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Rythme Eclectique

Rythme Eclectique

  • By Don Sheppard
  • Release 3/02/2009
  • Music Genre Easy Listening
  • Media Format CD
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In 'Rythme éclectique' there is a unique story to share about the track 'Pour Toi / Dime (Feelings).' It's about it's history and how the derivative hit song 'Feelings' evolved. The original song 'Pour Toi' was written by Louis Gasté in 1956 for a French film. Louis (Loulou was his nickname) Gasté was the husband of singer Line Renaud. (He had discovered her when she was very young and made her a star.) Loulou already had many French hits to his credit when he wrote 'Pour Toi.' When Loulou Gasté died in January 1995, the New York Times included the following in his obituary: 'In 1956, Mr. Gasté wrote 'Pour Toi' ('For You') with his wife, the singer and actress Line Renaud. It had no particular success, but in 1975 Morris Albert adapted it as 'Feelings' and it became a pop staple. Mr. Gaste sued Mr. Albert and won $500,000 in damages in 1987.' When 'Feelings' became a huge international hit for Morris Albert in 1975-76, Loulou Gasté heard it and recognized it as too similar to his song 'Pour Toi' to be coincidental and began a quest to seek the truth about it's origins. His lawyers traced a business connection between Morris Albert, a Brazilian songwriter-musician, and a movie distributor in Brazil who had distributed the French film that 'Pour Toi' was used in: 'Le Feu aux Poudres' (1957). He had experts analyze the chord progressions from the two songs and found there were solid grounds to file a suit against Morris Albert for plagiarism. As the above quote shows, he won the case. Don Sheppard and his music director, Khris Dodge, have created a unique version which includes both treatments of the song. I.e. The original French version with the original French lyrics, followed by the Morris Albert adaptation that became so popular as 'Feelings.' Don segues from the French version into the Spanish adaptation of 'Feelings', whose lyrics (by Tomás Fundora) mirror the English lyrics written by Morris Albert. ************************************************ March 9, 2009 Madame Line Renaud wrote to us: 'Cher Don, J'ai écouté avec beaucoup de plaisir votre CD en français, et en particulier 'Pour toi' de mon mari Loulou Gasté. C'est magnifique vocalement et votre français est incroyable. Bravo, bravo, et merci pour votre délicate attention qui m'a beaucoup touchée. I kiss you Line Renaud' Translation: 'Dear Don, I have listened with much pleasure to your CD in French, and especially 'Pour toi' by my husband Loulou Gasté. It's magnificent vocally and your French is unbelievable. Bravo, bravo, and thanks for your careful attention which touched me very much. I kiss you. Line Renaud' (reprinted with the kind permission of Line Renaud) ************************************************ Most of the songs in 'Rythme eclectique' are sung in English and French. The exceptions are 'Volare' (Italian and French), the above-discussed 'Pour Toi / Dime (Feelings)' (French and Spanish), 'Copacabana' (English), and a bonus track of 'Copacabana' (French). There are five (5) all-in-French tracks: Matin de Carnaval; Petite Fleur; Belle-Ile-en-Mer, Marie-Galante; Grimaud; and Rockollection. ************************************************ In the bonus track 'I Don't Care Much / Je m'en fou'... if you listen very carefully, there is a notable saxophone playing the background. It plays a busy pattern of sixteenth notes which are relentless, persistent, and demanding of the player. It was deliberately composed that way to give an edgy quality to the feel of the piece. We were fortunate to have our saxophonist from our first CD 'éclectique', Michael Keepe, re-join us for three tracks ('Matin de Carnaval' and 'Tie a Yellow Ribbon / Accroche un ruban' are the other two tracks). Michael is one of few saxophonists who is able to call upon his ability to use 'circular breathing in playing these unrelenting passages which don't provide logical places to take a breath. Musical director Khris Dodge offered to rewrite his original patterns to provide breathing spots, but Michael said 'let me give the circular breathing a shot.' Consequently, you will not hear a breath being taken when Michael is playing(!) Bravo, Michael!


Artist: Don Sheppard
Title: Rythme Eclectique
Genre: Easy Listening
Release Date: 3/02/2009
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 884501095129
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