Carla Bruni sings us a little French song

carla-bruni

It is easy to categorise Carla Bruni as a face and body with a higher than average ability to hang make-up and clothes. It might even be easier to identify her in relationship to her passage in the French white house or to her aristocratic background. However, under music, all humans are equal and it is the colour she brings to the rainbow of music that is here of interest. Her clear musical talent is … Read on…

IloVeyou Camille

Camille

Camille… a spirit of freedom that resounds in a voice that just lets go of all inhibition, still in a faultless vocal performance. She does these in French and English, and in as many musical onomatopoeias and voice registers as the song inspires, from acapella to ‘fully’ accompanied by a vocal choir of harmonies or musical instruments. Oh the many colours that she allows her voice to exhale and her songs to borrow! She sings in typically … Read on…

Singer-Songwriters

Traditionally, Singer-Songwriters are artists-entertainers who perform the musical material they compose (melodies) and write (lyrics, where relevant) often accompanying themselves on an instrument.  In their musical creations, the singer-songwriter tend to explore a wide array of issues, from topical ones to those common across time or space. These might be political, pertaining to fantasy or realistic/pragmatic, introspective (sometimes sensitive or even confessional) or relational including romantic or the opposite. In looking for common grounds among … Read on…

Franco-Folk

The most common reference to Franco-Folk is the word Chanson. Chanson is a French word literally meaning “song”. The term has been continually used since the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to denote lyric-driven French art or folk song with French lyrics, usually polyphonic or secular. It has gradually evolved throughout the decades both musically and lyrically to become what we know today as chanson. In effect, French chanson covers a wide range of different … Read on…

Georges Moustaki, the Metic

Georges Moustaki

In the title track of his debut album, Georges Moustaki describes his face as that of a metic, a wandering Jew, a Greek shepherd, a thief and a vagabond. Maybe so. But his melodic strumming of the guitar and his understated voice have overflown these appearances, his overgrown beard and that stereotype. If anything, that image only promotes the depth, mystery and serenity surrounding his voice and the rhymes it creates, it has no reason … Read on…

Re-Introducing Serge Gainsbourg

Serge Gainsbourg

Introducing Gainsbourg… Serge Gainsbourg is a singer-songwriter of Russian Jewish descent adopted by France then the world twice, first when fleeing the 1917 Russian Revolution that dressed his family in the yellow star garments that the Nazi regime reserved for Jews and second for his profound talent, versatility and “je m’en fous-t”ism i.e. the “I really don’t care” mentality, no doubt born from the disillusions of the first 30 years of his life. In 2010, … Read on…

Re-Introducing Georges Brassens

George Brassens

Intro French singer-songwriter and poet Georges Brassens was born 22nd October 1921, in Sète, a small harbour town on the French Mediterranean coast from a notoriously anti-cleric dad and a strictly catholic mum. It is one of his teacher that introduces him to poetry, and the rest is history. Georges Brassens is as well-known in France today as The Beatles are in England. People whistle his melodies on the streets, pass them on through generations. … Read on…