Doin' what I like to do
The water is still my preferred escape. I've been paddling most of my life. Rolling whitewater, a calm lake, or sun-dappled swamp, I always enjoy my time on the water. The sound of a paddle in the water can melt away the hustle of the workday world like nothing else can.
C'est L'Aviron is a song used by the voyageurs de bois as they penetrated the Canadian wilderness. The way it is performed here by The Boarding Party, brings to my minds eye, a vivid picture of fur trappers singing to paddle their big voyager canoe in unison. The rhythm is perfect.
According to "Folk Songs of Canada" by Edith Fowke and Richard Johnston, this song was collected by E. Z. Massicote in 1927 from the wilds of interior Canada. It appears that the French have quite a few rowing/paddling songs, a style of song notably absent from the Anglo-Saxon repertoire. I have searched my copy of "Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman" (W. M. Doerflinger, Meyerbooks, 1951) and found nothing comparable in English.
With the weekend in sight, I'll leave y'all with the paddler's traditional farewell...
See you on the river!