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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Paris in July begins!

Paris in July kicks off today! And to mark this occasion I have been listening to Yann Tiersen all day long. I thought some French music would be a nice way to begin my trip to Paris - I was right! I first heard Tiersen in the film Amelie (which I absolutely love!) - his music makes up the soundtrack.
From the first note of music I heard by Tiersen, I knew that I would have to buy the soundtrack to Amelie - which I did and have listened to repeatedly.  Of course, I wanted more of his music, and luckily for me, my flatmate Katya had some of his other works on hand - so, she kindly made me a mixed CD of his work. It was the perfect way to get me hooked on Tiersen's music. I fell in love with his sound - it just grabbed me from every direction and truly captured my attention.  I'm not normally the type to listen to instrumental music, but when I hear Tiersen, I don't even realize that there aren't words being sung - he just has this ability to compose music that is so full of life that you can't help but be swept away by his sound.  There is also a sexiness to some of his work that makes me think of Paris or what I imagine Paris to be like and that is what I wanted for today.  Thanks to Tiersen I got what I wanted.  As far as the books I will be reading for this challenge, well that is still to be determined.  I've been a bit preoccupied lately and still need to peruse my shelves to see what French tomes I have awaiting me - hopefully a few good ones. 

Happy reading!!

11 comments:

Bellezza said...

Ooh! Now I want to add him to my iPod immediately! I'm fairly certain he also wrote the music for the film Seraphine which I saw last night and will review in a few days. I love music, so thanks for this.

Nadia said...

Bellezza, definitely listen to him if you can - his music is great! I wanted to link something or add one of those music type of things to my blog that would play French music, but I wasn't sure how great it would sound - plus, I was feeling rather lazy. Anyhow, I'm looking forward to your review of Seraphine - sounds interesting. Cheers!

Karen said...

What a lovely way to start Paris in July! I have the soundtrack to Amelie too and listen to it over and over - I just love it! I haven't listened to any of his other music though so I will have to keep an ear out for some.

Amy DeTrempe said...

You've inspired me to go download some music. Thanks for the recommendation.

Ash said...

In case you're interested in some other French music I would suggest this band called Malajube. I think it's actually French Canadian but they have some really poppy songs that are fun to listen to.

Lisa said...

I wanted to do the Paris in July challenge, too, but I just had to draw the line somewhere! What a great idea to incorporate the music with your reading!

Electra said...

Thanks for the tip-I'm going to seek out his music!

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

I've just joined the challenge as well -- what a great suggestion to listen to Yann Tiersen's music! Thanks!

Nadia said...

Karen - Tiersen was definitely a great way for me to start the challenge - to get me in the mood for Paris. And like you, the Amelie sdtrk is one of my favorites! Its magical!

Amy - I hope you like what you hear!

Ash - Thanks for the recommendation! I'll definitely be checking out Malajube's work.

Lisa - I totally understand! There are so many challenges out there, plus life to attend to that sometimes Paris is July doesnt' make the cut :) And I agree with you that it is pretty groovy to incorporate music into a challenge. Love it!

Electra - Hope you enjoy Tiersen!

Coffee and a Book Chick - That's great that you joined the challenge! I look forward to reading your Parisian inspired posts. Cheers!

ds said...

Here because of Paris in July. I adore the movie Amelie, but never knew who was responsible for the soundtrack. Thanks to you, I do. Will definitely look for Mr. Tiersen's music. Again, thank you!

Nadia said...

ds - No problem! Hope you enjoy more of Tiersen's music! Cheers!