Vance brings me joy

If you don’t know Vance Joy you are really missing something !! He is a great Australian artist. His real name is James Keogh and he is born in Melbourne, Australia. He started his musical carrer in 2013 and it is a very good start. Just listen to “Riptide” and you will understand. The following video is a remix but it is really cool to listen to.
Enjoy !

Swing, swing!

Today, I wanted to share with you my love for Parov Stelar. A long time ago (2004), I started to listen to his music and never stopped from this time! Why am I speaking of him just now?
Because he released a new album this year, of course!

He is the author of nine albums :

2001 : Shadow Kingdom LP
2004 : Rough Cuts
2005 : Seven and Storm
2007 : Shine
2008 : Daylight
2009 : That Swing – Best Of
2009 : Coco
2012 : The Princess
2013 : The Invisible Girl

His real name is Marcus Füreder and he is a great Austrian artist of 38 years old. He was born in Linz in 1974. He is a composer of electronic music and a great DJ.
He started to work with the pseudo Plasma. Live, he is accompanied by four musicians, The Parov Stelar Band.

Why is his music so attractive to me? Simply because this is a blend of house, jazz and most of all electro swing. He uses electonic music that includes the use of brass band.

The music is sometimes actual, fast and permeates us as a sharp arrow! Sometimes the music is just soft and we just let go!

A pure genius! See or rather listen by yourself!

a little in the same style you can hear the French group Caravan Palace :

Back to the seventies

“TSOP”, this is the title of this masterpiece. It means “The Sound Of Philadelphia”. This song was written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff as the theme for the American musical television program “Soul Train” and it was performed by MFSB (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother). MFSB was an ensemble of more than thirty studio musicians based at Philadelphia’s Sigma Sound Studios. I can’t list all the members, it will be too long but some of them were : Earl Young (drums), Roland L. Chambers III (guitar), Bobby Eli (guitar), Lenny Pakula, Leon Huff (keyboards), Thom Bell (Keyboards), etc.

In 1974, it became a number one hit and the same year, this band was the winner of the Grammy for Best R&B Instrumental Performance. There was featuring vocals by The Three Degrees.

This song was released on the Philadelphia International label. This piece is almost instrumental but you can listen to the featuring vocals of the Three Degrees.
“TSOP” was a hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1974 and remained there for two weeks.

If you like this piece, you can find out the albums of the band :

MFSB (Philadelphia International 1973)

Love Is The Message (Philadelphia International 1974)

Universal Love (Philadelphia international 1975)

Philadelphia Freedom! (Philadelphia International 1975)

Summertime (Philadelphia International 1976)

The End Of Phase 1 (Philadelphia International 1977)

The Gamble-Huff Orchestra (Philadelphia International 1979)

Mysteries Of The World (Philadelphia International 1981)

Copyright 1974 Philadelphia International Records
All Rights Reserved

Sugar Shack……………………….Oh ! Sugar, Sugar !

Have you ever been to Canada and more precisely to Quebec? So you maybe know what a Sugar Shack is?

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It’s an bit of an institution in Quebec. La Cabane à Pierre is the one I’ve been to and the most famous in the province of Quebec . This house  is located in Frampton (Beauce) and is surrended by maple grove. You will discover how the maple sap is collected according to the old-fashioned method, that is to say with a spile (sap spout) and a bucket. The purpose of it is to process the sap into syrup. How they do this? Simply by using traditional evaporator, fuelled by a wood fire.

If  you want to have a great meal fed ad libitum, this is the place to go during the sugar season. You stomach will be fulled with hearty pea soup, oreilles de crisse, crusty country bread, pork and beans, cook’s omelette soufflé, sugar ham home-baked, Beauce tourtière, farm sausages,  boiled potatoes, fruit ketchup and homemade pickles. And if you are still hungry after eating all this you can also wolf crepes with maple syrup, tea and coffee.

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You will be welcomed in a cosy and warm place to guttle your meal, a huge room with big tables everywhere. This place enables people to share great moments of laughs and joy.  It’s a mix of generations.

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In the center, stands an enormous fireplace that warms you up. During your meal, a band is performing and you can dance if you like, shaking your body on traditional music such as “La Bottine Souriante” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDHHFWCIb-U).

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You will be pleased in every way. The setting is simply stunning. Why? You are surrounded by maple grove and woods.

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At the end of your meal, you can go outside and enjoy what people call “la tire d’érable”, that is to say, maple taffy treats on snow. How does it work? You take a wooden stick, place in front of wooden bucket full of snow. When someone pours hot maple in it, you use your stick to roll the maple around it and form a lollypop! It is so good, so sweet but don’t abuse of it otherwise you will have weigh to lose before the summer!

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A sweet tooth knows no age!

If you are interested in discovering this place and the traditions of Quebec, you can look over the website : http://www.cabaneapierre.com/

Cabane à sucre Cabane à Pierre
566, rang 2, C.P.1006, Frampton, Québec, G0R 1M0
418-479-5200/1-888-385-5200

 

Close your eyes!

If you’re tired when you go back home, just take a nap and listen to this beautiful song. “Fade into you” is performed by Mazzy Star whose lead singer is Hope Sandoval. She’s such a wonderful voice, soft and soothing. When I got a bad day, I just lie down in the sun (when it’s possible of course) and listen this song, I feel relieved, calm and peaceful.

Hope Sandoval is an American singer and songwriter. She is also the lead singer of another band, Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions. She was a guest vocal for many bands such as The Chemical Brothers, Death in Vegas or Massive Attack.

Now just listen and enjoy!

Love Song by Vanessa Paradis

A beautiful song written and composed by Benjamin Biollay and Vanessa Paradis for her new album to be released in may 2013.
Here, it’s another one that I love very much, it’s entitled ‘La Seine’ and this song is very catchy!
‘La Seine’ is part of the soundtrack ‘A Monster in Paris’ which is a French 3D animated feature directed by Bibo Bergeron.

Enjoy!