That 2015 hasn’t started off well is the least we can say.

I am no Charlie. I enjoy the right not to express a view on events I always feel I know too less about to take part in debates unable to put themselves into question and where we use the same words but do not mean the same things. I always find myself with more questions than answers and today more than usual I wonder how we’ve reached this point.

On that day, January 7, I was in Athens where none of my friends and relatives have proper heating in their home. You might not believe it given the pictures we get of Greece abroad but winter bites there as well and a building that has not felt the warmth of a radiator for few years can get colder than the idea of cold a you or a me can picture. Some people spend more time in their local café or supermarket than in their house. There heating can still be afforded. I was assuming that Greek citizens searching in the garbage for food were the “just” a minor exception. I was proven wrong. You know that feeling when you’re dreaming and places or people are supposed to be the ones you know but for some reason their appearance is completely different? This is how it felt. It took me few days to process it was no dream nor optical illusion and finally grasp its reality.

Governement has brought Greeks to choose between dignity and starvation. In the city trash, they’ve stopped believing, giving up hope for it’s not filling the stomach. Yet it is a primary need, one of the few things that make you feel and look human.

‘Music’ is just music, and more generally ‘art’ is just art. It’s not meant to change the world; if anything, it can help us looking at it differently. Feeling helpless facing like everyone else today’s context, I decided to release this track. As third and probably last extract from album ROMANCE FLOATS. The least we can say is that 2015 hasn’t begun well, but if this speaks to some of you, well, that could be a re-start.

11.WIth hope comes the morning

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Lately I’ve been working on a quite different project directing a ‘collection preview’ video for Belgian and promising fashion designer Anouk Fallon. Also, for this occasion I did a special sound track and set this poem by Robert Frost to music.

Images and sound soon,

R I D E R S

The surest thing there is is we are riders,
And though none too successful at it, guiders,
Through everything presented, land and tide
And now the very air, of what we ride.

What is this talked-of mystery of birth
But being mounted bareback on the earth?
We can just see the infant up astride,
His small fist buried in the bushy hide.

There is our wildest mount–a headless horse.
But though it runs unbridled off its course,
And all our blandishments would seem defied,
We have ideas yet that we haven’t tried.

– Robert Frost, 1928

Scarlett O'Hanna

Scarlett O’Hanna

I remember talking with a friend one night, it was few months ago. ‘There are no little things in what you do’ he said. That’s exactly what comes up to my mind when I think about each and every little thing strangers, friends, family and the people who made this record and its release possible, have done to support me and my music.

ROMANCE FLOATS will be out on May 16 2014

Thank you..

Romance Floats © Philippe Bourgoin, during the recording of ROMANCE FLOATS at la Frette studios, France

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