Looking out through the gates of Jardins des Tuileries towards Place de la Concorde, Paris The Montreal Jazz Fest starts this Friday, which makes me unbelievably jealous. That city is just the greatest place on earth in the summer. Jazz Fest is only the first in a long string of festivals of all my favourite things: music, art, music, comedy, music. Resulting in former-Montrealers to think of the City in wistful tones “Oh Montreal…” We use the same air of […]
One of the most common music-related questions I get asked is what I listen to when I go running. I used to find this to be a strangely personal request- how am I supposed to know what exact music won’t make you want to just give up and flop into in a sweaty heap on the side of the road? How will I know what you find motivating? Do you run to the beat? To the lyrics? To the gangsta […]
Categories: Alternative, Americana, Canadian, Dance, Electronic, Electropop, Experimental, Folk, Indie, Lists, New Wave, Pop, Remix, Rock, singer-songwriter, Symphonic, Synthpop • Tags: 2012, Autumn, Canada, Country, countryside ontario, dance, electropop, exercise, fall, folk, indie, lists, mix, music, new wave, Ontario, photography, photos, playlists, pop, remix, Rock, run, running, running playlist
“Skyfall” is a 13-second word in the hands of Ms. Adele. Along with producer Paul Epworth, Adele channels her inner Shirley Bassey for the theme of the next instalment of the James Bond film series. Unlike the past few themes, tackled by the likes of Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Jack White, Alicia Keys and U2, Adele’s efforts hark back to the 60s ballades with femme fetale splendour. Calm but always dynamic, the song unravels itself with the cinematic lush and grandor we’ve come to […]
Categories: Dreamwave, Pop, singer-songwriter, Soul, Soundtrack, Symphonic • Tags: 007, Adele, Edinburgh, History, James Bond, james bond film, music, photography, pop, Scotland, Skyfall, soul, soundtrack, travel, vacation
The Nagano Olympics were the first Games I truly remember getting into the spirit for. I still have my skiier’s bib from a themed birthday party, where I got this awesome glass. The Olympics are so freaking cool! I can’t believe the 16 days are over; they passed so quickly. Like I said in my last post, I love the games. The events display an inspirational mix of athleticism, determination, grace and cooperation. Have you all seen the facebook post the […]
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Merry Christmas Eve Tonight I’m sharing a favourite Christmas song from my childhood. I used to dramatically dance to the following piece in our living room. “Carol of the Bells” by David Foster And if you’re in any doubt about the passion of this piece, you can always double check with Mr. Schrute.
Happy Monday! I do have a non-blurry version of these two who are standing along the Seine, but I think this one better suits the music. I just found this beautiful song and I couldn’t resist sharing it immediately. I heard it in a great ad that I’ll put up as well, it’s definitely worth watching. “Last Night I Heard Everything in Slow Motion” by Oliver Tank
Categories: Alternative, Dreamwave, Electronic, Experimental, Indie, New Wave, Soul, Symphonic, Unsigned • Tags: Australian, experimental, France, indie, music, night photography, Paris, photography, Seine, soul, unsigned
Enjoying the holiday? Enjoy it a little more with choral symphonic pop rock band The Polyphonic Spree and this feel-good number. Light and Day by the Polyphonic Spree
Categories: Alternative, Choral, Experimental, Indie, New Wave, Pop, Psychedelic, Rock, Soul, Symphonic, World • Tags: alternative, Autumn, Canadian, colours, indie, music, perspective, photography, pop, Rock, Thanksgiving, The Polyphonic Sree, tree
This composition was my favourite from last year. It grows agonizingly slow, is layered and heavy. It is epic. Warning though, if you’re in an impatient mood or too chipper… maybe hold off from listening to this piece until you’re alone in a dark room and just heard a dramatic story about a hero dying. Can you tell what film score it was composed for?