Pascal Derrien

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A Burning Obsession

A Burning Obsession

The stuff I have produced lately has been a bit on the heavy side of things I must admit, so I kind of thought why not lightening up a bit today and talk about one of the most consuming obsession of my life which is music. And because I spoke French first, music is a she for me if that’s alright with you: ''la musique, elle est belle’''😊

Music, Recordings & Encore

What a luxury it was when I got my red turntable when I was 5 or 6 years of age, it was a Philipps, and I got a few 45s with it. I suppose that is how my mind started to function in stereo because not matter how much my head wanted to be a musician it turned out quickly that it was evident I had to two ‘’left’’ hands. I would have loved to play bass but did not possess the rigor nor the talent for it but I am wiser now and maybe I should give it another shot 😊

The following years, I became obsessed by music and besides collecting LPs and K7, I ended up writing for underground fanzines first and interviewed obscure punk hard core bands, then I got an official press pass and was thrown into the semi-professional circus allowing me to meet and see the first gigs of the stars of today.

On the side, I was managing two bands on and off, one when I was 18, a trash metal band which after producing a few demos got dismantled following a 3-day tour in Paris, our claim to fame being opening for Californian recording bands Forbidden and Sacred Reich. At age 22 I got back into it and I managed an indie/rock song writer and his band, we had a great follow up and I crowdfunded and executively produced a 4 track CD that almost got us signed by Sony Music.

A year ago, I met Dani K a talented and gifted rock photographer who asked me to join NeuweltMusic as album and concert reviewer and I must say it has been a blast to get back in to the game. Now I don’t have as much time as I used to, and I often must turn down offers but we managed a video interview from the Mission on their last tour to name one, we are slowly building a good reputation for ourselves as I am also getting my reviews picked up by labels and retweeted by artists. But more than anything else for me it is fun, and I think I am somewhat back to where I belong.

Alive and Kickin’

As you can guess (;-), music has been a constant and loyal companion, it is everywhere I go. The kitchen has always some music boiling, there is music roaring in the car all the time, I listen to music when I run, the stereo is rarely turned off upstairs, and the laptops are full of downloads of cool and innovative groups.

I used to spend countless hours in records shops but nowadays I am probably more prone to be seen roaming thru the internet, when if I am not exchanging ideas or articles with two groups of music lovers I am part of on Facebook I am checking out bios, videos and explore my favorite channel which is Mahogany Sessions.

I love concerts, I went to too many gigs to remember them all but what I know is that the ultimate defining moment for an artist is on stage. I took my 9-year son (at the time) to see AC/DC live (with Brian Johnson please don’t mention the other guy to me…😊) and I try to go and see a band playing every 5 or 6 weeks depending on what Dani get a review pass for.

I love lyricists such as Stephen Jenkins from Third Eye Blind and there are tons of others in a similar register, I like the words and notes exchange, and how they get intertwined. I have even incorporated a lot music videos in my blogging lately, it was funny because at first some people told me I should not do that because it is a disservice to my ‘’writing’’ (that is if I was taking myself seriously) but others said there is no rule, and I kind of like that one. In the end, maybe it is a guilty pleasure as I am a sucker for milestone music and others anthems that trigger stories and emotions.

A Quick Check at My iPod

Today my musical device of choice is my iPod, and if you have any interest or a curious appetite to know what I have been listening to the last few weeks here is a sample in a non-specific order of preference. Amber Run (Indie), Trapped Under Ice (Hard Core), Charlie Cunningham (Indie acoustic guitar), Jakob (Post rock), Lower Than Atlantis (rock), Ricin (Avant Garde), Corpo Mente (Vocal), Kate Bush (Live album), Deaf Havana (Heavy rock), Deaf Radio (Alternative), Savages (eloquent punk), White Wine/Vin Blanc (Alternative), Keith Jarret (Jazz rock) and more than a handful of recordings from Foy Vance (folk’n’blues)

My Irish Earworms

Living in the land of music I am swimming in a sea infested by talents. My kids and I when we are not busy listening to death to the latest Jimmy Eat World album, you will find the three of us singing along to some very insidious and beautiful tunes from a new generation of Irish artists such as Stephanie Rainey (100 Like me), Roisin O (Give It Up), Picture This (Take My Hand), Riptide Movement (Elephant in Room), Walking on Cars (Catch Me If You Can) etc.…. We call those songs earworms here, so much they can be addictive, I am in awe of the musicianship of all those guys, and I am secretly jealous that I was not the one been able to produce lyrics of that calibre. Oh yeah one last thing before I forget, the list above has been officially approved by my 8 year old daughter.

To finish up, I am probably not an isolated case, but music has always been the perfect recipient for me when it comes to burn the midnight oil. Fair to say I am literally consumed by her fumes at times, she has always reignited my life flame when it was sometimes at its lowest point and very often had set my world on fire at times when I needed it the most.

So, for all that but not only for that I would like to say

Thank you To  the Music

Get a Pair of Headphones & Sing Along Corner

Walking on Cars

Roisin O

Picture This

Stephanie Rainey

Riptide Movement

The Coronas


She Burns

She is a little explosion of hope

Never turns the lights down low

She can go there if you want to though

There are no markings on her country roads

No signs that show the way back home

But when you get there, you won't wanna go

I've frozen over my desires

Covered up in virgin snow

But when I stand beside her

She burns, yeah, she burns

Like petrol soaked paper and fireworks

And I'm burning, I'm burning

I'm burning so deep that just breathing hurts

I'm melting darling and I can't let go

She likes to lay under the covers, oh

Pretend that everywhere's our home

Keeps me warm right to my very soul

We get so tangled up, it's hard to know

What is hers and what my own

Vines at the bottom of an olive grove

I've frozen over my desires

Covered up in virgin snow

But when I stand beside her

She burns, yeah she burns

Like petrol soaked paper and fireworks

And I'm burning, I'm burning

I'm burning so deep that just breathing hurts

I'm melting darling and I can't let go

I'm melting darling and I can't let go

I'm melting darling and I can't let go




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Written Content Copyright 2017 -Pascal Derrien-

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Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #27

ah boo hoo, it said video not available here?

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #26

Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher you comment remidned me of a song from King's X

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #25

the music and me are thanking you Julio Angel \ud83d\udc1dLopez Lopez :-)

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #24

What a great list of music Pascal Derrien. My husband turned me on to Foy Vance, he's great. I haven't heard any Third Eye Blind in quite a while, will have to go to youtube! I love the header photo! Music is so good for the soul :)

Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez

4 years ago #23

Thanks to the music and to you Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #22

cheers Praveen Raj Gullepalli good to know I cna borrow some albums from you, I also realized I forgot to mention The Roots which I have seen a few times :-)

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #21

yo Praveen Raj Gullepalli :-)

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #20

thanks Gert Scholtz voices indeed , we have a festival called the other voices in the south of ireland an opportunity to discover new talents it's like the old contest show :-)

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #19

Pascal Derrien Heavy metal or light metal – your articles are always interesting Pascal. I will stay with Kate Bush (what a voice!) and AC/DC (what a voice, again!).

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #18

many thanks @Katja Bader I admire piano players I dont have many regrets but not being able to play an instrument is one :-)

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #17

thanks for the kind words (again !! :-) ) i would say that would be pretty difficult for me or do they listen to folklore I need to check that now I am curious :-)

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #16

thanks Rod Loader thats some eclectic taste I agree about all day listening, practice makes perfect :-)

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #15

thanks Chichi Okoye inded I love that song from Bob they have a great version on a live album at the Roxy I think , great pick :-)

Dean Owen

4 years ago #14

It's great we get to choose the soundtrack to our lives. Imagine if we lived in North Korea! Heavy or light, will avidly read your stuff....

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #13

good to hear you can start a beBee band with Aaron and few others I am sure \ud83d\udc1d Fatima Williams ☺🎵🎸🎤

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #12

Music she fills my soul with colors of tomorrow. A great list here Pascal Derrien I'm learning the guitar now I'm still between changing chords. I love it when music wakes me up and puts me to bed. She's been my best friend for while. I enjoy country music and have been listening to Simple plan and Merle Haggard's album for a while now. My kind of music for now. This one's my favourite Astronaut- Listening to it right now 🤗 Simple plan - Bring on the music and keep playing like there's no tomorrow ☺☺☺

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #11

thanks debasish majumder comment ans support much appreciated as always :-)

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #10

good playlist bro :-) I would be curious to hear your stage prowess :-) anything on youtube yet ? :-)

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

4 years ago #9

this post will ripple through the ipods and androids. Possibly hardwired potatoes :) So many posts about music and memories and this one triggers exploration, like the prism on a pyramid.

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #8

thanks Sara Jacobovici, yes ABBA is actually very good I love their live album (as you may guess) they are awesome songwriters I remember a trip to Glasgow for a week end where I ended listening solely to their songs for 3 days solid. oh yeah thanks for the comments on writing I am not too sure why this post came up , it just came up I kind of function on intuition :-)

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #7

kool Paul Walters hope you like them :-)

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #6

Whatever the motivation to write this post Pascal Derrien, I'm glad you did. As far as I am concerned, lightening up on your stories is not necessary. I find that your stories reflect life, the dark as well as the light. Sounds all too human to me. What I appreciate about your writing is you give a voice, whether spoken, poetic, or musical, to all those shades of life. Thanks for sharing. At the risk of offering an ABBA link (yes, I believe there is a place for their music) beside hearing the amazing music you have shared, I had this song running through my head while I was reading your post.

Paul Walters

4 years ago #5

Pascal Derrien thanks so much , I have dutifully loaded up all the bands you suggested ....Ill be off air for a while!

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #4

thanks Neil Smith I remember when Bon Scott died we thought it was the end plus I was very very young :-) Now I did not know about the festival, damn the scots are always on the ball :-) rock on !!!

Neil Smith

4 years ago #3

When Bon Scott died Brian Johnson had big shoes to fill but made the role and the sound his own very quickly. In contrast his successor is all about himself and a long way from ideal. The village of Kirriemuir in Scotland holds a Bon Scott festival, Bonfest, every year. 2017s begins on the 28th of April if you fancy the trip.

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #2

I must say I agree :-) Devesh

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

4 years ago #1

I kind of love this version more than the studio version. Great list to try new stuff. Music is love :)

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