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Francoise Hardy – Le Temps de l’Amour

I’ve been watching a lot of Nora Ephron movies lately. It started off as research for a Michael Mina restaurant in St. Petersburg that I’m curating and then turned into a official love affair with Nora’s story telling, views on life, friendship, love and of course her delightful taste in music. Hollywood and the entertainment business in general is full of so much phoniness, so many people looking for fame and playing the power games. There are so few valuing love, the many layers of life and all it has to offer that it’s a breath of fresh air to indulge in Nora’s wonderful world.

I know it sounds weird, the Space Age Bachelor Pad guy talking about how much he was touched by how romantic Paris looks in Julie & Julia or the airport scene in Sleepless in Seattle when Tom Hanks see’s Meg Ryan for the first time and “A Wink And A Smile” plays. It’s weird if you think Space Age Bachelor means wanna be Don Draper or Hugh Hefner but that’s not the case. Space Age is meant to represent the evolved man, one who has all the qualities of an alpha male but fully embraces all layers of being a cultured, emotionally developed, traveled and tasteful person far beyond any stereotypical expectations. No one, man or women should be limited in what they can express or appreciate because of what society has deemed appropriate for them, that’s what Space Age means.

Le temps de l’amour isn’t from a Nora Ehpron movie but it’s one of my old time favorites and the message is right in line with the beautiful feelings and sounds of that world.

C’est le temps de l’amour,
le temps des copains et de l’aventure.
Quand le temps va et vient,
on ne pense a rien malgre ses blessures.
Car le temps de l’amour
c’est long et c’est court,
ca dure toujours, on s’en souvient

It is time for love and despite anything happening in the world that’s where my focus is and will be. I think that’s why the warm, loving feelings captured in these films resonate with me. It’s super cliche but the saying is true – life is what you make it. Despite what you say to people, vibe and energy are everything, it’s the one thing you can’t fake. When you ingest dark things and think negatively on your own and then go around people trying show love it’s not going to work, your vibe will expose you. So for..

Those who pose lyrical but really ain’t true I feel – 
There times limited, hard rock too…” – O.C. (Time’s Up)

I’m past fear and insecurity, what I want to manifest in the world now is love. When I walk into a room I want it to feel like a damn cool spring breeze just glided by your face, Grace Jones’ La Vie En Rose is playing in the background, kids are playing outside, it smells like flowers and life is nothing but beautiful, anything else is uncivilized. Enjoy.

Françoise Hardy – Le Temps de l’Amour

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Jacqueline Taieb – 7 Heures du Matin

The Ye-Ye movement was emblematic of the French 60s. With singers such as France Gall, Francoise Hardy or Sylvie Vartan, they represented a musical style very French, beautiful, innocent and naive to a provocative manner. Gainsbourg (already) was behind a few of them and composed playfully lyrics for them. France Gall famously sang “Annie loves lollipops, aniseed lollipops, when the sweet liquid runs down Annie’s throat, she is in paradise” with a voice lovely of candor…

One of the lesser known artist of the Ye-Ye movement is Jacqueline Taieb. Born in Tunisia, she moved to France early and quickly became a singer. The song below was her first hit at only 19. Called “7am” it is the story of a young student waking up early (at 7am) and detailling her fascination for Paul McCartney who she wishes could help her complete her homework.

Here again, you will see the naive accent and – honestly – can you resist her when she sings Elvis Presley?

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Jacqueline Taieb – 7 Heures du Matin