Monday, March 31, 2008

Bal-Musette




When Ernest and Hadley lived at 74 rue Cardinale Lemoine, a Bal-Musette was in the basement. Bal-Musette was a style of French music that was popular with the working class and the cafe where the music was played was called A Bal Musette. The music had a unique style that incorporated an accordian-like instrument to produce a distinctive style of music. Cafes frequented by Italians had a similar style of music but they had a different musical instrument that produced different tones. These cafes later became places to hear jazz and the tango and many other new styles of music. More at Wikipedia
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    36 comments:

    The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

    Hey Paul! Love the art & another history lesson. The pictures and the story remind me of Mulate's Cajun restaurant in New Orleans.

    isabella said...

    Great find!

    Edith Piaf began her career in the bal musette, and she pays tribute to the form and the musicians in one of her best-known songs, "L'accordioniste".

    BTW - have you seen "La vie en rose" yet?

    Moi said...

    hope the connection's not troubling you any more.....and beautiful post........i learn something new every time i come here :)

    Nikon said...

    I've never been to New Orleans, I'll bet it has musical similarities.

    Isabella, thanks for liking the post, and your information. I have't seen 'La vie en rose" yet but now that it's getting warmer it's not quite so bad waiting for a bus to go rent it.

    Moi, the hard drive is a substitute now & I've lost lots of files, but at least I can get on.
    Your newest post is a beaut!

    Shionge said...

    Nice pictures very nostalgic to me ya.

    Oh ... I'll start swinging the bowling ball aiming all the way to RI at you hahahah...

    Nikon said...

    Shionge, we are the smallest state in the US, good luck trying to hit us :-)

    Kate said...

    Nikon, Great post! Love the photos, and I agree with Isabella that you need to see the movie.

    Have I told you before that when I visited Paris in the past I lived on the very same street? Alas, my friends sold their flat last September so I cannot visit there again. I have snapshots which are buried somewhere, and when I find them I promise that I'll scan and send them to you for your blog, but that'll be awhile since my casual housekeeping needs major overhaul first.

    kayellen said...

    Hi Paul!
    Enjoyed your new post.
    Love the artwork!
    Did you hear the news about the paris eiffel? They are going to start today and obersavation deck..and keep up for a year? after they will take it down! Everything...I hope not:(

    kayellen.typepad.com

    Carlos said...

    Hi Paul,
    Has someone said before, I always learn something here. Loved the art, very nostalgic...

    Kitty said...

    it's these little terms and details that get lost from history, which preserves mostly the big gestures.

    I love learning such trivia. It provides a fuller view of a time period!

    The Red Velvet Shoe said...

    Hi Paul,
    "La Vie en Rose" was at the Cable Car a few weeks ago~~you may still be able to see it on the big screen late night~Avon maybe?
    I sadly have not seen it yet either!
    It's kind of fun to say "I'm from the smallest state in the union" isn't it? Especially in view of the John Adams series~~it all came about from small, humble beginnings!!

    Shionge said...

    Hey Paul, have a nice weekend :D

    Nikon said...

    Thanks Shionge, you too!!

    GMG said...

    Hi Paul, this is amazing; Bal Musette, the «Bourrée» and the «Gigue», what a treat!
    Thanks for your nice comments at Blogtrotter.
    Have a great week!
    Gil

    GMG said...

    Hi Paul. Sorry for this short visit, but I just wanted to say thanks for your comments on my blog. This weekend, I’m going to take a musical break, and next week I’ll make a very short trip, crossing South Atlantic. I’ll try to catch up with your new posts (if any) as soon as possible. Meanwhile, leave you with some chocolate champagne truffles at Blogtrotter.
    Have a lovely weekend and an excellent week!
    Gil

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    Nikon said...

    Thank you for the visit, Gil. You should get another of your avatar photos, but with the jet facing the other way. Then mix 'em up a bit! You're just coming or going someplace :-)

    @Elween, yes they have numbered districts (or neighborhoods) - pop down my achive list on the sidebar to the first entry - I think there is a map there.
    Thanks for the visit.

    Abraham Lincoln said...

    Haven't been here for a long time, but see you everywhere. LOL. Anyway, I enjoyed reading this latest post and it reminded me that on television the other day when I had a bad coughing day, I watch one of Ernest's cars sell for $170,000.00 and it was bought by a collector. The car was green and of special interest to me was that it was created with wooden frame parts here and there (which I didn't understand) to cut down on rattling noises.

    Analía said...

    Beautiful post my amigo lindo :)
    Oh no! wait!! How can a draw a sad smiley... :( there, grrrrrrrr U have vanished!! But still love you.
    Take care.
    Hugs and hugs and more hugs

    Nikon said...

    Hello Abraham thanks for the visit & the link to the car photo - it was a real stunner!

    Nikon said...

    Hello Ani!!
    Great to see you - thanks for the visit!
    Kisses, hugs!

    GMG said...

    Hi Paul! Thanks for having been so kind to comment on Blogtrotter while I was absent! I’m back and trying to catch up with the blogosphere!
    Hope you have a great Sunday!

    isabella said...

    Time for a new post, Paulie.

    Just because I gave up on CDP, does not mean I won't be checking up on Hem and you, so no slacking off ;-)

    Thank you for all your visits and comments! I will miss the daily contact...

    Hang in there, summer's coming!

    99 said...

    I can imagine Django Reinhardt playing a bal musette... and maybe Oscar Aleman too...
    Thanks for the pictures, they´re beautiful.

    Shionge said...

    Thanks for dropping by my dear friend....hope you are well too ;)

    GMG said...

    Hi Paul! Thanks for your comment on Blogtrotter. I'm exploring a new country there. Hope you enjoy!
    Have a great weekend!

    Mo said...

    Great blog. Will make sure I visit this address on my next trip over to Paris.

    GMG said...

    Paul, Casablanca is finally waiting for you!
    Have a great weekend!

    GMG said...

    So, when are we getting a new post here?
    Have a great weekend!

    The Red Velvet Shoe said...

    Yes, Paul, where have you been? Watching Dorothy Parker and her unkind Algonquin friends again? I was! That film kills me every time!
    Thank you for your visit~although I can see from the circles you swirl in how wide your circuit is. . .you are sweet to take the time to say hello.

    Michelle.

    KayEllen said...

    Hi Paul,

    Just waiting and wondering...can't wait to read a new entry:)
    Hope all is well with you!

    KayEllen

    GMG said...

    Hi Paul! Just a speedy visit to say hello! I’ve been busy the whole last week and will be out in the next. But I promise I’ll come back after June 10th, to se a new post. Hopefully... ;))
    To avoid leaving you empty hands, I published a last post on Marrakesh 2006 at Blogtrotter. ;))
    Enjoy!

    Ele ^_^ said...

    Hi Paul.. What a long time.. Interesting post, wonderful art! See you ^^

    Ayumurti said...

    Made me want to see Paris :)

    GMG said...

    Hi Paul! Back home and profiting from the Portugal’s Day holiday, I’m surfing again!
    Thanks for your comments at Blogtrotter, which has now landed in Santiago de Compostela, Spain!
    Hope you enjoy, and have a nice rest of the week!

    The Paris Apartment said...

    Fascinating! I had no idea what that style was. Thanks for the info, I'm going to look for some. I heard it playing from an old victrola at a fleamarket once and it was so romantic...