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Recent music mood is a little bit soul. After last week’s music “Love Reborn”, here comes another soul music group Simply Red, Mick Hucknall as vocal. Mick Hucknall is somehow like Toshi Kubota, they have much better and charming voices than their look and physical movement (sorry about this personal judgment…). Despite different country of origins and cultural influences, they make great soul grooves.

Simply Red is an English soul band originally formed in 1985. Their music style is influenced by soul, rock, R&B and new romanticism (style of 80s, such as David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes, Culture Club, Duran Duran). Fairground is Simply Red's only UK No.1 single, staying at the top for four weeks in Sept/Oct 1995. The song itself just like the title “fairground”, is cheerful, playful, colorful, positive-spirited. I like the rhythm accompanied with light percussions full of samba ambience.

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There was a time in Japan when soul, funk and R&B music was American and mainly the domain of smoky little six-seat counter bars in certain areas. In the 80s, R&D and soul was first made as part of J-Pop by Toshi Kubota (久保田利伸). He is purely Japanese, but he can deliver the smooth grooves as naturally and soulfully just like other great R&B style singers in America.

Once I heard of his song “Love Reborn” remixed by KC Matsuo(松尾潔), the top Japanese R&B music producer, in a compilation album “smooth”, one can be charmed by his silky soulful voice. The song is beautiful, the remix decorates with a lot of “sparkles” to bring in a jazzy but still R&B ambience.

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美國基洛夫學校在四月份第一次到台灣為學年班與暑期班學生進行甄選。校長Marat Daukayev親自來台,並在甄選之餘為台灣各個年齡與程度的芭蕾愛好者開了四場大師班。

我在4/11連續看了兩堂大師班並參加了簡短的大師座談,第一次親身接觸俄派芭蕾的精美,第一次親眼看見Vaganova傳統的展現。我更加了解俄派所重視並喻為特色的purity和port de bras之美是怎麼回事。

Marat Daukayev in Master Class 0411 Taipei

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Ne me quitte pas" ("Don't leave me") is a song written and sung in French by the Belgian singer and song writer Jacques Brel in 1959. I might heard of this song in some Chanson albums but first time it had a strike on me was from Almodovar’s film La Ley del Deseo.

Brel’s interpretation is probably the most intensive one which can make one shed tears by only listening to his voice and emotion. The song itself is a drama (or a melodrama), which can be powerful as a theatrical piece. Here is to share the choreography by Maurice Bejart (whose dance I don’t particularly appreciate but who always have great dancers) performed by Elizabeth Ros.

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Bambino is a very “internationalized” song. It was originally a Neapolitan song, later made an international hit by Egyptian/Italian/French singer Dalida in 1956. I learned about this song from a Jewish/Andalusian/Algerian artists Lili Boniche sung in Arabic language.

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In the downturn, in recent intensive work, this Pet Shop Boy song is quite motivating and entertaining.

“Catch the opportunities and let’s make a lot of money!”

2nd release version in 1986 by Pet Shop Boys

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