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“Spend a lifetime” by Jamiroquai

Like the morning sun has just begun, Girl, Like the rain on my window pane, Girl, If I could make you stay more than one day..

Title: Spend a Lifetime / Artist: Jamiroquai / Album: Traveling without Moving (1997)

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“Amour a Mort” by Les Nubians

“Si l’amour meurt, alors dit moi ce qu’il reste: des cases vides, des causes injustes, juste des gestes” 

When the love dies, tell me what’s left: only empty homes, unjust causes and meaningless gestures.


Title: Amour A Mort/ Artist: Les Nubians/ Album: One Step Forward, 2003

“Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime” by Beck

I really hesitated about whether to put this version up or whether to go with the original by “The Korgis” released in 1980.  My heart went with Beck’s version probably because of how I feel about the movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004 – Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet) which is where I first heard the song.

This song is about second chances.  The endless opportunity afforded to us by every second of life, to take a new direction.

Be who you want to be.

Title: Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime / Artist: Beck / Album: Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind Soundtrack, 2004

“Tanto Tempo” by Bebel Gilberto

“Tanto Tempo” is about living in the moment without the need to rationalize or question anything.  It’s about recklessly immersing yourself in the “now”, which is the ultimate acknowledgement that it is all there is.

Every day is good day.

Title: Tanto Tempo /Artist: Bebel Gilberto /Album: Tanto Tempo, 2000

“La Mer Opale” by Coralie Clement

“La Mer Opale” should come with a warning sticker.  The first time I came across this, I was under its spell for a week straight.  I’m talking non-stop playback….back to back to back….I still remember people walking in and out of my dorm room wondering what this “weird French song” was?!  

The interesting anecdote about Coralie Clement is that her career began pretty much accidentally.  Her beginnings as a vocalist came as a result of her producer/songwriter older brother (Benjamin Biolay) using her to test his songwriting skills.  Needless to say, he soon realized that “petite soeur” had something special.

Folksy guitars, a tambourine, sweeping pads and an incredible clarinet performance that totally catches you off-guard halfway through the song, make this a simple but really special composition.Coralie Clement (only 19 when this was recorded) delivers a classic performance over her brother’s production.  Her extremely breathy and sensual voice perfectly blends into the jazzy arrangement. 

Title: La Mer Opale – Artist: Coralie Clement – Album: Salles des Pas Perdus, 2001

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