Today’s Track – Saint Claude, Christine and the Queens

Shazammed this just-released track in France earlier this year whilst enjoying an escargot sandwhich. Yup – tasty. Saint Claude by Christine and the Queens from the album Chaleur Humaine, 2016.


Today’s Track – Squares, The Beta Band

I thought something mild and centering for today, from a British group to celebrate my arrival in London today! Squares by The Beta Band from the album Hot Shots II, 2001.


Today’s Track – Je suis venu te dire que je m’en vais,

A little something today to get me in the mood for my plane ride to Paris this weekend! Je suis venu te dire que je m’en vais (“I came to tell you I’m leaving”) by Claude Monnet & Monica Nogueira from the album Hôtel Costes Volume 7, 2004.


Today’s Track – La Femme D’Argent, Air

Something magnificent; something French. La Femme D’Argent (“The Silver Woman”) by Air from the album Moon Safari, 1998.


Today’s Track – Onto the Light, Adani & Wolf

Something lite and mellow with a deep euro groove to ease us into summer. Onto the Light by Adani & Wolf from the album Le Seigneurs, 2011.


Today’s Track – Lilac Wine (The Album Leaf Remix), Nina Simone

I don’t even know what Lilac Wine is, but I’m pretty sure I’d like a glass right now. Lilac Wine (the Album Leaf Remix) by Nina Simone from the album Verve Remixed 3, 2005.

Verve Remixed 3

Today’s Track – Getting Away With It, Rose Smith

A little atmospheric electronica out of England today. See, I’m frantically prepping for a two-and-a-half week trip to Asia (bug spray with 50% DEET? Check…), and need a little chill time to help me center. Getting Away With It by Rose Smith from the album Dawn Raiding, 2002.

Rose Smith Dawn Raiding

Today’s Track – Northwest, Aim

I’ve had this song in constant rotation lately; an easy, chilly groove with an urban hipster vibe that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Northwest by Aim from the album Flight 602, 2006.


Today’s Track – Life Changes, Rose Smith

Since it’s “Maison” week on the blog, I thought I’d feature a song discovered along the way. A friend and I were shopping at Merci in Paris’ Marais one Saturday night, when the champagne began flowing. Well, who can resist that? So we settled in to people watch the fabulous folk attending the posh design week event (most of whom were actually invited, which – technically – we were not). Today’s track was part of the hipster playlist. Life Changes by Rose Smith from the album Dawn Raiding, 2002.

Rose Smith Dawn Raiding


Today’s Track – Do What You Want, Aya

A very creamy blend of R&B and electronica makes a feather soft serenade that seems right for this fall day. Do What You Want by Aya from the album Strange Flower, 2004.

Aya Strange Flower Album Art


Today’s Track – Eyes Be Closed, Washed Out

This dose of layered, hypnotic chill serves to sooth out the bumps of the day and get me in the zone. Eyes Be Closed by Washed Out from the album Within And Without, 2011.



Today’s Track – Le Soleil est près de moi, Air

Halfway through my vacation, I find myself blissed out in Provence; soaking up rays, sipping rosé, surrounded by people I adore. I think this instrumental (yes, it’s borderline muzak, but i don’t care) from my favorite French group captures the mood nicely. Le Soleil est près de moi (“The Sun Is Near Me”) by Air, from the album of the same name, 1997.

Air Le Soleil est près de moi

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