5th Anniversary Release: Wilfred Le Bouthillier “Je Poursuis Ma Route.”

September 30, 2013, Wilfred Le Bouthillier release his fourth album Je Poursuis Ma Route (I Pursue My Path). It was a successful album according to reviews. In this album, Wilfred Le Bouthillier tells stories about his personal life, including one where he talks about how much his son has grown and loves his son’s view on life. It’s a mix of musical genres: pop and folk. Wilfred Le Bouthillier composed and wrote many of his songs.


My Silent Bravery’s Summer EP Willing to Try-Chapter 1

My Silent Bravery released two EPs this Summer entitled Willing to Try Chapters 1 & 2. Willing to Try Volume 1 has an overall feel of Summer fun, nostalgia, and romance. The four songs of the album are Got It Going On, Hearts Breakdown, 18, and Girl You Think You Know.

The lyrics have quality and profound meaning to them. The stories are relatable and beautiful. The presence of the guitar is incredible!!

Got It Going On and 18 are happy and cheerful songs. Got It Going On is an optimistic tune that cheers you up. The story is about a guy who lives his life with confidence and happiness. I like the feeling of owning my life. The song 18 is my favourite song of the EP. It tells the story of a guy remembers what it was like to be 18. There’s a feeling of nostalgia to which many can relate. In this song, the references are from the 80s, such as Patrick Swayze.

Hearts Breakdown and Girl You Think Know are sad, but sweet songs. Hearts Breakdown tells the story of a guy who struggles with the relationships, which is relatable to many. In relationships, one can wear his or her heart on her sleeve. Love is an abstract emotion and makes us do crazy stuff. Logic is “thrown out” the window. Hearts Breakdown describes how hard and challenging relationships are, especially when there’s a risk of it ending. The song The Girl You Think You Know talks about a nice girl who faces challenges in her life, which isn’t common knowledge while putting on a brave face. It’s something that is relatable. We have one face that we allow people to see, and then we have the “real” face that we keep hidden.


Single Saturdays: Marie-Mai – Je Décolle

French-Canadian singer Marie-Mai has released a new single entitled Je Décolle (I’m starting). The story is about a woman who develops the courage overcome her fear and doubt she previously felt.

The music is a combination of the following genres: Pop and Dance. The beat of the song has an intensity that compliments the lyrics. The rhythm of the music has a stop and go effect during the chorus that’s incredible. The song ends with the sound of the violin fading into the background.

The lyrics are words of empowerment, which is an inspiration for a woman who seeks freedom and the courage to let go of her past. There’s a sense of strength and independence. These qualities shine through and prove to wrong those never to doubt a strong woman.

Marie-Mai’s voice has evolved over the years, especially since Star Académie. Her voice is richer in sound and stronger than ever. She always impresses me with every song she sings.
I look forward to her next album, coming this Fall.

Single Saturdays: Amr Diab – Yetalemo

Amr Diab has released another song from the album Kol Hayaty (All My Life) entitled Yetalemo (They’re Learning)*. The song tells the story of a man who falls in love at first sight.

The music of Yetalemo reminds of Amr Diab’s older material from the late 90s and early 2000s. The instruments heard in this song are Qanun and Darabukka (Egyptian Tabla- chalice drum). I believe there’s also the subtle sound of a Loud. The combination of the sounds of these musical instruments creates a joyful and fun tune.
Amr Diab’s voice is smooth and consistent. It’s in sync with the music. The quality of his voice has gotten greater over time. He impresses every time I hear him sing.

The lyrics have incredible rhymes throughout the song. There are poetic techniques that give the tune its richness such as repetition and personification. The examples of recurrence are repeating the word Yetalemo and Adda (transmitted). At the beginning of each verse, you can hear the word Yetalemo, which emphasizes the subject of how people will learn about how his attraction to his love interest is getting stronger.

Yetalemo is the fifth single for Amr Diab. The album Kol Hayaty will be released October 3, 2018.

*The translation or understanding of the lyrics is approximate and interpreted by the blogger.

Single Saturdays: Nancy Ajram-Badna Nwalee El Jaw

Nancy Ajram has released a new single entitled “Badna Nwalee El Jaw” (We want to create a pleasant atmosphere)*. The song is about celebrating a joyful event such as a wedding or a party in general. I can imagine bellydancers in some of those events.

The music has a mix of traditional Arabic music (folk-style music) and pop music. It makes one want to get up and dance. The style of the song reminds of the music of the late Sabah and Ragheb Alama, especially in the 70s and 80s, for both artists. There’s a nostalgic feel to it.

Nancy Ajram’s voice reminds me of two amazing singers Sabah and Asmahan, a mix of both. It has an old-fashioned style to her singing style in this song. Her voice compliments the music quite nicely. The way she sings is new and refreshing and just as incredible as her other songs.

The lyrics are full of joy and optimism. When I hear the words of this song, I think about classic Arabic songs from Abdel Halim Hafez to Ragheb Alama.

Single Saturdays: Moustafa Amar – Yekhreb Aqlak Bahebak

Egyptian singer Moustafa Amar has released a new single entitled “Yekhreb Aqlak Bahebak” (Overwhelming Your Mind with Love)*. The song is about a new relationship and the excitement that’s associated with this feeling.

The music is subtle in the beginning then becomes more present after the first verse. It’s a mix of Arabic music with Modern pop. Some parts have a dance feel to it. The dance part starts when Moustafa Amar sings the chorus the first time around.
Moustafa Amar’s voice is high-pitch but in a controlled manner. The rhythm of his voice is consistent and in sync with the music of the song. It goes deep when he sings the lyrics before the chorus. His voice is distinct and unforgettable.

The lyrics are simple, yet catchy. The verses are more detailed than the chorus. The words of the song rhyme in a smooth fashion. It is a romantic tune, regardless of the simplicity of the lyrics. The words focus on love at first sight. There aren’t any metaphors or similes, but it doesn’t take away the essence of the song.

Single Saturdays: Bastian Baker-Stay

Swiss popstar Bastian Baker has released a new single entitled Stay. It’s a song about the challenges of relationships.

The music of “Stay” has a style of 70s music, mixed with beats of 90s techno music. Clapping of hands can be heard in the background. The composition of the song is fantastic.

Bastian Baker experiments with his vocals when he sings in a lower and deeper register when he sings the verses. In the chorus, however, he sings with a high-pitch voice that reminds of BeeGees’ Barry Gibb. There’s a softness to his voice, which gives an effect of whispering at times. The whistling in the background compliments the music nicely.

The lyrics are incredible! The poetry style in this song reminds of poetry reading or poetry slams, regarding how Bastian Baker sings the words, subtly combined with the music. Before the chorus, he repeats the words in the background, which is a stylistic detail that I find interesting.

Bastian Baker’s self-titled fourth album will be out in the North America October 26, 2018.

Single Saturdays: BRDGS-All My Friends

Canadian singer BRDGS has released a new single entitled All My Friends. It’s a song that tells the story of a guy who feels like he’s falling behind in life, in comparison to his friends. However, he seems to accept that later on in the song. I recently attended my 10-year High School Reunion, which had me thinking of this song. It was also a reminder of how my friends and I are at different stages in our lives, and it’s okay.

The style of the song reminds me of 90’s/early 2000’s Pop music, especially N’Sync and Backstreet Boys. There’s a nostalgic feel to it. The rhythm of the music has a beat-box style to it. Then, there’s a pause before the chorus, which is brief, but effective.
BRDGS’ voice is solid and distinct. His voice goes a bit high-pitch but in a smart manner. He sings along with the music with impeccable timing. His voice blends into the background in the beginning and before the last verse. It’s quite interesting.

The lyrics have a rhythm that flows naturally and effortlessly even. The words may rhyme in the traditional sense, but they do have similar effects in how they sound. It starts negatively, and then it ends on a hopeful. Enjoy life to the fullest! That is my interpretation of these lyrics.