Monday, September 08, 2008

Swinging in Paris!


I was walking around the Saint Germain area today when I came across a fantastic band who was playing in the street. I couldn't help but stop to listen to them for quite a while (and contribute to their "paycheck" for the day...). I also found it interesting to capture an ad for a Bach concert in the background... They have a funny name - The Buddy DiCollette Band - and they can be hired for any type of event. I would really recommend them. I know most of you are far from here, so why not pay a little visit to their Myspace page?

45 comments:

  1. Nice capture, Eric. Rock on Buddy D Band! This singer looks a little like Robert Plant of Led Zep...of course, without the locks.

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  2. He also looks like an American guy I used to date when I lived in Paris. In fact, it's freakin' me out a bit.
    Glad to hear that street music is alive and well in Paris! (Wouldn't it be funny if they played at the wedding reception of yesterday's bride and groom?)

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  3. Eric: I went to their "Myspace page" and loved their version of "I Love Paris." I will go back and listen to more of their music...

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  4. Merci for the link to the music. Very cool, Eric. My daughter's little dog is named "Buddy" ;-)

    I knew it, Coltrane would have to be, just have to be, first! Enjoy wearing the GF crown on this musical event.

    gramma ann, Yeah, I agree, I love the way they do "I Love Paris" -- very jazzzy!

    This is so fun! Merci again and again Eric.

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  5. He looks familiar to me as well. Part art-student-I-knew-in-college-last-name-Wilson, part Christopher Walken, part Rick Schroeder.

    Extremely soulful capture. Do you use a rapid-fire function on your camera Eric?

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  6. Merci, Eric. Your photo brings memories of a sunny October afternoon in 2005 on the Petit Pont St. Louis. The former Wedding Band was wonderful then, and now we'll look forward to finding and listening to The Buddy DiCollette Band when we return to Paris in November.

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  7. Eric, thanks for the link to their myspace page. The band has a great sound. I noticed that, according to myspace - "If not otherwise engaged, they can often be seen week ends playing on the Petit Pont Saint Louis behind Notre Dame". I seen many individuals and bands preforming on that wonderful bridge. I think that the bridge can easily be called the center stage of Paris.

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  8. Eric this is really a compelling photo! It would make a great cover photo for a CD of their music. I would buy the CD without even hearing the music if I saw this photo! (And maybe it's because he's wearing a jacket and nice shirt that makes me think that he'll be playing the kind of music I'd want to listen to, and not loud unintelligible punk rock.) Anyway, it made me immediately go to their Myspace page to read more about them and listen to their music. They have a great sound, and a wide range of musical styles. And like David I saw that they're often on the Petit Pont Saint Lous -- now I know where I'll be spending a lot of my time soon!

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  9. Love the shot, Eric. I think I'd enjoy sitting in a cafe and listening to these guys. I'd enjoy them in a beautiful Paris park even more.

    I'm glad you chose black & white. It makes the singer pop out, makes me really look at him, makes him sophisticated and cool. I never know when to make the B&W choice, but you always do.

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  10. Very cool! They would be fun to listen to sitting in a cafe. There is something so sublime about listening to live music and relaxing with a good cup of coffee. (I hope you enjoyed your time there, Eric!)

    Thanks for sharing a great talent!

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  11. You're right, petrea, Eric does always know when to choose B&W! This one is definitely a perfect example and is so going in my collection of PDP faves.

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  12. This singer reminds me of Peter O'toole.
    You have so clearly captured him baring his soul as he sings. Very nice Eric.
    Thanks for the uplifting audio too!

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  13. Congrats to GF coltrane—tu dechires, mon ami!
    Went to the link (thanks, Eric), and I'm pretty sure the ex and I heard these guys on the pont St. Louis last time we were in Paris.
    I just want to be there NOW.

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  14. Alexa...merci! This group of muscians has a nice sound. Of course, I'm also listening to the drummer's ride cymbal and loving its warmth. Yeah, kooky huh? but your brother would understand.

    Would definitely enjoy listening to this band out on Pont St Louis and any others, too. This pont/music connect is great to know. "I'm banking this for future interest." KA-CHING! KA-CHING!

    BTW...the GF crown is now topped with a GOLDEN PORK PIE HAT! TSMonk is smiling! ;-)

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  15. When I saw this come up on the screen, I thought, "Oooh Coltrane is going to love it!" Was I right or was I right?

    I've bookmarked their site for one of those company events where I need to impress the audience. I can hear them asking, "Where DID you find this band?" I'll have to respond, "Why on PDP of course!"

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  16. It's great to hear about a vibrant street scene. I wonder where in the area they were playing? Could not have been on the blvd. St. Germain. Hmmm.

    Absolutely nothing to do with the photo: I had planned to send an e-mail to everyone in my picnic autograph book. I apologize to all of you. The weekend was too busy with housework and helping a friend. Communicating with you all is still on my list. I am sure you will stop your lives to wait for me, n'est-ce pas? !!

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  17. Maybe we could have the next PDP picnic in the vicinity of this band's musical presence.

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  18. Excellent idea Petrea! But I would guess that the PDP picnic wouldn't move to where they are, but they would come to us! I can also see you standing there in a sultry black dress ("100% silk" of course) singing Mack the Knife with him while Coltrane is jazzing alongside...

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  19. Oh Eric and all, PLEASE forgive me for another post which I clearly will state is NOT related...but...

    I came across this 2007 safety video for the airlines, outlining the future of flying and have no way to get it to PHX-CDG, our favourite flight attendant/PDP fan! Ok, it could be related for those of you saving up to come to Paris. Believe me, it might be more expensive than you think!

    LOL!

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  20. mmmm Michael I adore Mack the Knife.

    This band sounds great Eric and what a marvellous capture - he looks stylish and, frankly, rather yummy...:)

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  21. I was trolling around the internet at oh- dark- hundred( an airline term for very early in the am) and decided to check out that video, Michael. LOL, I hope it doesn't scare people away!!!I would love to give someone one peanut as a joke one day.
    Plz forgive me , too.

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  22. Tiens je découvre ce blog et je dois dire que j'adore le concept. Bon j'habite à Paris mais ça ne m'empêche pas d'avoir envie de découvrir un nouvel aspect de cette ville toujours pleine de surprise et en constant renouvellement jour après jour.
    Jolie photo aujorud'hui, j'aime aussi croiser des groupes dans la rue...

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  23. Me too, lynn. One of my all time favorite songs.

    Haven't watched the vid yet, Michael, but I don't care how expensive it is I WILL make it to Paris soon. Even if I do have to miss a couple of payments on bills!!! I could go without cable for awhile, right? Or perhaps my landline service. Yeah, I can do without that for awhile!!! Who uses landlines anymore anyways?!?

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  24. Ah, to be swinging in Paris!

    I really like the expression on
    his face, Eric. Nice capture.

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  25. When that shark bites
    With his teeth, dear,
    Scarlet billows
    Start to spread.

    Fancy gloves, though,
    Wears old MacHeath, d d dear,
    So there's never,
    Never a trace of red.

    I have a Brian Setzer Orchestra CD on which he covers a number of classics. He does a fabulous job of Mac The Knife. The Buddy DiCollette Band sounds pretty fun. I've always loved good sax. ;)

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  26. Hilarious video, Michael!

    I'm already doing without a landline, Soosha. I don't miss it.

    Next, cable.

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  27. Oh I couldn't live without cable. Not enough of the shows I watch can be found online!

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  28. I haven't had a landline phone for close to 5 years. I don't miss it and I no longer get telemarketers calls...Yippee !!

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  29. Landline and DSL is all I got. Well, and regular FM radio. Now that California has a "hands-free" mobile phone law, I feel much safer.

    OOOH! Wouldn't it be cool to have a swing-arm microphone attached to the ceiling of the car?! Like the one in the picture here - it could be like a sound studio with a view! When OnStar works that into the deal, I might go there, finally.

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  30. un très beau portrait b&w et merci pour le lien, j'aime beaucoup leurs musiques.

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  31. PHX and Petrea, the charge for viewing the 'future of flying' video is $5. Exact change is appreciated.

    An airline which shall remain unnamed posts on its website that the charge for checked luggage is $15 except for those who paid "full fare in economy class". But buying the ticket at the normal price listed online is not full fare. "Full fare" Minneapolis-Chicago (a one-hour flight) would be over $1,000. Go figure. So, read the stuff carefully--and you probably still won't understand it.

    Beudeu geu deu. Pffffff!

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  32. I agree Coltrane, he looks like R.Plant, but what about David Bowie ?! It's quite impressive!
    Once again, the B&W makes the picture. I mean, Eric's talent excepted, the B&W makes it. :)

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  33. This is a very professional image. I would have been very proud to have captured this. He is so sharply focused against the blurred bacKground. Really adds extra depth. Humour in the poster too. B&w It just had to be. Excellent work.

    Thanks for the link. The island lacks live street music.

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  34. Petrea : "Maybe we could have the next PDP picnic in the vicinity of this band's musical presence." Now that's an idea!

    You're right Guille, he looks like David Bowie (well on this photo). I'm not so sure about Lawrence of Arabia (I mean Peter O'Toole!) Lily

    Michael the video is to ROTFL, really!

    Merci Foley;)

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  35. You know who else I thought he looks kind of like. Dennis Leary. Just a bit.

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  36. Pour la peine, je me retrouve à faire de la pub pour PdP et pour The Buddy DiCollette Band sur mon blog. Me suis permis de reprendre la photo afin d'agrémenter le post, mais je la garde sous copyright PdP. Si d'aventure vous souhaitez que je l'enlève...

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  37. Honestly, I'm not "on" anything. But when I look at this marvelous photo it seems that his shoulders move ever so slightly! You really captured a living moment. Now I'm off to check out the link...

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  38. The Buddy DiCollette Band is quite special; a great sound!

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  39. I'm listening to them now. How wonderful!

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  40. Thank you for your quick eye and appreciation for our music! Your thoughtful words make it a pleasure fulfilled playing in this great city of yours. A Bientot,Bill C.of the Buddy Di collette Band

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