Monthly Archives: December, 2011

Earlier today, looking for news on talented French singer Camélia Jordana, I find a record that passed me by completely unnoticed and which I loved at the very first hearing.It’s a compilation of standard jazz made by musician and judge of Nouvelle Star contest André Manoukian. I know, I know, who needs just another compilation of that kind, but, this one is worth the while, I promise. The record, called So in Love, was released in 2010 and gathers voices of a bunch of my favorite French artist: people like Emily Loizeau, Anaïs, Helena Noguerra, the duo Cocoon and, of…

First of all I want to thank the talented Vincent Lefebvre for the beautiful Christmas illustration he so kindly created for the blog. Because nothing better than a stunning Christmas decoration to warm up this blog and share a little joy with the world. Thank you very much, Vincent. Next, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! And, since this blog is all about French Music, nothing better than that to celebrate this time of the year. I chose two songs from the Christmas compilation made by great Michel Legrand to share with you. And here they…

The new film by director Martin Scorsese tells the fantastic story of Hugo Cabret, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station after his father’s death and is seeking to unveil a secret that involves his lost parent. Click here to watch the trailer. The movie is set in Paris and singer Zaz features in the soundtrack. The song is called Coeur Volant and you can hear it on the player below.

Yesterday, as I was waiting for the subway, I notice the Christmas campaign of the Galeries Laffayette. And, in the ad, no one less than Iggy Pop. After a quick Google search, I found a teaser with Iggy’s voice inviting people to buy Christmas presents at the famous French store. Who’d say that there would come the day when Iggy Pop would dress up as Santa to advertise in favor of a temple of the capitalism. Iggy Pop pour les Galeries Lafayette – Noël… par GaleriesLafayette And speaking of Iggy Pop and French culture, this post reminded me of two…

Colombian pop star Shakira released in the beginning of the month a live DVD called Live From Paris. Normally, that would be a piece of news completely ignored by the blog, if it weren’t for the fact that Shakira made a version of Francis Cabrel greatest hit Je l’aime à mourir. In her version of the song, Shakira sings in both Spanish and French (after all, the woman can speak 5 languages, so it’s more than natural that she would sing this one in 2). UPDATE 01/03/2012 Today, I came across with a better video for the same song. And…

Today’s Chanson de Lundi features a Brazilian version of Couleur Café. The song was released this year by singer Luciana Mello in a duet with Corneille. Unfortunately, I did not find a player to embbed in here, but if you are interested in the studio version of this song, you can go ahead and click this link to listen. You can also watch the video below, that features Luciana Mello singing with her brother Jairzinho, who is the creator of the beautiful arrengements for this version. For those who don’t remember, Couleur Café is one of the firsts big hits…

Yesterday I decided to listen again to the great record Salle de pas perdus, by Benjamin Biolay’s younger sister Coralie Clément. Then I remembered that once a friend explained to me the meaning of this beautiful expression. Aside from its literal translation (“the room of lost steps”), salle de pas perdus is also the name French people give to waiting rooms in public places, like train stations and court rooms. The reason for that is because the people waiting are always anxiously walking back and forth with impatience either for someone or for some important decision to be made (in…

The dearest, sweet adorable French singer Berry announced a new record. The work, still without a name, will be released in March, 2012. However, last week, Berry released a single of the new album, so we could have a taste of what waits for us next year. The name of the song is Si c’est la vie, and it sounds like Berry’s next CD will sound as good as the first one.

I was in Paris in the beginning of December and so I had the chance to see the latest show by Vincent Delerm. It was the first time I’ve ever seen Vincent Delerm live, so I was a little anxious, specially because in this case Memory wasn’t a regular music concert, but more of a theater play that features music.The show was held in a very cute Parisian venue called Les Bouffes du Nord, an amphitheater that reminds us of Shakespearean times. Not too big like any amphitheater, the place is a great choice because of its perfect cozy atmosphere. The…

A good friend of mine, french guy Benoit Loncan, decided to take some pictures of the city he lives (which happens to be the most beautiful city in the world). The result was so beautiful that I just couldn’t keep it to myself and I decided to share them here. To see the pictures of the City of Light, of course, a soundtrack is needed. Here’s a Gainsbourg song to go along the photos of Paris. Marilou Sous La Neige by Serge Gainsbourg on Grooveshark