And Just Like That… we’re back to the 90’s (or kind of)

Hey guys!

Loooong time no see. I have to say that the whole pandemic and lockdown combo have killed my creativity for a while, but as a big BIG fan of the 90’s, I feel like now is a good time to come back since And Just Like That premiered on the 9th of December.

And Just Like That sees the return of Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte, 3 of the 4 besties from the iconic Sex And The City series. Kim Cattrall is not part of the reunion: she moved on, and the fans know that Sarah Jessica Parker, aka Carrie Bradshaw is actually not her best friend in life.

I wasn’t even sure I wanted to watch this new series, because Samantha was the most interesting character and the signature of the show to me. Also, I found the films terrible. It didn’t bring anything to the original series and the storylines were so predictable. It ruined the spirit of the show for me.

And finally, I was afraid that the tone would change. Sex And The City was so bold and unique (I mean, women in their 30’s talking so openly about sex, I don’t remember any other series like that in the 90’s) that I didn’t think it was possible to get the same tone with different writers and of course, in a different era.

Before I really get into it, just know that there will be some major spoilers here for the first 2 episodes, so if you haven’t watched it yet… stop reading now.

First, let me say… it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

I guess the main problem in my opinion is that some things feel so unatural that it made me cringe a few times. And unfortunately, it’s mostly related to my favourite character, Miranda: Miranda’s political rant, Miranda’s son and his sex life, Miranda’s drinking problem, Miranda’s aggressiveness…

Let’s start from the beginning. The opening theme is a remix of the original one, and we find the 3 friends having lunch like good old times.

They are all still married to the men they ended up with in the original series and Carrie is now an influencer and co-hosts a podcast, Miranda quit her law firm to go back to studies and Charlotte seems to be a stay at home mum, with pretty strong ideas on how her daughters should look like and what they should be.

As they run into someone they know, we’re quickly getting the beginning of an explanation as to why Samantha isn’t hanging out with them anymore. She moved to London for work. Ok, fair enough.

But as Carrie and Miranda walk away, we finally get the full story: Carrie and Samantha fell out when Carrie told her she didn’t need a publicist anymore… What?? I completely agree with the other bloggers. This is definitely not what Samantha would do. She’s always been the less judgemental character of all, and probably the more independent too. It doesn’t make any sense.

Let’s address the Big storyline now. I’m not so shocked about the fact Carrie didn’t call 911, I guess when you’re facing this situation, your brain can completely freeze. At first I thought getting them a divorce would have sufficed, but then I thought about this again, and I understood why the writers killed him off.

If the couple had gotten a divorce, Big could have come back and messed with Carrie’s head every time she was in a healthy relationship, like he used to in the original series. To me, the idea was to give the show another dimension and I have to say, I’m on board. But I also have to admit that I’ve never been a fan of either Carrie or Big, and I’ve never understood why they are seen as the ultimate couple goal when they are the most toxic couple in all series of all time. I’m hoping though that the series won’t be all about grief, and that we’ll jump forward in time at some point to see Carrie dating as a widow.

I was talking about things that don’t flow naturally, such as Samantha’s reason to leave the gang . I’m of course all for diversity and I’m very happy the show is more inclusive thanks to the addition of the new characters. However, I felt like there was sooooo many social issues addressed in only 2 episodes that it seems like the show runners did a checklist. I wish they had introduced the new characters in the long run instead. I remember the quote from Anthony, when they all are at Lily’s piano recital “Give black Charlotte a glass”. This is exactly how I felt: every white character has their black alter-ego. This is great in theory, but in terms of how it’s introduced, it almost seems like a parody. The writing could have been better here.

Finally, I think that there are some obvious storylines already, particularly on the Miranda angle. As I mentioned above, we can already tell she’s going to have a problem with alcohol, and after watching the (very) awkward first scene between her and Che, Carrie’s boss, I have the feeling the writers are going to make Miranda question her sexuality. I think they were trying to create a chemistry between the 2 characters.

I also know that Aidan, Carrie’s ex boyfriend will make a come back in the show, but I’m really hoping they are not going to put them back together. First, it would be so predictable, and also I’m still not over the way Carrie treated him in the original series. He deserves better! #teamAidan .

To sum it up: I thought the 2 first episodes were quite heavy and dark for a reboot, but thank God for the few funny lines that made me catch a glimpse of the spirit of the 90’s show such as at Big funerals “Am I the only who remembers how much of a prick he was to her?” or after Carrie loses it in the hallway of her flat “Great, am I going to be that neighbour now?“.

I think there was too much going on even if I understand they wanted to come back with a bang. I will still watch the whole season, because as I said earlier, it’s definitely not as bad as I thought it would be but I really hope I’m going to be surprised with the evolution of the characters and storylines.

I think it’s also interesting to mention that Big and Samantha’s ghosts linger in the 2 episodes. They are the most present absent of the episodes! I feel like the show runners are desperate to leave an open door for Samantha to come back, even if I really don’t think Kim Cattrall will have a change of heart.

I know a new episode came out yesterday, so I need to catch up now.

Feel free to discuss in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the reboot too! I might write about the show again after watching the full season.

You can watch the new series on Now TV in the UK, or Salto in France.

Have a lovely Xmas guys and thanks for reading my blog! I’ll try to be more consistent in 2022. x

New live radio show !

Hi guys!

I’m quickly coming back to make a pretty cool announcement: I joined the online radio station Johnstone Sound last month and I go live every Wednesday at 8pm with the French Connection show!

I play some of the best emerging talents from the UK, a few 90s classics, my favorite cover versions of popular songs and, of course music by French artists that you’ve probably never heard before. So if you like to discover new music, you’re in for a treat! That’s the kind of show I wanted to offer: a focus on music discoveries. Otherwise, what’s the point in playing the same songs as another radio host?

I’ve been doing this for a month now and I’m really enjoying myself. The first show was so stressful though as everything that could have possibly gone wrong, well, went wrong, from the laptop crashing 5 minutes before the show to the fire alarm starting to ring for no reason!

But now that I’m getting to grips with the broadcast world, I’m having a blast! It’s so funny how I ended up having my own radio shows, without even looking for it. I love those kind of opportunities, it makes my life so much more exciting, especially during the past year.

If you have missed the news, I also have a monthly radio show called What’s up, Glesga, where I talk about the music scene in Glasgow. It’s broadcast on the “British Connection, l’emission rock” online radio show and on 150 French radio stations as well.

Wherever you are, you can listen to the French Connection show online, so join me on www.johnstone-sound.com every Wednesday from 8pm to 10pm UK time (21h/23h French time).

Please share the news to the music lovers out there! See ya!

Podcasts de “What’s Up, Glesga”

Hello tout le monde!

Oui, je sais ça fait longtemps mais je vous avoue que l’inspiration me manque cruellement en ce moment. L’année 2020 a mise à mal ma créativité, et me concentrer plus de 20 minutes est un vrai challenge. Mais écrire et partager avec vous me manque donc je vais essayer de m’y remettre plus régulièrement!

Je reviens aujourd’hui pour vous donner des nouvelles de ma chronique radio “What’s Up, Glesga” dans “British Connection, l’émission rock”. Comme vous le savez peut être, j’ai fait mes premiers pas en tant que chroniqueuse radio en Septembre 2020, d’une manière totalement inattendue!

J’ai monté un projet qui me tient beaucoup à cœur l’été dernier après avoir obtenu mon diplôme en Music Business. et qui s’appelle, sans surprise… “L’Ode Rose”. (Je sais que mon article sur ma reprise d’études vous avez bien plu, si vous ne l’avez pas lu: cliquez-ici)

L’Ode Rose” est un projet visant à faire connaître des artistes Écossais en France, et aussi à promouvoir la culture musicale Française en Ecosse. C’est dans ce cadre là que j’ai contacté Philippe, de l’émission “British Connection” via Faceboof car je souhaitais lui envoyer des titres à passer et il m’a gentiment proposé d’animer ma propre chronique à la place.

Je vous avoue que le défi était de taille, vu que je n’avais jamais fait ça de ma vie et comme en plus j’ai tendance à parler vite, j’ai des kilomètres de bêtisier en stock. Si vous voulez vous marrer, je vous en ai posté un récemment: bloopers.

J’ai dû mettre 2h à enregistrer la première chronique (qui est censée durer 5 minutes!) mais finalement, après avoir fait crasher Audacity et testé 50 fois les effets et les techniques d’édition audio…. je m’en suis sortie. J’en suis maintenant à la 4ème et ça commence à rentrer!

Une fois par mois, je vous parle donc de la culture musicale Écossaise dans sa globalité et selon mon humeur: je vous présente parfois des titres que j’ai découvert et que j’aime particulièrement, des artistes incontournables et ancrés dans la culture écossaise, des anecdotes sur la vie musicale à Glasgow etc …

“British Connection, l’émission rock” existe depuis 1982 et elle est diffusée sur 150 radio FM & web en France, Belgique, Suisse, Canada et à La Réunion. Vous pouvez retrouver toute la liste des radios qui diffusent l’émission en cliquant ici.

J’adore faire des recherches, vous raconter des anecdotes étonnantes, vous faire partager mes coups de cœur et je remercie encore mille fois Philippe de m’avoir donné cette belle opportunité. Il semblerait d’ailleurs que l’univers de la radio m’appelle en ce moment. C’est étonnant ce tournant que prend ma vie artistique, je vous en dirai plus très bientôt!

Je vais vous mettre les liens des podcasts de l’émission à la fin de cet article que j’actualiserai chaque mois avec la nouvelle chronique. J’apparais dans la partie 3, au milieu.

J’espère que ça va vous plaire, n’hésitez pas à suivre l’Ode Rose sur les réseaux sociaux (@loderosepr) ainsi que “British Connection, l’émission rock” sur Facebook. A bientôt!

Chronique de Septembre 2020: Electric Honey

Chronique d’Octobre 2020: Top 3 des chansons populaires en Ecosse

Chronique de Novembre 2020: King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

Chronique de Janvier 2021: Présentation du groupe Quiche

Interview with Chris Blackmore from Holy Smokes Records

Here’s my interview with Chris Blackmore from Holy Smokes Records!

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We’re catching up today with our Music Business student Chris Blackmore.

Chris is no ordinary student as he’s been running the folk & roots record label Holy Smokes Records since 2013.

We’re discussing the early days of Holy Smokes Records, the Music Business course and the live stream trend which came with lockdown.

Big thanks to Chris for answering our questions, we hope it will inspire you to start a career in the music industry too!

You founded Holy Smokes Records in 2013. What inspired you to start your own record label?

I’ve never had much of a natural flair with musicianship but I’d always been a huge music lover and long been drawn to live music. And lots of it. When I was a wee guy, a lot of my friends were either promoting gigs or playing in a smattering of caterwauling guitar bands so I’d often find myself…

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Joining a French radio show from September onward!

Hey guys!

Yeeees I’m back, it’s been way too long I know. I have to admit that inspiration was hard to find during the pandemic and I could only focused on one thing at the time. Since I had to finish my studies, it obviously took me most of my time and energy!

But I’m a Music Business graduate now!

It is such an achievement for me as going back to studies after 16 years of being a professional singer was enough of a big challenge already but I also chose to do it in a foreign country. I’m very happy and proud I managed to go through with it especially during this challenging time.

Anyway, I know now what I want to do in the music industry: I want to work in PR & Marketing. That is why I started “L’Ode Rose PR” as a personal project during lockdown and it aims to promote Scottish artists in France, and vice versa. I would like to be a musical bridge between Scotland and France! It is important to me to share both culture, the one from the country I was born in and the one from the country which had made me feel like home for 3 years already.

I asked two bands I really believe in, Chris Greig and The Merchants and Stranded Astronaut if they would be happy with me trying to get them some radio plays and blog reviews in France and I was delighted when they agreed.

That’s how I had the idea of getting in touch with Philippe from my Facebook friends list, as I remembered he had a radio show called “British Connection” where he plays some of the best British music. It suits my project perfectly, isn’t it? I initially contacted him to ask if he’d be happy to play some tracks I would send him.

This was a looooong intro to get there, but as you read it in the title of the article, Philippe actually offered me to have my own radio show within his show once a month! If you follow me on my social media you have probably heard the news already but I thought it was a nice way to make a comeback on the blog.

It’s called “What’s up Glesga!” and I’ll be talking about the Scottish musical culture and will play my favorite “track of the month” for the French audience to discover new and/or unsigned Scottish talents.

I am so happy to join the team, I feel like my journey as a PR is properly starting and I can’t wait to be on air and to develop my business. Huge thanks to Philippe for giving me this opportunity!

I can already tell you that I will talk about Electric Honey Records in my first show. I’m currently working on my jingle and the recording.

I’m buzzing for this! You can follow British Connection on Facebook to get the updates on my radio show.

I realised now that I’m done that I could or should have written this article in French as the show will be in French but well, don’t worry my French friends, I’ll write about it in my mother tongue very soon to make sure you don’t miss the show!

Thanks for supporting me in this new adventure!

L’Ode Rose PR is on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

Meet Forglow

My article about Electric Honey’s newly signed act! Check it out!

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If you haven’t heard of Forglow yet, stay tuned!

The talented 5 piece alternative/rock band recently joined the Electric Honey family and we’re looking forward to supporting them on their journey.

We all aim to put ourselves out there and bring our talents together to create the best music we can.

Forglow formed back in 2016 during the Behind The Noise project.

Behind The Noise is a music and business education programme developed by Scotland’s Music Hall Of Fame and Doghouse Studios which gives the students a real life experience within the music industry.

Young artists get valuable advice to grow and develop their talent and they learn how to play and communicate as a band to build a strong team spirit. Behind The Noise was a great start to Forglow’s career as it gave them the encouragement and experience they needed to move forward.

The inspiration behind…

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Catching up with Nicol & Elliott

Here’s an article I wrote for Electric Honey’s blog “…And All That Buzz!”

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We had the chance to work with Nicol & Elliott last year.

We put out their debut single “Wish You’d Stayed Away” in March 2019 and the follow-up single “Sweet Downfall” in autumn 2019.

The new year came with new opportunities for Nicol & Elliott and they became the first band to release music on the brand new Last Night From Glasgow subsidiary Hive. Their beautiful EP “My Heart Will Wait” has been out since January 2020.

Nicol & Elliott are not only fantastic musicians but they are also the kindest people and they will always be part of the Electric Honey family, that is why we are delighted that they agreed to catch up!

How did Electric Honey help you in your career?

Rachel: Electric Honey gave us a platform to release our debut single. Doing this with the support of a…

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Gender balance in the music industry – Meet SWIM (Scottish Women Inventing Music)

Hey guys!

I’m back today to tell you about the great evening I had on Wednesday at a meet up hosted by SWIM (Scottish Women inventing Music).

First of all, for those of you who don’t know me, I’m a singer and I’m currently doing an HND in Music Business at Glasgow Kelvin College. Networking being an important part of the music business, I was very happy to take part in the meet up which was dedicated to women who work or wish to work in the music industry.

It’s a fact, women remain underrepresented in the music world nowadays.

According to the Independent, only 17% of female artists were in the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 2012 and 2018. Also, only 10.4% of female artists out of 1064 people were nominated for a Grammy in the main categories between 2013 and 2019.

Glasgow’s TRNSMT festival revealed a nearly all-male headline acts for 2020 and led to a controversy, especially after Geoff Ellis from DF Concerts claimed that more women should “pick up guitars and form bands” to get gender balance at festivals. There is clearly a lack of gender balance in the music industry.

Fortunately, some people are now willing to speak up and to take part in the promotion of women who work in the music industry.

For example, the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona achieved a 50/50 gender split in 2019, which definitely proves that there are talented female acts out there ready to take the stage and about 65 000 people happy to buy a ticket and enjoy the show.

Now, let’s talk about SWIM. The organisation works on providing a level playing field for women. It officially launched on March 8th, 2019 in Glasgow.

SWIM – Scottish Women Inventing Music– What do they do?

SWIM is a collection of musicians and industry professionals who identify as female. We can find on the board women from organisations such as Help Musicians UK, Musicians’ Union or the Scottish Music Centre along with brilliant singers/songwriters, to name a few.

The members work in all areas and genres of music: PR, management, performers, songwriters etc…

SWIM take action in 3 main areas:

  • Network:

They connect the members through a website and social media and promote members’ work within the organisation and beyond.

  • Education and information:

Successful women deliver talks and workshops in education settings to inform on women’s opportunities across the music industry and to inspire young people to start a career in music. They also host panels to raise awareness of inequalities within the music industry and address issues.

  • Promotion to increase women’s visibilty :

They run events and collaborate with other organisations to push gender equality and they build a database of members and their skills which is accessible to industry professionals.


I’m very grateful for having had the chance to talk to these amazing successful women who gave me some valuable business advice during the meet up last Wednesday.

I am now a member and I strongly advise you to sign up as well if you’re a woman working in the music industry.

It’s only £5 a year (September to August) and you’ll get access to the members’ database if you’re looking for collaborations or advice and to special members events like gigs played by other members.

The next meet up will be on February 26th and will be open to members and non-members. Here’s a chance for you to learn more about SWIM.

Sign up on the website: https://www.scottishwomeninventingmusic.com/

Facebook page: SWIM

Mes chansons de noel preferees

Bonjour tout le monde!

Oui, je sais ça fait longtemps.

Ça y est, nous y sommes, c’est la période de l’année que j’attends avec toujours autant d’impatience.

Je suis Montpelliéraine, avec du sang espagnol et sicilien dans les veines et pourtant, ma saison préférée, c’est l’hiver. Sûrement parce que je bois du thé toute la journée et que j’ai une couverture en forme de queue de sirène. Quand il fait froid, je suis donc ravie de m’emmitoufler là dedans avec une bonne tasse de tisane.

Je me suis dit que pour revenir sur le blog, j’allais vous faire une petite liste de mes chansons de Noël favorites, et je vais sûrement par la même occasion vous en faire découvrir quelques unes qui sont super populaires en Ecosse.

Déjà ici, il faut savoir que certaines chansons comme la version de Lily Allen de “Somewhere only we know” ou “2 become 1” des Spice Girls sont considérées comme des chansons de Noël. Pourquoi? Parce que la première a été choisi pour la traditionnelle pub de Noël des grands magasins John Lewis, et la seconde a été numéro 1 des charts pendant les fêtes de fin d’années.

Rentrons maintenant dans le vif du sujet.

Ma chanson de Noël préférée, c’est “Santa Baby”. Il existe plein de versions différentes chantées notamment par Kylie Minogue, Madonna ou cette année par Emma Bunton, mais ma version favorite, c’est l’originale par Eartha Kitt. (cliquez-ici)

La version de Calista Flockhart dans un des épisodes d’Ally McBeal est super mignonne, j’aime beaucoup aussi, quoique plus courte que l’originale. Santa Baby par Ally Mcbeal.

Si vous ne connaissez pas la chanson, c’est plus ou moins une liste de cadeaux qu’une femme demande au Père Noël. Cette chanson est tellement drôle et sexy. “I’ve been an awful good girl, Santa Baby so hurry down the chimney tonight” J’adore!


Dans un tout autre genre, je vais vous parler d’une chanson que j’ai découverte en Ecosse: Fairytale of New-York par les Pogues.

Je ne suis pas sûre de l’avoir déjà entendu en France. Dites moi dans les commentaires si vous la connaissiez déjà.

Alors là, on est pas du tout dans le fun ou le sexy, on est même plutôt dans la dépression 😅

Et pourtant, c’est une de mes chansons de Noël préférées. Je la trouve super bien écrite (à grand renfort de sarcasme) et le rythme typiquement irlandais est vraiment entraînant.

Bon, du coup désolée pour ceux qui ne parlent pas anglais, qui vont me lire et qui auraient pu croire que la chanson est super fun mais en réalité, ça raconte l’histoire d’un couple qui à la base semblait bien parti pour durer… mais la deuxième partie nous renvoie aux désillusions de leur vie maritale qui est en train de se terminer dans l’amertume et le ressentiment. “Happy Christmas your arse, I pray God it’s our last!” soit “Joyeux Noël connard, je prie pour que ce soit notre dernier!” Voilà voilà. Joyeux Noël! 😄


Enfin, j’aime particulièrement la chanson “Do They Know It’s Christmas” par le collectif Band Aid.

Déjà, parce qu’elle a été écrite pour une bonne cause. En effet, Bob Geldof et Midge Ure créent le groupe Band Aid en 1984 afin de récolter des fonds pour aider les victimes de la famine qui ravage alors l’Ethiopie. Le texte appelle à la solidarité et invite les gens à prendre conscience du drame qui se déroule en Afrique.

Quelques uns de mes artistes préférés font partis du collectif, comme Phil Collins et George Michael et le refrain à la fin est puissant et facile à retenir. “Feed the world, let them know it’s Christmas time

Le succès du single a dépassé toutes les espérances du collectifs: 70 millions de dollars ont été récolté au total et la chanson s’est placée en tête des ventes de Noël en 1984. Elle reste aujourd’hui l’une des chansons de Noël les plus populaires au Royaume-Uni.

La chanson a été réenregistré plusieurs fois depuis, notamment en 2014 avec les plus grandes popstars du moment comme Ed Sheeran, les One Direction, Rita ora ou encore Ellie Goulding. Le but était cette fois de lever des fonds pour les victimes du virus Ebola.


Allez, petit bonus. Je vais vous faire découvrir la chanson de Noël qui rend fou. En tout cas, moi, je l’entendais en boucle quand je travaillais à Superdrug (l’équivalent de Sephora) et sans m’en rendre compte, je me mettais à braire comme un âne tout au long de la chanson. Pas de panique, vous allez comprendre en cliquant ici.

Dominick the Donkey est donc un petit âne ami du Père Noël. Apparemment, les rennes ne pouvant accéder aux collines en Italie, Dominick prend le relais lors de la tournée du Père Noël. ” It’s Dominick the Donkey, The Italian Christmas Donkey

Vos enfants vont adorer! Vous, sûrement un peu moins après la 10ème écoute.

Et vous, quelle est votre chanson de Noël préférée?

Passez de bonnes fêtes de fin d’année!

My musical trip to Boston

Well, it’s been a while.

I meant to write about it earlier, but you know what it’s like, life got in the way!

I was in Boston for 5 days in october and I’ve always wanted to go there. First because it’s where my favourite tv show of all time was filmed and also because I knew Boston was quite different from the other cities of America thanks to the European vibes (well, obviously, as Boston is part of New England).

I should say it now: I loved Boston, I thought it was a beautiful and friendly city and it felt like home, as the houses and some streets like Beacon Street reminded me of Glasgow. It’s an expensive city though, so make sure to budget your trip properly to fully enjoy your time there.

I’m going to start this article with the photo of the building I was dying to see. Can you guess now what is my favourite series ever? #90sTeam

There is a wee clue in the photo when you look closer =D

14 Beacon Street

Anyway, there are things I always do when I travel. I made it a tradition: I book a ticket for a gig and I go to an open mic (when I find one). It’s so nice to jam with talented musicians from other countries and to share our culture.

I did some research before flying to Boston and I found out that an open mic night was on every monday in a pub called “BeBop” in the corner of my hostel’ street. How convenient!

I felt comfortable as soon as I got in. It’s a cosy place and the photos on the walls give the pub some musical vibes straight away.

I got in touch with the host of the night Dylan a few days before arriving and he was happy to play my open mic song “What’s up” by 4 Non Blondes. I call it that as it’s a 3 chords song so whenever I feel like singing, any guitarist can play it for me.

I had a blast even if I was still jet-lagged and my voice wasn’t at its best, but it was great to share the stage with so many great talents. The people were very welcoming and were listening to the music. Nobody was chatting during the performances.

If you plan on travelling to Boston and you’re interested in singing there, just know that you have to book a slot (I booked it 2 weeks beforehands, and it was almost fully booked already).

BeBop

1116 Boylston St

Boston, MA 02215


On the next day, Natasha Bedingfield was playing the Wilbur, a beautiful theater in Boston, city centre.

I wanted to book my ticket in advance on ticketmaster, but I had to pay $11 for booking fees so I decided to go to the theater on the day to buy my ticket, as I noticed that the gig was far from being sold out. And I got lucky because I got a ticket in the VIP section for $45, which means I was 2 tables away from the stage (it was the closest I’ve ever gotten to a stage =D ) and a waitress was bringing me drinks all the way through the gig. Fancy!

I had no idea Natasha Bedingfield could sing like that. She can hit some impressive notes and makes it sound so easy!

She’s definitely cut out for live performances. She has an incredible stage presence, she is very talkative and she can work a crowd. I guess her songs are just perfect for a live show, as they are entertaining and make you feel like dancing. I loved how she interacted with her band, we can feel a great chemistry between them.

9 years after releasing her last album “Strip Me”, she’s coming back with “Roll with me”. And it all seems familiar: we get the catchy melodies, some hip hop beats and disco vibes sometimes as well. Her music is still very early 2000’s, and she is so good at it.

She started out with Real Love from her latest album and I have to say I was very impressed.

It’s a difficult song to open with technically speaking but it’s also an obvious choice as the pop rock sound of it sets out the gig: it’s going to be full of energy. And it definitely was, even if we shared some emotional moments, especially during the song “King of The World”, written for her little boy. It’s such a tender song, it was very moving.

I loved the live arrangements of “These words”, this song is so powerful! This live version was even better than the original.

I’m very happy I finally got to see her live, as I have a soft spot for her ever since I did a singing competition called “Avon Voices” in 2011. She was one of the judges, along with Delta Goodrem, Sheila E. and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, among others.

The setlist

The Wilbur

246 Tremont St

Boston, MA 02116


Finally, I wanted to take a tour of Berklee college of music ‘s campus. Berklee is one of the most famous music school in America as some amazing talents such as Quincy Jones, Diana Krall or John Mayer studied there.

Berklee is a private school and you need to audition to get a chance to study there and possibly to get a scholarship as well.

The college offers a wide range of programs and courses: songwriting, jazz composition, music business/management, film scoring, music therapy …

I thought for a second of applying, as I’m an optimistic though pretty naive girl. And then I found out about the tuition fees, close to $45 000 and something like $60 000 if you choose to live in the student accomodation, which give you access to rehearsal rooms.

We visited the recording studios, where iconic celebrities recorded some music such as Bruce Springsteen or Celine Dion.

Studying at Berklee gives the students a real chance to network and to attend masterclasses and workshops with well-known people from the music industry. If you come from Berklee, people know that you’re talented before they actually hear you sing or play.

Berklee hosts events regularly to promote their students and to give them the opportunity to perform in front of a crowd.

I went to a concert which featured the best songwriters and guitarists of Berklee and I have to admit that the students were incredible. They sounded like professionals and I genuinely wondered what more they could learn at school. They were playing their own songs in a variety of settings.

This was my last evening in Boston, and it ended on a very good note! (See what I’m doing here? =D )

French girl living in Glasgow. Sharing my musical discoveries and reviews, in english or in french depending on the topic of my article!

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