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:

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Beautiful Olivia

I remember the first time I saw Olivia Harrison and it’s seem it was like yesterday… It was when I first saw the videoclip ”Real Love ”from The Fab Four on tv.

 

I saw how lovingly she was looking at her husband. The kindness of this look was a beautiful thing to witness.

To me, Olivia is a warrior. A warrior of her husband’s legacy. A warrior of bringing light into the hearts of many people with The Material World Foundation.

Olivia Harrison and Shankar Family

I really admire her humility. If you haven’t had the chance to watch ”The Leaving in a Material World” documentary she co-produced with Martin Scorsese, it really is one of the best documentaries you will see. Especially if you are a fan of George Harrison or even if you are a fan of watching documentaries.

She was blunt but delicate. There is no bullshit with Olivia and I love it when someone doesn’t take any crap. In 1999, she was clearly was a fearless warrior when that horrible home invasion happened.

This week, the Thursday Maestro goes to this wonderful lady who is contributing, in her own way, to making the world a better place with her philanthropy, her spirituality, and her gentle soul.

 

 

Peace.

One of my favorite song

So Far, So Good

I couldn’t wait the six months anniversary of The Chronicle to do this little video.

This spring has been very enlightening and new collaborations and friendship has been made.

The best is yet to come for The C. Let’s continue to have fun and to discover new bands, new artists, talking about the world of Pop Culture, living and breathing our passion for sports ( yesss Golden States are the champs).

Ok back to the main topic. Here a nice throwback spring moment.

Enjoy!

 

Maestro Martin

This week Chronicle Maestro is a man that I deeply admire and I fell in love with his work at the end of the year 2006.

He is his father son and he is his own man with a mission. He want us as music lovers to focus on the sound of a recording record with a better musically ears with Sonos.

Giles Martin Sonos

He made us fall in love all over again with Sgt. Pepper remastering is a masterpiece. With his father, he create one of the most visceral, ethereal and imaginative soundtrack of all time for one of the best show I saw in my life. All you need is LOVE..

Father and Son

Giles Martin have the passion for create and orchestrating in the studio music that will be the soundtrack of our lives. And he   want us to hear music as he does hear it at the studio.

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I always been very fascinated by the process of making a record. My father had a record shop when I was really young.

At home, my brother and I would spend so many times listening and analyzing a song. A passion was born from the get go.

Always near our favorite instrument

Like me, Giles on a very different scale but parallel learn from the master. Sir George Martin couldn’t be a better professor for Giles and a mentor.

They had such a beautiful father and son chemistry on and off the studio.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL MARTIN

I wish one day I could sit down and see this Maestro in action in his musical laboratory.

Giles and Paul

Here come the son!

Thank you Giles.

50 ans avec le Sergent Pepper

Hier vu l’anniversaire de cet album mythique de la culture pop.

Sgt Pepper

Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band pour certains fut l’album qui a déterminé une nouvelle ère musicale.

À mon humble avis, autant que je considère que c’est un très bon album mais pour moi, ça toujours Revolver et Rubber Soul qui seront les albums qui nous ont averti que le meilleur serait à venir.

Abstraction de cette paranthèse, l’idée de Paul de créer un groupe qui ne sont pas les Beatles fut une idée du génie à l’époque.

The band

Within You Whitout You me fait toujours rêver.

George H. and his sitar

La sitar est exquise et les violons également. Un classique! La passion de George se ressent pour ce beau instrument qui est la sitar.

While is Sitar Gently Weeps

A Day In a Life est à mon avis la meilleure chanson de John Lennon. I heard the news today oh boy… Chapeau à George Martin pour la production et l’orchestration de ce chef d’œuvre.

Maestro Martin and Sir Lennon

Indémodable, indestructible et indispensable comme album pour tous les mélomanes de ce monde.

SPLHC

http://sgtpepper.thebeatles.com