Mad About Paris, Much more than a guide
You might not know Anouk, our secret star of the Marais, but you probably know the songwriter and guitarist M Ward. Anouk seems desperately in love with him.
Listening to his songs, I can quite understand her. She went to see M Ward at the Gaîté Lyrique, the other day, and believe me, she cried for joy. Here comes her report of a women with a broken heart:
“Why the hell M Ward at the Gaîté Lyrique? This looks like a surprising choice. Isn’t the Gaîté Lyrique the place for the digital arts, after all? M Ward’s whole career is based on a “back to the roots” style of American music. He uses exclusively analogical techniques when performing and recording. Did they just want to invite a kind of “brand”, an indie-music star? Whatever – M Ward in Paris doesn’t happen very often.
After a poor first part, which I would actually call outrageously bad – God! Good musicians and bands are really not what’s missing in Paris! – M Ward went on the stage. Alone. Just him, a piano and two guitars (he never touched one of them, or may be I cried too much and missed the moment). That’s all he needs put the spell on you.
I had prepared some questions, which I would have like to ask him backstage, but I didn’t succeed in getting an interview. Never mind. It’s one of those small wonders of life that he answered all my questions on stage (should I take this for an unmistakable sign?):
Does he love Paris? I would have asked him. And what did he say? “I’m so glad to be here. It has been so long. J’adore Paris au printemps!”
Me, too. I love Paris in the springtime. Can you imagine him saying “J’adore Paris” with his sweet American accent?
And what does Paris represent for him? Ward said: “It’s the city of artists. There are two, or three out here tonight, right?”
The only question he didn’t answer was: “Would you like to have dinner with me tonight?”
What would he possibly have answered? “Oui!” What else?
And now, what do you do with the pieces of a broken heart?
Make a sad, make a sad, make a sad sad song.”
Anouk Filippini is a songwriter, singer and writer. She has a guitar, too. And a blog. On “Where are the little shops of the Marais?” she wrote about her encounter with M Ward. I for my part really don’t understand why this guy doesn’t want to marry her instantly. She is a Parisian, after all!