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Saturday, October 28, 2006

C'est Parti

Last Saturday night Cecile and I went and saw Xavier Rudd (Australian - but no relation to Kevin I'm guessing) at Elysee Montmatre with two of Cecile's friends, Dorothy and Gregoire. As you can see Xavier was the sole person on stage. He played drums, guitars, didgeridoo, harmonica, all at the same time. It was pretty darn impressive! It was interesting to see a Parisian audience at work. They are much more encouraging than Australian audiences. They have a "I've come to have fun so let's party" attitude rather than the australian "look mate we could all do that so don't expect me to clap or anything". Xavier would drop the word Paris into one of his songs and everyone went berserk. It was classic. (By contrast, I remember a Dave Matthews band concert I was at in Sydney where the bass guitarist impro'd his way into the Australian national anthem and everybody went silent and sort of looked at each other awkwardly.) It was also interesting hearing Xavier trying to explain the significance of the particular didgeridoo he was playing to about 2000 Parisians... All in all it was a great night though with a lot of foot stamping, yelping and much peace and love.

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I took this photo one morning before going off to French classes from our bathroom window... Also, just wanted to mention that I've changed the settings on this blog so that you don't have to be a member to leave a comment (i always find that sort of thing annoying) so feel free to go ahead and say g'day.
ps: don't dispair, i have a lot more interesting stories to come than "this is the view from my bathroom"... but for some reason the blog is having problems so will post more later...

4 comments:

Angela Lehn said...

Goddag ven! Hvordan gå det? Do your language skills go back that far James? Well, I hope that you are truly enjoying being back in Europe, no less Paris and being with Ceciel. I´m back as well, studying my masters at the Copenhagen Business School and enjoying life with Klaus. Anyway, it´s been a while so if you have time in between your French classes, drop me a line. Or just come visit if you have a free weekend. P.S. They have torn down Spaniensgade though you can still see the SM spray painted wall. I´ll take a picture and send it out soon. Sorry its so long, but glad to hear what´s new in your life. Vi ses - Angela

Anonymous said...

Life sounds tough in the City of Lurve!! Keep having fun.. go and stand under the Eiffel Tower and look up sometime. You're in France!
Peace, Fiona

easey said...

Dude,

Going to see Xavier when he reaches NYC. Looking forward to it. Always an impressive gig.

Good to see you're settling in to a rhythm there.

Cheers

Ben Fletcher said...

Hey Mate - just lettin you know im reading your entries and look forward to hearing about the adventures... ps im bored on sundays... :) peace out.