Category Archives: Music / Musique

Rules for Singing the Blues

Rules Of The Blues  – Author Unkown.

1. Most Blues begin, “Woke up this morning…”

2. “I got a good woman” is a bad way to begin the Blues, unless you stick something nasty in the next line like, “I got a good woman, with the meanest face in town.”

3. The Blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes… sort of: “Got a good woman with the meanest face in town. Yes, I got a good woman with the meanest face in town. Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher, and she weigh 500 pound.”

4. The Blues is not about choice. You stuck in a ditch, you stuck in a ditch–ain’t no way out.

5. Blues cars: Chevys, Fords, Cadillacs and broken-down trucks. Blues don’t travel in Volvos, BMWs, or Sport Utility Vehicles. Most Blues transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Jet aircraft and company motor pools ain’t even in the running. Walkin’ plays a major part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin’ to die.

6. Teenagers can’t sing the Blues. They ain’t fixin’ to die yet. Adults sing the Blues. In Blues, “adulthood” means being old enough to get the electric chair if you shoot a man in Memphis.

7. Blues can take place in New York City but not in Hawaii or any place in Canada. Hard times in Minneapolis or Seattle is probably just clinical depression. Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City are still the best places to have the Blues. You cannot have the blues in any place that don’t get rain.

8. A man with male pattern baldness ain’t the blues. A woman with male pattern baldness is. Breaking your leg cause you were skiing is not the blues. Breaking your leg ’cause a alligator be chompin’ on it is.

9. You can’t have no Blues in a office or a shopping mall. The lighting is wrong. Go outside to the parking lot or sit by the dumpster.

10. Good places for the Blues:
a. Highway
b. Jailhouse
c. An empty bed
d. Bottom of a whiskey glass

11. Bad places for the Blues:
a. Nordstrom’s
b. Gallery openings
c. Ivy league institutions
d. Golf courses

12. No one will believe it’s the Blues if you wear a suit, ‘less you happen to be a old ethnic person, and you slept in it.

13. You have the right to sing the Blues if:
a. You older than dirt
b. You blind
c. You shot a man in Memphis
d. You can’t be satisfied

14. You don’t have the right to sing the Blues if:
a. You have all your teeth
b. You were once blind but now can see
c. The man in Memphis lived
d. You have a pension fund

15. Blues is not a matter of color. It’s a matter of bad luck. Tiger Woods cannot sing the blues. Sonny Liston could. Ugly white people also got a leg up on the blues.

16. If you ask for water and your darlin’ give you gasoline, it’s the Blues

17. Other acceptable Blues beverages are:
a. Cheap wine
b. Whiskey or bourbon
c. Muddy water
d. Nasty black coffee

18. The following are NOT Blues beverages:
a. Perrier
b. Chardonnay
c. Snapple
d. Slim Fast

19. If death occurs in a cheap motel or a shotgun shack, it’s a Blues death. Stabbed in the back by a jealous lover is another Blues way to die. So is the electric chair, substance abuse and dying lonely on a broke-down cot. You can’t have a Blues death if you die during a tennis match or while getting liposuction.

20. Some Blues names for women:
a. Sadie
b. Big Mama
c. Bessie
d. Fat River Dumpling

21. Some Blues names for men:
a. Joe
b. Willie
c. Little Willie
d. Big Willie

22. Persons with names like Michelle, Amber, Debbie, and Heather can’t sing the Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.

23. Make your own Blues name Starter Kit: a. name of physical infirmity (Blind, Cripple, Lame, etc.) b. first name (see above) plus name of fruit (Lemon, Lime, Melon, Kiwi, etc.) c. last name of President (Jefferson, Johnson, Fillmore, etc.) For example: Blind Lime Jefferson, Jackleg Lemon, Johnson or Cripple Kiwi Fillmore, etc. (Well, maybe not “Kiwi.”)

24. I don’t care how tragic your life: if you own even one computer, you cannot sing the blues. Well maybe if you own a PC – but certainly not a Mac…

Bia à Arts Station à Mont-Saint-Hilaire

J’ai été voir la chaleureuse Bia d’origine brésilienne à Arts Station hier soir en duo avec Yves Desrosiers qui nous ont offert un spectacle doux, intime, ensoleillé, nostalgique quelquefois, drôle aussi. Assis confortablement sur un des 75 sièges du petit théatre d’Arts Station, j’avais l’impression d’être avec des amis dans le salon des deux artistes, à écouter chanter en portuguais, en espagnol, en français, en anglais…  Un tour du monde poétique en quelques heures.

Bia à Arts Station à Mont-Saint-Hilaire le 19 février 2010

Je connaissais la réputation de Yves Desrosiers en tant que «mélodiste et alchimiste du son», mais je ne connaissais pas encore sa voix, riche et touchante, qui se marie avec celle de Bia à quelques reprises pendant le spectacle. Terminer la soirée avec «Que bom voce», sa superbe version de «Une chance qu’on s’a» de Jean-Pierre Ferland, est génial et nous laisse partir avec un grand goût de bonheur. On ne quitte pas Bia à la fin de la soirèe, on l’emmène avec nous dans notre coeur, dans notre tête, dans notre âme. Aujourd’hui j’écoute Mariana et la vie est belle.

Bia et Yves Desrosiers offrent leur spectacle un peu partout au Québec dans les prochains mois. À ne pas rater!

You’ve got a Friend – With 4 Divas: Carole King, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Shania Twain in 1998

Thanks Carla for the great find!

Music Composed for the Birds – I Mean BY the Birds

Vodpod videos no longer available.
Thanks Carla!

Are You Using Twitter?

I now have a personal Twitter account http://twitter.com/gillesarbour

We also have a business Twitter account for Premiumbeat.com, our Royalty Free Music website http://twitter.com/premiumbeat

Don’t know much about Twitter?  That’s OK! Here is a post I wrote in our business blog about it: Twitter

If you Tweet please follow us!

Joyeux Noël / Merry Christmas!

Les anges dans nos campagnes – version végétarienne

Angels We Have Heard On High – The Vegan version

Premiumbeat.com Royalty Free Music Library Presents its Classical Music Collection

Francois and I are really excited about our Royalty Free Music library. It is expanding very nicely and we recently added lots of classical music – over 600 tracks! Here is the Press Release about it.

From this Press Release Newswire:

Premiumbeat.com, an international provider of high quality Royalty Free Music, unveiled its new selection of Classical Music tracks today.

Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) November 6, 2007 — The Royalty Free Music library at Premiumbeat.com has now expanded its collection to include over 600 Classical music tracks that are now available for instant licensing.

Following its recent acquisition of Royalty Free Classical Music from the Apollo Symphony Orchestra, a production music orchestra, Premiumbeat.com has gained access to music assembled from the best classical musicians and singers of UK and Europe. This music has been digitally re-mastered for optimum sound quality.

“Classical music is truly timeless. It has the ability to move us today just as it did centuries ago,” says Gilles Arbour one of the partners at Premiumbeat.com. “I still have the old gramophone that my grandmother used when she listened to her classical music, and now I find that I listen to practically the same music that she would, over a 100 years ago! Classical music is a part of our collective consciousness and has strong cultural durability.”

The stock music in the Royalty Free Music library at Premiumbeat.com now includes a wide variety of tracks, from the baroque, classical and romantic era right up to the works of 20th Century composers, such as Satie, Holst and Respighi. Patrons can now choose from virtually all categories of music: symphony, concerto, ballet, opera, marches, string quartet and piano solo from composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Vivaldi, Handel and Tchaikovsky.

Religious music is another well-stocked category with magnificent work such as Schubert’s Ave Maria, Handel’s Hallelujah or Bach’s Magnificat.

“Classical music is a must for dinner,” says Ode Sabourin, food aficionado and piano teacher in Montreal. “Mozart’s piano concerto will lift your spirit, soothe your mind and ready your stomach for good food and nice wine.”

She’s not alone. A British study claims that restaurant owners can increase their profits by simply playing classical music. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Leicester in Central England, concluded that the music of Mozart, Beethoven and Bach makes diners feel more affluent.

“We’re happy to include a lot more orchestral classical music and classical religious music to our royalty free music library,” says Francois Arbour of Premiumbeat.com. “This music can trigger an emotional response that is rarely equaled by modern music.”

Premiumbeat.com is constantly adding new music to its royalty free music library. Its team of 25 professional musicians creates new, premium quality stock music and flash loops for web designers, interactive marketing agencies, video artists, motion designers, film makers and TV and radio show producers.

Premiumbeat.com, a royalty-free music library, is the creation of Francois Arbour and Gilles Arbour. Francois Arbour is an award-winning Macromedia certified Flash Developer, and has been working in the multimedia industry for more than 10 years. Gilles Arbour has trained thousands of people in sales and marketing in the last 20 years. Both have seen, over and over, how music moves people to action.

To see (and hear) more, go to www.premiumbeat.com.

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Fred Chichin of “Les Rita Mitsouko” died yesterday

This is very sad news. When we met, my wife Guylaine and I used to dance around the house listening to their French megahit Marcia Baila from their 1984 album. Ironically that song is about a dancer who herself died of cancer. We have been listening to this song all day yesterday with tears in our eyes.

Goodbye Fred – your music lives on.

From a news report:

Photo: www.ritamitsouko.com

fred2.jpgFred Chichin, the guitarist who founded the popular French pop group duo Rita Mitsouko, has died aged 53 of cancer, record label Because and concert organiser Corida said in a joint statement Wednesday.

Chichin, who formed the group in 1979 with his partner, singer Catherine Ringer, died after falling ill only two months ago. The group had had to cancel a string of recent concerts, including one on Wednesday evening at Paris’ famed Olympia concert hall.

Rita Mitsouko’s latest album “Variety” was released in April.

Ringer and Chichin, who in his teens was a fan of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, chose the name of the group on the grounds that “Rita” sounded South American and “Mitsouko” meant mystery in Japanese.

Their first hit, the 1984 tune “Marcia baila”, was a latino-rock piece written to pay homage to Argentine dancer Marcia Moretto, who died of cancer. It sold more than a million copies.

Their 11 albums carried rock, funk, punk, ska and latino sounds, as well as a dose of humour.