Archive for the 'France' Category

L’Amour des Chanteuses

Monday, October 6th, 2008

I seem to be hearing more and more from the French chanteuse tradition. A friend has me listening to Carla Bruni, a singer who also happens to be the French first lady. And while veering away from tradition through experimentalism, Camille does manage to sing a very traditional cabaret-ish song every now and then. Just […]

Reasons Why I Like Camille

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Why do I like Camille (official website), French songstress…let me count the ways: 1. Camille is f-ing good. She has that nice ingenue voice that Mariah Carey perfected. 2. Camille is French. That’s not necessarily something good since my perception of French pop is that if it isn’t danceable or ambient or classic, then it’s […]

Chinese Film Diaspora

Monday, May 5th, 2008

I saw Flight of the Red Balloon the other day and came to the realization that Chinese film directors have really gone to explore other cultures and worlds. I mean, Hou Hsiao Hsien is the guy who made his name with a history of Taiwan, slow-moving and humanist films that captured the sensations of the […]

J’aime le fromage

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

  Cheese smells just as pungent in any other language. And is it any surprise that in the land of fine cheesemaking, France, the cheese stinks of camembert. When people say France is rich in culture, they don’t mean pop culture. There the pop culture is just as shallow as American culture only not nearly […]

Raching the Night

Friday, December 28th, 2007

  After hearing this music in concert three times in a row by three different performers from three different countries, I thought I might never want to hear it again. But, nah…it’s still awesome. Rachmaninoff‘s recording of the first movement of his second piano concerto, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever: Moderato (1st […]