“Jamais De La Vie,” the title of
this recording, is a common Cajun
saying used to express disbelief at
something that has happened.
It translates into “Never in Life”.
In this case, I am surprised to
have made such a simple
recording, consisting of only my
accordion and voice. It was
recorded live with no overdubs and
in of all places, Copenhagen,
Denmark. It was at the suggestion
of my good friend Peter Abrahamsen, that this project came to be.
The first time Peter saw me
perform was at the Festival Des
Acadians, where I was taking part
in an accordion workshop.
He remembered that sound and wanted to someday re-capture it in a recording.
Throughout the years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to wake up in the morning, make a pot of coffee, and play my accordion in my kitchen. The pure joy of learning old songs and creating new songs is something I will always love. In this setting, I have written “Jamais De La Vie”, “Les Course des Cheveaux“ and “Bienvenue Dans Le Sud De La Louisiane“, among others.
This album captures that acoustic, solo, live sound I so enjoy and brings you right into my kitchen in the morning.
I hope you enjoy the visit.