Eric Vincent Concert

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Eric Vincent Concert

Daniel O'Brien

Eric Vincent giving a passionate performance.

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Imagine sitting at a café in the middle of Paris. You would most likely expect to have the mood set by a French singer with a warm, smiling voice. This is how Eric Vincent began his performance at Southwest Minnesota State University on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

Vincent is a French singer and songwriter whose music is known throughout the world. He has performed in over 140 countries and is currently on a 35-stop tour throughout the United States.

He gives audiences solo performances, and, here at SMSU, he played an acoustic guitar with his songs.

Given his desire to share his music with the world, it is no surprise that his music has become a veritable melting pot of sound. While his songs are based in the liquid tones of the French language, a good deal of his music is a blend of folk, Latin, jazz, and rock rhythms.

Furthermore, many of his songs are inspired by authors and painters. He revealed that one of his songs was inspired by an artist’s rendition of the Greek myth of Sisyphus, a mortal who was condemned to forever push a boulder uphill only to have it roll back down.

At the performance, Vincent was very conversational with the audience. In addition to pausing in between songs to say what inspired him to write a particular song, he also gave a few impromptu French lessons.

He taught the English meanings of some French words and phrases, which he encouraged the audience to use and sing along during certain songs.

One instance of this was when he had the female audience members sing to him the word “chéri” that translates to “honey” in English.  He appeared to really enjoy hearing that.

“They were following well,” Vincent said about the audience, “a bit shy I should say, but it’s okay.”

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