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"Competitive Foursome" (by the Salut Salon)

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 04 july 2014 - no comments

Violin and cello are among the most difficult instruments to play. A french singer and humorist, Bobby Lapointe, said that "Violin, you can either play it right, or play it tzigane". The Salut Salon quartet plays these intstruments, and play around, demonstrating their talent.

Pierre-Yves Plat

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 15 may 2014 - no comments

Pierre-Yves Plat is a french pianist, who, in my sense, is a really good interpreter. In the album below, he gives his own rendition of several classical pieces.

You see, in my opinion, when a musician or singer interprets a famous song, more often than not, they try to mimic the original performer, and the result is not interesting. But sometimes, they try and give a bit of their own personality in their rendition, and the results enhances the original song. Or at least bring something new. For instance, Billy Paul's version of Your song is completely different from Elthon John's original song.

Here one of my favorite is Pierre-Yves Plat's version of Liszt's Liebestraum (track 7), which is one of my favorite piano piece.

Finnish Whistler

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 08 april 2014 - no comments

Roger Whittaker, unexpectedly, is not Finnish but British, and he can whistle extremmely well. He wrote this song while he lived in Finland, and it became very popular over there.

Amazing Drum Solo

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 01 april 2014 - no comments

When I was younger, almost a lifetime ago, I used to play drums. Well, I wish I could say I played as well as this guy.

Nick Pitera

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 07 may 2012 - no comments

Nick Pitera has an amazing voice, with an incredible range letting him sing both male and female parts in famous songs. Here are the covers I most like from him.

Rhenish Symphony

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 06 november 2011 - no comments

Robert Schumman's 3rd symphony in E flat major, also called Rhenish Symphony, is known for being an inspiration for James Horner's work on the original score of the movie Willow.