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The box – original lyrics

An empty box
between colorless walls
it seems so high
mysterious life behind

The door is close
our vision cannot fly
just spinning here
stuck to trivial fears

from time to time
a paint appears on the wall
warms up your soul
for a night, maybe a life

These are our lives
everything we dream about
our endless walk
seeking happyness
the shiny sky
after a rainy day

by a morning light
a rose blossoms in your road
lay it in your heart
cos u’ll need it one day

when the rain falls down
and you’re drowning in your box
you try to climb the walls
but a hand pulls you down

so you turn to a friend
to the petal in your book
to the sun, to the rain
to that box you can’t leave

These are our lives
everything we dream about
our endless walk
seeking happyness
the shiny sky
after a rainy day

Music to share : with Matthew JL Thomson

So, so… it’s been a couple of weeks since my last post and I don’t really know why I abandon my blog each time… I really don’t like that and I hope that i’m coming back for good this time ^^

So I have some news. I’m starting a new project I called  »Music to share », The idea is to share a cover or an original song with other musicians ! So there’s one rule : No solo performances, and one objective : Sharing with friends our musical dreams and passion through a song… A project that I hope will allow me to meet new friends, discover new musical styles and of course enhance my skills. I’m very optimist and I think it will be a nice experience !

For the two first covers, I had the great pleasure of sharing good times with my dear friend Matthew Thomson. We’re in ramadan, 2 hours before L’ftour and we thought it would be the best way to say goodbye. In fact, Matt went back to Canada 3 days after the recording. It’s been 1 year that he’s with us in Morocco.

mohamed ali ghassani Matt thomson

But, who the hell is Matt ? Matt is a 28 years old cool canadian guy. We first met at Casablanca’s American Language Center  where we’ve been working together on the ALC Music club development. The club was growing fast, our friendship too! We’ve shared great moments with all the friends, rehearsals, live shows, sound system’s problems😀 … so many nice memories.

Mohamed ali ghassani Matthew thomson essaouira

But, Matt is first and foremost a very passionate musician. If he defines himself as a bass player, he have never refused to play other instruments to help the other members of the club expressing their talents… Guitar, Ukelele, shaker and even singing. I’ve even discovered that he has a harmonica… Matt ! is it your hidden talent ??

With Matthew Thomson at the American language center

Now that Matt is in his way back home (Visiting some European countries before flying to Ontario), I will surely miss the kind guy and the talented artist he was. but I’ll keep these two covers as a souvenir and of course his epic Fender Dobro he sold me before he left. Don’t care Matt, your guitar is in good hands.  And don’t forget that you’re welcome whenever you want, we’ll miss you here ! Keep rocking dude ^^

Cheers from Morocco !

Minimalist posters / Moroccan movies

While reading my last article  »Cars & films posters«  » for a last time before publishing it. I suddenly remembered that a couple of days ago, I was pleasantly surprised when discovering  »Minimalist posters / Moroccan movies », a great graphic project initiated by a friend of mine.
In fact, the two projects hold the same main idea: Re-imagining movies’ posters with the artist’s personal touch. If Jesus Prudencio used cars instead of heroes, Tarik Raiss played the card of minimalism, using the simplest and fewest elements to give us a first glimpse of the essence of each movie.
To be honest, I didn’t watch all the illustrated movies, but I was very happy when I saw  »Ali Zaoua » that I consider as the best Moroccan movie ever made. Observing the poster brought to my mind the fallen dreams Of Ali, his dream of being a sailor, a moment of pure emotion.
Keep the Good Job Tarik. And if you read my article, I have a little request😀 Can you made a poster for « à la recherche du mari de ma femme » or maybe  »Ali, Rabiaa et les autres » ?

ali zaoua affiche amours voilés casanegra ex-chamkar goodbye morocco marock mirages zero

abdou chez les almohades

Cars & Films

So here I’m back. It’s time to post some beautiful stuff after a long long absence. And believe me, I really missed that…
To begin, here’s an amazing project called ‘’cars and films’’ made by Jesùs Prudencio. The Spanish graphic designer re-imagined posters of some popular movies using the famous cars which take an important place in each movie’s story. So which one is your favourite?

the shining

pulp fiction

mr bean

miss sunshine

italian job


ghost busters


back to future

ALC Music Club, the show must go on !

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I had a weird feeling this weekend not taking my guitar and driving my car to the ALC to join all my friends in the music club.
During these last weekends, Sundays’ music club get-together became some kind of a beautiful routine. Meeting these talented guys, talking about our favourite songs, rehearsing and living our love to music the best way we could… We really lived some very great days, experiencing how being a musician feels like. In a short period, we felt like musically growing up. Our last gig was just amazing, all the club members were great. Solo performances, duets, group songs, everyone was giving his best and the crowd make it so much better… At the end of the show, we were feeling proud about our performance but never satisfied, we all knew that we wanted more and better ! we were like  »Hey dear next session, come as faster as you can, we just can’t wait, we need to get together again and rock the ALC !
In one hand, we were a little sad when some of the members told us that they couldn’t be part of the club in the next session for different reasons, but i hope they will change their minds and continue the adventure… In the  other hand, seeing new people asking about joining gives us the strengh to come back and do the things we love to do again and again !
Matthew, Sonia, Hamza, Nawfal, Younes, Amine,Yassine, Kaoutar, Asmaa, Mohamed… see you soon guys, the show must go on !
me and matthew

alc music club alc musicians american language center music  music at alc

movies through masks

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movies through masks
And the movies are…
movies through masks

16 january 1998, 15 years since Coldplay’s 1st gig !

coldplay 1st concert in 1998 as starfish

Coldplay 1st concert in 1998 As Starfish

Back to 1998, exactly 15 years from now … They played their first gig !
Remember the date, 16 january 1998… A great band came to the world that day !
They had to choose a name for their 1st perfomance, so they picked Starfish
Today, we call them Coldplay…

Coldplay 1st gig 16 january 1998

Coldplay 1st gig in 16 January 1998