MUSE news from Paris
In this edition: Beauty, Eugenia Elliott, Kathy Greenholdt, Girl’s Rock Camp, Bad Dogs
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BEAUTiFUL One thing about living in France is that it is simply so beautiful, 360 degrees. If you plan your day right, you don’t have to spend any time at all averting your gaze. Where other cultures may place more value on efficiency, practical usage of time and resources, or high tech solutions, the French value beauty first. Things take longer to get done here. Any administrative task will probably make at least your eyes roll if you spend any time thinking about the time, disorganization and misdirected photocopies involved. There are annoying strikes that interfere with travel plans. There are mysterious flows of communication that don’t involve signage or notices but somehow the word gets around to those who need to know, just not necessarily when you needed to know. Living in France can be tricky sometimes. But at the end of the day, you just look around, and breathe a sigh of relief. The flowing Seine from Ile de la Cité to the far flung villages, the medieval footprint, left not so long ago, stray poppies blooming in the wheat fields, the strange rock formations stacked and stranded in the Fontainebleau forest, sun up, sun down. It is reliably so beautiful here.
HaNNAH’S BuSY SUMMeR
I’m performing with my band every other Wednesday night at the Theatre la Cible in Pigalle, at 9 p.m. We’ve got new songs, and are now joined by Brian Clevenger on bass. Next shows are August 1, 15, 29 and September 12. Tickets are 10€ with reservation: 01 43 87 98 67 ou email@example.com. www.theatrelacible.com
Fête (party) Faites (make)
June 21 marks the summer solstice and also the Fête de la Musique, a World Music Day started in France in 1976 by American musician Joel Cohen. Each year the fete gets bigger and more interesting. Musicians play in the street, and communities organize free concerts. This year I participated in two concerts for fete de la musique, in Chartrettes and Samois sur Seine. Always a joy.
I’ll hit the ground running this fall with shows supporting Australian recording artist Andrea Soler on the Paris leg of her European tour. Watch “Daydreamers” on her site! Sweet song. My upcoming shows listed here.
PaRIS GiRLS RoCK CaMP
A cool activity for girls in Paris has just started! Spaces still available for Paris Girl’s Rock summer camp. Music empowerment for girls ages 8-16. Seven days of instrument instruction with instruments provided, song writing, lunch, concerts, master classes, & activities for all musical levels from beginner to advanced musicians. at 6 / 10 quai de Seine. 93200 St. Denis. The sessions are dynamic, fun and focused on girls making music. They include 7 hours of music empowerment tor 7 days: instrument instruction, song writing, lunch, concerts, master classes, & activities. Instruments provided. All levels welcome!
Session 1: 23-29 juillet/july
Session 2: 20-26 août/august
THe BaD DoGS
Two very cool girls Marie et Mathilde formed The Bad Dogs before they hit their 20s. They’ve been playing, writing and performing for a few years now, and have released a rocking, soulful collection of tunes. They have played at the Pompidou Centre, and have been featured on Canal+’s live album of the week. Two thumbs up.
Singer/songwriter from Chicago USA, EUGENIA ELLIOTT releases her first solo project 4000 Weeks, a lovely collection of original songs coming from a Midwestern country tradition. Discover more about Eugenia on Amazon.
THE MAGIC BASEMENT by Marie Cassidy
Marie Cassidy has been writing the story of her life, her whole life. “The Magic Basement” takes us through the historically loaded early years of 1970-74, while Marie was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (my alma mater). Her book is part journal, part historical document and offers a window into the innovation, experimentation and open minded exploration of the early 70s in this creative environment. Pages include copies of free-flowing, slightly outrageous course syllabi, memories of class trips out into Lake Michigan and through the city of Chicago, theme parties, experimentation of all kinds, and art. The book is a window into the transition of an art school, an era, and an individual. Marie Cassidy is funny and honest. I loved reading every page of this.
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