December 12th 2018
Terrible times, terrible times...
Life is fragile.
That is why we need to be very thankful for what we have, still have... and enjoy every bit of it. Simply.
My thoughts are with those who were plunged into darkness gruesomely.
In the dark let there be light.
December 11th 2018
J'aimerais prendre une minute aujourd'hui pour remercier toutes les personnes qui m'ont envoyé un petit message ou qui m'ont appelée dimanche pour mon anniversaire. C'était vraiment très gentil à vous. Merci.
Le contexte ne m'a pas donné envie de le fêter ce jour-là; et donc merci d'y avoir pensé.
Je vous souhaite une bonne journée où que vous soyez; merci pour votre visite.
Prenez soin de vous!
I would like to take a minute to thank all those who took the time to send me a little message or to call me on Sunday 9th for my birthday. That was very sweet of you. Merci.
The context didn't make me feel like like celebrating it that day, and so thanks a lot for thinking about it.
I wish you all a very good day wherever you are; many thanks for your kind visit.
I have three pieces of news today for you:
1. I had an audition early this week and it went very well (I am sure I owe it to the vitamin C ^^). I sang a dozen songs in a restaurant and the reason why I did that was to see if I could do it and how it would feel; and so I tried and it went very well. In fact better than I thought it would... and even so well that...
2. I am invited to give a concert in that same restaurant later on this month on November 30th. I couldn't believe it...
I am soooo pleased; the experience was just great; and it really makes me feel like renewing it.
I am happy to share with you the poster I created to announce the concert (see farther below).
I hope you can come. It's going to be fun :)
3. I have added 4 new photos in the PHOTOGRAPHY section here (4 pretty butterflies). Those are photos I took at a place I had never heard of before: la Serre aux Papillons in La-Queue-Lez-Yvelines, the largest butterfly glasshouse in France (located about 50 kms south-west of Paris). It is home to 700-1000 butterflies from Central America, Africa and Asia. You will see there the two largest species in the world: the Attacus atlas and the Argema mittrei.. A great place for butterfly lovers, well worth a visit because butterflies fly around among visitors freely and can be filmed easily.
Que les vents vous soient favorables.
And till we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
A great party on Saturday night for Fabio Deldongo's birthday.
Great musicians were there, and a wonderful jazz singer: Sophia Nelson. She is amazing.
Where it took place?
At Bistro du Marché of course.
Here below a little photo showing how much good fun we had.
Thank you all for your visit and support
Have a good Monday!
Mais au Bistro du Marché, bien sûr.
C'était top, super ambiance samedi soir pour l'anniversaire de Fabio Deldongo.
De super musiciens étaient venus pour la soirée, ainsi qu'une chanteuse de jazz exceptionnelle: Sophia Nelson. Wow!
Voici 2 petites vidéos d'extraits de la soirée.
I have just uploaded five videos very recently:
- Excerpts from Fabio Deldongo's great birthday party on Saturday night.
- Me singing Quizás, quizás, quizás, at his party, but from a different angle this time - the angle is important :)
- one showing me singing three Latin-American songs accompanied by a trio of excellent musicians: Carlos Miguel Hernandez (a Cuban singer and vocal coach), Fino Gomez (a Uruguayan guitarist, composer and arranger) and Betty Rojas (an American percussionist of Cuban origin). I had such a great time with them I am very thankful for meeting them and working with them for 2.5 days (19th-21st October) .
- one showing two jams with my friends Fabio Deldongo and Stéphane Poterlot during two of their gigs.
- one is "Bésame mucho" again, but this time recorded by my other device (better sound).
I hope you will have a good time watching these videos.
On October 14th I saw a beautiful movie about Pope Francis, very well done, very touching. Remarkable. A movie by German filmmaker, playwright, author and photographer Wim Wenders.
I really recommend this movie to everyone, believers and non believers alike. A movie about humanity. A must see.
On Saturday night I was invited by Fabio Deldongo to sing three songs during his gig at le Bistro du Marché in La Varenne St Hilaire. I sang: Quizás, quizás, quizás, Hit the road, Jack and Fly me to the moon; it was totally improvised. No rehearsing. A great new experience for me, both stressful and very enjoyable... It went well. I mean by that that it could have been better, but it could also have been a lot worse, considering that I am not used to this kind of exercise :)
I attended a great musical and cultural event on October 6th at the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris; the event was called La Nuit du Quatuor (the Night of the Quartet) and this year it aimed at enhancing the most beautiful string quartet repertoire pieces in one night.
All around the musicians and the public: Monet Water Lilies.
To give you an idea of the event I have just uploaded a photo (in the PHOTOGRAPHY section here).
And here is the link to the Musée de l'Orangerie website if you are interested:
In September I visited the Street Culture Festival called "Urban Week" in Paris (La Défense district). I had a very good time there and I took lots of pictures. I like street art and I enjoyed discovering the works of 15 women graffiti artists from various countries (Canada, the US, Colombia, France, Greece, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Sweden).
You will find 4 pictures in the PHOTOGRAPHY section on this site.
The festival lasted four days: September 19th-22nd.
Here is the link to the URBAN WEEK website if you are interested:
If you didn't get a chance to go this time, bear it in mind for next year :)
Merci pour tous ces artistes qui y participent.
Thanks for all the great artists who participate in this festival.
Many thanks for your visit and very kind support.
I had a great time on July 17th at the Duc des Lombards in Paris.
A tribute to John Coltrane by the Géraud Portal Quartet.
Fantastic musicians, both awesomely free and awesomely connected.
You will find here the video I made the next day.
Thanks for listening and watching.
2nd - 6th July 2018
"Acting in front of the camera"
I just finished participating in a 2nd intensive acting workshop (35h this time) directed by Hubert Gillet.
A week very rich in emotions and learnings.
I really recommend acting workshops, I really think everyone should go through this experience in their lifetime. There is so much to gain from a personal standpoint. And what occurs at the personal level always has an impact on what occurs at the collective level. Personal and collective are interdependent.
A very enjoyable and very interesting workshop again with some very nice people, people with different backgrounds, with their own strengths and weaknesses, all different and yet with one thing in common: their humanity, offered to the eye of the movie camera. All learning from one another. So touching.
Merci Edwige, Tatiana, Eymeline, Caroline, Cédric, Alain.
And thank you all for your virtual presence.
22nd April 2018
Earth World Day today and every day!
Journée Mondiale de la Terre, aujourd'hui et tous les jours!
At last some very very nice weather in Paris. Great blue sky, lots of sunshine, nice and warm temperatures. So enjoyable.
I wish you all a good we!
26-29 Mars 2018
(See farther down for English)
« Face à la caméra »
Je viens de terminer un stage intensif de 25 heures dirigé par Hubert Gillet.
Hubert Gillet est le réalisateur du film « Dans tes Bras » avec Michèle Laroque et Martin Loizillon ainsi que d'un court métrage "Lune" qui a obtenu plus de vingt prix français et internationaux.
Hubert Gillet a également participé en tant qu'acteur à de nombreux téléfilms ainsi qu'à des long-métrages dont "La sentinelle" d'Arnaud Desplechin, "Nikita" de Luc Besson...
Ce stage s’adressait à tout comédien souhaitant confronter et/ou affûter son travail devant la caméra.
L’objectif du stage était de donner des outils à l’acteur afin qu’il puisse aller au-delà de ce que lui demande le réalisateur et qu’il puisse proposer des choix jouables.
Bien au-delà de le diriger, l’idée était d’aiguiller l’acteur, de le provoquer afin d’exister et de vivre dans la plus grande sincérité. Appréhender l’urgence d’un plateau, comment s’y préparer, y travailler, trouver sa place et impacter.
Influencé par le cinéma de Kaurismaki, Ken Loach, Dardenne, une partie du travail a également consisté à explorer l’expression de l’acteur sur la continuité d’un plan séquence tout en étant suivi de près par la caméra - le but étant de capter « la vérité » de l’âme humaine dans son expression la plus authentique.
26th-29th March 2018
"Acting in front of the camera"
I just finished participating in an intensive 25h workshop directed by Hubert Gillet.
Hubert Gillet is the director of "In your arms", a French film with Michèle Laroque and Martin Loizillon; he also directed « Lune », a short film that has received more than twenty national and international awards. Hubert Gillet also participated as an actor in many TV movies as well as in feature films such as "La sentinelle" by Arnaud Desplechin, "Nikita" by Luc Besson ...
This workshop was intended for any actors wishing to sharpen and polish their work in front of the camera. Hubert Gillet’s objective was to give actors tools to help them go beyond what a director asks for and make suitable character proposals.
Well beyond directing actors, the idea was to put them on tracks, to provoke them to make them exist and live with utmost sincerity ; help them grasp the feeling of urgency on film sets and prepare for it, explain to them how to work on a set, how to find their place and make an impact.
Influenced by the cinematic style of directors such as Kaurismaki, Ken Loach, the Dardenne Brothers, part of the workshop also consisted in exploring the actors’ expressions all along sequence shots, closely watched by the camera - the goal being to capture the "truth" of the human soul in its most authentic expression.
Merci pour votre visite, pour votre intérêt et pour votre soutien.
Many thanks for your visit, interest, and support.
I have just passed the threshold of 700 subscribers on my Youtube channel.
Hello, my dear subscribers!
Thanks a lot for following me.
Merci beaucoup :)
I wish you all a Merry Christmas season and very Happy Holidays, whether with family or alone.
May joy fill your heart.
May the Christmas spirit comfort you.
I am giving you my love,
I know that some of you are hopping up and down with impatience and so I will not make you wait any longer.
The scene that my stage partner, Gilles Rouillet, and I had good fortune to play is called "La Répétition" (the rehearsal). *
"La Répétition" is a sketch created in 1977 by Guy Bedos and Sophie Daumier; it was performed by Guy Bedos and Muriel Robin at the televised Ceremony for the Molières (the French National Theatre Awards) in 1991.
Here is the link to this sketch. It was the first time the two artists collaborated. This experience eventually led to a duet show:
Bedos / Robin. **
* La répétition means the rehearsal
** Please do not count on me to translate the whole thing^^ http://fresques.ina.fr/en-scenes/fiche-media/Scenes00237/repetition-par-guy-bedos-et-muriel-robin.html
Everything went very well last night at the Théâtre du Gymnase Marie Bell.
2 pictures of us bowing to the audience and thanking them for coming to see us. A whole lot of people came.
MY DEEPEST THANKS TO ALL WHO WERE THERE...
More over the weekend!
I just noticed that I have passed the threshold of 500,000 views on my Youtube channel.
Thank you so much!
Today is a day that is going to be very rich in emotions...
I remind you that I will perform this evening for the very first time on the stage of a theater with a lot of very nice and very talented people.
Merci à vous!
PS: The show is called "Les Grands Prix du Rire"
Tonight at 9:30pm
tomorrow Friday at 6pm.
Théâtre du Gymnase, 38 Bd de Bonne Nouvelle, 75010 Paris
And now I am taking part in a 4th 100% Comedy acting workshop with Eric Laugérias and Vincent Varinier, our coaches.
This time 2 stage performances will be given in front a "real" audience on December 20th and 21st at the Théâtre du Gymnase in Paris (for reservations please call:
06 81 95 96 92.
It will be the first time around for me...
I am rehearsing here with Gilles Rouillet, my stage partner.
Have a good Sunday!
PS: for details, please check out my Facebook page. Thanks!!
We all had such a great time on December 9th at my party, thanks to these three incredible musicians: Fabio Deldongo (piano, guitar and vocals), David Picard (bass) and Sébastien Fauqué (drums and percussions).
I am so thankful to them and to all who came. Very thankful and deeply touched.
A wonderful evening already turning into wonderful memories.
THANK YOU SO MUCH
and 1st LIVE concert :).
I had two very special reasons for being thankful on Thursday last week.
First I was happy to find a great solution to an unexpected problem that arose early in the week and second an application I sent in July to an advertising agency in Paris (Smith & Smith http://www.smithetsmith.com) was accepted.
Two great pieces of news on Thanksgiving Day!
And so I am very happy and very thankful.
Happy belated Thanksgiving Day and Happy belated Black Friday!
And thank you all for being around and for supporting me the way you do.
Dear Friends, dear Visitors,
I am very pleased to announce that my mini live concert will take place on Saturday, December 9, on my 60th birthday, in a cabaret ideally located in the heart of Paris.
I will be accompanied that evening by a trio of professional musicians: Fabio Deldongo (pianist, guitarist, singer and producer), David Picard (bass) and Sébastien Fauqué (percussions).
The evening will consist of three parts:
- Part 1: I will sing a dozen songs (jazz, blues and latino)
- Part 2: Fabio will delight us with his voice, talent and very varied repertoire and we will jam with other professional and amateur musicians and singers who will join us and express themselves musically in total freedom
- Part 3: We will all dance to music from the 60s, 70s and 80s
This is all going to be very, very enjoyable. Of course, there will be food and drink, and it will be simple, varied and good :)
As it is a private party, if some of you wish to come, please do not hesitate to contact me at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org; but you need to do this very soon because there is not much room left...
Please do not bring me any gifts that night. Indeed, my apartment is small and it is already filled with all kinds of souvenirs; I really cannot add any more ... Thanks for your understanding.
Since it is my birthday, I am inviting you :). However, there will be a pot on the spot for those who wish to thank me.
Thank you all.
Have a good weekend!
Thanks for your visit and follow.
Dear Friends, dear Visitors,
A little message to let you know that I just signed a non exclusive contract with AGENCE HAPPY, a modelling agency that specializes in advertising and institutional campaigns.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, AGENCE HAPPY!
Dear Friends, dear Visitors,
I am very happy to let you know that my application has been accepted by DIGITAL ARTISTS, a modelling agency specialised in casting for advertisements of all kinds: advertising shots; television, cinema, and internet commercials; and corporate films, in France as well as abroad.
I am very glad to add this new activity to the list of those I am already devoting my time to.
Thank you very much, Digital Artists, for giving me this wonderful opportunity.
I am thrilled to start.
Thank you all
I hope you had a good weekend.
If you wish to have access to my artistic CV, you can now click directly on the picture here below.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH
Thanks a lot for visiting me regularly on this website.
I have uploaded 5 comic sketches very recently. Something very new to me, but I must say I am enjoying it very much ;)
If you want to have a look at them, please check out my audiovisual website here below and go the COMMUNICATION section, scroll down and you'll find them there (in French and English).
I'll be happy to read your comments.
Thanks a lot!
My Audiovisual Site
I launched this site on Women's Day, March 8th 2016.
Women's Day is every day... and a lot of work still remains to be done in that respect.
Merci à vous,
PS: please click on the picture
if you wish to access it.
My artistic website
I created it on August 25th 2017.
PS: please click on the picture
if you wish to access it.
June 30th 2017
I just finished a 3rd 100% Comedy acting workshop (42h) and this time we had the pleasure of being trained by not two, not three, but by four coaches: Eric Laugérias and Vincent Varinier (comedy coaching), Patricia Samuel (vocal coaching) and Viviane Marcenaro (improv coaching).
16 trainees participated in this highly qualitative workshop, there was a great mix of professional actors and amateur actors and the atmosphere at the Théâtre du Sentier des Halles was extremely congenial. I am very happy to have been part of this workshop and I would like to thank not only our talented coaches for their very valuable advice, straightforwardness and kindness, but also all the participants, a wonderfully varied troupe.
As for me, I chose to interpret the monologue of Irma Lambert (she plays the part of the dishwasher in Jean Giraudoux's play "La Folle de Chaillot" – The Madwoman of Chaillot) and here I would like to say that thanks to Eric and Vincent’s instructions the scene quickly turned into some kind of an Offenbachian operetta... revisited by Freud ..., yes ... let me explain…: after having recited my monologue the way I felt like reciting it…, I was kindly asked to immediately improvise the same scene singing certain passages ... I must say that I had not expected that one... so I went back to it (what else could I do ???), but this time in a lyrical fashion* and in a slightly… loony way... Let's not be afraid of words, it was grandiose...^^
I also had the great joy of being assigned the part of Therese in an excerpt from the play « Le Père Noël est une ordure » - Santa Claus is a bastard (the two-character scene of the mop) and of having as a stage partner an extremely funny actor whose name Is Alfred Dumont (you may have seen his one-man show "Ange ou Dumont"; I cannot tell you how lucky I am to have been given the opportunity to star… opposite such a talented actor. Thank you again, Alfred, for pairing with me that day. This scene was a real treat ;)
Well, what else can I say except that it went rather well overall, but that I SHOULD REALLY SPEAK UP. Come on, Isa, get your act together, speak up, please, SPEAK UPPPP !!!!!
Hahaha, I love these workshops, thank you all from the bottom of my heart, and long live the theater!
• Oddly enough the notes came out in a lyrical fashion ... it is puzzling I know… especially because I have never practised classical singing... Ahhhhh, some very strange things did take place at the Sentier des Halles these past few days... lol
We need to get away from time to time, don't we? I do :)
Have a happy summer!
Some more music
(Songs, concerts & demo reels)
Channels & Networks
Yes, yes, lots of projects as usual...
Please stay tuned.
About my Covers
"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! :)