Advice for the young at heart

Dear Beyoncé fans,

Yes, you guys, even other celebrities.

I would like to address my concerns about your sanity.

Fan mania

Back in the day, we were amazed when Michael Jackson moonwalked his way across the stage at every concert. We were the generation that wanted to be the epitome of cool. We were a Wu-Tang Nation, a Tribe Called Quest Squad. The Brandy and Monica drama was our lunchtime discussion, no hashtags required. Whitney and Mariah were the Diva Queens, but we were reminded that they too were human and flawed. Not the goddesses of planet Earth.

Today, it seems Beyoncé is the only being a walking supreme Mother Earth mother and everything she does is worshipped like she was the Messiah.

Bey

There are some problems guys…

Did she find a cure for any disease? Did she create a new technology with the purpose to give people a better life? Did she fight the good fight, to relentlessly bring justice to the less fortunate?

No.

She is an entertainer, a good one. I do respect her dedication to entertaining us mortals, but that’s it. I respected her more when she was keeping her life more private. Now, all I see is a brand, not a human being.

Madonna, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Cindy Lauper, Joan Jett, Reba McEntire, Bonnie Raitt, Salt’n’Pepa, MC Lite and Lauryn Hill were the ultimate warrior women in the music industry. Yes, they were admired for the passion they brought to their art and that was pretty much it.

I’m tired of reading about or listening to people that put Beyoncé on a pedestal like she was the next best thing after the creation of Nutella (I love Nutella – my life depends on it). I feel even worse when I read about other celebrities acting like total stupid groupies.

Come on, have some self-respect.

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To the Beyhive crazy crowd, please chill out. I mean it.

She is not a God. She is an entertainer, one that may take herself a little too seriously (remember the pregnancy pictures of her twins, last year’s Grammy performance with the Mother Mary theme, her Lemonade video clip, and many other examples, unfortunately).

Beyoncé Mother Mary

I still believe she could be a really cool person to hang out with, but you guys are not obligated to be fanatics and idolize her. Admiring her accomplishments as an entertainer, ok, but being a crazy-ass fanatic, hell no!

Beyoncé is a human being, like the rest of us. She is not perfect. I want to see a bit more authenticity from her through sharing less of her private life. By not making a grand spectacle of her every outing with the crazy outfits and the entourage.

Damn, could she be more like Tina Turner?

Tina Turner

Be the big diva on stage and give everything you got, but after, please just be human.

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So Beyhave’s army, you may want to send me some hateful emails and I guess you will put my name on your blacklist, but please, consider my advice to you, the young at heart.

Just breathe.

Fan Mania

Written by Sabine Demosthenes

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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

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.

Michael H

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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Wildflowers Forever

Yesterday was one of the saddest days for probably everyone. But, I wasn’t expecting such a sudden goodbye from one of the men that helped shape my life with his music, his wisdom, and his southern kindness.

Tom Petty

Tom Petty passed away, surrounded by his family and love ones, last night.

Music was and still is my savior. Growing up, his songs, along with my ultimate song goddess, Stevie Nicks, helped give me the feeling of being a free spirited little girl, when really I was more of an introvert, an outsider to my peers.

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Tom was part of my musical therapy, especially in the magical band The Traveling Wilburys.

the Traveling Wilburys

The world seems a little more helpless without Tom in it. He was always “gently sweeping his guitar” in a beautiful way.

Tom and his guitar

He made it okay to be wild and free.

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This is my favorite quote from him:

Tom Petty and his words of wisdom

http://www.tompetty.com/

Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Dhani Harrison and Prince

En parallèle avec Dhani Harrison

L’album tant attendu de Dhani Harrison frappera très bientôt à nos portes.

DH Cover

Juste à écouter la chanson Admiral of Upside Down, vous vous sentez transportés dans le passé de Abbey Road et vous faites également un voyage dans le futur.

Dhani a le don de marier l’influence paternelle et son propre son à lui.

Il fait preuve d’une imagination psychédélique contagieuse.

Sa voix, ses riffs de guitare et ses textes sont une pure réflexion de son père. Mais il nous fait voir qu’il est capable de marier plusieurs sonorités et de styles qui rendent unique.

Dhani Harrison

J’ai vraiment découvert Dhani en écoutant l’album posthume de son père “Brainwashed”. Il a co-réalisé l’album avec le grand Jeff Lynne. J’ai aimé la simplicité de l’album et même un peu sa fragilité.

Neuf ans plus tard, dès que j’ai écouté une de leur chanson sur une station de radio universitaire, je suis tombée amoureuse du groupe TheNewNo2.

Newno2

Leur album The Fear of Missing Out reste un incontournable pour moi. J’ai été conquise dès la première chanson de l’album qui s’intitule ”Station”.

En étant une fan incontournable de George Harrison, le fait que je retrouve ce même réconfort quand j’écoute les chansons de Dhani est un beau cadeau de la vie.

Je peux vous garantir que son nouvel album sera un succès. Les mélomanes de ce monde auront beaucoup de plaisir à entrer dans son monde.

Il débutera sa tournée américaine en novembre prochain avec un premier spectacle à New York.

Dhani

En espérant qu’il donnera un concert dans notre belle métropole. Si l’occasion s’y présente, j’y serai à ce spectacle et je vous réserverai quelques surprises.

Dans ce monde qui ressemble à un drôle de tourbillon par des artistes superficielles, c’est rafraîchissant d’écouter un artiste comme Dhani Harrison.

 

À travers l’album Parallel, l’artiste semble être dans une quête qui donne envie de l’accompagner.

Admiral of Upside Down Audio

http://dhaniharrison.com/Dhani Harrison new album