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.
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.
Sometimes when there are only 14 words in a song – and they repeat over, and over, and over – I sorta check out. But today’s the sort of day where a good dose of repetitive Euro chill hits the spot. (Sort of transports me to a hipster hotel in London; where quite frankly, I wouldn’t mind being right now.) And I suppose if you listen to the same phrase that many times, it just might begin to sink in. Hayling by FC Kahuna from the album Machine Says Yes, 2002.
Since I’m in Geneva, I thought we’d celebrate a Swiss artist today. Then I realized there wasn’t a single track in my music library that fit that bill. As I started exploring the possibilities, I made a magnificent discovery; Switzerland’s Sophie Hunter. Egad – how have I not heard her before? She’s brilliant! Brilliant as in I bought entire albums instead of just a few favorite tracks. Give it a go and let me know what you think! Travelogue by Sophie Hunter from the album 1983, 2010.
Bidding “adieu” to an amazing coworker today; so I’m feeling kinda melancholy. She’s off on a big adventure and I’m totally excited for her, but I’m still bummed out to lose such a fun and competent colleague. And even though this particular song is way too mushy and over-the-top and not at all the right content, it captures the general mood. Say Goodbye – the single by Sophie Barker, 2011.
So, as you’re no doubt aware if you’ve been keeping up with recent entries; it’s been a seriously lame spring in this neck of the woods. A cold, rainy, total crap spring. And then – to add insult to injury – a series of thunderstorms hit over the course of the last few days; falling ginormous trees everywhere (I mean, the city was literally littered with trees and tree limbs) and leaving a quarter million homes without power. Pretty epic. And while I was fortunate enough to escape the worst of it (my neighbor’s 5′ fence did manage to topple over onto a goodly portion of my garden and we were living by candlelight for a spell), this all began less that 24 hours after I put the finishing touches on my new outdoor lounge. With the heat and humidity as it is, I expect the cushions will be dry sometime in September. And yet, today finally feels like summer. So today I’m turning my back on the spring that wasn’t, and nourishing my soul with a little sunshine. Soul Food by Martina Topley-Bird from the album Anything, 2004.