Euro 2012 music and Love

National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

Is anyone else watching the Euro 2012 games as intently as me? May the best team win (that does not have Christiano Ronaldo).

The music released for the games is seriously dismal. The official song is Endless Summer and, well… UEFA, next time don’t go cheap and just hire Shakira. Endless Summer is as cliched, insipid and forcibly patched up as they come; it is the musical equivalent of a TV dinner.

However, the Irish provided a silver lining. Their own official song Rocky Road to Ireland for the game is pretty darn catchy, even if a little too love-thy-country. This too is cliched but here it works. I don’t mean to be cruel but it is ironic to hear them chant “You can’t defeat the Irish” so many times and know their standing now. Hmmmm. But I wish them luck for the next games… how can I not when an entire country has an accent like that!?

 

I Follow Rivers by Lykke Li is not an official song but one of the songs from the Euro 2012 game’s soundtrack. I am impressed!

If you have not heard it until now, you Will have to press ‘repeat’. Its video is cool too, literally, though I laughed the first time I saw the woman run — don’t flap your arms!

The Woman In Black in Siberia.

 

Lastly, and agreeably out of place, here is a delightful animated story on love I found on All About Lemon.

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French Love

Valentine’s Day Special 8/8

Phew! I am so glad to have reached the 8th post. Excuse me as I do my victory tap dance on Doritos…

I’m posting music again today but I’m not cheating because this is not in English but French. Before getting to that, I just have to re-post a video I have already blogged. I did say then to save it for Valentine’s Day.

 

All these French songs are from the 2007 movie Les Chansons D’amour, or Love Songs, directed by Christophe Honoré. The film is a kind of unusual love triangle told in three parts. I began to watch it with little expectation — the best mindset — and was amazed at how gently it reeled me in… it is gentle only if you are comfortable with ménage à trois, so I did have a little difficulty. Its humor and sorrow is well timed. Nothing drags. Each character is carefully defined and unique in its perspective so it complements the whole. First time I saw it I just did not get the full point. The second viewing — something I hardly ever do — made me appreciate the film’s delightfully different take.

Now the movie gets its name because the characters throughout the film suddenly chime into a song because sometimes “that is the only way they know how to communicate their feelings,” according to Honoré. Fifteen in all. But they fit so well that I found it odd only 3 times. Oh, and the actors sang it themselves.

It’s a good thing I don’t understand French because even the dirty or trite sounds lyrical. The music is not typically French in style but apt. for the mood. Here are the best tracks from those 15 songs:

1. Brooklyn Bridge -A nostalgic recollection. Eng. lyrics.

2. Au parc – Passing of time and change. Touching. Eng. lyrics.

3. Inventaire – The girl on how she succumbs into his despicable charms every time. Eng. lyrics.

4. As-tu déjà aimé – A discourse on whether it is better to have loved and lost… My favorite, especially for the way the highest note is reached as it approaches the end. Eng. lyrics.

5. Je n’aime que toi – Making a bridge between a lovers’ quarrel. Lyrics in video.

5 very romantic songs for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Special 7/8

Coming back to my roots today: music.

I’ve saved this one. What better time than now to introduce (on this blog) the princess who mostly sings romance? I present: Ingrid Michaelson.

She is no newbie. She has released five studio albums since 2005 and her latest, Human Again, came out just 3 weeks ago. Her songs have been featured on shows like Scrubs, Grey’s Anatomy, The Big C, Brothers and Sisters; in ad campaigns by Google; and in events like ice dancing, and thanks to my brother that is how I first got to know about her.

Her voice might not reach peaks but it feels genuine. There is understanding and honesty, and her lyrics stem from experience. You can visualize so many things listening to it. So, below are five of my favorite songs by Ingrid.

1. A cover, yet remarkable, Can’t Help falling In Love

2. Keep Warm, from her new album.

3. You and I, a funny happy duet with her producer Dan Romer.

4. All Love

5. And my favorite, The Way I Am

Gushy romantic proposals

Valentine’s Day Special 5/8

 

So here are some sentimental, cotton candy laced pop tarts  kind of confessions of true love. Don’t forget, you score more points the more dramatic it is.

1. Friends: Chandler proposes to Monica.

 

2. This one is extra special because it is unscripted.

 

3. It does not work every time. At least he had a big plush man for consolation.

 

4. Beach proposal. The music makes it too mushy but the reaction seems honest.

 

5. Glee. I know, but it’s the wettest of ’em all. Very happy, upbeat song but the original is better. Proposal at end.

Man’s Guide To Love

Valentine’s Day Special, part 3/8

Today is a continuation from the earlier post about a guide to love for men but from a guy’s perspective. Each shares their single most important tip. Today’s nine videos are again diverse little opinions compiled by me after viewing over 150 such little vids. Nine might seem like much but they are tiny as all but three are less than a minute long.

Some honorable mentions would be a little way to mend after a fight, actually following up on one of the simple vows, the only two things any girl wants, from a 17 and 19 year-old, and what a mime might say about it. Yeah… I know… too many mentions.

So here we go again.

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[vimeo http://vimeo.com/10120379]

2.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/16493020]

3.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/10399382]

4.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/35352111]

5.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/11015534]

6.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/28215330]

7.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/28215114]

8.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/10889347]

9.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/28741561]

 

Man’s Guide To Love – Valentine’s Day Special 1/8

Today begins my first of eight posts as I celebrate my concession to the Hallmarks  and Godivas of the world. Who cares if Valentine’s Day of today remains little more than another blatant commercialization of a beautiful emotion: romance. This feeling is still intrinsically powerful and universal… no matter which corporation tags along with it. So I plan to do some digital dance each day around this lovey-dovey emotion until the 14th.

Today are 9 videos for men by men: random guys give their single most important advice on love. Nine videos might seem like a lot (or too much advice) but this is a distilled product after watching well-over 150 videos! And since none is longer than 45 seconds, you don’t have to worry. You can go to their vimeo account to browse the entire 700+ videos.

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9. (This one’s a minute fifteen.)

 

 

 

Happiest music video of 2011

Perhaps it is too late to still talk about 2011 but since I am mostly slow to catch-up I shall be excused.

Ben Howard is a relaxed folksy singer from quaint little Devon who released his debut Every Kingdom in September. It was well received by critics and the people (7 at the UK albums chart).

The best tracks from the album for me were only these two but I know the 23 year old definitely has potential to win my nods in the future.

Only Love is a soulful little romantic ballad. There is something in his accent (I hate using that word, sorry) in this particular track that makes it sound even better.  The official video’s more minimal version is better than the one in the album.

Keep Your Head Up reached 74 on the UK Singles chart. It also perhaps shows that the best incentive to get anyone to hike uphill is that they get to slip-n-slide all the way back down. This is definitely the get-happy video of last year… just look at how many bubbles it has.