The Picture So yesterday I was peacefully smoking a cigarette outside a bar in Marais when I notice an older man looking at me walking in the sidewalk. His eyes called my attention and I looked closer only to realize the gentleman was no one else but HUGE Brazilian singer/songwriter Chico Buarque. I was so astonished that my mouth dropped instantly and I could not move, literally. Unfortunately, I didn’t even have the presence of mind to ask him for a photograph. I know, I know. Too bad. In any case, this is the picture of today, even though I…

The character Gil, from Midnight in Paris, said several times in the movie that he loved Paris when it rains. He said that the city is more beautiful and shiny, and I even agree, but I do not share that same adoration. When it rains in Paris, the city really shines, but the rain here tends to be boring, with very thin droplets that seem to have to sole purpose of annoying the peasants. Today is one of those rainy days that keeps me from walking around, and, before I was bored to death, I decided to listen to some French songs about…

My dear friend Louis, from the blog French Kisses, sent me very cool video featuring a great duet by Benjamin Biolay and Mayra Andrade (a Cape Verde singer that sounds very Brazilian). The pair sang together a version of Brazilian classic O que será, by Chico Buarque. The song was first recorded in French in the 70’s by Claude Nougaro and was also recently performed by Zazie and Bénabar in a live concert.

Last month I was fortunate enough to watch a free concert Berry gave in one of the Fnac Stores in Paris. I had to arrive early, of course, but I was so close to her and the concert was just so adorable that the waiting in line was worth the while.

Remember when I wrote about Iggy Pop’s new record, the one that’s full of classics of the French chanson? So, that record is finally out! It’s called Après and is available for sales at the website Vente Privé and also at the iTunes Store for the price of US$ 9,90. Independently produced, the record will only be available in the digital format for now, but there are plans of releasing an old-fashioned CD afterwards. Iggy explained today in an article published at Le Monde that the reason he went independent this time was: “Les maisons de disque n’ont jamais fait autre chose que m’humilier, me tourmenter et me démoraliser.”  Good…

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