Credit Jasmin Lavoie for The New York Times
Love ballads, political anthems, Franglais rappers and, of course, Celine Dion and Leonard Cohen topped the suggestions I received from readers offering musical tips for my five-city road trip across my home province, Quebec, which begins today in Montreal.
Last week, I asked readers to suggest what music I should play while on the road, and they heeded my call! Hundreds of musical suggestions poured in.
In the end, I selected artists and songs that embody Quebecois identity — and which would provide the ideal soundtrack as we drive past churches; Dépanneurs, or convenience stores; and the province’s picturesque, rugged and sometimes desolate landscapes.
Some songs on the list are favorites of mine, like Mr. Cohen’s “Closing Time,” an upbeat ode to late-night revelry that reminds me so much of the joie de vivre of Montreal and Quebec.
Others — like those from the plaintive crooner Richard Desjardins, the folkloric group Les Cowboys Fringants and the Quebec rocker Éric Lapointe — are such a part of Quebec’s musical tapestry that leaving them out seemed a sacrilege.
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