Yves St-Laurent

Yves St-Laurent

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People say that when they see me, they expect me to do heavy metal, but then I surprise them with my roots of rock style. I give a lot of myself when I perform, and that seems to reach into their souls. Many tell me they felt chills!

Biography

Biography of Yves St-Laurent
Originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Yves St-Laurent started singing in a band at 18, while he was attending the school of horticulture in Saint-Hyacinth, Quebec. His voice brought him immediate recognition among his peers, and his success in music was unanimously predicted by all. The attention made him uncomfortable, however, and he found himself declining contract offers.
Yves left the music business for a whole 10 years from 1990 till 2000. Working for the city of Montreal, first as a horticulturist, then as an arborist after 1998, St-Laurent felt he wasn't getting all the happiness he could out of life. While keeping his job, he was able to become a private aiplane pilot and Emergengy Medical Technician, as well as travel to Australia and Europe to further his knowledge in agriculture and horticulture.
It wasn't untill 2000, following the breakup of a 5-year relationship, that the itch for playing music returned.
''It was after a jam with fellows from work'', he relates, ''It began burning inside of me! I thought it would be like when I was 18 and people would offer me all sorts of things for me to sing for them".
It didn't happen that way, however. At the time, he didn't play guitar, so he sought out serious guitar players to accompany him. He found that players were hard to find and not always reliable. After a gig where the musicians didn't show up, he got angry and picked up a guitar... And never really put it down!
"After 2 months of guitar, I was covering the songs I could.'', he says, '' I avoided the ones that involved playing barrés, and stuck to open chords. The first song I played live was 'For What It's Worth', by the Buffalo Springfield.''
From there, he played wherever he could. The main goal was to make people happy, and also, to be able to say, down the road: 'I tried'.
In 2003, St-Laurent took 6 months off from work. He wanted to see if life on the road was a life he could live. With his guitar, he crossed the US, playing in Philadelphia, Nashville, Memphis, Santa Fe, Flagstaff, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and everywhere in between. He then took the train to Vancouver. From there, he went on to Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapour, Vietnam, Australia, Bali, back to Thailand, then to Amsterdam, New York and to Montreal. He had now been around the World with his guitar and he LOVED the music life on the road!
From his experiences while travelling and playing music, Yves has written over 15 songs. His goal remains to make people happy, and he keeps trying his hardest so he can have no regrets in later life!!

Lyrics

So Far

Written By: Yves St-Laurent

Song: So Far
Music & lyrics: Yves St-Laurent

Oh yeah, I having good times, Oh yeah, I living high times
Running down the road, trying to have a good time, trying to be happy

Oh yeah, you make me quiver, Oh yeah, you make me shiver
Oh ooh babe you sure make me feel alive, Oh ooh babe I’m buzzing like a beehive

Oooh ooh babe, yeah
Running down the road trying to make a living, trying to be happy.

Spent my days in the rock n roll bars, spent my nights with the rock n roll stars
Wondering ‘bout the choices I made so far
Spent my life ripping up the roads with the cars I drove and the women that rode
wondering ‘bout the choices I made so far.

Oh yeah, sometimes wonder, Oh yeah, over yonder
Is there really angels waiting for my rising? Is there devils waiting for my fall?

Wind in my ears starts a howlin’
Blood in my veins starts a boilin’
Gotto leave it all to a higher power
If I don’t won’t last another hour

Ooh, ooh babe, yeah
Running down the road trying to make a good life, trying to be happy

Spent my life ripping up the roads with the cars I drove and the women that rode
Wondering ‘bout the choices I made so far
Drunk on bourbon, high on cocaine, speeding like a bullet through the purple rain
wondering ‘bout the choices I made so far... So far

Want to jump into my ‘57 Chevy, run it all the way to the levy
but the levy died, it hurts me to my soul, now the water’s rising, levy’s gonna blow

Ooh ooh babe yeah,
Running down the road trying to make a good life, trying to be happy.

Spent my days in the rock n roll bars, spent my night with the rock n roll stars
wondering ‘bout the choices I made so far
Drunk on bourbon, high on cocaine, speeding like a bullit through the purple rain
Wondering ‘bout the choices I made so far... (4)

Tomorrow's Memories (Queensland)

Written By: Yves St-Laurent

Tomorrow’s Memories (Queensland)

Hitching my way through Queensland, glad to be back in Aussieland
I hope that I can make my way all the way to Cairns today
Started out yesterday in Brisbane, made it all the way up to Bowen
My God I’m awfully along; five hours on the side of the road

Got no choice to make it this way ‘cause I haven’t got a penny; I got no pay
I hope the next car stops, so I can be on my way!

Slow down, what’s you hurry, smell the breeze you’ve got no cause to worry
Sunny skies, shade of a palm tree, you gotta live today to make tomorrow’s memories.

It’s good to be back in Queensland; good to have a Fourex in my hand
and though the heartaches have been trying, it’s good to see your faces all smiling again.

Got no choice to make it this way, ‘cause I haven’t got a penny and I got not pay
I hope the next car stops, so I can be on my way.
Slow down, what’s your hurry, smell the breeze, you got no cause to worry
Sunny skies, shade of a palm tree, you’ve got to live today to make tomorrow’s memories.

Hitching my way through Queensland, gonna see all my mates up in Cairns
Back in Queensland; a big cheers to all the farmers on the Tablelands,
Back in Queensland, with a glass of Bundy in my hand

Slow down, what’s your hurry, on vacation, got no cause to worry
Sunny skies, shade of a palm tree, you gotta live today to make tomorrow’s memories.

Discography

-CD- A Night In Memphis 12 songs; 52 mins
-CD-Bruce Highway Blues Newly recorded 7 song demo
-Radio play: So Far, Faites la paix SVP, Not So Very Far, Economic Slaves.

Set List


My set list is mostly original, but I do play covers that I adapt to my own style of play. I never play the same songs from night to night, but I can say that covers include Pink Floyd, the Stones, Johnny Cash, the Everly Bros, the Doors... I like to mix covers in with my songs; this usually makes them ask, for instance, "Who plays the song that came after Sympathy For The Devil?", then I can answer "That was a song I wrote" Hehe, it is ALWAYS a compliment to be asked "who wrote that?" about one of my songs.

I can do several small sets or play my 20 songs mixed in with 40 or so covers all in a row if you want.