Hi everyone, I'm feeling whimsical today and thought I'd start a new blog all about my music discoveries, opinions, news etc. My news are based on what I hear on the radio and/or find by accident on either Amazon or YouTube so don't set your clock by my findings! lol I just want to talk about music, because music is like oxygen to me and I've been, ever since I was a little girl, a music "pusher". :D If you're a music lover, hope you enjoy reading or feel Free to bring in your own discoveries, especially if you’re passionate about them. Hope you enjoy my choices. Take care and hugs to all, sincerely, Sylvie <3

 


 

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Comment by sylvie boisvert on Friday

Hi everyone, today, I’m bringing what I call a musical snapshot. It’s a song I heard for the first time yesterday, in the old sitcom “Growing pains”. It was in an episode where the Seever family was in Hawaii. It’s Christopher Cross « Swept away »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZQwf7kaFuY

I call it a musical snapshot, because Christopher Cross had a very special sound and style and as soon as you hear it, you’re thrown back to a specific time and memory. That might be something I’d like to explore in a future playlist. Christopher, through no fault of his own, will probably always be linked with the 80’s and a handful of songs. As long as I’m here, here are my 2 favorites of his. First, “Sailing”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdD3Qy5U2t0

and my ultimate favourite, linked with the soap opera “General Hospital” at the time, “Think of Laura”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02-CvtmRz6M

Phew, this brings it all back, goosebumps included... Of course, I’m a sucker for a tear-jerker, but this song is also beautiful and would be, even sung in a language we wouldn’t understand... Anyway, hope you enjoy this blast from the past. Thanks for reading and listening, sincerely, Sylvie <3

Comment by sylvie boisvert on April 15, 2014 at 5:24pm

Hi everyone, today, I’ll be exploring the latest album from Paul Anka. You might be thinking: Paul Anka? Well yes, he’s alive and well and still making music at 73. A dear friend told me I should check his CD  out so I did.  To be honest, my expectations were low, because on his “Duets” album, most of his partners are over 60 and passed their heyday. Instead of nitpicking on what I didn’t like, I’ll share the highlights. The version I borrowed from my local library has 16 tracks. The general feel of the album is easy-listening, as expected, With arrangements mostly surrounding the acoustic guitar with string arrangements. I’ll go with the order of the tracks. I haven’t checked the liner notes, but I’m pretty sure Paul wrote all the songs on it. Okay, the "Walk a fine line" duet with Michael McDonald/George Benson  is pleasant, in a Musak way, but Mike uses his beautiful voice to its best advantage and the arrangements are decent. The Dolly Parton duet came highly recommended and is as sweet as Dolly is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb-X9GLq7pQ

Dolly has the sweetest tone and even at 68, she knows how to put her best vocal cord forward. The arrangements are beautiful and this rendition just makes you feel fuzzy: definite keeper! :D  I was shocked to find out that Paul wrote Michael Jackson’s song “This is it”, which they duet on. The musical mix is interesting and I do enjoy Paul’s singing on it, though frankly not sure how it works as a duet. I also enjoy the “Pennies from heaven” duet with Michael Bublé, simply because I love Mikey’s voice, though I felt it was pleasant but generic. Now, “You are my destiny” with Patti Labelle is something else! The latin feel is very present in this one, with added brass and lovely string arrangements. I don’t know who produced this album, but for the most part, he/she brought out great vocal performances. All right now, my biggest surprise out of this CD was “It’s hard to say goodbye”, the duet with Céline Dion. I have a lot of issues with Céline Dion’s voice and delivery and although I can respect that she’s crazy talented and has sung gorgeous songs in her career, I am not a fan. So this duet has a 90’s R&B feel to it, underlined with a very nice string arrangement. The vocal performance is very well balanced, the song itself is gorgeous and Céline’s tessitura is controlled and actually enjoyable to me, so all I can say is kudos! :D  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQpz6pAjiZE

Wow, I seriously can’t tell you how conflicted I am: I never thought I’d put a Céline song on my blog, phew!  All right, here’s another one that surprised me: the duet of “She’s a lady” with Tom Jones. I was frankly dreading this one because the last I heard of Tom Jones wasn’t terribly flattering. The tempo is perfect on this one, though I feel the arrangement is a little bit dated-sounding to me. The “Hold me till the morning comes” duet with Peter Cetera feels like the Mike McDonald one to me: you have to enjoy the perfect sound of a beautifully distinctive voice. My favourite off this album is certainly “My way” with Frank Sinatra. There’s something very special and particularly moving in hearing Frank who sang the definitive version, (now Elvis fans don’t shout at me!) with the songwriter:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP_tMa7VliY

There only seems to be the live version on YouTube.  It’s just a terrificsong... Speaking of terrific songs, on the CD I borrowed, there’s a duet of “I’m not anyone” with Sammy Davis Jr.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhEqhn-XUpA

The arrangement is quite Vegas epic, but it is an anthemic song. It’s very nice to hear Paul laying everything into it and blending very well with Sammy. Honestly, I would give this CD a solid 7 out of 10, maybe even a 7.5 or 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. I feel it’s definitely worth a listen or 2. Thanks for reading and listening, sincerely, Sylvie <3

Comment by sylvie boisvert on April 14, 2014 at 4:17pm

Hi everyone, I’ve been hearing  this new song for about a week now and I really like it, it’s the Black Keys “Fever”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZZUY32iCzU

Their new album “Turn Blue” will be available May 13 2014. Incidentally, it has nothing to do with Peggy Lee’s “Fever”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGb5IweiYG8

There have been so many versions of this song, I think I have at least 3 myself, by Michael Bublé, Ray Charles and possibly Ella Fitzgerald, but when I think of this song, I always think of this version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoIZQh1IjI8

lol I know, I’m sorry… XD For some reason, I thought Peggy’s version was the original, but apparently   Little Willie John recorded it 2 years prior to Peggy, although Peggy rewrote much of the lyrics for her version, according to Wikipedia. Back to the Black Keys, I did enjoy their album “El camino” and if this song is representative of their next album, it sounds like they will have kept everything I liked about it so stay tuned! :D Take care and thanks for reading and listening, sincerely, Sylvie QC Canada <3

Comment by sylvie boisvert on April 13, 2014 at 2:48am

Hi everyone, in honor of my friend Sylvia’s birthday yesterday and the fact that I’m still  wearing my Jacques Brel patch, :D I thought I’d dive into one of her favorite singers Scott Walker’s exploration of my friend Jacques’ repertoire. I have to tell you right now that that’s a tall order and I’ve tryed listening with an open mind. I think my biggest problem is the song translations. In general, some covers follow the outline/theme of the original, while   closer translations seem less lyrical, or maybe it’s just me.

Songs like “Funeral tango” (Tango funèbre), “The girls and the dogs” (les filles et les chiens) and “Alone” (Seul) are of the former category, while “Jackie” (La chanson de Jackie) and  “Mathilde” ar of the latter. However, Scott sang a very interesting rendition of  “My death” “La mort):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfvFa8KexRw

That was a truly heartfelt performance. Now I’m afraid “Next” (Au suivant) I feel really doesn’t translate well and that’s about all I can say about it. I did keep the best for last. These are some of Mr Brel’s greatest songs and Scott delivered those with just the right personal touch. Let’s start with “Amsterdam”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt_5nkMhhgI

…then the iconic “If you go away” (Ne me quitte pas):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weetkVfO62E

...and one I think he did a particularly good job with, “Sons of…” (fils de…)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZxUiTJVcVs

Now, as I was putting this entry together, I stumbled upon  a few other cover versions that actually pleasantly surprised me. By pure accident, I found Terry Jacks’ version of  “If you go away”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDK9I7gom-A

No big surprise that it sounds cut of the same mold as his rendition of “Le moribund” “Seasons in the sun”, but still good. Another most surprising was Neil Diamond’s version of  “If you go away”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ol6VWdldj8

I’m generally on the fence about  Neil Diamond, but thought that aside from his overly dramatic lower register, I felt his performance was genuine on this one. My last discovery, which I’ll have to explore more in depth in the future, was Judy Collins. Now I knew she had sung “The dove” (La colombe), but I didn’t know she’d sung several Jacques Brel songs. Here she is, singing ”La chanson des vieux amants”, en français, s’il-vous-plaît :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZn6q1OKbNU

That was pretty good! I do mean both her French and her rendition. Judy Collins’ voice  can be somewhat of an acquired taste, but this rendition was very well balanced, not too high-pitched and delivered with the songwriter’s intent very well. I was truly astonished, because at first, I wasn’t sure this combination would work, especially since I love this song so much I can’t see straight... Well on that happy note, I hope you enjoy some of these, thank you very much for reading and listening, sincerely, Sylvie <3

Comment by sylvie boisvert on April 8, 2014 at 4:32pm

Bonjour tout le monde! Today, I want to pay tribute by underlining my friend Jacques Brel’s birthday. I was debating which song I would put on here today and then it became clear that I had to put “La chanson de Jackie”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFG1QLCzICc

In it, he describes what he foresaw doing, if he stopped singing and explores a few possibilities, while knowing he would still, every night, for 1 hour only, be handsome and stupid at the same time! Lol In the last verse, he talks about heaven and being sure  that up there, angels would sing him his song he used to sing, when his name was Jackie... :D I like to talk about Jacques in the present tense, because to me, he is as alive as ever, due to his passion for expression, his zest for life, his irreverence and vulnerability. As a testimony to that, here is, from the 1975 movie “Jacques Brel is alive and well and living in Paris”, the iconic “Ne me quitte pas”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTBDvudfo4s

Joyeux anniversaire Jacques! De tout cœur, Sylvie <3

Comment by sylvie boisvert on April 7, 2014 at 6:25pm

Hi everyone, I thought I’d start off the week with an eclectic playlist with a theme. Lets’s start with an oldie but a goodie, Buddy Holly “Crying, waiting, hoping”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWdJ7Dy-3iY

I first became aware of this song in the movie “La bamba”, which had a terrific soundtrack. Funny how I clicked on the first link on YouTube and ended up with the movie clip! :D I might explore Buddy Holly in a future instalment. I must say I was surprised at how many songs of his I knew from other people’s covers when I bought a terrific compilation. Okay, moving on with my theme, here’s a less old but just as good to me, from her album “Clearly love”, Olivia Newton-John “Something better to do”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgCQcSAThvs

This was early on in my discovery of Olivia and I first heard this song on her “Greatest hits” album, after I discovered her in the movie “Grease”. All right, getting a bit deeper in my theme, here’s Richard Marx “Right here waiting”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq8gIQ41wgA

I love this video and the story behind it... I heard that Richard almost didn’t record it, because he just felt it was too personal, but thank God he did. :D Okay, to wrap this up with a bow, here’s one of my favourites and a special performance of it,  Stevie Wonder & Aretha Franklin “Until you come back to me”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md7pchh9A48

May I just say, in case I haven’t mentioned it before, that Aretha Franklin has the absolute best backups in the world, ever? I don’t know what it is, but their sound was beautiful and just perfect, their phrasing tight and wonderfully complimentary to Aretha, just like the Jordonaires to Elvis, the Raylettes to Ray Charles and Alicia Keys’ backups. My favourite performance of the latter being this one and I think should just be frozen in time, Alicia Keys, from her “Unplugged” album, “If I was your woman”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XisnISMLnA

I get goosebumps listening to that one, phew! Sorry to get off track from my theme, but just couldn’t pass this one up... :D That’s it for now, thanks for reading and listening. God bless you all and have a great week, sincerely, Sylvie <3

Comment by sylvie boisvert on April 1, 2014 at 5:28pm

Hi everyone, I want to take the opportunity presented to me today to add some Canadian contents to my blog. I remembered a specific song today and was happy to find out they were Canadian eh! That actually got me to check out the list of Canadian bands on Wikipedia and starting to go through the list, it reminded me of the good old days of CKGM radio in Montreal, which was the best in the 70's and anyone who lived here then and listened to anglophone radio would agree. Anyway, here is Chalk Circle  with “April Fool”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2cDsqu91q8

Maybe I'll have time to do another Canadian band study in time for the next Canada Day eh! lol Hope you enjoy this fun rock/pop blast from the past. Take care and thanks for reading and listening, sincerely, Sylvie <3

Comment by sylvie boisvert on March 29, 2014 at 2:57am

Hi everyone, well here’s a Friday night special, if I’ve ever put one together… I just heard this delicious song by Daryl Hall on TV, it’s called:  “Eyes for you (ain’t no doubt about it)”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xOs6D9W_oo

It’s off his latest solo album called “Laughing down crying, that’s a couple of years old by now. If you just listen to the few first keyboard notes, it’s reminiscent  of the Hall & Oates song “I can’t go for that”. :D So it got me to thinking of a few other of my favorites from Darayl’s solo efforts. Here’s one from his album “Can’t stop dreaming” called: “All by myself”, but it has nothing to do with Eric Carmen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmWy-3X2gD4&list=PL32C20F12EF9B2336

Oh yeah,  nothing like a good old soul song! Speaking of which, off Daryl’s “Soul alone” album, his rendition of Marvin Gaye’s “When did you stop loving me, when did I stop loving you”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFJTov2-V-A

As a general rule, I’m not crazy about people covering Marvin Gaye, but if you do a good job, it’s okay. The last time I  attended a Hall & Oates concert, they sang “What’s going on”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dauTfSvXb0

Daryl said this was a song that should be sung by everyone, every day… :D All right, off his CD “3 hearts and the happy ending machine”, the song “Foolish pride”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5X8S5TCrmc

I could sit here and make a 20 mile long Hall & Oates playlist, but just wanted to point out the sweetest element in their music that I enjoy: the soul. Here’s a good example, “Soul violins”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Giu6mqZlBXY

That one is an original off their “Our kind of soul” album. I love the fact that for that album, Daryl said he and John picked favourites, as they remembered them, making up lyrics if they forgot them or adding to them: it is called “Our kind of soul” after all. :D All right, I won’t pick anything off his “Sacred songs” album that sounds completely different, but my final selection is again from “Soul alone”, a deep and delicious, triple fudge song called « I’m in a Philly mood » :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTw7SYd05vc

Phhhhhew, satisfying and non-fat, 0 calories! Lol Hope you’ve enjoyed this playlist at least half as much as I did. Thanks for reading and listening, keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars!;D sincerely, Sylvie <3

Comment by sylvie boisvert on March 24, 2014 at 5:02pm

Hi all, I want to start the week off on a good, or should I say happy note. I’ve discovered this song recently, but mostly on TV, since my pop radio is getting edgyer. Plus, I just learned how to spell his name! Lol Anyway, a perfect bouncy song to energize your week, whatever you’re doing. Here's Pharrell Williams with « Happy »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM

While I’m at it, I’ll add another one I think I’ve heard in a commercial, which seems to be the way to go these days. Obviously, it’s working because it sure brought my attention to it. Actually, I caught on to it because someone sang it on “American Idol”, so here’s   Janelle MONÁE's  “tightrope”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwnefUaKCbc

I had to look up the  lyrics on that one and here they are:

Janelle MONÁE “tightrope” lyrics:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/janellemone/tightrope.html

I was having fun reading them, but for some reason, it reminded me of an old Steve Allen bit he used to do, not sure if it was on his show or the “Tonight show” a couple of generations ago. Anyway, he would  point out how “poetry” has changed over the years, by reading aloud, as if he was reading poetry, with a serious tone and some cute little music as background, the lyrics to “Bee bop-a-lula”! lol Rick Dees did this on his own weekly countdown a few years back too.  It’s too bad they don’t have it on YouTube though... Well anyway, hope this helps start off your week nicely, it sure did mine. Thanks for reading and listening, sincerely, Sylvie <3

Comment by sylvie boisvert on March 21, 2014 at 7:22pm

Hi everyone, I’m posting only one link today. Like most people, I’ve heard this song for the first time on the Grammy awards show last January. I had caught on to some lyrics, but paid more attention this past week, because an “American Idol” contestant sang it. It’s beautiful musically and just wonderful lyrically. As a matter of fact, it’s wonderful enough to post the lyrics, so here you go:

Hunter Hayes “Invisible”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucA63CEuXpo

Invisible lyrics

Crowded hallways are the loneliest places

 For outcasts and rebels

 Or anyone who just dares to be different

 And you've been trying for so long

 To find out where your place is

 But in their narrow minds

 There's no room for anyone who dares to do something different

 Oh, but listen for a minute

 

Trust the one

 Who's been where you are wishing all it was

 Was sticks and stones

 Those words cut deep but they don't mean you're all alone

 And you're not invisible

 Hear me out,

 There's so much more to life than what you're feeling now

 Someday you'll look back on all these days

 And all this pain is gonna be invisible

 Oh, invisible

 

So your confidence is quiet

 To them quiet looks like weakness

 But you don't have to fight it

 'Cause you're strong enough to win without a war

 Every heart has a rhythm

 Let yours beat out so loudly

 That everyone can hear it

 Yeah, I promise you don't need to hide it anymore

 Oh, and never be afraid of doing something different

 Dare to be something more

 

Trust the one

 Who's been where you are wishing all it was

 Was sticks and stones

 Yeah, the words cut deep but they don't mean you're all alone

 And you're not invisible

 Hear me out,

 There's so much more of this life than what you're feeling now

 And someday you'll look back on all these days

 And all this pain is gonna be invisible

 

These labels that they give you

 just 'cause they don't understand

 If you look past this moment

 You'll see you've got a friend

 Waving a flag for who you are

 And all you're gonna do

 Yeah, so here's to you

 And here's to anyone who's ever felt invisible

 

Yeah, and you're not invisible

 Hear me out,

 There's so much more to life than what you're feeling now

 And someday you'll look back on all these days

 And all this pain is gonna be invisible

 It'll be invisible

 

Hunter’s next CD “Storyline” on which the song is featured, will be available in May, but the song is available to download as a single. I think this is gonna be a keeper. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for reading and listening, sincerely, Sylvie <3

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