To celebrate Maison et Objet’s opening day tomorrow, I thought I’d share a new French favorite. I have our taxi driver in Paris to thank for introducing me to this lyrical piece last week, which I’ve had in constant rotation ever since! Ta Douleur by Camile from the album Le Fil, 2005.
Thought this dance track was apropos for ushering in the new year. Lots has been written about what the lyrics really mean, but I think it’s essentially a message of optimism for the future. And I like that.
“The age of miracles, the age of sound
Well, there’s a golden age
Comin’ round, comin’ round, comin’ round”
Golden Age by TV on the Radio from the album Dear Science, 2008.
‘Tis the season, as they say, and I for one can already use a break from the typical Christmas fare they’re piping into every shop, restaurant, salon and elevator I’ve stepped into over the past couple weeks. This one is definitely an outsider, with its simple guitar, French refrains and religious embrace. What Child Is This by Downhere from the album How Many Kings, 2010.
I’m leaving in two days for a 2-week trip to Asia. Which has struck panic in my heart, as I’m so sure I’ll inconveniently forget something that’s imperative. Let’s be clear: by “imperative”, I simply mean something that would annoy me thoroughly to go without. It’s unlikely (yet not completely out of the question) that I’d depart without, say, a passport. No, my worries skew towards forgetting the perfect blouse for dinner (which I did forget to bring to Paris last month, and became a daily subject of remorse – much to the exasperation of my companions), or the gum I like, or that one pair of shoes I own that is actually reasonably comfortable. (Mock if you will, but trying to find a size 9 shoe in Asia is a fool’s errand.) Wish me luck, I’m off to pack. Preparedness by The Bird and the Bee from the album of the same name, 2006.