Starting with "Over the Rainbow" and continuing through
other well-known standards, we hear the new and unexpected in the vibes of these eclectic rhythms. The strong latin
beat of many of the tracks sparks vibrant images of "Dancing With the Stars" performances.
Most of the songs in "Rythme éclectique"
are sung in English and French. The exceptions are "Volare" (Italian and French), "Pour Toi / Dime (Feelings)"
(French and Spanish), "Copacabana" (English), and a bonus track of "Copacabana" (French). There are five
(5) all-in-French tracks: Matin de Carnaval; Petite Fleur; Belle-Ile-en-Mer, Marie-Galante; Grimaud; and Rockollection.
Don Sheppard and his music director, Khris Dodge, have
created a unique version of "Feelings" which includes both treatments of the song. i.e. the original French
version with the original French lyrics, followed by the Morris Albert adaptation that became so popular as "Feelings."
Don segues from the French version into the Spanish adaptation, whose lyrics (by Tomás Fundora) mirror the English
lyrics written by Morris Albert.
Below is a scene from the "Pour Toi / Dime (Feelings)"
video starring Rick Barraza... now available at iTunes! It sizzles!
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