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The Séguin brothers – Cynical Girl and Everyday

Les frères Séguin

The Séguin brothers

When I was six years old, my brother Gabriel, the musician in our family, couldn’t help but notice that I followed him around like a lap dog every time he played the new rock ‘n roll recordings he brought home from Ottawa. Gabriel showed me how to use the record player and gave me access to his record collection, an act of kindness that changed my life. I loved Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers and Little Richard but I had a soft spot in my heart for Buddy Holly whose great compositions represented the innocence of the era so well. He put together a string of very popular hits like “That’ll Be the Day”, “Peggy Sue”, “Not Fade Away” and “Rave On.” Perhaps my favourite of Holly’s songs was 1957’s “Everyday” with its pervasive sense of time and the notion of the future rushing towards us. This spoke directly to me, a kid who couldn’t wait to grow up.

Buddy Holly died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959 at the age of 22. This tragedy was later elegized by Don McLean in his piece “The Day the Music Died (American Pie).” The Big Bopper and Chicano rock ‘n roll star Ritchie Valens also died in this crash.

Roch Tassé

Roch Tassé

I never thought I would get to relive this time of innocence but in 1982, Marshall Crenshaw came on the scene and the comparisons to Buddy Holly were obvious. Aptly, in the film “La Bamba” about Ritchie Valens’ life and career, Marshall Crenshaw plays the part of Buddy Holly. Crenshaw also had a string of popular hits, my favourite of which is “Cynical Girl.”

This is our tribute to innocence with a medley of Marshall Crenshaw’s “Cynical Girl” and Buddy Holly’s “Everyday.”


Bob Séguin – voice
Richard Séguin – acoustic guitars, electric six and 12-string guitars, electric bass
Roch Tassé – drums


Cynical Girl – Everyday

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