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French-Canadian Song for Covid-19 Relief

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 […]

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Petula Clark

I have loved the music of Petula Clark since her 1964 hit single “Downtown.” This old video is particularly lovely.

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Apple Music v. Spotify

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 […]

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Bing Crosby Sings About Paris

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. […]

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Audiobook: James Taylor

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 […]

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Apple AirPods Pro – First Impressions

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 […]

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Music: New Johnny Hallyday Album

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.

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Music: Oliver Dragojević

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 […]

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Music: Tony Carreira

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

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Music: Stacey Kent

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 […]