Sunday, August 25, 2013

Get Happy!

I'm back! Yaay. And bringing good news!

No, not good, great news. Pink Martini recently announced the release of their 8th record for September 24. Well, you guys are well aware that it's not every year that one of my favorite bands give us the pleasure of releasing a new album so, when that happens, it's always a good reason to celebrate. The name of the band's unborn baby couldn't be better: "Get Happy". I don't know about you, but as far as I'm concerned, I'm already happy!

Anyways, for those of you who live in Paris, my advise is RUN, because they are already selling tickets for the new show and they tend to sell out real fast. Earlier this year, in April, I had the pleasure of attending one of their concerts and, seriously, it was one of the best concerts I've ever been to. Seriously. The vibe, the atmosphere, the songs, everything was just perfect.

It was the very first time I went to a concert completely by myself and I haven't felt alone not even for a second. In the end, they played "Brazil" and I was almost in tears (plus, it was the day before my birthday, so it was very special). To top it off, the entire band waited on the hall of the venue to give autographs and take pictures with the fans. Anyways, I highly recommend watching Pink Martini live, it's a unique experience.

For those of you who don't live in Paris, check out their list of upcoming concerts here.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hearts in Paris

I know, I know, you guys thought this blog was dead. I'm so sorry I haven't been updating it more often, I really am. It's just that life is still a little complicated here in Paris: finding my place in this city, learning the language, looking for a home, for a job, all this things have been consuming all my time (and my thoughts). Sometimes I find myself out of breath with all the information and situations I deal with every day in this whole adventure.

Anyway, I just released a new video that is a record of an installation/intervention/manifest created by a friend of mine. He once had this idea of putting polystyrene hearts on statues all over the city (he started in São Paulo, where he's based and soon the project spread all over Brazil and throughout the world). The "movement" (as he likes to call it) is named: Aqui bate um coração, which means: Here, there's a beating heart, and his idea is to remind people about love and about the fact that the big cities we live in also belong to us, its inhabitants. I hope you guys like it!

The song I used in this film is called L'amie d'un Italien, a duet with French singer Camille that was released in the album Happy Mistake, by Raphael Guallazi.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Chanson du Lundi

After all the snow from the songs about winter I posted last Monday, suddenly, the sun reappears in Paris to remind us that, now, spring days are not that far. For that reason, I woke up today in very high spirits and with this song in my head:

And for those who, like me, are big fans of The Lion King, here's another song that reflects very well this spirit that a little bit of sunshine in the morning brings after so many gray days.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Chanson du Lundi

Since yesterday was the 40th anniversary of beloved Benjamin Biolay, I wanted to make him a little hommage. The song of this Monday was out in his last record Vengeance, and it's a duet with Julia Stone called Conffetis.

And since it snowed a lot this last weekend and I saw Paris covered with a white magic carpet for the first time in my life, I decided that it's absolutely necessary to post a second song for this musical Monday. Unfortunately, I'm too limited to even begin to describe the splendor of beauty that exploded in every corner of this city covered with snow. Words fail me.

So for those who want to know what I'm talking about and better understand what happened here, I suggest you take a look at my Instagram web page . I promise to post more pictures during the week.

I know I've been a little absent lately and I thank all of you who have sent me kind emails in the past couple of months, they mean a lot. Life in Paris is a little hard, you know, looking for a job, looking for an apartment, trying to find my place in this beautiful city takes a lot of time and effort, and I haven't been able to update the blog as often as I would like, but I'll try harder!

If any of you know of someone who's hiring in Paris and is looking for a music fan, a video editor, and even a dog walker, please, let me know!

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

So it's that time of the year.

I'd like to wish you all a very happy new year and may 2013 be filled with joy and good French music.

Also, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of you guys who take the trouble of sending me mails and comments, they mean a lot, really. It's your cool feedback that give me the energy to keep writing this blog.

And with that I leave you with a New Year's song.

Pink Martini - Auld Lang Syne

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ruby Sparks

I've just finished watching the movie Ruby Sparks (and really liked it, by the way) and couldn't help noticing there's a lot of French songs in the soundtrack. OK, not a lot, but three is a little more than usual in an American movie, so I decided to list them here. Also, I highly recommend watching the movie.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Maïa Vidal

I've just discovered, listening to FIP (that great French radio station I already spoke about here), a new singer called Maïa Vidal.

The 24 years old young woman is American, but she recorded her first album - called God is my Bike - in Barcelona. She spends a lot of time in Europe and apparently is an admirer of the French chanson. The record brings two tracks in French, but my favorite song is in English and has a beautiful music video.

My favorite in French is called Le tango de la femme abandonnée.

And after searching for more of her videos on Youtube, I found this cover of a song George Brassens, which made me like her even more!

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