Give motion to your memories 

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Time has become a lot more important since I became a parent. Like most, I have always been fascinated by the concept of time. Cinematography and photography are the art forms that record time, and time is their main element, like sound is to music and color to painting. One would often find me listening to cinematic scores. Beyond purely fascinating, I find them magical, moving and intriguing. Musicians compose based on images or a movie and, when listening, I find myself creating my own movie in my mind set to that same sound. Cinematic music takes me places; it is a form of traveling for me. Because it is created to complements a script, it has the power to tell stories. It “gives” motion to my travel memories and for that alone, I absolutely love it! I always get excited to choose the music for a slideshow of travel pictures because it tell half the story. Music changes everything. It creates a special feeling when you’re flipping through images on your computer, iPhone or in your mind.

One of the most compelling soundtracks is the Arrival of the Birds from The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos. That music takes you places. It’s a different experience for everyone, but it inevitably and simultaneously stimulates the brain, the soul and the spirit. Give it a try – sit back, relax, click on here, close your eyes and listen. Enjoy your travels.

Care to share where it took you? Here is a sneak peak of my journey:

Flying into Cancun, Mexico. 



*Last but not least, for a real treat, check out the ONGOING tour dates of the legendary Hans Zimmerman here . Go experience the real magic of cinematic music LIVE!

 

Happy #MusicMonday everyone!

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Summer in Paris

It is always a good idea to runaway to Paris! Impromptu dates are my favorite! I personally think that towards the end of summer and the beginning of fall everything just seems perfait for a weekend getaway. I still remember the summer when I first heard this tune and instantly fell in love with it. It is a smooth and jazzy track with some great, airy and warm vocals by Anggun.  It is one of those pieces that has the power to simply teleport you. It was released in 2002 yet I became a lifetime fan in 2005- 10 years later and I still get chills every time I listen to it! I get to go back to Paris each time I play it (#priceless). The track is the perfect recipe for a quick, 6 minute to be exact, escape to the ‘city of lights’. Make sure you add it to your library and soundtrack your next trip!

Hit ‘Play’, close your eyes, and… time to take off à Paris!

Listen on iTunes or Spotify

Dream of Venice

How do you go back to the memories and emotions you experienced while traveling and exploring a new place? How do you recreate the anticipation, amazement and excitement your adventure brought? Most people go back to their pictures. Some read the notes or diaries they wrote along the way. For me, music is the ultimate means of going back in time. There are certain songs that can bring back emotions – the euphoria felt once you realize that your longing dream to go somewhere is now a reality. Or that rush of adrenaline I feel every time I’m at the airport and about to start my next unforgettable journey! (I always feel a range of emotions when I’m at airports, which I’m planning to cover in a separate post. There is something very special and intimate both at arrivals and departures.)

I was about 15 years old when I first came across this song. It took me years, back in the early 00s, to find the version that I liked the most and that made me dream of the day I would visit Italia. Once I started going through the pictures we captured this past summer, I already knew that the perfect soundtrack to our dreamy, colorful and emotional journey through Venice: Zizi Possi’s Per Amore.

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Zizi is in fact a Brazilian singer! Is that a coincidence, given my passion and love for Brazil?I don’t think so!☺ Brazil has an astounding number of immigrants from Italy, including members of Zizi’s family. As a tribute to them and their extensive musical culture, the wonderful Brazilian singer has put together some very sensitive renditions of melodic, Neapolitan songs in a very “Brazilian” execution, which showcase that sense of “saudade”, so typical of Brazilian music.

Cogli l’attimo! (“Seize the moment”, in Italian) Music helps me capture the precious moments during our unforgettable travels. Hearing that certain song can take me straight back to a specific time and place. So my advice to you is: Keep traveling, collect songs and expand your playlists! Do you have a song that transports you to somewhere else? Let me know in the comments below.

If interested, check my travel video below! Get inspired and feel the love and magic of Venice!

The End of Summertime

There probably aren’t many other songs that have been recorded more than “Summertime”. Musicians from the entire spectrum of music genres have covered it. (More than 25,000 times according to Wikipedia,!) Yes, there are a number of iconic renditions, among which are Billie Holiday’s version (released 1936), Ella Fitzgerald accompanied by Louis Armstrong in 1957, and Miles Davis instrumental (1959)

So, given the number of times it has been sung, the different styles, and the different times, it is hard to believe that someone will find a new way to showcase the tune. Still, today I present to you the track that blew my mind over the weekend.

A stunningly sweet singer with a uniquely expressive voice and a timeless sound: Kat Edmonson

The tune: Summertime

You be the judge! Enough said.

Of course, I haven’t listened to all 25,000 versions of the tune. However, once I listened to this version, I fell in love right away. It brought out the the chills and excitement of hearing and old tune with an unexpected and ravishing, spin.

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