Céline Dion and other artists from Quebec have come together to perform a special version of Jean-Pierre Ferland‘s “Une Chance Qu’on S’a” for Covid-19 relief. Other artists include Ginette Reno, Lara Fabian, Alex Nevsky, Ariane Moffatt, Marc Hervieux, 2Frères, Marc Dupré, Guylaine Tanguay, Annie Villeneuve and Charlotte Cardin. The song is also available in Apple […]
I have loved the music of Petula Clark since her 1964 hit single “Downtown.” This old video is particularly lovely.
I’ve used both Apple Music and Spotify and for me nothing beats the playlists Spotify creates for me. I can listen for hours on Spotify without skipping a song. The ability of Spotify to predict music I will like is impressive. Apple Music is beautiful and has improved but in the end when I want […]
Bing Crosby (1903-1977) sings mainly in French about Paris in this wonderful album. Crosby recorded the album in Paris on May 16, 1953. The orchestrations were by Paul Durand (1907-1977) who wrote Je suis seule ce soir which is in the soundtrack of Midnight in Paris. Crosby’s accent isn’t great but it really doesn’t matter. […]
I just listened to ‘Break Shot: My First 21 Years‘ by James Taylor on Audible. Taylor recounts his first 21 years in very personal and moving terms while interspersing his wonderful music. The audiobook is only 90-minutes long and worth every minute. Here are a couple of highlights that really resonated with me: “Memory is […]
The original AirPods didn’t stay in my ears. I returned them to Apple for a refund. Apple AirPods Pro stay in my ears just fine. I ended up with the largest ear tips after running the Apple Ear Tip Test on my iPhone. The sound is phenomenal. The noise cancellation is impressive. These aren’t just […]
A newly released Johnny Hallyday album called “Johnny” is out. Hallyday — often called the “French Elvis” — had a 57 year career during which he released 79 albums and sold more than 110 million records worldwide. He died in 2017 at the age of 74. He sang beautifully.
In 2019, I visited Croatia as part of a Rick Steves tour and our guide introduced us to the music of Oliver Dragojević , who was a beloved Croatian singer. He was born in Vela Luka on the Croatian island of Korčula in 1947 when it was part of Yugoslavia and died in Split in […]
Portuguese singer Tony Carreira has a beautiful voice. Here he performs with Lara Fabian in a beautiful duet: Carreira initially made a name for himself as an entertainer among Portuguese immigrants living in France. iTunes
Stacey Kent is an American jazz singer with a glorious voice. She was born in 1965 in New Jersey and is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. Her paternal was a grandfather Russian who grew up in France and later moved to the United States where he taught Kent French. Once she learned French, it was the only language […]