Sunday, December 21, 2008
Honestly, I have absolutely no idea how to start this post. Normally the words flow freely, cascading upon the blank page, but this time, it’s different. Probably because, through the course of preparing for this post, Sean Fournier has become more than a name on a web page or under a track title on an iPod. The process has made the name, and the soul behind it, human to me. And what a human he is. It is not often that someone comes across such a genuine being, but Sean is truly a man committed to his music and his message and his positive vibes earn a SuperForest standing ovation. The way I discovered Sean’s music, or rather, the way Sean’s music discovered me, was an incredible chance occasion. While wandering aimlessly around Facebook, my mouse happened to wander to the far right of the screen; a little visited area littered with bright advertisements and occasionally, suggested artists. I accidentally clicked. Frustrated with the fact that I had unwillingly entered an unknown site and with my finger already sliding my mouse over to the back button, I hear music. Wonderful music. Joyous music. And within the minute I was hooked. If you give it a chance, I’m sure it will have the same effect on you:
Sean was kind enough to take the time to respond to a couple questions via Facebook:
SuperForest: What inspires you to write music?
Sean Fournier: Growing up, I would write poems simply because I would always have these crazy ideas and stories in my head. I just had to get them out. Later on in life, when I picked up the guitar, the focus naturally shifted from crafting poems to songs. My journey into songwriting progressed quite organically in that I moved at my own pace. I had no teacher so I taught myself from a chord book. I refused to learn other people's songs because if they were my own songs, then people couldn't tell me I played it wrong.But the true inspiration to write music didn't reveal itself until after I started sharing my music with others. To have someone relate to something that I made simply blew me away. Ever since then, I began to write my music with the listener in mind. My goal now is to craft my songs in a more generic style. That way my music becomes more personal and relatable to more people.
SuperForest: What kind of message do you want your listeners to take from your music?
Sean Fournier: I want my listeners to think of me as a solid songwriter. I put so much thought into what I write and a ton of time into making quality songs. It's not the best out there, but it's the best to my ability. My goal with my free album, 'Oh My', is to make people want to spread the music to their friends and family. Believe me, I need all the help I could get and I am extremely interested in building a strong connection with my audience. Overall, I would like my listeners to be satisfied with my current music and excited for the music to come.
So listen up people. Your ears (and heart) will thank you.
Have a lovely week,
SuperForester Iman (with SuperForester Sean)