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Some people might think I’m ridicilous but this is just a quick shot of how I came through the memorial evening of Michael Jackson… together with my niece, the Kleenexbox was too small, and even at the end my son, Bart, was sobbing on the couch, realizing one of his big idols had left this world. Together we were singing « Man in the Mirror », and very much into all the songs and beautiful words that have been said.

crying over MJ

Stevie Wonder’s performence was, in my eyes, the most beautiful one ; « I never Dreamed you would leave in summer », take a look here :

I won’t go into the argument about « who’s bad »… I loved Michael Jackson, his life, his carreer, his music, the lyrics he could write, about the human nature, the world… it all meant a lot to me, I am deeply touched by his death.

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You have always been in my life, your music helped me, comforted me, brought me joy, tears and hapiness. My first record ever, bought with my own money, was « Ben »… and all your music lingers on, I will never go anywhere without you! Goodbye Michael, Thank you!

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Irelands Call

Tomorrow 6 nations rugbycompetition starts again, starts off with Ireland-France, and one of the things I always love to hear and sing out loud is « Irelands Call » :

Come the day and come the hour
Come the power and the glory
We have come to answer
Our Country’s call
From the four proud provinces of Ireland

Chorus

Ireland, Ireland,
Together standing tall
Shoulder to shoulder
We’ll answer Ireland’s call

2

From the mighty Glens of Antrim
From the rugged hills of Galway
From the walls of Limerick
And Dublin Bay
From the four proud provinces of Ireland
(Chorus)

3

Hearts of steel
And heads unbowing
Vowing never to be broken
We will fight, until
We can fight no more
For the four proud provinces of Ireland
Sung by the Irish rugbyteam it brings out a lot of emotions but here is another version with the Celtic Thunder :

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School

Today’s school again for Bart, Dorine has another two days of rest… Good luck my boy, last year of primary school, make the best of it !

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Just when you have another of these days, when things don’t go exactly the way you want them to go and you wish to be elsewhere… I just cheer myself up with some old videos that make me laugh… I love this, it lights me up, I should watch that Ally Mc Beal series again, just alot of fun !

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After Manu Katché, one of my favourite french artists, Sinclair, a great composer and artist, joined the new jury (see picture header) on the TV show « Nouvelle Star » (french Idols).

I am having a great time this afternoon, Bart is off for rugby, Philippe went with him training his team, Dorine is out with a friend, so here I am, finaly I can listen to some music, watch video’s etc, so I wanted to show you some of his work. One of his best records is a live record :  sinclair-album04.jpg great to listen out loud in the car !!!

He’s perfect as a jurymember in the french Idols version which started three weeks ago, soon the primes will start, it will be fun, many talents have been shown already, even a girl from Rotterdam, Maartje, she came all the way down to Nantes for the castings. I’ll keep you updated, I hope it will be as exciting as last year with the great Julie Doré, winner of the 2007 edition !

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Sorry, but I just copied this from Wikipedia, Henri Salvador just died, I am sad, I loved this man, he would always make us laugh (with his famous laugh) and he could bring us the most nicest, funniest, romantic, swinging songs. We’ll miss you Henri, have a drink with Dad, he loved you too !(Specially ‘the Blues of the Dentist’ !)

 

Henri Salvador (born July 18, 1917, died February 13, 2008) was a French singer. His father, Clovis, and his mother, Antonine Paterne, daughter of a native Indian from the Caribbean, were both from Guadeloupe, France.

Born in Cayenne, French Guiana, his musical career began as a guitarist accompanying other singers. He had learned the guitar by imitating Django Reinhardt’s recordings, and was to work alongside him in the 1940s.

Salvador recorded several songs written by Boris Vian with Quincy Jones as arranger. He is known to have recorded the first French rock and roll song in 1956 written by Boris Vian and Michel Legrand.

In the sixties Salvador was the host of several popular television variety shows on French TV.

In 1964 he scored a hit with « Zorro est arrivé », which was inspired by The Coasters’ U.S. hit « Along Came Jones ». He is also famous for his rich, catchy laugh, which is a subject in many of his humorous songs.

In 1969, Henri Salvador recorded a variation of « Mah Nà Mah Nà » titled « Mais Non, Mais Non » (« But No, But No » or « Of Course Not, Of Course Not »), with lyrics he had written in French to Piero Umiliani tune.

Henri Salvador and his song « Dans mon île » (1957) was an influence on Antônio Carlos Jobim in formulating the Brazilian Bossa Nova style.

Caetano Veloso, a famous Brazilian composer and singer, made Henri Salvador famous to Brazilian audiences with the song « Reconvexo », in which he says « quem não sentiu o swing de Henri Salvador? » (‘who hasn’t felt the swing of Henri Salvador?’)

He had a brother, André, and a sister, Alice. He became a musician and comedian. Later he discovered singers Keren Ann and Art Mengo.

Henri continued to be popular today among French communities in Canada. In 2000, Virgin Records released a CD featuring popular hits like « Jazz Mediterrannee » which continues to receive regular air play. In 2002 his album ‘Chambre Avec Vue’ sold over two million copies. In 2005, Henri Salvador was awarded the Brazilian Order of Cultural Merit, which he received from the acclaimed singer and Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, in the presence of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for his influence on Brazilian culture, particularly on bossa nova, to whose invention he contributed. He was also a commander of the French Légion d’honneur and of the National Order of Merit. In 2007 he released « Reverence » on V2 Records which features Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso. He then went on to perform the track « La Vie C’est La Vie » from the album « Reverence » on the BBC programme « Later… With Jools Holland, » which aired on 4th May 2007.

He died of a ruptured aneurysm at his home in the early hours of February 13, 2008. He was 90 years of age.

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