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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 16

30-Day Song Challenge: Day 16 asks the question what is “a song that is in keeping with all things French”?

Keeping it simple, Keeping it real, Keeping it retro….French pop from the 1960’s with Francoise Hardy and France Gall.

http://youtu.be/0aLoezucIzk – Francoise Hardy – Tous les garcons et les filles (1962)

http://youtu.be/s5aeeSmkPwQ – France Gall – Poupee De Cire, Poupee De Son (1965)

Oh yes, this is just… to damn cool….

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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 06

The river Seine and the streets of Paris, France 1990

Day 6 of the 30-Day Song Challenge asks the question what is “a song that reminds you of somewhere”?

http://youtu.be/_a3g8AMKXw4   Isabelle Aubret – La Fanette

While in Europe in 1990, I had the pleasure of traveling from
The Netherlands to Paris, France.  I fell
in love with the city. My girlfriend at the time was from Iran, but studied at
the University of Paris before moving to the United States. It was her
influence that led me to make the trip alone while my fellow artists (we were
exhibiting in Deventer, Holland) travelled to Germany.  I felt courageous doing this alone, and
enjoyed seeing the city and its rich artistic and cultural heritage. Ever since
that visit, I have fell in love with most things French (food, art, soccer,
film, music). That fact brings me to Isabelle Aubret and French music in
general.  She is incredible. I love her
voice, and the language itself. I particularly like French music from the
sixties (classic and new-retro as well) and contemporary French Pop. Singers
such as Francoise Hardy, France Gall, April March, Etienne Daho, and Charlotte Gainsbourg to
name a few, are at the top of my list. I think that is one of the reasons I
love this music, because it always takes me back to the streets of Paris.

day 01 – your favorite song – Stars of the Lid’s “Don’t Bother They’re Here”

day 02 – your least favorite song – Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”

day 03 – a song that makes you happy – Ivy’s – Edge of the Ocean

day 04 – a song that makes you sad – Trespassers Williams – Love You More

day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone – Trespassers Williams – Lie in the Sound

day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere


Biking to a Place Inside and Out / 06

Sometimes on the bike the reality of life and the beautiful dream become one

I am very fortunate that were I live, I can immediately access miles of rural back roads to immerse myself on my road bike. I spoke earlier about the sense of transformation that is achieved while biking. Here on these winding roads and gently sloping hills, I pass by farm lands, historic areas, woods and beautiful estates.  What enhances a great ride is the right music. There is a distinct difference in the selection of music for road and mountain.  On the road there is a need to be able to hear your surroundings for safety measures. Hence, my selection is always, soft, slow dancing ambient. My favorite band for a ride is the neo-classical ambient band from Austin Texas, Stars of the Lid. In fact, this has been the most prolific band for me in the past two years. This is aural mastery of the highest order. In contrast, when mountain biking, there really is no need to be conscious of your surroundings.  Now your music can flow anyway you like. For the mountain, I prefer long flowing electronic sounds from bands like AES Dana, Bombay Dub Orchestra and Near the Parenthesis, or French Pop artists like Etienne Daho, France Gall, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Alizee to name a few. It is here on the mountain when you need that extra aural drive to push your rhythm to its fullest—to make that climb.

Music plays a significant part in creating the aural soundscape in which to find transformation in physical movement