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Happy Birthday Ram!

I was thinking of you today, wondering what could I do to celebrate this special day. I finished by making some cakes for you. I hope you appreciate, too bad you're living in Hungary and me in France. 😀
At least you can see I was not lying.

But I am not so cruel — just a little. ;D

Yesterday I was listening to the radio when I heard a song of Mylène Farmer (a french singer) and in listening the words I thought it was the perfect gift for you.
The video is beautiful and sad too but has no real meaning with what is said in the song. Despite that, I want to share this one with you and let you judge by yourself : Sans contrefaçon – Mylène Farmer

The song said this :

As we have to choose
With soft words I can say it
Without doubt
I am a boy
And for an empire
I will not undress
As without doubt
I am a boy
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Alone in my closet
My eyes outlined with black
Away from prying eyes
I defy the chance
In this world without meaning
I do what please me
A handkerchief in the warmth of my pant
I am Chevalier d'Eon
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As we have to choose
With soft words I can say it
Without doubt
I am a boy
And for an empire
I will not undress
As without doubt
I am a boy
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In turns they chase me
From your companies
I don't admit they threaten
My resolutions
I don't give a dare what other people say
I am chameleon
Take care of my tin soldiers
Those will kill you
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As we have to choose
With soft words I can say it
Without doubt
I am a boy
And for an empire
I will not undress
As without doubt
I am a boy
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This is my first gift. And come the second.
After this anguished video I wanted to lighten the atmosphere, so I send you this video that I hope will make you smile :
Monsieur

I know you like and know a lot about French History. But I don't know if you have seen the serie 'Versailles'. Personally I did. Like in Alexander, they took some liberties with the reality. After all it is not a hystoric classroom but an advertisement. It is really interesting and fun. I like particularly Philippe d'Orléans' character, known under the nickname of 'Monsieur' — shortcut for Monsieur le frère du roi or if you prefer Mister the king's brother.

Philippe was obliged by his mother to live like a woman since childhood with the aim to weaken him and broke all rivalry between the two brothers.

Here a painting of the two brothers: On the left the future Louis XVI and Philippe, on the right, dressed like a girl.

To keep him company in his young years, he had a friend, another boy François-Timoléon de Choisy, obliged too to live and dress like a girl to his eighteen years old. Like Monsieur this boy will have an unusual destiny. This one, known under the nicknames of Madame de Sancy or Comtesse des Barres, came from a bourgeois family. He become the abbey of Choisy. All his life and despite the fact he was an abbey he continued to dress like a woman seducing under this appearance a lot of woman. Like what… 😀

As for Philippe, he was openly gay even if in this age this word didn't exist, neither homosexuality. So he was what he was. They only talked about 'Italian vice' when they speak about this. And the Italian people called it the French vice. 😀

Married twice, he fulfilled his royal duty in having children and tightening some alliance. The funny things are that the most of the European royal families today come from him and his descendants, not from his beloved brother Louis.

Despite his feminine attitude he was a great military man, engaged and brave, respected by his men. He has an unusual destiné and only one weakness Chevalier his lover. And despite all, he was always faithfull to his brother. I hope you will enjoy the video and appreciate the character. And I incite you to see the serie if it is not already done. Or even read about his life. He inspire me a lot as character.

Happy birthday my friend !
BTW the cakes were delicious ! 😀

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Music in Antiquity

Making some search about music and instruments in Antiquity for one of my stories, I found this very interesting website that I want to share with you :
http://kerylos.fr/index_en.php

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Photos legends : 1. Aulos (transverse flute), 2. Greek zither, 3. Kroupeza (percussion), 4. Lyre with seven strings, 5. Lyre with eight strings,
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It is about a specialist in Ancient Greek and Roman music, Annie BĂ©lis, who wanted to revive Ancient musical repertoire. For this, her and her ensemble were helped by two lutthiers who built the instruments like the authentic ones used in Greek and Roman antiquity.

After 15 centuries of oblivion, Annie BĂ©lis and the Ensemble Kerylos bring back to life some part of pieces like Euripides’ Oreste, The Seikilos Song or the two Delphic Hymns to Pythian Apollo. What it is interesting on this website is that you can listen some extracts of music, even without buying the album. So, you can have an idea of what was like the music of this age. And I must say that I was really surprised in a nice way and also moved to discover this music after centuries of silence.

On the website, you will find too a presentation of the instruments used and their recording project (I chose to show you only the Greek ones). Sadly, on the english version they didn’t translated the articles about the repertoire, the extracts and the videos. So if you want to listen some extracts you have to go in the french version there :
http://kerylos.fr/repertoire_extr.php

In the videos, the first one, Anne BĂ©lis pays hommage to Alexander the Great in saying they will listen to a music that this music’s conoisseur has loved and others, more recent, that he certainly would love. Each video is a presentation of different musical pieces. Anne BĂ©lis and her musicians plunge us back in the universe of each chosen moments through history first. And it is very interesting to learn some story about musicians’ life and creation of some pieces.

Like, for example, the famous Themoteus of Miley who revolutionized antique music in adding until to four strings to the lyre. Creating innovative compositions who were criticated by the conservative Spartans and Athenians. These critics was so severe that Themotheus thought to suicide. But, fortunately, he received the support of Euripides who made him change his mind. Euripedes would have said : ” Those people who hate you, they will be one day to your knees “. Finally Themoteus joined Euripides in Macedon under the reign of Archaleus I (ancestor of Alexander the Great). So Alexander must have known and listened to his music.

About the Ensemble KERYLOS :
It was created in 1990 by Annie BĂ©lis. Its interest goes to the interpretation of vocal and instrumental partitions from Greek and Roman Antiquity.
Its name came from a poetic term by which Ancients designated the legendary bird Halcyon and from the “hellenistic” villa built in Beaulieu-sur-mer (France) under archeologist Theodore Reinach‘s direction, a pionner in the study of antique music. This one with the help of Henri Weil, sigh-readed two hymns to Apollo discovered in Delphi and published in 1893 and 1894.

I think of you

Special dedication to my friend Ram
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As ciccadas sing
And the sun shines
Looking in the distance
My soul flies
‱
Despite the space
I think of you
Despite silence
I think of you
‱
Through the air
Crossing the lands
Bearing my prayer
My thought runs
‱
Despite the space
I think of you
Despite silence
I think of you

For The Dust

Hommage to Charlie Hebdo and victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Hommage Ă  Charlie Hebdo et aux victimes des attentats terroristes Ă  Paris


For the dust

Cries of rage and fear
The bodies fall on the ground
Hurt in their fleshes
Heroes despite them of invisible war.

Stricken down by blind hate
Liberty bites the dust
Under the blow of prayers
And promises of eternity

The promised Glory, just a decoy.
An illusion that tears
Like a cloud pushed by the wind
That hides only the nothingness.


Pour la poussiĂšre

Cris de rage et de peur
Les corps tombent Ă  terre
Touchés dans leurs chairs
HĂ©ros malgrĂ© eux d’une guerre invisible.

Fauchés par la haine aveugle
La Liberté mord la poussiÚre
Sous le coup des priĂšres
Et des promesses d’éternitĂ©.

La Gloire promise, juste un leurre.
Une illusion qui se déchire
Comme un nuage poussé par le vent
Qui ne cache que le vide.

A Big Thank

The NaPoWriMo takes end today. It was my first one and a real challenge for me to write poetry in english. At least to do it all days. But I finally managed to end it. I was so glad to see that I had some people who followed me during this month and this gave me the courage to continue. I want to thank all my followers and my readers known or unknown. I don’t know if my words have some value to say the truth. I am sure there is a lot of clumsiness inside. Only you could say. But I did it with my heart and soul. It was a real pleasure to share this with you.

I will not stop there. I decided to continue from time to time to share here my poetry in french and english too. But not all days.  😀
I am writing some novel and fiction too, and I need to continue this ones for the moment.

Don’t hesitate to say me what you have thought about my poetry.
Again, a big thank to you all.