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    Quote Originally Posted by stunningbabe
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    bobby...Malaysia is a Commonwealth country...but English is not the official language....though it is common to hear English spoken here. French is not used in Malaysia...except by French speaking tourists to each other.




    Ah, I couldn't remember what part of the Far East you were from. I was thinking that French was more common in VietNam.









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    I am surprised to hear there are French 'Beatles'! Can you share some video links of them?




    Here's a video of "Les Baronets", complete with the "Beatle suits and haircuts". The guy on the left is Rene Amgelil, Celine Dions' manager/husband. This stuff sure takes me back. I saw these guys performing "Live", and they were a heckuva lot better in person, than their video suggests.



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6SC-s2I8cY



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSiAYejiqJA
    Veni, Vidi, Velcro;

    (I came, I saw, I stuck around)

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    • #17
      Wow...I really enjoyed those Links! While we are at French music....are there some well known 80's and 90's French songs that you know...but for people like me don't? Any youtube link?

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      • #18
        Formidable!
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        • #19






          Quote Originally Posted by stunningbabe
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          ....are there some well known 80's and 90's French songs that you know...but for people like me don't? Any youtube link?




          Another musical friend of mine sings "Reste Un Peu" by Anik K. Couldn't find it on youtube.
          Hi Mom!

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          • #20






            Quote Originally Posted by stunningbabe
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            Wow...I really enjoyed those Links! While we are at French music....are there some well known 80's and 90's French songs that you know...but for people like me don't? Any youtube link?




            Well SB, here's a documentary video on a group which performed in French,,,, in California. The video switches back and forth between French and English. The group is called "Harmonium", and these folks were world-class artists/performers. The video really illustrates the parallel cultural existence that I mentioned earlier.



            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYv7GPuQG1c



            Here's a group that had the most incredible harmonies; "Beau Dommage"



            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOBB3QgNKDY



            This guy had SO much heart; Gerry Boulet



            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpwmvjfFshM



            This was a huge "hit" back in the late 60's; Robert Charlebois



            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79Mwjz-2yY8



            A lot of this stuff I posted is outdated of course, but they were huge at the time. Although these acts performed in French, it's VERY common to see all-English acts here in Quebec, especially in and around Montreal. I've seen the Rolling Stones do three consecutive shows for example, with sell-out crowds of over 300,000 people over the three days.Pink Floyd would draw similar crowds.



            The Montreal International Jazz festival, is one of the worlds' largest music festivals, and features groups/performers from around the planet. The name "Jazz-Festival" is misleading. There's every style of music imaginable. The Mont Tremblant Blues festival is another superb annual event. Music is such a wonderful force to bring us all together,,,, I LOVE it.



            My apologies Pogo97, I don't mean to hi-jack your thread.
            Veni, Vidi, Velcro;

            (I came, I saw, I stuck around)

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            • #21
              I loved it! KaZOO!

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              • #22
                I think you should put something together and perform at weddings. People still get married, right?
                <div class="signaturecontainer">Here's a tip - if you put out some horrible lo-fi recording that sounds like a Gorilla banging an antelope while using a vacuum with a bad belt drive to suck up a floor full of marbles and silverware - and folks don't line up in mass numbers to hop on your wagon... maybe it ain't us who don't &quot;get it&quot;. - THX1138</div>

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                • #23
                  I wish you could. We basically can't buy a gig in this town. We don't do what the venues are looking for. (And we haven't done a good job of marketing ourselves, either, fwiw.)

                  In the mid-seventies, Diane had her own national show on the CBC, "The Diane Stapley Show." And she's been in professional music and theatre since she was fifteen, when she started as the singer in a swing band. But the entertainment industry is no friend to age and now she's dependent on the pension and supplement and a bit of vocal teaching. It's barely enough to get by on. It's frustrating to me and scary for her but what can you do? Record videos in my living room, I suppose.


                  Yes ageism is alive and well in the music industry. Just the other day I needed to find a replacement for my duo partner. I phoned the agent to run a few names by him, and he vetoed one name on the basis that the guy was too old looking - whatever that means. Kind of upset me as my suggestion is a great player and singer.

                  Hopefully you guys can find a niche, because I think folks would really enjoy your stuff. I would try retirement homes, Christmas parties, upscale house parties, and quirky and quaint summertime gigs like cultrual festivals, farmer's markets... There's also ribbon cutting ceremonies, cocktail portion of weddings, wedding ceremonies and so on.

                  And maybe I'm getting old myself, but I think your friend still looks good.

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                  • #24
                    I think the whole point is, Diane still has a wonderful 'ear", technical prowess, and showmanship. Add to that the fact that she's pitch-perfect, and still very attractive, and you've got a heck of a combination. It's all in the marketing and presentation.

                    That said, I know how tough it is to get gigs in small communities these days. Sometimes, you have to take the bull by the horns, and MAKE things happen; become an impresario.
                    Veni, Vidi, Velcro;

                    (I came, I saw, I stuck around)

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