“"Celebrate" is about moments. Big ones. weddings, funerals, life altering, world shattering events that we all experience collectively, but have an intimate and personal relationship with.”
Bio - Dan Rougeau
Dan Rougeau is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, lap steel, vocals) and songwriter with a rich touring and recording background, highlighted by performances on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, New York City's infamous Carnegie Hall, and many of North America's popular music festivals and clubs. The ex-Toronto now Montreal based Rougeau has performed and recorded with some of Canada's brightest talents, including Emily Rockarts, Kaia Kater, and many others. While always busy working as a guitar player, his songwriting is featured for the first time on his November 4th release "Celebrate", with imminent plans for more releases in 2023.
"Celebrate" is about moments. Big ones. weddings, funerals, life altering, world shattering events that we all experience collectively, but have an intimate and personal relationship with. Rougeau's hope is that this song is a short nod to the idea that "we're all in this together", moving as one through the grey days and the bright ones.
Both of the song's verses are based on Rougeau's own experiences, deep ones - the kind that make you go straight to your instrument as soon as you can, and get words down before the feeling dissipates.
On a personal level, for Dan, this song was cathartic and stabilizing. While it was written pre-covid - in the "before times", as it were, it was in the middle of the mess that he started to use it to find himself again. A long-time touring musician, Rougeau hadn't played a show in months, hadn't practiced in weeks, and Celebrate kept drawing him in, asking him to plug instruments in, and invite friends to collaborate. As someone used to backing up incredibly talented singers, Rougeau never believed he would release a song that he sang on. He was a backup singer at times, and an inexperienced one at that. But singing Celebrate - actually, singing any song - gave him life at the time when he needed it most; connecting to music in a way that he had never quite experienced before, and developing a whole new ability.