This is a rant, and not a nice one, and if I learned anything from previous rants on my blog, it’s that some people take major offense. Well I will tell you what, I take major offense every time I see this effing guy singing his pop music covers in front of the Opéra de Paris as if he were at Montmartre with all the beer swilling and « ‘No woman No Cry » renditions you can handle, or can’t. I get so upset when I see him there, in front of my favorite monument that is a temple for the artists inside it who work through blood sweat and tears to produce some of the most beautiful and talented stage performances seen anywhere in the world.
And this effing guy, is there with his effing microphone, belting out top those effing top 40’s
shit songs. I just can’t handle it.
Once, I even went up to him and shouted my opinion at him,(yeah, I did)… but I have no idea if he understood what I was saying. My friends who were with me walked quickly away from me…with *we aren’t with her* horrified looks on their faces.
I know I was not marching to the drum of bien séance that this country so loves. You know : never step out and make yourself a conspicuous mess, never stick out like a sore thumb, never make a scene etc etc… Well you can take the girl out of the wild ranting country of America, but you can’t take the wild ranting America out of the girl. So I shouted at him how that time I was with my horrified friends, that I was appalled that he could sing such industrial crap in front of this OPERA house where there were real artists inside working their butts off literally, creating real art. My words were lost under the first few notes of some John Mayer song. I like John Mayer, too bad this effing guy was trying to ruin John Mayer for me. Not cool.
I understand that this guy has found a way to make some money, and I totally understand that. We all need an income, but DUDE! Go sing somewhere else. Seriously. It’s offensive to the integrity of the Opera house and the excellence it stands for and the artists that work themselves to exhaustion inside.
There, rant done.
But actually my post is not quite done…because, in my search online for an image of this « effing guy », I found out who he is, Youri Menna is his name, and although he does sing a lot of pop covers, he also writes his own songs and is even now gaining performance gigs in Paris. Real gigs. He was booked at Le Reservoir on September 22nd. And if I hadn’t have been sick, and needed to be home with Bébé Chéri, I would have gone and paid to see him play there. He actually has a decent voice, and he is pretty talented with it. Plus his original songs aren’t bad. He even wrote one for his mama… That melts my heart a little.
I just have a profound problem with that pop music on the steps of the Garnier Palace.
What’s your opinion of this guy singing pop music at the steps of the Opéra de Paris?
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