Carla Bruni, Pool Parties, and an Injection of Jade.

I never thought that Christiane Amanpour would be the one to introduce me to new music I would enjoy, but that’s exactly what she did when she had Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife Carla Bruni on to discuss her musical life and the duties of a First Lady. I’m listening to Carla Bruni’s 2013 release “Little French Songs” and I’m thoroughly enjoying it so far, it’s been a pleasant and catchy listen. A far departure from my only previous experience with French solo artists; Charlotte Gainsbourg, Carla Bruni sings light, carefree songs – a welcome reminder that the French language isn’t just for dour songs.

I don’t want to spend too much time writing about how great it is to be back home, but last night’s shenanigans deserve to be written about in some capacity. Just being with friends I haven’t seen in a long, long time, having great long discussions and getting things off our chests – just relaxing as much as humanly possible, it’s what I need. Thanks to all for coming, hosting is its own reward.

Finally, I’m happy to announce that a full year after I started writing 1990’s music reviews I will come back full-time from  my hiatus. The Jade Decade is back and every Tuesday and Thursday I’m going to be writing reviews of 1990’s albums, with the intention of exploring a decade of music – not mining nostalgia and writing about albums I listened to while growing up. This week in honor of Game of Thrones Season Three: I’m doing a double dose of House Bolton. That’s right, I’m reviewing Michael Bolton’s 1991 release “Time, Love & Tenderness”  followed by his 1993 release “The One Thing” in honor of the house with the sharpest blades, House Bolton.