Friday, February 10, 2012

[FEATURE]: Cecile Corbel

Friday, February 10, 2012

Now I want to introduce you guys to someone I've recently discovered.

It took me quite a few months to find the album of Ghibli's latest movie The Borrower's Arrietty Soundtrack, I know you know how I'm a big fan of the production but you can't blame me because they make great animation and soundtrack, anyway, back to the topic, I finally got hold of the album! *doing a happy dance* :) So I was listening & looking through it and I notice the name of the composer , the name was quite new to me because I'm usually (a little bit) familiar with Studio Ghibli's composers & musicians so this new name perks my interest of who the person is. So I've done a bit of research.

Meet Cecile Corbel, a French-Breton singer & harper. (If your wondering what Breton is, it means a Celtic language of Brittany which is a northwestern province in France). She has already released four original albums and has worked for Studio Ghibli as a composer for the The Borrower's Arrietty 2010 Film.  She became known to Ghibli filmmakers when she sent them a fan letter showing her appreciation of their films, together with a copy of her own album. After hearing the album of her music she had sent them, they thought they should collaborate with her for the music of this film. [Info Credits to Wikipedia] The movie's main theme "Arrietty's Song" has not only been composed by her but she also sang it in English, Japanese, French, German & Italian.

I'm really fascinated by her right now but what I really like about her the most is that she plays the harp! I mean, I love piano, violin, cello & guitar but a music played in harp, for me, it sounds pretty surreal & mystically beautiful, it makes me think of how you would portray an Angel or a Nymph be playing with an instrument. 

To be honest, if you listen to her music, you would somehow want to put her into groups with Enya but I'm not saying that she's really like her, my point is, they both make a very different kind of music, one that is utterly surreal, the kind of impression that it is somehow like fantasy, and at the same time magically beautiful~haha, I know, I suck with my description (very cheesy) but that's how close I can literally explain it.

(This video is the theme song from the movie The Secret World of Arrietty)

(I personally like this MV. I don't know why but it gives me a feeling that I'm watching something out from reality but at the same time it's eerily beautiful. And oh, the song is actually one of her originals.) 

Don't worry, I'll be sharing you guys more of her songs soon. For now, enjoy listening to the videos.


Friday, February 3, 2012

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Friday, February 3, 2012

So I was browsing Alex's blog awhile ago and guess what album I come across with? It's kinda amusing that after all this years, the one album that had me to start liking Classical music is this, comes smiling back at me at my screen: 

It's actually my sister who owns it and gotten it as freebie from her kid's pediatrician all-while back when I was still in grade school. I just can't help but smile about it since I can still remember how I can't even pronounce 'Tchaikovsky' and guess what track is my favorite in this album, haha, I guess it's already obvious since I've given the name of the composer and also the fact the I made the track title as my today's post title.

I could still remember how I was so into this piece since every time I play it, I always think the animation movie 'Barbie in the Nutcracker' and back then I was obsessed with it and don't try to blame me because I was a little girl back then who loves Barbie movies but not the actual doll because that freaks me out. I was never really the little girly princess as a kid but there's no harm in daydreaming about it especially if you have a handsome Prince Charming in it, haha.

The album was really the first thing that made me love Classical music, I think. I could still remember how I would close my eyes and listen to it carefully because back then it was the kind of music that I don't listen or hear around me everyday and back then I always find it fascinating, mysterious and out of the my-own world music. 

If you want to download the whole album, do visit Alex blog, All Music for Soul, and here's a direct link to the Album, just CLICK ME.

Good Eve!


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Moving On...February!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Happy Hearts Month Everybody!

Now I'm wondering, in a while that I've been gone, has everyone  found some special someone to spend this month? I hope most has but exclude to that because I'm totally  not available this month because this month is gonna be a start of something else for me, hmmn, I bet your wondering what that is but don't because it's not related to a boys or the like, haha :D

Anyway, no more lame excuse post of why haven't updated-blah blah blah from me from now on so I'll just cut thru the chase. I'm sorry for being somehow negative from most of my posts last year, that's why I'm trying to be cheery for this year, because this year is gonna be the year that I must be positive and hard working! YEAH!!!

Moving on...

So I doubt that you don't know whose my starting of the month artist will be because if you love love & heartbreak songs then you surely know who Adele is, don't you? Who don't because I totally gonna curse your love life this year! *Haha, just kidding* But tell me who haven't heard her emotional songs because I totally gonna recommend for you to listen to her albums now!!! As in Right NOW! She really has a great voice and great songs.

Truly, I think Adele is one of the greatest artist that I had truly admire for this last decade because her songs are something that I surely know that will be a Classic after 50 years or so; It might be a little sad to listen to the meaning behind each of the songs but on the other side, it also tells me how strong the female protagonist of each song is, how they were able to face reality, to have to let go, and move on. I don't know for others but for me  it's something I think everyone should be able to do, not just in life but in every problems we encounter to.

So here's my a video of an instrumental cover from Jun Sung Ahn of Someone Like You by Adele. It's a pretty great cover in Violin and I enjoyed watching this twins too they good too!Hope everyone loves it! :)

And here's an mp3 version if you want. 

 You can visit there YouTube Channel if you want to listen to there other covers, just click the underlined word, JuNCurryAhn

P.S. You might hear some attach music at the end, so don't wonder about it because I just converted the video.