Mirage- Song About Autism Awareness

Today marks the day to raise awareness about autism. A touching song entitled Mirage performed by Yann Perreau, Patrice Michaud, and Emmanuel Bilodeau in French.

This song shows how everyone deserves and needs to be loved. It has a poetic feel to it, as well as tenderness. It’s essential to treat Autistic children with respect and dignity, which they deserve.

Bravo to the three men who sang this song from their hearts.

To donate, text BENJAMIN to 45678.

Let’s end the stigma of Autism NOW!

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Flashback Fridays-Tribute to France Gall

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January 7, 2018, French Music Icon France Gall passed away this week at the age of 70. She rose to fame in the 60s & 70s.
Her most famous hits include “Ella elle l’a”.

Her music had an impact on French pop culture. She won the  Eurovision contest in 1965. That was the start of an incredible career. Although, I didn’t know much of her music. I realize the significance of her musical talent and she leaves behind an amazing legacy.

Rest in Peace France Gall.

Celine Dion “Encore Un Soir”

Country: Canada
Genre(s): Pop
Experience: 1980-Present

Celine Dion’s latest album Encore Un Soir  is amazing!  It’s an album filled with optimism and hope. I have listened to the deluxe edition and it’s incredible. The bonus tracks are

The composition of the music is incredible. The melodies are beautiful and rhythmic. There’s a variety of musical styles and tempos. Celine Dion’s voice compliments the music very well. The overall tempo in the album is slow pace.  Les yeux au ciel and A vous  have a faster tempo, giving it an interesting dynamic.

The lyrics are poetic and have lovely rhythm to them. The first example is “Si c’était à refaire” is an emotional song that’s really touching. Ordinaire is sentimental and filled with raw emotion. It’s not a sad album at all. It’s filled with emotion, but there’s a sense of hope and optimism. Encore Un Soir is a bittersweet song, because it was the first single since the passing of her late husband Rene Angelil. A la plus haute branche is also a song that’s bittersweet. There’s a sense of searching oneself, but also hope to continue living life to the fullest, so L’étoile. Trois Heures Vingt I like because of how it has the feel of the 90s music.  Her most optimistic songs are My Faille, Les Yeux au Ciel,  Le Bonheur en face, Ma force,  Je nous veux, and Plus qu’ailleurs.

My favourite songs are Encore Un Soir,  L’étoile, Je nous veux, Les yeux au ciel, Trois Heures Vingt
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Maxime McGraw’s Latest Single On n’y peut rien

Genre: Pop/Folk
Country: Canada

Maxime McGraw’s latest single “On n’y peut rien” (There’s nothing we can do)  is a song about life in general. It talks about the challenges and struggles people face everyday

Maxime McGraw’s voice is deep, smooth and distinctive. It’s also consistent. The music is also very smooth. There’s a folkloric beat that I really enjoy. There’s the feel of Acadie (Acadia, a region in New Brunswick) in it. That’s my point of view. 😉 The music fading towards the end is well done.  The tempo increases at gradual rate, which allows the listener to appreciate the song even more.

When I first heard this song, I wasn’t sure what it was about. When I read the lyrics, I had a better understand of what the lyrics meant. It talks about the general struggles of life.  However, there is hope and resilience, despite the hardships people face. Whatever is meant to be will happen and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. It’s a song of self-reflection.  I really appreciated this song after I understood the lyrics.

Elisa Tovati’s Single “Take Me Far Away” (Me and My Robot)

Genre: Pop,
Country: France

Elisa Tovati has released a new single entitled “Take me Far Away” that has a summer feel, which is much needed. To Canadian readers, you may have heard of Elisa Tovati, when she sang a duet with Canadian and Acadian singer Wilfred LeBouthillier the song “Tu es Tout” (You are everything). I’ve heard her music. She always has the sense of mystery to her songs. The interpretation is up to you.

This song is in French, but the chorus is in English, which isn’t done often. The use of French and English is done smoothly.  The oriental music is interesting, and compliments the pop music of this song. It also reminds of the meditation music I like to listen to when I need to recharge my batteries, especially the music heard in spas. Her soft voice compliments this feeling very nicely. She sounds calm and ready to get away.

This song gives me the feeling of wanting to travel at the spur of a moment, to be spontaneous. This give the song a sense of adventure and romance. One wishes they could just pack up and travel, and even go off the grid.

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Ariane Brunet’s Latest Album “Stella”

Country: Canada
Genre(s):Francophone Music, Pop, Jazz ( some)
Date of release: April 1, 2016

Ariane Brunet released her third album “Stella”. The mix of pop and jazz is well done. It’s not an easy combination.  It’s complimentary to the album “Fusée”, which came out in 2013. Her voice is beautiful and smooth, it goes beyond expectations. She pushes the envelope with her voice. Incredible!   

The music on the album is slow and reminds of lounge music. It’s an album one listens to at the end of a long day. There’s a jazz-like beat to most of the songs on this album. The music is amazing. The sound of drums is an interesting twist. Sometimes her voice is the music! That’s impressive. The song where that happen is “Si je reviens”. The lyrics take centre stage over the music. I noticed an electric beat that gives the song an interesting touch to it. This album’s songs have many music genres, yet they compliment each other and flow at a perfect rhythm.

“Y croire” has a bohemian/folk  sound to it, which is not something I’ve heard before in Ariane Brunet’s music. It’s an optimistic song that gives a sense of hope.

Lumiere has a nice dance beat that’s similar to the disco of the 70’s mixed with contemporary music. It’s also very romantic and fun.  Ta Parade also has jazz beat that also gets people dancing. These are main songs that have a dance beat to them.  Her other romantic songs are  “Fais-moi tourner encore”, “Nos chapeaux”, and “Avant”. “Temoin” tells a sweet story  a couple looking back at their relationship.  “Nos Chapeaux” is descriptive and tells a lovely story of a happy couple.

“Tu joues” and “Perdre goût” are songs related to heartbreak. In both songs, she expresses how she feels fed up and is ready to walk away from a bad relationship, which takes courage. “Ciel” is a sad story about a young woman who’s feeling heartbreak. It’s deep and beautifully written. Her sad songs are very touching  

My favourite songs in the album are: “Fais-moi tourner encore”, “Y Croire”, and “Nos Chapeaux”, “Lumiere”, “Ta parade”

Nicola Ciccone’s Latest Album “Esprit Libre”

Country:  Canada
Musical genre(s): Pop, Country (some)
Years of experience: 1999-present

Nicola Ciccone’s latest album “Esprit Libre” is very well-done album. All of the songs are written and composed by Nicola Ciccone.  There’s that richness and poetic feel to the lyrics, which is what Ciccone is known for. His metaphors are quite present in this album.

The most vibrant song is  Dolce Vita, a celebration of life and it makes you want to dance. I imagine myself in either little Italy in Montreal or Italy. He sings some verses in Italian, a way to show he’s in touch with his Italian origins.

The song that touched me the most was “Oh toi mon père”. This song talk about the passing of Nicola Ciccone’s father, a few months before the release of this album. Subject of losing a loved one is never an easy topic, which demonstrates telling loved ones we care about them is important. Another touching song is “L’infirmière”, which tells a story about how nurses work very hard in helping the injured and the sick. It also demonstrates the importance of the hard work the women and men put into their job of being a nurse.

“Quand on joue avec le feu” and “Les bon gars finissent dernier” are country songs. It’s not the first time he sings country. He pulls it off quite nicely, for a singer who sings mainly pop music. I love the humour in these songs. They definitely made me smile.

“Cette chanson-là, elle jouera pas à la radio” is a significant song about the French language being in danger of fading. This is especially significant for Quebec culture because French is the official language of the province.

Nicola Ciccone knows how to write about a variety of subjects with poetry and passion. His songs are fun and romantic. Also, they always have a personal touch to them that makes audience feel as though they know him. This is the case with Esprit Libre, an album that is deep and makes feel different emotions throughout the 10 songs.

My favourite songs from this album are: J’veux pas mourir avant d’être mort, Esprit Libre  La Dolce Vita,  “Quand on joue avec le feu”.

Additional Information-Links

Nicola Ciccone receives his copy of the album (in French only)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJdSbF8Hzk8

Nicola Ciccone’s Youtube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/matita999