There were no stars in the sky when I stood outside The Living Room with my cousin that humid night. Only a mass of dark clouds hung above the dozens of people walking along Ludlow Street.
As I stepped inside I realized that the stars were indoors that Wednesday night. They were behind the velvet curtain, filling the intimate room and serenading all within reach. The one who held the stars captive was Canadian singer and songwriter Elisapie Isaac, as she released her musical creation, “There Will Be Stars” on US shores June 8, 2011.
“There Will Be Stars” is described as Polar Pop, and is a mix of folk, pop, and slivers of northern poetry into an 11-song compilation. This album is Elisapie’s first solo effort, since her work with Alain Auger in 2001.
A little after 9 p.m., Elisapie stood on stage and invited her guests on a journey through her mellifluous voice and handpicked lyrics. In between songs, the Inuk singer told tales of her interesting home, where ice grew in place of trees and animatedly told us of her adoration for Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. She introduced each song with an inescapable vibrancy and excitement, and her guests were ready to take it all in.
She played “Inuk,” “Novvaatara,” “Wish Song,” and “There Will Be Stars” among others. With every song, there is a sensual synergy persuading you to reminisce of beautiful, eclectic memories – pushing you to go beyond what is here and now, to somewhere otherworldly, somewhere stellar and spring-scented.
As it turns out, there really were stars. And that night, I learned where to look for them. You too can find them, as well as any upcoming shows, blog, and music Elisapie has on www.elisapie.com.
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