"Those who have experienced Paris have advantage over those who have not. We are the ones who have glimpsed a little bit of heaven, down here on earth." - Deirdre Kelly

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Paris Playlist #22 ~ Reminisce

"Sometimes I cry, when I can't do nothing else." 
- Chris Stapleton, Traveller (2015)

In December, Mr. G and I celebrated 30 years of loving each other. As is to be expected, reaching such a milestone, has led me to reminisce about our early years - before marriage and our beautiful three, when we were teenagers and twenty-somethings. There are literally thousands of sweet/bittersweet memories. But one set of memories have stood out - dancing to a slow jam with my love.

*For the few of you who don't know, a slow jam is a moody, passionate, romantic song - usually from the Rhythm & Blues and Soul music genres. A slow jam captures lovers' moments in time - meeting, falling in and out of love, breaking up, moving on, getting back together, a combination of all of the above. Back in the day: in a dark smokey club, on a crowded dance floor, holding each other close, his hand at the small of your back, swaying to the music, a soulful voice crooning...oh yeah. 

30 years later, Mr. G and I still love to dance - we regularly meet our friends, at our local hangout, and trip the light fantastic. It's some wonderful fun but 21st century D.J.s no longer play slow jams, even when requested. I've noticed this disturbing trend at wedding receptions too. Quelle tristesse! But just because D.J.s no longer play slow jams, and so few contemporary artists record them, doesn't mean that they no longer exist. You may have to search for them but when you find one...

A few months ago, while watching the Country Music Awards, Justin Timberlake performed with a good friend - Chris Stapleton - and they tore down the house!

"I can't drink you away. I've tried Jack, I've tried Jim.
I've tried all of them." - Justin Timberlake

Chris Stapleton's amazing voice made me want to hear more - to iTunes! That's where I found his 21st century slow jam: "Sometimes I Cry." And once you listen to it, you'll know why I had to add it to my Paris Playlist.

"Sometimes I Cry" - Chris Stapleton (Bing Lounge)

I miss slow jamming and I truly believe that slow jams make the world a better place. Besides, what's more Parisienne? So I guess I'm going to have to lead a revolution. Slow Jams for all! D. J.s get ready. In the meantime, I encourage you to create your own slow jam playlist and sway with your honey at home or wherever/whenever you get the chance. Bien Sur, I'm working on a 'Slow Jam Paris Play List.' Please send me your favorites.

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!


Friday, January 08, 2016

start as you mean to finish...

"Write it on your heart that 
every day is the best day of the year."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

My mother has the most excellent sayings. One or two for every occasion and situation. One of my favorites is 'start as you mean to finish.' For me, the last and first months of the year embody this sentiment...

December 20th: Mr. G and I celebrated 30 years in love 

My Gents!
Maude's - Celebrating 30 years of loving Mr. G with the fantabulous Matt & Neal

Of course Christmas Eve and Day is all about our motley family crew...


Rory (14)

Sage (12)

Never (10)

Sweet Coco

And on every New Year's day, Mr. G and I steal away for a few hours to welcome the new year at our favorite state's side French restaurant...

I wish you all a very happy, love filled and prosperous 2016. Start as you mean to finish ;-}

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!


Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Hello December...

"When there's snow on the ground, 
I like to pretend I'm walking on clouds."
- Takayuki Ikkaku

Hello My Lovelies!
Yes, I am still here and I miss you dearly. Almost finished with a particularly challenging semester but I'll see you soon ;-}

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Walk on...

"When you walk through a storm 
hold your head up high and don't be afraid of the dark.
At the end of the storm there's a golden sky...Walk on.
Walk on with hope in your heart. 
And you'll never walk alone."
- Rogers and Hammerstein (1945)

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Paris Playlist #21 - Générique

"Don't play what's there, play what's not there." 
- Miles Davis

In November 1958, Miles Davis traveled to Paris for a month long engagement at Club Saint Germain. He wound up staying a few extra days when he was asked to record the score to the film noir classic - Ascenseur pour l'échafaud. Along with three native Frenchmen and one expatriate, the quintet recorded the entire soundtrack during the first few days of December, without relying on written material - by watching the movie on a screen in front of them and improvising - playing what was not there. "Generique" is the first track. It's haunting, sensual, melancholy, brilliant. Paris.

"Générique," Ascenseur pour l'échafaud 

Miles Davis Quintet:
Miles Davis (Trumpeter)
Barney Wilen (Soprano Saxophonist)
Rene Urtreger (Pianist)
Kenny Clark (Drums)  

Vivre, Rire, Aimer,

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

the Bees Knees

"The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams."
- Henry David Thoreau

I am so proud and excited - my latest Postcard TO Paris is live at Belle Inspiration! Under the divine direction of the fantabulous Mimi, this already gorgeous online magazine has taken some time off to update, refreshen and is more beautiful than ever: photos are bigger (and even more gorgeous), the articles - wow. If you don't have a subscription, you need to get one dès que possible! I am so grateful that I'm a member of this team. If only I could be there everyday. I miss Paris. Sigh... 

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!

With Rik, Master Bee Keeper

Sunday, August 16, 2015

the righteous mighty...

14 January 1940-15 August 2015

American social activist, leader of the Civil Rights Movement, politician, professor, writer, 
one of the righteous mighty.

23 March 1963, Atlanta, Georgia

They organized, lobbied, boycotted, walked, marched, sat-in. They fought for the rights(s) of full citizenship; risking life, limb and simple comfort - for us. All of us. And though they were beaten, jailed and killed, they would not be moved. They changed the world. And I am so grateful. There are so few of the righteous mighty left. Now there is one less.

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