Dumas, Le Grand!

Pour certains et certaines, vous allez trouver que ça m’a pris du temps à écrire ma critique du nouvel album de Dumas quand ça va faire bientôt une semaine que la sortie a eu lieu.

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La raison de ce retard est très simple. Je ne pouvais pas m’arrêter de l’écouter en boucle et d’en être reconnaissant à sa juste valeur vu que je suis une amoureuse de l’art musical.

La qualité sonore, le côté “storytelling” de ses paroles accrocheur et le charme incontournable de Dumas font que cet album est à mon plus humble avis, un des meilleurs albums de 2018.

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Nous avons eu un petit avant-goût la semaine dernière lors de son lancement.

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On en demandait encore plus de temps à être avec lui dans ce beau petit univers qu’il a créé.

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Nous sommes très gâtés puisque le maestro Dumas entame déjà sa tournée.

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Je vais continuer à écouter Nos Idéaux en boucle pour encore un long moment.

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Je suis conquise!

Dumas musique sur Instagram

http://www.dumasmusique.ca

Écrit par Sabine Démosthènes

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The Eliot Effect

I still remember it like it was yesterday, when I heard the song Bohemian Love for the first time.

The voice I heard sounded a little familiar but with something special and unique to it. I couldn’t put my finger on it. I felt like someone had just cast a spell on me, or should I say, into my soul.

The group I Blame Coco was making its way into my musical library. I had everyone from my mother to my colleagues at the office, listening nonstop to my new obsession, Bohemian Love.

But, I had a feeling that Eliot was still searching for her true self.

She seemed to have realizeed it because she said no more to I blame Coco and she started her quest of finding her voice and her true self.

She found it and I love everything about it.

Amen!

Eliot Sumner makes me think of a mix of Patti Smith, PJ Harvey, and of course, her father.

He was one of the members of the group The Police. Maybe you have heard of his solo songs in the 80’s, 90’s and today.

But Eliot is her own person and she is creating her legacy in her own way.

Her 2016 album Information is beautiful jewelry. You can have a taste of Electro-Pop, something synth-rock-like with a psychedelic twist. For me, this is heaven to my ears.

The first song of the album gave me some serious goosebumps and listening to it was so visceral.

Dead Arms and Dead Legs is a masterpiece in its simplicity.

Dead Arms and Dead Legs music video

The rest of the album is a beautiful ride into this world Eliot created.

I’m crossing my fingers that she

will do a little show in Montreal.

She did make it to Toronto in 2017, but maybe we can hope that she will jam with us in our beautiful city for The Santa Teresa Festival or Osheaga.

I fell in love, musically, with another Sumner.

I guess I won’t be the only one.

Eliot Sumner Website

Eliot Sumner Instagram

Written by Sab Demosthenes

France, elle l’a!

Quand tu l’as, tu l’as!

Ella, elle l’a!

Ce je ne sais quoi.

Ce classique de France Gall est une de mes chansons cultes depuis l’âge de 4 ans. Je la chante une ou deux fois par jour dans ma douche, dans ma voiture, dans mon bureau.

Il y a quelques années, je chantais souvent avec une des personnes qui me faisait le plus rire. Une personne que je voyais comme une grande sœur dans ma vie. On se promenait au cimetière qui se trouvait en face de notre université. C’était notre chanson à nous deux.

Un petit moment de nostalgie…

Vous pouvez deviner que ce “Chronicle” est un hommage à France Gall.

Elle a, ce tout petit supplément d’âme…

Cet indéfinissable charme.

Étant un enfant digne des années 80, j’ai connu France Gall en entendant ce tube à la radio francophone à Montréal et en visionnant son vidéoclip sur Musique Plus. Je dansais, je chantais et je croyais à cette hymne même en tant qu’une petite gamine plein d’espoir et d’énergie.

La magie Gall et Berger (Michel Berger) était palpable et spéciale. La magie de la musique et de cet héritage si précieux est qu’elle sera éternellement toujours présente.

L’album Babacar est un incontournable pour moi et grâce à cet album, j’ai pu découvrir ses anciens albums qui sont des classiques comme Paris, France. Comment ne pas souligner son rôle dans Starmania de Luc Plamondon. 1979 fut une année de renaissance pour France et comme on dit en anglais“the rest is history”.

France est une artiste que je trouve qui dégage une énergie fracassante avec délicatesse. Ça peut sembler déconcertant mais je trouve ça captivant. Mais c’est son énergie pour ses causes humanitaires qui font que je l’admire tant.

En ce jeudi 14 décembre 2017, je dédie ce “Chronicle” à cette femme qui l’aura toujours cette étincelle.

France, tu l’as et tu l’auras pour toujours cette petite flamme.

John is still with us.

The first week of December is not the happiest week of this so called magical month.

37 years ago, John Lennon left us. He was on the verge of releasing a brand new album.

He was the ultimate New Yorker, watching the wheels of life pass by with both his sons growing up, his wife by his side, and a new decade to discover.

The wheels stopped rolling on that fatal day. The world stopped rolling too. I wasn’t born yet (3 years later), but my brother was 4 years old and he remembers this day clearly. He remembers my mom crying on the phone, telling someone that John had died. My father was in shock and disbelief.

Since I was probably 4 or 5 years old, I have been a big Beatles fan. This was because of my brother and by accident actually.

Saturday morning, on a sports radio station, there was an oldies music show (ironic). And, while we were playing or he was studying in another room, I was in his bedroom playing with my dolls. I remember the first time I heard The Beatles song “Do You Want to Know a Secret” and my reaction was almost ethereal. I was so taken by the melody and the fact that I was having this reaction. This exact moment was the start of my love story with The Fab Four.

A couple of years later, when I was 7 years old, I watched a movie on TV about John and Yoko. On that Sunday movie night at home, I cried realizing John was no longer with us and someone was really mean and killed him.

My brother, again who is until this day my ultimate teacher, explained to me what happened and why. From that moment, I did the math with the Polytechnique tragedy, and I was so mad.

Again, violence was destroying this world.

But today, I want to focus on John and what he brought in our lives.

He taught us to fight the good fight, even if it is not the most popular one.

He taught us not take ourselves too seriously sometimes.

He taught us that we are not perfect and we all make mistakes. It’s never too late to reconnect with our loved ones.

John wasn’t perfect at all. But, he was a real, beautiful soul. Life wasn’t always easy, especially when he was little.

The Beatles have shown us that we may not have chosen our family, but our friends can become the family we choose.

37 years later, we still imagine a world without anger, without hunger, and without pain.

The scars of his death are still visible. It still hurts. He didn’t choose to leave his body like this. No ones would actually. He didn’t get the chance to see his sons becoming wonderful men, or to grow old with his soulmate.

My favourite John Lennon tribute is by his brother, George.

Let’s enjoy this beautiful tribute.

All those years ago by George Harrison

When George sang you are the reason we exist, gosh my heart is melting and tears are caressing my cheeks.

Let’s remember happy thoughts of John today.

Let’s remember the love story of when a man fell in love with a woman who became his ultimate muse.

Let’s remember his sons, and hope they had good memories, even when sometimes father-son relationships can be tricky.

Let’s remember he got the chance to have 3 more brothers in his life.

And let’s remember he was a working class hero, like the rest of us.

Here my favorite quote of John:

We are ready for Emily Haines and The Soft Skeletons!

We’ve waited a long time for this show.

The wait is over!

Emily Haines

Emily Haines will entertain us December 4th, 2017 at The Sainte-Thérèse Avila Church in Sainte-Therese.

I am like a little kid right now. I’m all excited and I can’t wait to hear songs like Fatal Gift, Legend of the Wild Horses, Statuettes, and many more.

Emily Haines and The Soft SkeletonEmily H.

I wrote a nice chronicle about Emily’s new solo album, Choir of the Mind.

Statuette with Emily Haines

This is how you start the holiday season, with an ethereal and kick-ass concert, in a beautiful venue. What a beautiful gift from Miss Haines!

You can be sure I will be there like the huge fan that I am. Afterwards, yours truly, the Chronicle girl will post some beautiful pictures, and maybe, some surprises on The Chronicle.

It will be an honor to share with you this visceral experience, but I think it will be even more special if “you are in Montreal” you can all join us and be taken away by Emily and her Soft Skeleton, just for one night.

 

I can’t wait to discover this world next Monday!

Emily

Join us!

Emily Haines Website

Santa Teresa Facebook Page

They Will Never Tear Us Apart Michael

”We could live

For a thousand years

But if I hurt you

I’d make wine from your tears

I told you

That we could fly

Because we all have wings

But some of us don’t know why’

Never Tear Us Apart lyrics from the Kick Album 1987

Never Tear Us Apart music video

Michael Hutchence gave me wings. When I saw an INXS videoclip on TV, I wanted so much to be just like him (I know, I was a young girl and he was a man). I wanted to captivate everyone attention like Michael did with mine. I was mystified by him.

M. Hutchence

Michael Hutchence was my ultimate man. I was a big U2, Depeche Mode and New Order but I was a die-hard INXS girl and this is until now.

INXS New Sensation live at Wembley

INXS was part of my youth, my rollercoaster teenage years. But 1997 wasn’t an easy year for me. I was being bullying at school, I still find comfort when I came home or listening to my walkman listening to music and by INXS album on a cassette.

But the music and the dancing seem to have stopped for me on November 22, 1997. My world stop turning one more time when I heard my magical man wasn’t around anymore to make me dance.

Michael

There is no other frontman like Michael and with his brothers, they were unstoppable.

INXS 1988

His magnetism, his sex appeal (oh yeah), his voice and his charisma make him a unique and exceptional singer.

If you are asking what my favourite INXS songs are, it will be hard to answer. They all have a special meaning for me. I may not have been the only person having this dilemma.

INXS Kick

When I watched Michael’s interview, I realize even when I was a child that it is okay to be different and to be wild and free.

Michael Hutchence

He was a free spirit, a wild horse with a sensitive soul. I saw myself in him. I felt less like an outsider.

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When he is singing those lyrics, Mystify, Mystify me! Eternally wild with the power, to make every moment come alive, that is what I’m talking about. You can feel his soul.

20 years without his gentle soul seem like yesterday everything was less magical without him. He did leave a big hole and we still feel it.

INXS

I wish I could thank him to make me want to dance again wishing he was next to me. He did play a big part of my youth and he is even more present in my adulthood.

I will tell you finally my favourite INXS song that I still play in a piano. Here we go!

INXS Beautiful Girl live

Beautiful girl,

Stay with me…

NTUA

INXS official Facebook Page

INXS40 website

INXS Twitter

 

Gord

His death hurt like hell.

Music has always been in my blood, my oxygen. During the beginning of my teenage years, like a lot of teenagers, it wasn’t an easy. Listening to The Hip on CHOM Radio (thank you CHOM, you saved my life) and absorbing Gord’s mystical, authentic lyrics;it gave me courage to be true to myself and to be proud of who I am.

Now, I’m closing my eyes, listening to the classic Hip song “Ahead by a Century” from their 2005 album Yer Favourites.

Ahead by a Century

This album was one of my favorite albums of all time. I wish I could sing really loudly on the train, but I must restrain myself.

I’m happy!

 

I’m happy that the legacies from these amazing poets, musicians, composers, and just generally amazing human beings from our generation will forever be part of our lives. There will always be a kid that will look back in curiosity and discover these treasures.

I’m happy that The Hip was and is part of my life, until I am no longer part of this world.

The Hip

Gord, I wish I could have thanked you for being a positive ray of light in my life, and in everyone’s lives. When I watched the last Hip show, we were all united. We all said thank you, finally.

Here some words of wisdom from Gord:

Gord

Music is the ultimate medium for expressions of love, and those expressions find a beautiful backdrop in the environment. Music is also a popular rallying point — at its central core, it’s a way for people to get in touch with the best parts of themselves and to voice the love in their hearts. And the environment is one of the great loves of our lives — when we think of the best parts of ourselves, the environment is always there, informing us, as a backdrop.”

We will meet again!

http://www.secretpath.ca

http://www.thehip.com

 

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