Chopin, the poet of the piano

Frédéric François Chopin was a classical pianist and composer. Born in Poland in 1810 to a French father and a Polish mother, Chopin arrived in Paris in October 1831 and died there in 1849 at the age of 39. Chopin’s Paris In addition to Chopin’s grave in Père Lachaise cemetery, there are several points ofContinue reading “Chopin, the poet of the piano”

DJ Mehdi, a magician at the turntables

Mehdi Favéris-Essadi 1977–2011 DJ Mehdi was a critically acclaimed and award-winning Paris-based music producer and DJ. He initially started out producing hip-hop records, most notably 113’s Les Princes de la Ville which won two major French music awards in 2000 (Rap Album of the Year and Best New Artist). He then crossed over to electronicContinue reading “DJ Mehdi, a magician at the turntables”

Three stories from a visit to Jim’s grave in 1976

Recently I reached out to Tom Teicholz to request adding a rare photograph of his of Jim’s grave from Spring 1976. Not only did Tom oblige, but he in turn reached out to his fellow travel companions in the photo who kindly provided their memories from that day. I am so pleased to be ableContinue reading “Three stories from a visit to Jim’s grave in 1976”

Last Strange Day in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent

Painting by Alain Granger Yesterday I reached out to artist Alain Granger—whose painting Last Strange Day I discovered recently—to learn more about the story behind it. He kindly responded and sent along some additional photos of his painting as well as recent pictures of Hôtel de l’Oise and the window of the house where theContinue reading “Last Strange Day in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent”