There’s something precocious about a video of a little Quebec boy going viral for playing the blues — after all, the blues are hard, tough songs about strife and adversity. What could this 10-year-old know about hardship?
Well, it turns out that Felix de St. Hilaire is blind, and the blues have come quite naturally to this prodigy. Felix, who as his mother tells it, was playing drum beats in his high chair, so it isn’t a surprise that music is an integral part of his existence. As for the blues? He heard it one day, started strumming it on a guitar and now, months later, he sounds like he’s been down in the delta his whole cotton-pickin’ life. Hey, it beats him playing Britney Spears covers.