Parisian Soundtrack: Street music under summer sunshine

One of the joys of Paris in the summer is the ubiquity of street music. Well, depending on your tolerance levels for a soundtracked city experience. The city serves as a muse to countless artists who respond to their creative impulses, breaking out in song, dance and other forms of artistic expression in several of…

Paris in the month of May

One of the themes that recur in music about Paris is its versatility and adept capacity to transform itself in response to changing weather patterns. The beauty of Paris in each of the four seasons is communicated in some of the most compelling voices of times past – be it Ella Fitzgerald’s singing ‘I love…

Renée Flemming and French Poetry

Earlier this week I downloaded the latest album from Renée Flemming which comes in the form of a hommage to the words and work of Ravel, Messiaen and Dutilleux. She’s a clear Francophile and delivers – as usual – a passionate, cogent interpretation. I can’t wait to see her live at the Opéra Bastille this…

Opera Tickes for May and June

Apparently, as of the 5th of May, 9 am, it will be possible to reserve opera tickets online for an interesting line up that includes Renée Flemming in Richard Strauss’s ‘Arabella’ and Karine Deshayes in Rossini’s ‘Le Barbier de Séville’. I’ve found that it is best to sign up for a regular email update on…

infectious little pop song

it’s not clear to me why – but this repetitive, silly little pop song has proven to be quite infectious indeed. I’ve caught it beginning to play in my head at the most awkward of moments. oy vey!

David Guetta as a Saturday Jog Soundtrack

It’s a mild Saturday morning and nothing could be more fitting than planting my running shoes and going for jog. I’m taking one of France’s main exports as jogging music – David Guetta.  I believe he holds an advanced degree (Phd?) from  the University of Paris X. He is quite an interesting pop culture phenomenon who…

Dalida to bid the week adieu

The weekend beckons after an exhausting week! Can’t wait to finish emailing, uploading, downloading, printing papers and other random things. Only then will the weekend begin in earnest. In the meantime, what is a more ‘absolument fabuleux’ way to embrace it but darling, dearest Dalida. Still sounds danceable in 2012:

Upcoming Notre dame de Paris concerts!

Saturday 25 February, 20h30 : Jean-Sébastien Bach, œuvres d’orgue & Chant grégorien Saturday 3 March, 20h30 : Répons de Ténèbres de T.-L. Victoria et Polyphonies du XVIe siècle Saturday 10 March, 20h30 : Musique baroque française : œuvres de F. Couperin & M.-A. Charpentier Saturday 17 March, 20h30 : Œuvres de G. Fauré, E. Elgar…

Rolando Villazon at Chateau de Versailles

For the well-heeled and those willing to sacrifice a few hundred Euros for a chance to see Rolando Villazon live at Chateau de Versailles, there are tickets still available. It’s a “spectacle” on the 4Trésors du bel canto”, 2nd April, 20h. Tickets on sale – click here And this is one of my favourite French…

A Folksy French midweek

Steadily working through mountains of work, I feel grateful for Folsky french music. The silliness of the lyrics. the soothing feeling that comes from a gently strummed guitar. How the music hugs you gently and reminds you to cruise through the second half of the week. Lovely!

Paris Combo on a Monday Morning

It is another week that greets you with piles of work in the inbox and in-tray – hello, Monday. Be that as it may, thank goodness for Paris Combo, an old favourite. They are a perfect accompaniment to dancing through weeks like this —