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Brian Bourgault


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    Without You
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    Die Alone
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    Down the Drain
I was born an Aquarian in Burlington, Vermont, in 1972, with a burning heart and full of New England winter.
My parents were too young to start a family but starting a family is what you did at 24, in 1972. My father had returned from Vietnam, physically intact, emotionally withdrawn. My mother, always optimistic, holding things together; the French Revolution and the Italian Renaissance. From the beginning, I felt the underlying confusion of human being, the paradox of love and hate, and when my parents split in 1979, the crescendo of my childhood trauma, I retreated into myself with a stubborn self reliance. Later in life, when at 33, I would be diagnosed with CMT, the progressive neuromuscular disease that had been whispering “I’m coming to get you” since my birth, this self reliance would be the bedrock of my survival.
Music has always been a part of my life. My father played guitar and sang in a rock band in the 70s and this informed my early fixation with guitar, rhythm, and words. I desperately needed to connect with my father in this magical space, but it was his and he would not let me in. By the mid-80s my father had been worn down by the working mans blues, the grind stone. He sold his guitar, I bought mine, and now music was my world...


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