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Life is too…

October 12th, 2009

“… Life is too short to complain…”
“…All your pushing might be in vain…”
“…So try to have fun as long as you can…”

Quote from D-D-D-D-Dance by Micatone.
Listen to the clip:

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Music: Claude François – Disco Français!

September 21st, 2009

Now this was a magnificent artist. Claude François was one of the hottest stars in France during the 60’s & 70’s. His french disco songs were and are still very popular and well know in France. His wonderful disco beats and beautiful ballads instantly transport you back to those decades. He was also know for his fantastic shows with wonderful dancers in sexy outfits :-) I have searched some videos on Youtube where you can see him in action along with is dancers (see below). All beautiful ladies on very very high heels!

Unfortunately he died in 1978. He was electrocuted when trying to fix a lamp spot while standing in his (filled) bath…

A nice fact about him is that he’s song Comme d’habitude was the original My Way, a song later covered by Frank Sinatra and others.

My favorite songs are:
Magnolias for ever
Alexandrie Alexandra
Je vais à Rio

These songs bring me in a good mood no matter what 😉

All these songs and more are on his (in my opinion) best album
Souvenir 1978. It’s a live concert. It’s one super ride of continues music disco galore from the 70’s! Here’s the cover of that album, go get it! Click the link to Amazon, you can listen to the songs there :-)

I grew up with this album. We still play this album today, especially on nice summer evenings this fits in very well. The best place to listen to this music is in France off course. So book a trip to the South of France, buy this CD and get carried away….!!!

Here are my favorite songs tracked back on You tube. Enjoy!

Magnolias for ever (check out the dancers!!)

Alexandrie Alexandra (here’s a link to better quality sound)

Je vais à Rio

Comme d’habitude

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Music: Barrabas – On The Road Again (1981)

September 19th, 2009

Alright, here’s some music from the old days again! A song from 1981. On the road again from Barrabas. Great grove! This is one of the singles out of the old box of singles at my mothers house. We still play it sometimes.

Here’s a version with video clip. Check out the dancers coming at 0:30. No need for fancy clothing, knickers and a t-shirt is enough! Enjoy :-)

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India Arie and Raul Midon – a special moment

September 12th, 2009

I think it was the year 2007 that I went to the North Sea Jazz festival in Rotterdam. I try to go every year.
I was with a group of friends and the main event for me would be the Steely Dan performance. They are my favorite band and I had never seen them play live (since the don’t do that a lot). The performance was amazing, loved it. All my favorite songs, just great. But….. it wasn’t my favorite moment on that years NSJ festival. That moment was unexpectedly reserved for India Arie and Raul Midon.

India Arie is a great singer, love her music. Raul Midon I didn’t know at that time. Earlier on the festival I saw him play. He’s blind, and often blind people a great musicians 😉 Think of Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles! But Raul had some great other features then good singing. He is a master at mimicking instruments. His best one is the trumpet. Now you think OK, a trumpet, we all can do that, right!! WRONG! Not like him, believe me. When you close you eyes you just can’t hear the difference. It’s insane.

Now, here comes the special part. Another show was by India Arie that night. Also fantastic. But the magic came when Raul Midon came on as a guest performer for India.

What happened then I will never forget. A true moment of pure music by great musicians respecting each others work and skills and seeing that in live action. India was singing a great song called “Come back to the middle” during the song Raul was singing along as backing, but at the end he started to use the trumpet thing. Just fantastic. But what grabbed me most was the reaction of India. She was in ecstasy that Midon was performing with here and doing his thing, she just could not believe it. She was jumping with joy as she saw Raul. Signaling to here band members who were also amazed and in ecstasy. It was just so beautiful to see that these great people saw and felt the greatness in each other.

Bellow is a clip of that exact moment. The one thing you can’t see is the band who is also going wild. So you have to take that part form me 😉

I hope I’ve got you in the mood for this clip, so you can live it as I did.

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Let’s get physical

August 31st, 2009

Great song, great woman. I think one of the 80’s greatest beauties. I was in love with her, although I was 7 at the time :-) Guess I just love blond girls.

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Music: Him – Rupert Holmes

July 24th, 2009

This is one of the old singles again. HIM, by Rupert Holmes (1980). Great song.
Love the clip, haha, the guys look like old school accountants, but sing fantastic!

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Music: Billie Jean 1983 Motown 25 Live

July 23rd, 2009

OK here’s one that fits nicely in the current time 😉

An unforgettable song and clip! It’s Micheal’s Billie Jean performed at the 25th anniversary of the Motown label.
Imagine; every big Motown star is there, he just blows them all away with his performance.

And then off course…. the MOONWALK,… the first time he did it was in this performance,… fantastic! (3:38)
Don’t forget it’s 1983, just look at him move, his style is seen today in many dances…

R.I.P. Michael

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Music: Cashmere – Love’s What I Want

July 22nd, 2009

I’m adding a new category to my blog: Music. I’m gonna share my musical favorites with you :-)

I’m starting of with a great example and an oldie. It’s a single I’ve grown up with (one of the many singles as a matter of fact). It’s one of my mothers favorites too. It’s from 1979 and it was produced in the Netherlands.

Enjoy: Cashmere – Love’s What I Want

EDIT: I’ve placed another version of the song, now including CLIP! Thanks to Loek!

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