April 19th 2019
I was in a state of shock when I found out about what happened to Notre Dame. I was in shock; I just couldn't believe my eyes.
Just as I was when the Twin Towers were attacked on September 11th 2001. Even though I know the context is totally different; even though I know we have no casualties here.
I was there and I watched the images on TV and I felt so stunned
I am deeply saddened, my heart aches, just as if something terrible had happened to a relative or to a friend. Notre Dame is my favourite monument in Paris. And so I am hurt, deeply hurt.
Fortunately the structure, the bells and the works of art have been saved thanks to the courage and devotion of over 400 firefighters, so I read the next day. Thank God, the worst has been avoided.
Notre Dame is part of us all, I believe. It is part of the Parisian landscape, part of our national heritage and part of the world heritage. Whether we believe in God or not, Notre Dame is there for us.
This morning I would like to say that I am amazed at how strong it still looks despite its open wounds. And if it still looks strong it is most probably because it is supported, held up by history, strong because there is significance there, there is art, there is mystery, and there is emotion.
I am sad, but I know that Notre Dame is not a virtual monument of modern civilization. It has gone through times, it survived many battles in the past; it will survive this one too and it will be reborn.
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"I won't dance"
I hope you will enjoy this cover of mine. I am very fond of the movie Roberta; there's everything I like in it; it is both fun and moving, and it's good-natured fun; there's romance, there's music, there's singing, there's dancing, lots of humor and joie de vivre and elegance too, a mix of French and American and of course wonderful actors and actresses. It is very very enjoyable from beginning to end. If you are interested you can watch the movie on Dailymotion.
PS: oh, by the way, I love to dance. I have always loved it, ever since I was very little. And I never refuse an invitation to dance, provided the gentleman is a good and well-mannered dancer ;)
"Tu n'es qu'un gosse"
I happened to watch this movie yesterday; I had seen it years ago already, but when I watched that scene between Robin Williams and Matt Damon, the idea came to me that it would be nice to give it a try, for practising purposes. A great scene and two wonderful actors; I am very fond of both. I am happy here because I managed to learn my text a lot more quickly than usual. I am finding ways to do things faster memorywise. We need to keep developing our great intellectual capabilities as time passes... I hope you won't mind my practising. Merci beaucoup :)
"In the Mood"
We worked on 3 songs with Anaël during the vocal workshop, and one of them was "In the Mood"; I had never heard of the Puppini Sisters, but I must say I really like what they do; this girl group is a lot of fun too. I recorded my voice on several tracks here and I also did the finger snapping parts and the background beat by tapping on the wooden part of my desk ^^. I hope you will enjoy my work on this standard. Merci à vous!
I was in my car the other day when I heard this song "Busy Line"; I found it both fun and very interesting and I thought it would be nice to cover it. Many thanks for listening :)
"Music for the World"
For this video I started out with the keyboard - I did not use any pre-recorded sounds. I did not have anything specific in mind when I started playing; I just wanted to bring some notes together. I only made two attempts. I kind of liked the second one. I added the visuals afterwards based on what the notes conjured up in me. Thanks a lot for listening :)
Oh, I think I would definitely ask this man for some explanations... not sure I would give him time to give them to me though ^^
A great song again.
Thanks a whole lot for listening!
"Mémère dans les Orties"
What a fun song! So much humor in it. You may know or have known dysfunctional couples in your life, you know, people who can't help insulting one another, relating very negatively to one another and yet who stay together... it seems that it is the only way they know how to relate...it is often the case with people who grew up in a very negative environment in which love, affection, attention, and respect were absent, and so they don't know how to do better... it is their way of showing love, a special kind of love. I cannot say that I adhere to it, but I think it is worth singing about it. I chose to illustrate the song with empty shakers because these relationships are not fulfilling, they just leave you very empty.
Juliette's lyrics manage to turn a very serious subject into something funny. Humor makes what's unbearable more bearable. Merci à vous.
"Don't Worry Be Happy"
I would like to dedicate my version of this interesting song to music teachers and sound engineers who are going to have some fun with this one... Bear in mind that you are trespassing at your own risks...
Love from Paris,
"Body and Soul"
I was looking for a jazz song to sing the other day and I found this one which I had never heard before and which I thought was quite interesting. Stuart MacDonald's improvisation is just awesome. Thank you all.
"Il Mio Rifugio"
I watched a movie the other day on French TV, a funny French movie called "Enfin Veuve" and the female character, Michèle Laroque, was singing this pretty song at the beginning of the movie; I had heard it before, but ... well, you can figure out the rest... :)
"Seasons of Love"
This pretty song is one of the songs we sang at our 2nd concert on May 29th.
Here are the songs we sang: Route Paris-Nice, Four Brothers, Son de Camaguey, Lord Lord Lord, I won't Dance, Chili con carne, Sing Sing Sing,
Seasons of Love and Jesus on the Mainline.
Pretty songs, in a variety of genres, an approach I like very much.
And the reason why I chose to sing "Seasons of Love" is clear I guess. I hope love will prevail in this very brutal world. Let us continue to hope it will.
The poem recited by Gérard Depardieu at the end of the movie "la Tête en Friche" really brought tears to my eyes the other day. Such simple words, so much love and tenderness in them, it is so moving, so well done. A movie/a novel about the importance of knowledge in life, of personal enrichment, of making oneself familiar with the thoughts of others through literature in order to be better able to develop one's own and be in a position to develop one's own little garden. A movie/a novel which show that it is never too late to do so. A wonderful message full of love and hope.
"I Fall in Love Too Easily"
I was in my car at a red light the other day when I heard this song on a jazz station. I had never heard it before and I found it beautiful and interesting. I am glad I covered it because I realized when I read the comments made on my cover that a lot of people had never heard it either. Short, but beautiful, clear and sincere, a song that illustrates how the lack of love some of us may have suffered from can sometimes lead them to become dependent on other people's love in order to feel fulfilled. That is why learning how to love oneself is so important in life as dependency is never a good thing. We always have to aim at finding the right balance for everybody's sake.
"Avoir et Être"
I am thankful to Glenn for accepting to create the tracks for me because the song Yves Duteil wrote and composed is very beautiful; it is poetic, clever, fun and deep. A great message about understanding each other's differences, finding ways to reconcile what appears to be irreconcilable, a message about balance, equilibrium, parity. I like the idea very much. I hope you will enjoy this new collaboration. Thank you all.
"La Route Paris-Nice"
This cover is in fact my adaptation of one of the ten songs we are going to sing at our next concert in May. I joined a Jazz Choir in November 2015; we sing a cappella; a pianist accompanies us only for concerts. This will be my 2nd LIVE concert. I really look forward to it; it should be less stressful than the first time :)
I do not quite remember how I found this song, but I found it... and I liked its message right away. In fact, it was Nana Mouskouri's version of it, which I found very pretty, that made me feel like covering it. Simple words, a beautiful melody, a great song from my perspective. I hope you enjoyed the visuals and my rendition of it thanks to a new virtual friend from Colombia, MccVallevo, whom I would like to thank one more time for the beautiful instrumental track. I wish you all a good week! The sun is shining today in Paris; a good thing because we have had quite a lot of rain in the last few days.
Now the story behind my cover of this song is a bit special. In this case I fell in love with pictures of the "Cinque Terre" first. I have been to Italy many times; I just love Italy, but I have never been to that particular area. Very special, very beautiful. And so I did some research to see what kind of music was played in Liguria... I quickly found the "trallallero", some kind of polyphonic folk music from the Ligurian region of Genoa. Traditionally performed by men, I read there were also some female performers of trallallero in the modern era. And so why not give it a try? It could have been fun... However, it would have meant recording my voice on different tracks, with different tonalities, which I certainly would have enjoyed doing, had I had more time...
And so I opted for a very pretty song by Dalida instead for I really like her a lot; I have said it many times already. I think the song is rather a song from Southern Italy... but then I thought, excuses are always welcome, wherever they come from...
"Le Long de la Rivière"
I do not recall how I ended up on Eva's songs on Youtube, but I am glad I did. Her voice caught my attention right away and so I listened to several of her songs which I all liked. A beautiful voice, beautiful lyrics and beautiful melodies. I am happy if you enjoyed this cover. Merci.
"Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime"
I was about to start rehearsing for this song using a karaoké backing track when I found Jean-Mark's superb version. I immediately wrote to him and he was kind enough to give me his positive answer the next day, which was great. His track is just wonderful and different from the original version, which is also why I decided to use it. I love this song, the melody is beautiful and the message is strong and clear. Very few words, but powerful, meaningful ones. I am glad I managed to cover it. Merci à vous :)
Corsica is a wonderful island, the landscapes are just magnificent and I am very sensitive to Corsican chants. So beautiful. I hope this cover will arouse or renew your interest in both Corsica and its proud people.
"Agua de Beber"
I love Jobim and I love bossa nova and so I decided to give this song a try. Thank you very much for listening to this version.
Oh, I love this song. A wonderful melody and humorous lyrics. I just love these rhythms. I hope you'll enjoy my different version. Muito obrigado :)
"Qu'est-ce qu'on attend pour être heureux ?"
The idea to cover this song came to me two days ago when I saw the title of the song in a book I was reading. I hadn't heard this song for a very long time and so I decided to investigate a bit^^. I read about Ray Ventura and I soon realized that Patrick Bruel had the idea to cover the song in a different style, which I also found very interesting. I was then very lucky to find a very good karaoke backing track. I hope you will enjoy my version of this lovely French classic. Thank you very much for listening.
"La Vie d'Artiste"
I had never heard this song by Ferré, but when I heard it I was fascinated by the power of the words and by the dissonant notes and of course by Léo Ferré's wonderful interpretation. Enough reasons for me to want to give the song a try. I just wanted to change two passages because I wanted the breakup to be a bit smoother between the two partners. And so I asked Jean-Louis if he could come up with something different. Especially at the end. The reason for that was that you sometimes remain friends with a man or a woman you have loved; you know you cannot live with him/her, you have tried and it just didn't work, but you still love that person. Such things happen in life. And so this is the kind of breakup I had in mind here. I hope you will enjoy our version. Thank you for listening.
Un très beau texte et une très jolie mélodie que j'ai redécouverts très récemment. J'ai écouté à la fois la version créée par Marie Laforêt et la reprise de Bourvil. J'ai aimé les deux. Et j'ai donc décidé de chanter cette chanson très émouvante qui m'a permis de penser à ces deux artistes formidables. Merci de votre écoute.
Gosh a good thing it isn't like this every week-end...^^
Now let me explain to you why 3 versions of the same song. Very simple. In fact I stumbled upon this song the other day on Youtube and I thought it would be very interesting to cover it. I looked for a backing track, but since it is an old song I had a hard time finding one and so I asked Jean-Louis if he would be interested in working on it. Jean-Louis said YES and so I was happy about it. That same day I asked my friend Claude if he would be willing to add some accordion notes to the track. That's when I found out that he had already uploaded a version of this song in 2013. I listened to it and I thought it was superb. So I recorded my voice on it, but I had to change the tonality and I also had to make the track longer since Claude's 2013 version was shorter than the original. That's when Claude decided that he was going to play a new version that would be as long as the original, but in a slightly slower tempo than in the 2013 version...
And so finally we ended up with three versions... I think that's fine since they are all different.
Now this song is interesting because it illustrates an unbalanced love relationship in which one of the two partners (the woman) ends up denying her own self and her own needs out of love for her companion. I must say I had a hard time with the last three lines...^^
" La Vida Es Un Carnaval"
I hope you will enjoy my cover of this very lively song and the visuals. The beat was very challenging...
Dalida was a wonderful singer and performer; I really liked her very much. I have been familiar with this song for a long long time. I am happy to have been able to cover it. A challenging song. You will recognize of course Marcello Mastrioanni, the great Italian actor, as Gigi. Also present in the visuals Claudia Cardinale, Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot. I love them all. Many thanks for listening.
"Un Gamin De Paris"
I like this French song a lot.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Micheyl who wrote this song; she will soon celebrate her 93rd birthday.
Understanding each other's cultural specificities and differences is essential in this world if we want it to fare better.I could have asked Claude, my French friend, to play the accordion here for me, but I thought it would be nice to collaborate on this one with a musician who is not French precisely as I enjoy working with musicians and singers from different countries. Miroslav is from the Czech Republic and this is our first collaboration. I hope you will pay a visit to his channel.
Now let me explain a bit what a "Parisian titi" is: it is a French colloquialism meaning a smart, ressourceful, cheeky and mischievous child (the archetype of the titi parisien is the Gavroche character in Victor Hugo's novel "Les Misérables"). So to make it short the "titi" is cheeky, yes, but not vicious or malicious.
Thanks for listening!
Have a good week-end!!
"Le Petit Bal Perdu"
Une autre très jolie chanson ; certains passages m'ont interpellée : amoureux, insouciance, heureux, ils buvaient dans le même verre, ils faisaient la même prière, alors quelle importance le nom ?...
This is my tribute to a wonderful artist who will be dearly missed. A very beautiful song about nonconformism.
THANK YOU very much, Mr Cocker. RIP.
"Bal Chez Temporel"
I have no specific anecdote to tell you about this pretty French song. The only thing I can say is that I really love the melody and the lyrics and I am happy Claude created this beautiful track for me. MERCI, Claude, et MERCI à vous, Monsieur Béart.
"Seule Ce Soir"
This song is special to me because I know that Léo Marjane who sang it for the first time in 1941 is now 102 years old and so it is very touching for me to cover this beautiful song. Merci Madame Marjane. Please click on this link to watch an interview of Léo Marjane when she celebrated her 100th birthday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNi6EZ9RuXA.
"The Shadow Of Your Smile"
I listened to this song the other day performed by Sarah Vaughan and I really loved it. Then I listened to Tony Bennett's version (a duet with Juanes) and finally I was lucky to find an instrumental track where I could combine a bit of both versions I think. I thought it would be very interesting for me and very enjoyable to sing the song in English and Spanish and that's why I chose this karaoke backing track. Thanks for listening to my version.
PS: Some of you may have noticed that the moon is oval in this video... well, yes, the decision-making process can be tough at times... it was either me or the moon... and so I chose myself... (I am afraid this comment will only be understood by the video editing fans...^^ )
"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"
I don't remember how I ended up on this song the other day, but I really liked it. I had heard it before and I knew that covering it was not going to be a piece of cake... a bit of a tongue twister just like my cover of "I'm a woman" by Peggy Lee. And so all the reasons were there for me to feel like covering this song: a good upbeat melody, fun lyrics and a real vocal challenge. Thanks a lot for your kind support :)
"Blowin' In The Wind"
I must say I didn't have time to give you any clues about this song prior to uploading it because the idea came to me this morning...A very beautiful song, famous all over the world; a song that teaches us that men never seem to learn from their mistakes. Decades go by, centuries go by, generations after generations we are faced with the same kinds of problems. Mostly related to human nature of course. Quite normal in fact since we are all down here to learn... However some seem to go through life without ever questioning themselves and therefore without learning anything...; since they do not look at what's wrong with them they inevitably put the blame on others and use them as scapegoats. It has been like this ever since the world was world. Nothing new under the sun (or in the rain...). And yet, the answer lies within everyone of us. Deep within. But only those who look for it will find it, blowin' in the wind...
Well, this very pretty song released in 1977 and written by a female artist was indeed "Songbird" and the female artist was indeed Christine McVie.
I am glad Mark suggested this song to me and I am also glad Patrice (aka Zazapat) accepted to add his beautiful harmonica notes. I really enjoyed this new collaboration. As you may know, the guitar and the harmonica are my favourite instruments along with the sax and the piano. Thank you very much for your visit to my website. Make yourselves comfortable! :)