Single Saturdays: Laurence St-Martin – Sans Toi

Canadian signer Laurence St-Martin has released a new single entitled Sans Toi (Without You). It’s about a girl who loves her significant other but at times feels like he drives her crazy.

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Single Saturdays: Lili-Ann De Francesco – Au travers des ombres

Canadian singer Lili-Ann De Francesco has a single entitled Au Travers des Ombres (Across the shadows). It’s a love song about a girl who thinks about reuniting with her love but has reservations.

The music has a lovely smooth rhythm that is dream-like and romantic. John Nathaniel composed the song. There are stop-beats at times, then it switched to a natural flow. The combination of two is phenomenal, giving a nice touch to the composition.

Lili-Ann De Francesco, Mariane Cossette-Bacon, and John Nathaniel wrote “Au Travers des Ombres. The symbolism and metaphors give the song essence. The girl describes “being lost in thought”, which represents the chaos in her mind. Time is another symbol that demonstrates how it affects one’s life especially in the world of love. The shadows are a metaphor for obstacles that make it difficult to get back on track. The lyrics are well-written and structured in the following way AA BB. There’s movement in this song.

The song “Au Travers Des Ombres” is available. Enjoy!

 

Heartstreets’ First Studio Album Why Makes Sense

Canadian duo Heastreets has released their first studio album “Why Makes Sense.” The overall themes of the record are about the journey through and embracing one’s identity.

The music of this album is a mix of R&B and Soul. It’s rich in melodies and has a great rhythm to the composition of the record. The sound of the album is soothing with a mix of a fast & slow beat. In some songs, the beat is upbeat and cheerful while other tunes have a contemplative sound to them. This album has three parts to it. The interludes are segues between the sections and give the album an exciting dynamic. The intervals remind me of Janet Jackson’s album Rhythm Nation 1814 in the way the album is structured. The music is remarkable.

Gab Godon and Emma Beko’s voices compliment each other nicely. Gab Godon has a sound that’s high pitch and soft. Emma Beko’s voice is deep and husky. It’s a nice contrast when they sing together. Each singer performs her part in a song without overlap. Gab Godon and Emma Beko sing in tune with the music. Impressive! The songs have music that reminds me of the 90s with hits like Waterfalls and No Scrubs by TLC, as well as Aaliyah First You Don’t Succeed.

The songs have incredible lyrics with raw emotion. The words describe personal experiences, making it genuine and authentic. They also have words that are thought-provoking. The structure of the songs is incredible and has a smooth flow.

The album “Why Makes Sense” is now available. Enjoy!

 

 

Single Saturdays: Olivier Dion – Kinda Love (French Version)

Canadian and Quebecois singer Olivier Dion has released a new single entitled Kinda Love. It’s a love story about a relationship that’s simple as well as beautiful.

The musical genre of this song is pop. The slow beat of the piano gives the tune a romantic feel to it. Plus there’s a nice “stop” effect that provides the song with an impressive touch. After the chorus, the beat of the music goes up in tempo, then back to slow, sleekly.

Olivier Dion’s voice is thick, smooth and rich. He knows how to reach the high note at the right moment. He sings in tune with the beat. When he sings “juste un regard me suffit” (Just one look is enough), he whispers. It’s impressive!

The lyrics are in French and English. The verses, Olivier Dion, sings in French, then the chorus in English. The switch from one language to another is flawless. There’s a use of symbols and repetition. The light (la lumière) is a representation of finding one’s way in life, especially a love of a significant other. The phrase “juste un regard me suffit,” is repeated for an effect of emphasis. The song Kinda Love is well-written.

Kinda Love (French Version) is now available. Enjoy!

Single Saturdays: Justine Blanchet – Strong

Canadian singer Justine Blanchet has released her debut single Strong. It’s a song about overcoming obstacles in life, especially when it feels impossible. The tune has a message of empowerment and determination.

The music has a mix of Country and Pop. The song starts with a catchy beat that compliments the lyrics nicely. The sound of the guitar is incredible and gives the song a nice touch to it. Emerson Drive guitarist Yann Bélanger produced the song. The composition has incredible structure- with smooth changes in musical tempo.

Justine Blanchet’s voice is strong but gentle reminding me of the vocal styles of Shania Twain, Faith Hill, and Alanis Morrisette. Justine Blanchet sings with great rhythm and follows the music flawlessly.

Justine Blanchet co-wrote with Jennifer Rae Camche the words to this empowering song. The lyrics of Strong have words with symbolic meaning. The mountains, the storms and rain represent the challenges one faces in life, including doubts and fears. However, there are positive symbols. The ray of hope represents optimism and positivity. The sky is a symbol of a whirl of possibilities that life has to offer. Looking straight ahead represents the future and what it holds. When I listen to this song, I feel that the lyrics boost morale and confidence.

The single Strong is now available. Enjoy!

Single Saturdays: Robby Johnson – Better Day

Robby Johnson has a new single entitled Better Day. It’s from the soundtrack for the movie Race Time (the English title for La Course Des Tuques). It’s a cover of Alex Nevsky’s single Pour Commencer (To Start). It’s about making the best of every day.

The music has a catchy beat that is cheerful and upbeat with a fantastic rhythm. The two genres of music are Pop and Country. Fred St-Gelais and Nelson Minville composed the tune. The composition is marvellous and intricate. It makes one want to get up and dance.
Robby Johnson’s voice has an incredible tempo to it and follows the beat of the song. He sings in tune with the music. His sound is impressive as always.

The lyrics are well-written and structured, similar to Alex Nevsky’s song Pour Commencer. Fred St-Gelais and Nelson Minville wrote the original version. However, unconfirmed if they also wrote the song Robby Johnson’s release. There are two poetic styles of compositions: ABBA and AABB. The words to Better Day are inspirational and hopeful. There’s a sense of optimism in this song. The crown represents attaining a goal or reaching one’s potential in life with determination and perseverance.

Better Day is available now. The soundtrack for Race Time will be released January 25, 2019.

Musical Discovery 2018: Jean-Michel Blais – 2 Incredible Albums!

2018 was an interesting year for music. I discovered from different countries and different musical genres.  The artist whose music captured my attention was Jean-Michel Blais.

The music for the two albums is soothing and relaxing. The composition of the two albums has excellent rhythm. The records Dans Ma Main & Eviction Sessions have songs with a sound that reminds me of the Amazon forest. The piano heard in the songs sounds beautiful. It’s like listening to a symphony, just like attending an orchestra or a musical performance at Place Des Arts.

 

Single Saturdays: Heartstreets – 1 Double

Canadian duo Heartstreets has released a new single entitled 1 Double. It’s a song that talks about the doubt and anxiety people feel facing a problematic situation in everyday life. In this story, the character deals with it by drinking.

The music is fantastic in this song. It has a presence without being “in your face.” It’s a combination of R&B and Soul. Some parts sound like raindrops in an Amazon forest. It reminds me of poetry readings that take place in certain cafés. The rhythm is consistent and smooth.

The lyrics have a profound meaning. Talking about the issues of everyday life is a subject to which anyone can relate. There’s a sense of hope, however. The words have a poetic feel to them, regarding the structure and the content of the song.

This song contains some coarse language: Listener Discretion is advised.

 

Brigitte M – Noël Entre Amis – A Classical Christmas Album

Québecois singer Brigitte M released a Christmas album entitled Noël Entre Amis (Christmas among Friends). It’s similar to the classical Christmas music heard on the radio, but with a modern twist. She sings with incredible

The music sounds like traditional Christmas music, in most of the songs. Some tunes have a new take on an original such as the song White Christmas. This version of Bing Crosby classic song, the beat has jazz-like style. The album has a lovely and smooth rhythm. The music is soothing and relaxing.

Brigitte M’s voice is remarkable. She sings in an Opera style, with depth and grace. It was impressive how she sings White Christmas in both English and French. She performs with talented artists including John Francis Wade, Nelson Minville, and more. Their voices complement each other nicely and are in sync with the music.

Noël Entre Amis is an album I recommend for a Christmas party with family and friends.

Single Saturdays: Patrick Norman & Nathalie Lord – Sonne Ta Cloche

Québecois singer Patrick Norman with his wife Nathalie Lord has released a new version of his original song entitled Sonne Ta Cloche (Ring your bell).
It’s about the arrival of Santa Clause as well as beautiful memories of this holiday.

The music has a mix of slow and fast rhythm at the same time. It sounds romantic and nostalgic. There’s cheerful Christmassy sound to the music. I can imagine people dancing to this song, especially little children.

Patrick Norman and Nathalie Lord’s voices complement each other very nicely. Their sounds are in tune with the music of the song. It’s just as lovely as Patrick Norman’s solo version of the same melody.

The song is available. Enjoy!