Blue One Love-15th Anniversary (UK Release)

November 4, 2017, marks the 15th anniversary of Blue’s second album One Love. This album features the singles One Love, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (featuring Elton John), and U Make Me Wanna. One Love is primarily a dance album, with the timeless style of Brit Pop. It also has the classic subjects of love and heartbreak.

There are romantic songs such as One Love and U Make Me Wanna. Flexin’, Get Down, and Like a Friend are also passionate.
Dance music primarily dominates the album. The songs with a dance beat are Riders, She Told Me, Right Here Waiting, Ain’t Got You, Supersexual, Privacy and Invitation.
The songs that cover the subject of heartbreak are Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (featuring Elton John) and Don’t Treat Me Like a Fool.

The singles of this album are my favourite songs, but I also enjoyed the songs Riders and Don’t Treat like a Fool.

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Princess Diana- 20th Anniversary.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s passing. It’s hard to believe that it has been 20 years.

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I admit that I don’t remember much of the news because I was a kid. I do remember one thing though: a display of large portraits of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed at a Hemley’s, a British Boutique where I saw flowers and plushes people left behind. It was during my trip to London, in April 1998.  I didn’t realize until now, the scale of this tragedy. I also remember Elton John’s song Candle in the Wind.

Elton John’s Candle in the Wind describes how many of us felt the days following her passing.  Princess Diana leaves behind an incredible legacy. She was a devoted humanitarian to important causes such as a cure for HIV/AIDS. She was also the “People’s Princess”.

Rest in Peace Princess Diana

 

Dirty Dancing: 30th Anniversary

30 years ago today, the iconic movie Dirty Dancing came out in theatres. The movie stars the late Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.  Kenny Ortega was the choreographer for this film. Many of you many know as the choreographer for the High School Musical. This is an 80s classic that was the phenomenon of the time. The title was controversial for the time, but not to worry.

The story is simple, yet fascinating.  A young girl Baby, whose name is Frances (Jennifer Grey) grows up to be a woman. She falls in love with Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze).  Her father (Jerry Orbach) didn’t approve of their relationship at first, but warms up to Johnny eventually

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“Nobody puts Baby in a corner”- Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze)

The dancing in this movie was so fun to watch. The music is incredible in this movie. My favourite songs are The Time of my LifeShe’s Like the Wind. Patrick Swayze’s voice when he sang She’s Like the Wind was smooth and soulful. I saw this movie a while back, not too long after Patrick Swayze passed away. I really enjoyed it, even if some might say it’s “cheesy”.  I saw the movie again around the time of Valentine’s Day, and I enjoyed it.

Enjoy the film again, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the film.

Performed by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Performed by Eric Carmen

 

Performed by Patrick Swayze

 

Canada 150 celebrations on Parliament Hill

It was a joy to watch the celebrations for Canada 150. I loved the speeches today, including that of our Prime Minister. 🙂

My focus is the music, however. The performances of Native music were incredible. Marie-Mai was also amazing. It was nice to see her perform. The song Différent celebrates diversity. I didn’t expect it. Seeing Shania Twain was another epic surprise.

I hope you all a pleasant Canada 150 celebrations.

Happy Canada Day 150!

30 years since Dalida’s Passing

It’s been 30 years since Dalida passed away. She left behind an incredible legacy and music. Dalida sang in many languages including French and Arabic.  She had a powerful voice that can’t be forgotten.  Her best hits include Helwa Ya Baladi (My Beautiful Country), Gigi L’Amoroso, Il venait d’avoir18 ans (He just turned 18).

 

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I heard about her music when I was about 10 years old, when we bought her best hits CD that had her main hits in French. I became fascinated with her music. In recent years, I learned about her personal life that she faced tragedies in her life. Unfortunately, she passed away at a young age.

Dalida was born in Egypt, but she was of Italian origin. She lived in Egypt until 1954, when she moved to Paris. She achieved success in France and all over Europe in the 1950s. Dalida was an actress. She had quite a few interesting films, including the movie The Sixth Day. However, she was more famous as a singer than an actress. Dalida had remakes and covers of songs by other artists including Pour te Dire Je t’aime (To tell you that I love you) which is a French version of the song  I just Called to Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder. Her music had so many musical styles and rhythms. She knew how to sing, dance, and entertain the crowd. From the many videos I’d seen, it looked like people had a wonderful watching her perform. She sang with so many famous artist such as Julio Iglesias, Claude François, and Johnny Hallyday.
As mentioned before, it’s so sad that she died so young.

 

My favourite songs are Salma ya Salama, Ahsan Nas, Gigi L’Amoroso, Laissez-moi danser.

Rest in peace Dalida.

 

Dalida Salma ya Salama (French version)

 

Dalida- Parole, Parole featuring Alain Delon

 

Salama ya Salama (Arabic version)

Throwback Thursdays: 40 years since Abdel Halim Hafez’s passing

Abdel Halim Hafez was a legend in the Classic Arabic music scene. He was also a fantastic actor. He was known for his roles in musical films such as Lahn El Wafa’ (The Music of Loyalty), Ayyamna al-Helwa (Our Beautiful Days), Banat El Yom (The Girls of Today), Share’ El Hob (The Street of Love).

The songs Abdel Halim sang in his movies combine classic Arabic music with Pop music. However when he performed in concerts, it was purely the Classical Arabic music. They always included an incredible group of the world’s best musicians. Abdel Halim Hafez’s concerts were spectacular from what I’ve read about him. His final song, which he performed before his passing was Qari’at Al Fingan (The coffee fortune-teller). The lyrics were from a poem written by the late Nizar Qabbani, a famous Syrian poet. Abdel Halim Hafez died so young, at the age of 47, from Bilharzia, a waterborne illness on March 30, 1977. He was the first Romantic singer in the world of Arabic music; he was a pioneer.Ahafez

He was the first Arab singer whose music interested me very much. It was after seeing the movie Share’ El Hob (The Street of Love) which co-starred the late singer Sabah. When I heard the songs he sang for this movie, I fell in love with his music immediately. His music interested me before any of the contemporary Arab artists. It’s always exciting for me to watch his films or videos of his concerts, because I get to hear the most incredible music in the history of Middle Eastern music. His films always including songs, which complemented the story of the movie very well.

He knew how to play a variety of instruments, including the following: oboe, drums, piano, oud, clarinet and guitar.

It’s hard to pick favourites, because there are so many incredible songs to choose from. They include Ahwak (Loving you), Ala Ad El Sho’ (As much as the longing), Betlomooni Leih (Why do you blame me), Gana El Hawa (The mood struck us), Sawwah (Wanderer), Tobah (repentance or never again)*

On a side note:
Abdel Halim Hafez’s real name is Abdel Halim Ali Shabana. In 1953, he was heard by Hafez Abdel Wahab, a supervisor of musical programming for and Egyptian national radio. He used ‘Hafez’ for his professional last name, as a way to honour Hafez Abdel Wahab, whose patronage helped Abdel Halim achieve success.

* Translation is based on my understanding of the song.