Propelled by its engaging and heartwarming harmonies, While We Wait is instantly reminiscent of late 1950s doo-wop and the beautiful yet confounding naivety of that era of music and politics. With the state of global affairs being so spectacularly convoluted these days, many of us may well find ourselves feeling a bit jealous of this naivety.
The pinnacle of the doo-wop era was just prior to the explosion of the global civil rights movement. Indeed, it was far easier to focus on frivolities than to talk about the heaviness of guaranteeing people's rights.
At its core, While We Wait is a comment on the duality of straddling two eras – we can not preserve this cutesy and naive doo-wop fantasy while doing something grandiose like affecting societal change.
The track is representative of the changes happening around the world today, especially those hungry young people with stars in their eyes looking forward towards a brighter future. When you don't know the scope of what will be needed to affect change, it may well be easier to make those challenging first steps.
Fils-Aimé comments that we are living in an era where people don't wish to be burdened by extra emotional weight where there are “only good vibes allowed.” We should be accepting of everyone – depression, patriarchy and racism exists and we should not pretend that we live in a fictitious gated community where everyone walks around with a dog and a smile.
from Three Little Words
released February 12, 2021
Song written by Dominique Fils-Aimé
Vocals: Dominique Fils-Aimé
Bass: Jacques Roy
Drums: Harvey Bien Aimée
Keys: David Osei Afrifa
Percussion: Elli Miller Maboungou
Violin (1st): Christian Prevost
Violin (2nd): Yubin Kim
Viola: Bojana Milinov
Cello: Carla Antoun
String arrangements by Jacques Roy
Photography: Andréanne Gauthier
Artwork: Siou-Min Julien & Dorian Coureau
Executive producer: Kevin Annocque
Recorded at Studios OPUS in Assomption (Quebec), Canada under the supervision of Daniel Lepage.
Produced and engineered by Jacques Roy.
Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering in Montreal (Quebec), Canada.
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