YouTubing Because It Is Just Too Hot


Daniel Lanois, The Maker from his 1989 album ‘Acadie’.

It’s hot… too hot to be able to think clearly. It’s 2am and 26C (78F)… it’s supposed to be cooling right now, and raining with lighting, but it’s not. It has been at or near 30C for the past three days. Then there’s the humidity Canadians are known for loving… with the humidex this region was in the lower 40C’s yesterday.

So since I can’t concentrate on anything besides sweating right now, here are two videos from Daniel Lanois’ 1989 debut album ‘Acadie‘.

Daniel was born in Hull, Quebec, and has been a record-producer ever since. He has worked with (in order of coolness): Robbie Robertson, Emmylou Harris, the Neville Brothers, Bob Dylan, Scott Weiland, U2 and Peter Gabriel.

Acadie is a collection of songs written in the different styles of French North American music. It starts in Acadia, moves to Quebec and then down to New Orleans.

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Even though it only reached number 166 on the Billboard 200, Acadie is generally considered to be one of the best Canadian albums “of all time“.

This song… “Jolie Louise” is about a young family living in a mill town just down the road from here, on the Quebec side. Feel free to click through to find the lyrics. “The Maker” (above) is Lanois’ take on the New Orleans spiritual… that’s Aaron Neville singing backup.


Daniel Lanois, “Jolie Louise” from his 1989 album ‘Acadie’.

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About Gabriel...

...diagnosed with manic depression in 1989, for the next 14-years I lived without treatment or a recovery plan. I've been homeless, one time I graduated college, I've won awards for reporting on Internet privacy issues, and a weekly humour column. In 2002 I finally hit bottom and found help. I have an 8-year old son, and a 4-year old son... I’m usually about six feet tall, and I'm pretty sure I screwed up my book deal. I mostly blog at saltedlithium.com....
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5 Responses to YouTubing Because It Is Just Too Hot

  1. thordora says:

    melting….always loved Lanois…

  2. colouredmind says:

    That first video is really interesting to watch. I have never hear of Lanois before. I dont know if thats because I am in the UK, too young, or musically stupid. Hannah X

  3. Gabriel... says:

    Hidéheehú Thor… me too and me too. Every song on that album makes me tear up… but in a totally manly way.

    Privet Hannah… Canadian music doesn’t get much play in the UK, so I’m not surprised you haven’t heard of Daniel. If you’re into downloading, Acadie would be worth finding.

  4. mark p.s. says:

    i agree, too hot to think

  5. Gabriel... says:

    It’s good to see you out and about Mark… stay cool. Something I used to do in Toronto when it got too hot was spend the $2 and get on the subway with a book. I’d ride it to the end of the line and back again. As long as it’s not rush hour it’s cool and mostly quiet… I think it’s possible to do it in Montreal.

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