I found this this wonderful piece of ear candy (in this case a huge bar of Cadbury milk chocolate) on YouTube mid-last-year and boy was I lucky! But let me tell you a little more about Mr.Mauriat first before I get carried away. I understand that Mr.Mauriat ‘fine-tunes’ or remakes the instrumental part of many songs in addition to his original compositions, for instance Paul fine-tuned ‘I like Chopin’ (in the video above) which was originally done by Paul Mazzolini aka Gazebo who sang it, here’s his version. There’s more on Paul on this website.
Paul Mauriat (4 March 1925 – 3 November 2006) was a French orchestra leader, conductor of Le Grand Orchestre de Paul Mauriat, who specialized in the easy listening genre. He is best known in the United States for his million selling remake of André Popp’s “Love is Blue”, which was #1 for 5 weeks in 1968. Other recordings for which he is known include El Bimbo, “Toccata” and “Penelope.”
The first time I listened to Mr. Mauriat’s ‘I like Chopin’ I fell completely in love with it’s magical notes! Many times when I listen to this particular song of his, I close my eyes and every time I feel as if I’ve been transported onto the streets of Paris (where I very much would like to visit some day) and this feeling within me is impossible to describe! The music just flows inside of me and I’m filled with this elation, I can feel the music. It’s like if the notes will the cells of my being with this energy that I feel vibrating inside me. I’ll understand if you didn’t get what I meant to say, this sort of thing is dreadfully hard to describe precisely.
Somehow Mr.Mauriat’s music had made me fully appreciate Mozart and Bach, can’t tell you why, all I can do is feel. And he was the one who had made me fallen in love with the piano and the violin. The violin, in my opinion, is an instrument that must have fallen from heaven! When we love the music that certain artists dreamed up and made a reality, some of us might say they make ‘magic’, personally there’s only a very few of these men and women whom I consider to be true magicians and as you can imagine, Paul Mauriat is among that short list of mine, a list which I fondly refer to as The Magical Maestros.
You can expect more videos of Mr.Mauriat’s magical masterpieces in the future. Though he’s no longer with us today, I still would like to thank him for the music he had made for us to savour. With a heart brimming with gratitude, I thank you Mr.Mauriat.
In a another up-coming post I will introduce you all to another favourite artist of mine who also had secured his place on the The Magical Maestros. I really do hope you liked ‘I like Chopin’ :) I would very much love to hear your thoughts on what you think about his music as well as the work of those in this genre.
When Digory and Polly are tricked by Digory’s peculiar Uncle Andrew into becoming part of an experiment, they set off on the adventure of a lifetime. What happens to the children when they touch Uncle Andrew’s magic rings is far beyond anything even the old magician could have imagined.
Hurtled into the Wood between the Worlds, the children soon find that they can enter many worlds through the mysterious pools there. In one world they encounter the evil Queen Jadis, who wreaks havoc in the streets of London when she is accidentally brought back with them. When they finally manage to pull her out of London, unintentionally taking along Uncle Andrew and a coachman with his horse, they find themselves in what will come to be known as the land of Narnia.
Boy oh boy, was I glad I found The Magician’s Nephew before I began The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe! This book was simply magical! Diggory and Penny’s friendship and curiosity -the kind of curiosity which only children seemed to be blessed with- was the crucial bit that laid a foundation for the other books in the series. Though how horrid and cowardly (and ridiculously funny in his own way) Diggory’s uncle -the said ”Magician”- might have been, his role was just as important.
Here we learn about how the charming and wonderful world of Narnia came to be! Not forgetting how the White Witch, Queen Jadis, had come to lay her wretched eyes upon it’s bounty. I’m sucked into this magical world with Polly and Diggory, a world filled with love, magic, mystery, beauty beyond imagination and danger, it was certainly an honor to witness the birth of Narnia (my most favourite part), the coronation of it’s very first King and Queen and to be graced with Aslan’s noble presence, an honor I tell you.
I was filled inside with what I felt was the beginning of a rather fierce longing to be there in Narnia, to bask in the warmth of it’s new sun, to laugh and to live amongst it’s people (if I may say so for many of these people seem to have more than a pair of legs amongst other parts), to exist in a world where there were no barriers where the trees, animals and man alike can live together in harmony as a family, my kind of utopia.
I could go on but I shouldn’t, least I give away more than I already have. I highly recommend The Magician’s Nephew to everyone both adults and children, for no one’s too old for magic, adventure, friendship and love.