make the album by ourselves in our corner, the album comes to life on display “emphasizes Benoit Pinette.

In the first round of rehearsals there is the seventh album of Tire le coyotes.

In his latest album, love still occupies an important place. For Tire coyotes, it is a “personal challenge” address this topic differently. “It’s easy to write sad songs. But you can never have too much love and mutual help in a social context where everyone is divided. Love is like a remedy for this kind of human stupidity. “ He sees love in its broadest sense: friendship, compassion, empathy, awareness of others.

The contribution of others

In this period in the countryside another project was born with Jeannot Bournival: other people’s timea cover album of Quebec songs.

“It was a test to see if we worked well together. And right after I finished this project, I approached him to co-produce my album. His contribution was great in the process “explains Benoit Pinette.

This collaboration allowed him to rehearse the arrangements, one song at a time, even before he had an album, which he had never done before.

Other pieces were heavily influenced by the works of Robert Lalonde. He is also the only other lyricist on the album. During the pandemic, Benoit Pinette read a dozen books about him. “This hit me”He said. «I have this impression that he writes for my own reasons: to better understand the world in which he lives, to make sense of his wounds and sufferings. Through her work, she explained to me what I was trying to do “, says the artist. Thus, it was from a correspondence that it was born We burn to the bonea song co-written by Tire le coyote and Robert Lalonde.

To our surprise, it is not the very particular voice of Benoit Pinette that we hear on the first track of the album. It is rather that of the poet Joséphine Bacon.

“He has a voice that has marked me, a evocative power. When I wrote this text, I thought about her. I thought it was so cool that I wanted to open the album with it. It is as if Josephine’s voice were the door to my world. “ There are also other female voices on the album, such as Katie Moore, “one of the greatest singers of Quebec”says Benoit Pinette.

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