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…

Highlight – Concert at the Sorbonne

The Grand Amphitheatre of the old Sorbonne served as a beautiful setting for a delicious concert serving of a divinely orchestrated blend of German, Russian and Italian compositions. Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Puccini were woven together earlier this month make a gorgeous evening – and a fabulous date out on the city on my part –…

Idan Raichel Project in Paris – this weekend!

I have loved the music of this ensemble for a while. Even more so, I have loved the group’s underlying concept of Being a culturally diverse group from a part of the world where divisions based on religion, cultural heritage, history, political persuasion run deeply. It is an ‘Israeli’ group to the extent that it…

Frenchy Music for a Friday Morning

I could not find a music video for one my favourite pieces of music for a Friday morning. But, I came across this youtube video with not so much to look at although it has the required music. A little shot in the arm to be strong enough to confront the métro. It is a…

Adele, Someone Like You: Paris as a Perfect Backdrop

Adele – Someone Like You from AdeleTurkey on Vimeo. This music video of “Someone like you” is set in none other than beautiful Paris herself. It captures some of the city’s pittoresque pieces of architecture and civil engineering in chic noir et blanc. Depending on one’s musical tastes, the song itself may or may not…

The Poor People of Paris

Being one of the most sung about cities, there is no shortage of odes old and new to Paris. Here’s one, humorous, ‘cute’ song of pity directed toward the “poor people of Paris’ by none other than “Dino”, Dean Martin – who by the way has another great version of ‘la vie en rose’ sung…

Katherine Jenkins, la vie en rose (Live)!

“La vie en rose” is perhaps one of those Edith Piaf ‘staples’ that is easy to quickly cite to display that you have some sort of knoweldge of French music and its key historical figures. earlier this year, this blogger stumbled across a strong contender for the richest, highly textured rendition of the Piaf classic,…

From the lips of a legend: Ave Maria – Deanna Durbin

Stumbled across an old clip of Deanna Durbin, who reportedly now lives somewhere on the outskirts of Paris. She built a sound career in film in the 30s, and acted alongside names as big as Judy Garland. After her career took a turn, she slowly eased out of public life andnow lives here, and is…

"Croissant" performed by Jay Brannan

Croissants are a quintessential part of the French diet – along with other staples “pain au chocolat’ (literally translated ‘bread with chocolate – and other such confectionaries. Recently, I stumbled across a glum, depressing but thought provoking acoustic song christened after that quintessential piece of french food – the croissant. Sung by Jay Brannan, a…

June Anderson – CANDIDE (1989) Leonard Bernstein conducts

The lyrics are quite thought provoking. A deep, morose, depressing reflection on a Parisienne who finds herself in a city where she feels the very real pressure to fit in and play the role of a happy socialite: To conform to the less pleasant part of Paris – that part that is demanding, snobby, and…